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Mobile Solar: Pickup Mounted 300w Off-Grid System

I’ve been putting some form of solar on my truck for many years now.  It started with a 25w module on my 1997 Tacoma, which expanded to 150w.  Then that truck broke and I had this shiny new 2015 Tacoma with no solar.  It felt incomplete.  The first iteration was a full-size SolarWorld 285w 60 […]

Solar Assisted Battery Backup System

This DIY system consists of a Schneider XW6848 inverter, Schneider 60-150 charge controller, 12 AGM batteries, and 3 SolarWorld 310XL modules on a mobile frame.  This permits me to aim it at the sun during the winter and get more power during an outage. The battery bank’s specification is 48v @ 300aH (14.4kWh), and consists […]

Solar Suitcase (New Lithium Version)

It’s finally done, my big ‘ol suitcase full of lithium batteries, inverter, and charge controller. The specifications are: -100w PV array -0.75kWh lithium battery storage -300w pure sine inverter -Volt meter showing 3 decimal places (28 = full, 20 = dead) -SunSaver MPPT charge controller -Internal circuit breaker and power switch Let’s take a closer […]

100w Portable Power Pack

I recycled the panels from my old truck into this folding, portable AC power source, complete with batteries, capacity meter, charge controller and inverter. Unfolded Folded, with carrying handle Battery capacity monitor The back of the unit isn’t the prettiest, but it’s function over form here. You can see the four 6v 7aH AGM batteries […]