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Simple solar panel setup to power a trolling motor

Simple solar panel setup to power a trolling motor


Hi everybody, it’s Steve. I want to show you real quick the solar setup I’ve got here on the pontoon. I was tired of bringing down shore power and a battery charger every time I wanted to charge the twelve volt battery, the marine battery, I use for the trolling motor. So I came up with an option here of a solar panel and charge controller … and I went ahead and mounted the panel up on the rail made a couple brackets to mount it on the rail, or I can pitch it up on an angle if I want to get better solar exposure, or if I want to get it up and out of the way, just hang it up on the back rail, faces south all the time, constantly charges and tops the battery. The battery that we are running is a marine grade deep cycle battery. and we’re wired into our charge controller. I’m going to be mounting a box up here… a weather proof box with some ventilation up here… and get the battery back on the outside, so it frees up all this floor space. for the time being, I’ll keep the battery is in the box, and keep the charge control protected, not sure if you can see… that or not, we’ve got a red light which tells us we’re charging and connected to the panel… and the solid light which tells us it’s charging the battery right now, as I speak. I also have a battery indicator LED that’s kind of hard to read, which tells us the percentage of battery charge. This charge controller here, PWM charge controller will go ahead and float… when it gets full, so it won’t over charge that battery. I also keep in here a small battery tester, which I will go ahead and disconnect my leads… … and check my battery. and I’m sitting full with thirteen volts right now. now it’s flashing because it’s floating, because I have it disconnected I’ll go ahead and reconnect it… and thirteen point zero, because it’s full. This is an old battery that hasn’t been treated very well over the years. I’ll go ahead and put this in a weather tight compartment with some ventilation around the bottom… the bottom, of this high quality bucket… covered with a brick. For the time being, that works just great. I haven’t had to hook to shore power in over a month and a half. For just around sixty or seventy dollars US on eBay… This came with a sixty watt panel, plus the charge controller, plus the cables- for under seventy dollars delivered. I can’t beat that with a stick! I just wanted to show you that real quick and thanks for watching! If you like this video, please subscribe to the channel and give it a thumbs up , also, please! I’m also going to have more info in a blog post on enjoytimeoutdoors.com So please swing on by there and read some more info about this and see a link where I got it. I’ve been really happy with it. It’s a high quality panel and a good company to deal with, and all that good stuff. Thank you very much, and have a great day!

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