Man Portable, RF Quiet, LiFePO4 Solar Charge Controllers for /P

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  1. OH8STN

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    Julian oh8stn
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  2. AK5B

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    I bought the Gennasun GV-10 for my 83-watt Solarex and Bioenno BLF1230---a great combination for 100-watt portable SSB in my experience.

    Thanks to you as well as KC8VWM for info and recommendations on both.

    Keep up the good work, Julian!



    (occasionally portable at 28 degrees North :))
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  3. W5KV

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    I’ll have to give the Genasun a try. Though my Bioenno MPPT LiFePO4 charge controller works great, zero noise issues. Thanks for the video Julian.
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  4. OH8STN

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    You should, they are well documented, tested and manufactured in the United States. I would have ordered the 20A MPPT from Bioenno, but it weighs in around a kilo vs the 185 gram Genasun. The Bioenno is also too large to be man portable or backpack friendly, but it's awesome if it's working for you.
    I may still order one of the Bioenno MPPT charge controllers for my home, but I have one other pack-friendly FCC, CE, ...compliant charge controller to feature on the channel before that.

    Julian oh8stn
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  5. KC8VWM

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    From the Genasun website...

    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018
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  6. KK6PKN

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    Hey! Like this video. My set-up is somewhat related but on a smaller scale. I'm going to soon buy a three column foldable solar panel (3o watt)

    See my pics if you care to . . .

    Fun isn't it!

    Jesse C.
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  7. OH8STN

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    I think it's absolutely incredible where these charge controllers are being used.
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  8. OH8STN

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    ROV? I'd like that job.
    Portable power is an extremely fun topic. I've been building battery pack since I was a kid. First for my walkie talkies, later on for RC cars and copters. Now portable and off-grid power for amateur radio. Increasing capacity while reducing weight, that's been the biggest challenge over the years.
    At the moment my main interest is high current draw LiFePO4 packs (30A current draw or more), with 5-10ah capacity, augmented real-time, by a solar panel and charge controller. The commercial battery manufacturers lack vision in this area, but I'm sure after this reply has been up a few weeks, one of them wlll come up with one.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    Julian oh8stn
  9. EU1MEV

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    Guys share your portable solar batteries sets... Preferably with amazon\ebay links .
    Thanks in advance
  10. OH8STN

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    Here is the QRO 50A 128wh battery pack build based on Headway 38120 cells. The cells come in 8 , 10 12 15 and 20 amp hours. You can also put them in parallel to increase capacity. All links are in the video description and comments.
    FWIW, I'm personally uncomfortable sharing commercial links directly on QRZ. Instructions and tutorials with links to parts might be OK.
    Julian oh8stn

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