Off-grid Camping with a tent-trailer (Combi Camp). How to set solar system?

Thanks for Gijs’s shared why he choose solar power and how it installed the solar panel on his tenttrailer Combi Camp. The following is his experience.

I started thinking about a good solution to be able to camp “self-sufficient” two years ago. I had several reasons for doing this:

1. Prices for electricity on campsites are very high in my opinion and this is a waste of money for a tap, a light and charging a telephone and / or tablet (in my experience this is between € 2.50 and sometimes € 5.50 per day). : S
2. The most beautiful places on campsites are usually without electricity and you are not among the caravans and campers;)
3. It is just very easy and convenient (no mess with (extension) cords anymore) B)

All my sets are 1pc Lensun 60w flexible solar panel, 1pc Lensun 55w flexible solar panel, 20A MPPT solar controller, 55Ah battery, fuse and 12v car plugs

I have been using Lensun flexible solar panel forover two years now. This allows me and my family to camp fully off-grid.

I explained how I connected this installation. This setup provides power for several items:
1. LED lights
2. Watertap
3. USB chargingports (smartphones/tablets/laptop)
4. Universal 12V car output

Solarpanel setup:
Lensun Semi-flexible 60Watt panel
Strapped in an aluminum frame, so it can be placed in a sunny spot:

Additional I added a Lensun 55W 12V Black ETFE Flexible Solar Panel Special size. It fit perfectly on the storage compartment infront of the trailer of my Combi Camp

The semi-flexible panel is glued on with Sikaflex and finished off with silicone sealant.

Both panels are connected to a EPSolar Tracer 2215BN which charges and regulates an Optima Yellow Top 55Ah battery.

All is connected to a fuse box to divide all the different items mentioned before

Pro Car Surface-Mounted Twin 12V Lighter Socket + Twin USB

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Over Landing With Solar Power

   Thanks for Joey’s review. He have some Lensun slar panels, a 80w flexible solar panel installed on the FJ hood, a 100w foldable solar panel and a 10W solar phone charge, the following is his review of these solar panels.

“I have used many products made by Lensun. I have an 80W flexible mounted to my FJ Cruiser that charges my second battery which powers my fridge/freezer and keeps it going. I also have the 100W folding all weather solar charger which charges the batteries on my off-road trailer giving me lighting, charging station for cell phones, Garmin and water pumps. I recently have acquired their folding 10w cell phone charger.

Their products are high quality. The charge is excellent. They withstand any weather you throw at them and they will last for many years.  I highly recommend their products and will not consider another brand now that I have had such a good experience with the company and their products.”


The following article is from Joey’s website, about why he installed solar panel on his Toyota FJ and how he did it. (original link http://brox4.com/2018/10/16/overlanding-with-solar-power/)

Overlanding with Solar Power

  As I was driving down the road with the sunlight beaming down upon my rig, I couldn’t help but think how I could be harnessing some of this energy and transforming it into power in order to be able to go out in the middle of nowhere and camp where I want to, without having to PAY for an electrical site at some park somewhere. The whole goal and idea of overlanding to me was to get out where there is nobody and see things that most people do not see and do things that most people are not able to do.

  If we just go from park to park we are seeing the norm, what everyone else sees and does and we really do not get to experience overlanding to the fullest. We are just park hoppers. So I wanted to make myself as self-sufficient as possible, being able to survive comfortably without the need for outside intervention for periods of time.

  So there are several things to consider. Water was my first one. I have to have a shower. I have to be able to drink, brush my teeth, clean clothes and dishes. Power was the next one. As some of us here may be backpackers where we can put everything we need on our backs, we are here to speak of the overlanding experience. So we all have a vehicle of some kind. That vehicle has a battery and plug ins where we are able to charge everything we can think of in one way or another.

  BUT, the last thing we want to do is to spend 3 days out in the middle of nowhere, reaching that destination of “going where no man has gone before” and living life without any interference of human resources and then we go to pack up and our vehicle will not start because we have drained the battery down to nothing from charging all of our necessities. So how do we keep from this? What are our options?

  So back to my original thought while driving down the road, thinking about these things, and wondering what do I need to do to be able to be completely self-sufficient power-wise and harness this energy so that I can power all the things I have at my disposal in order to be a comfortable as possible and enjoy this overlanding experience to the fullest?

  I considered and began to research solar. I had experience with solar before. I have backpacked and I had the small solar charger that clipped onto my pack and as I hiked across the earth, the sun would beam down giving it a charge and then I could throughout the day keep my GPS or cell phone charged. What I needed now was on a much bigger scale. But I still like the idea…

The solar power’s benefits are out there and hold true for most people.

1. It gives us freedom to get out where most people are not able to go.
2. It is quiet. I like quiet. One of the main reasons I want to get away is to get away from the noise I have to deal with every day.
3. It is easy. It requires very little maintenance and no fuel.
4. Even though there is cost to purchase, if you live long enough and go out enough you will eventually make that money back in savings.

Before you get into “is solar right for me?” or “should I use a generator?” you need to determine the answers to a few questions.

