How to build a basic portable solar power system -camping,boating,off grid living-

WARNING: This video is intended for information purposes only, working with electricity can be dangerous, If you are not qualified, please consult an electrician before attempting any tasks shown in this video.

Useful info for those thinking about leaving their power bills behind. This detailed video shows how to build a basic solar powered set-up.
Ideal for camping, boats, motor-homes, caravans or if scaled up can be used to power an energy efficient house.
If you have any questions about the items used in this video, I'd be happy to answer.

30 thoughts on “How to build a basic portable solar power system -camping,boating,off grid living-

  1. Kyle Yackobovitz

    Why did you choose to use a 100-amp breaker? Wouldn’t something like 15-amp
    be more reasonable? Sorry I am not familiar with these solar panel systems,
    I am trying to understand more

    1. Angry Ram

      Yeah sorry, we just had a baby so haven’t had much spare time to do vids,
      things are starting to settle down now so ill make more vids soon 😉

  2. SP330Y

    @Angry Ram What if your demands for useage in AMPS were more than the 1500w
    inverter, for example 2000watts, would you just use 2 separate inverters
    and feed each one to different devices OR CAN YOU WIRE both inverters
    together to increase the wattage/current useage demand?

    1. SP330Y

      +Angry Ram
      Love the blue smoke joke, very funny 🙂
      Something ive asked a lot of people is this, is it possible to run an
      electric tumble dryer (2650watts) off solar,or is that asking too much?

    2. Angry Ram

      +SP330Y I have now purchased a 3000 watt inverter from ebay and a 250 watt
      solar panel so my startup capacity is now 6000 watts, this is enough for
      most appliances. I think if you try to wire together 2 inverters you will
      make an expensive blue smoke generator

  3. MACLADILLY

    Thanks – great video and really clear information. Have 12v split charger
    system in camper and inverter already, so hoping to add solar panel = more
    freedom :)

  4. steven knight

    Of all the videos I watched as a beginner on YOUTUBE this was “the best by
    far.”

    I make total excuses because of the battery used – of course. That takes
    experience to figure out.

    Thanks for being so down-to-earth. 10 years ago I was in NZ. First was
    Milford Sound and the beaty therein… Visited Dunedin and the
    Albatrosses… Christ Church before the Earthquake… Tauranga and Lake
    Rotorua (with NZ travel agent friends)… and finally 3 days in Auckland…
    then when I wanted to leave they sole my Australian case of wines…
    and wanted $25.00 to exit… I asked them if I could stay… being a
    comedian of sorts…

    Loved the place…

  5. maxwell gyamfi

    will really appreaciate if you list the items,tools and materials used. am
    desperate to make my own solar panel for my home. Thank you

  6. SP330Y

    @Angry Ram
    If, for example the panels only gave out 1 AMP per day in total current,
    does that mean that in 10 days if no electricity was used in the home that
    they would have given out to the batteries 10 AMPS in total and stored it?

    Does it keep on adding and increasing the AMPS that can be stored until the
    battery is fully charged, is that how it works??

    OR…..Does it only top up the batteries to 1 AMP as that’s the maximum
    output from the panels so this figure would never be increased and stored
    in the batteries, this is the part i dont fully understand.

    If anyone has the answer i would be interested to find out, thanks

    1. Christiaan No

      I may not be 100% right but this is my understanding…
      If the PV panels are charging the battery at 1 amp then if they charge at 1
      amp for 1 hour you will have stored 1 amp hour of power. Battery capacity
      is measured in amp hours. My car battery has a 100 amp hour capacity.

      It would take 100 hours to charge my car battery.

      Watts = Volts x Amps

      The 800watt toaster used in the video is 800watts=12V (as it’s a 12V
      system) x ?Amps
      ?Amps = 800/12
      ?Amps = ~67amps
      Which means that if you toast for 1 hour you will have used 67 amp hours of
      electricity. (although more electricity will have been used due to
      inefficiencies in the inverter).

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