The Solar Panel

Sun Electronics, Phoenix, AZ

 Price (Nov. 2011): $256.00  

http://www.sunelec.com/                 

Model SV-T-200-HV
Power (W) 200 Watts
Open Circuit Voltage (V) 33.20 Voc
Short Circuit Current (A) 8.25 Isc
Maximum Power Voltage (V) 27.50 Vmp
Maximum Power Current (A) 7.28 Imp
Quality Grade Cosmetic Click here to learn more...
Voltage Type High Voltage
Cell Type Poly-Crystalline
Frame Type: Silver
Junction Box: Yes
Length 61.85″ ( 1,570.99 ) mm
Width 37.44″ ( 950.98 ) mm
Depth 1.61″ ( 41.00 ) mm
Weight 43.00 lb ( 19.50 ) Kg
Certifications CE, CETLUS, UL
Warranty 30 Years
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18 Responses to The Solar Panel

  1. Old Fat Man says:

    Thank you Sue this is the exact info I needed.

  2. Collier Carlton says:

    Sue, keep us posted on the efficacy of your solar set-up. I am going to go solar in a year or so and I really don’t know what I need/require but I suspect it will be similar to your needs. I will have a small gen along as well but obviously prefer the free energy! Glad you survived the snow storms and are in a warmer place! Collier

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Collier!

      This is a very late reply to your comment on my blog (Dec. 2011). You asked that I keep you posted on the efficacy of my solar set-up. I don’t know if you’ve kept up with my blog posts since then, so I’m telling you now that I LOVE my solar set-up! The free energy allows me to go to so many more places away from the crowd.

      Best wishes to you with your solar plans!

  3. Joe Johnson says:

    Howdy Sue, How do you keep the panel from walking off when you are in town and leave the van unattended? My goodness thats a lot of watts for such a little house on wheels. Why do you need so much power? I was thinking just an 80 watt panel would work for the Casita? I have a Honda 2000 portable generator to run the AC and I have been told solar won’t run an AC?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Joe,

      I’m sorry I missed your questions way back in January! If you’re still interested in knowing . . . I can’t think of any time I’ve left the PTV in town where it wasn’t in full view. I usually stay home after dark. Thieves would have to set up a ladder in plain view. No problems so far!

      I wanted a big panel so I would be certain to have enough energy coming in, even if I parked in semi-shade or if the clouds moved in. I had the money for it at the time, it wasn’t that much more than a smaller panel, and I’d rather have too much than too little. I suppose 80 watts would be enough. You’d have to pay more attention to it though.

      I don’t want to have a generator. If it gets hot, I need to move to a higher elevation.

  4. Sue Johnson says:

    Sue, How is the solar panel working for you ???
    and, do you worry about it getting stolen when you lv. your trailer and go into town?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue! Sorry I’m late answering your questions. The solar panel is working great! I can watch tv, run a fan, use my laptop, turn on lights . . . no problems.

      There’d be more chance of me worrying about the solar panel if it were mounted on the roof of the Casita when I leave it at a secluded camp and go off somewhere. With the panel on the PTV, it’s usually in a public area. Pretty hard to sneak off with it! (I usually stay home after dark.) So no, I never worry about it.

  5. Ron says:

    Sue
    I have a couple questions for you ?
    I see the specs on your solar panel . Your system seems to be working great.
    I would love to know more about the rest of your system ,charge controller, batteries and anything else needed to make it work like yours also the price of the parts.
    Maybe you can get Mick to post up about the system.
    As you know from past post I am gathering parts for my trailer so it sure would help me and would be greatly appreciated .
    I will send you my email if you would rather do it off the blog.
    ron

  6. Janna & Jeff says:

    Sue, I have a question about solar charging your batteries. Do they charge while you are driving in addition to the input from the vehicles alternator?

  7. Deb says:

    Hello Sue.

    I enjoy your blog a great deal. I’m curious about what you actually run on your solar power. Do you use it for your fridge or do you run that on propane. I’m trying to figure out just what size of system I need for my own unit.

    Thanks.

    Deb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Deb!

      I run my fridge, my two-burner stove, and my heater on propane.

      My lights (LED) are run from solar power (regular bulbs draw too much). I have two inverters which plug into the 12volt sockets built into the BLT. From the inverters I run my television, laptop (big inverter, 400 watt), and verizon jetpack 4GLTE (little inverter – 75 watt). The laptop and jetpack for internet can go wireless but I usually run them plugged in. I also use solar power to keep my camera batteries and my kindle charged (both with little inverter).

      When I get a SiriusXM radio. I’ll run that with solar power. I have a 12v fan I can run with solar power,too. I haven’t done that much because I mostly camp where I don’t need it.

  8. Mickey says:

    The frig runs on propane but needs the 12V battery power to the logic board to control the source to the cooling unit. No dc power, no cooling. Before I installed solar I had plenty of propane to run the frig but within a week not plugged in to ac to keep up the batteries the frig couldn’t cool and I lost everything in frig and freezer. Solar doesn’t run the frig but keeps the batteries up so frig has input to cool using propane.

  9. Deb says:

    Thanks Mickey. I think I’ll have to rethink what I want to run with my solar power.

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