Buddipole PowerMini & PowerFilm Solar | Portable Power

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  1. OH8STN

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  2. KE8MOW

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  3. OH8STN

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    Thanks
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    Julian oh8stn
     
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  4. KI4JLI

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    Cool! Julian is the "Portable Power Elmer" to the world! :)
     
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  5. N1IPU

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    Thanks Julian, Was looking for a controller that was versatile. I use lead acids for home and mobile use and cells for portable. Finding one that does both is what I was looking for. Power poles are a plus.
     
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  6. OH8STN

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    I don't know about that but I sure appreciate it. I think if we all spend enough time out in the field, we will eventually come to similar conclusions. Thanks for the kindness, and comment. It's very much appreciated.
    73
    Julian oh8stn
     
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  7. OH8STN

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    You are very welcome. There is also the victron controllers. They can be programmed for multiple battery chemistries but, they don't have the integrated power distribution.
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    Julian oh8stn
     
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  8. N1IPU

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    Julian, I just got done with messaging buddipole, I checked the specs and the input is limited to 150 watts solar or 11 amps according to them. It creates and issue if like me you run two 100 watt panels. I am going to try one of those DROK buck boost modules that I can current limit but not sure of the losses doing that. I will give it a shot but wondering if you had contended with that in any of your setups.
     
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  9. OH8STN

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    Excellent question. This isn't the greatest answer in the world, but it is an honest one. Living so far north, the only time I need to run both my big panels, is in the depth of winter. In summer, if I really needed to top up quicker, I could and have once deployed both of my big panels, by folding over one of the panels rows, reducing the current coming into the charge controller. I've done that once during an expedition in Lapland. We had rain for so many days that my battery storage was nearly depleted. There was a break in the weather with a short window of sunlight. I deployed two panels as I suggested, but folded over a couple of rows to save the charge controller. That was a Genasun GV10L, which has very similar input limitations.
    Thanks for the awesome question, and I hope my answer helps.
    73
    Julian oh8stn
     
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  10. N1IPU

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    It does, I was considering buying a 200 watt panel but that is on hold till I try the current limiter but the fold over idea is sound. Problem is my forgetful days are coming so I try to avoid manual solutions.. LOL
     
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