[Stargate] Alternative power for computers and cell phones at long camping events
Steve Scott (Dietrich)
dietrich.strobelbart at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 14 12:11:42 PDT 2010
For those of you who find that they just cannot go a whole week without their
laptop; check out this alternative for charging a laptop or cellphone at long
Deep cycle marine battery $75.00--$150 depending on how big you want.
12vdc to 120vac inverter $79.99
15 watt 12v Solar panel $79.99
Charge controller $29.99
Battery Box $10.00
This setup would be enough to pretty much keep your laptop going continuously,
assuming at least some fair weather. These solar panels are pretty good, even
on a cloudy day. A 32Ah battery will give you about 15 hours of charge time for
most laptops by itself, without recharging. There is also a 5 watt solar panel
with a built in controller and a smaller inverter if all you want to charge is a
cell phone. For that you get out under $150.00!
Or you can get a larger battery, a larger inverter, and link several solar
panels, and run whatever you want! How about a microwave in your tent at Gulf
Wars? ;-) You could pull that off for about what a generator would cost. And
all without the noise and stink of a generator! And you don't have to buy any
gasoline! Keep in mind that generators are rather frowned upon at Gulf Wars!
Now, let all the screaming about "that's cheating!" begin! ;-)
Just my 2 pence....
Numerus vestri pluma!
Number your feathers!
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