1. How often am I going to be doing this? Am I going to be full-time, a couple times a year, multiple times a year?
2. How long am I going to stay at a time? What is the longest I am going to stay without having contact with civilization?
3. What gear do I need to run? Lights, fridge/freezer, fan, charging cell phones and games (and other stuff we should leave at home because we do this to get away from regular life)
4. Noise…some people do not like noise. In the middle of nowhere and you are sitting by the fire at night and you are either listening to the coyotes, crickets and owls and other night crawlers, or you’re listening to a Briggs and Stratton purr on all cylinders.
5. How much do I want to spend? Almost everyone has a budget. Unless you are independently wealthy, you have so much money you have budgeted for each item you want to put into your build according to necessity and need. WANT has a little to do with it if you are into how “cool” or “impressive” your rig is going to be to others. But don’t build your rig so “cool” that you have to get jumpstarted every time your group gets ready to leave because you run everything off of your single car battery.

Is it for me?

1. Weekend Warrior – A couple times a year for weekends. You are really a weekend warrior. There is nothing wrong with that. People joke and kid about you but you get out when you can. We can only do what we can WHEN we can and you take every opportunity to make the best of the time you have.
2. Solar is probably not going to be a big deal to you and it could take years to recoup your investment in a solar power system for your rig.
(1) You can most likely keep all of your food in a cooler and there is no need for a fridge/freezer.
(2) You can keep your devices (cell phone, tablets, GPS, etc.) charged via your 12v car charger ports.
(3) Your lights can run off of batteries.
3. But what you might want to look into is:
(1) Rechargeable or solar things such as lights and lanterns
(2) Solar lighting around the camp

4. Overlander or Boondocker – If you plan to go out quite frequently or if this is your “thing” in life and what you love to do and you see yourself not only going out when you can get off work on the weekends, and maybe you plan some vacations that will include getting “off grid” for several days or weeks at a time, solar would be beneficial for you.
  Staying in parks that charge $15-30 a night would add up quickly. Most parks offer spots with hookups and then spots that are labeled as “tent camping” or “primitive.” There is a big difference in price per night if you have to have electricity and water.

5. What you need to look into is:
(1) Rechargeable or solar lights and lanterns (for example the collapsible solar lights or LUCI lights ($20 each at Amazon.com) or the AAA battery powered lights offered by ENO which are $20 for a whole string of 10’
(2) Solar panels (many different varieties, sizes, wattages and mounts) like those found from Lensun Solar ( http://www.lensunsolar.com/)
(3) Dual Battery System for your rig that can be charged by your solar panels
(4) Solar Generator or “Portable Power” such as those offered by Goal Zero in many different options.

How Much?

   Compared to those people who spend $50k to 250k on an RV and then $30-50 a night in a full service campsite (I often think how in the world they can afford some of these rigs), we really do not have that much invested. But to us who work day to day jobs and live paycheck to paycheck it’s a small fortune. And if most of our wives found out just how much we had in our rigs we would be calling a lawyer instead of 4 Wheel Parts for our next purchase.

   But we must decide if Solar Power makes sense for us. It’s kind of like sushi, it’s not for everybody. But for some of us, it is really a necessity and will make it where we can bring and enjoy many of the comforts of home and not need any outside sources to do so.

Basic Parts of an Overland Solar System

1. Solar Panels
(1) Solar panels come in various sizes and wattage.
You can get them from a small wallet size all the way up to 3’x5’
(2) Wattage will depend upon size and can range from 5W up to 100W and several panels can be coupled together to increase wattage.
2. Make Up
(1 ) Polycrystalline – most popular and the best price
(2) Monocrystalline – more efficient but higher priced
(3) TFSC – Thin Film Solar Cell – less efficient but can be made into different shapes.
3. Charge Controller
(1) A charge controller sits between an energy source (panels) and the place where the energy is stored (battery or power source).
(2) The controller prevents overcharging by limiting the amount and rate of charge to your batteries and protects against drainage by shutting down if stored power falls below 50 percent capacity.
4. Inverter
(1) This turns the low-wattage DC power produced by Solar Panels and stored in batteries into AC power.
(2) Power Station – this is much like a generator but solar charged batteries power your equipment and supplies. The Power Station is hooked directly to the solar panels which charge the power station. Then you can use the power station as a generator.
5. Storage
(1) Vehicle Battery or 2nd battery
(2) Power Source

Example Solar Panel Systems & Costs

System   Number of Panels Watts      Charge Controller         Inverter       Price

Renogy 200W           2          200W            30 Amp Renogy        N/A            $464

Lensun 80W             1           80W              Lensun 10A              N/A            $209

GoPower Electric    1           170W                30A             GoPower 1500W   $1600

Windy Nation 200   2          200W                30A             P30L 1500W         $533

Zamp Solar 480W    3         480W                 30A   Zamp           N/A            $2000

Goal Zero 150           1       Folding 150W      N/A                 Yeti 150           $449

NOTE – The Goal Zero kit listed last would not be connected directly to your vehicle power source but to the Yeti 150 Power Station.

The Math

Ok, so let’s go back to 7th grade and put all of this into a word problem and try and make this make sense and see if it is worth it to us. When thinking about energy savings of going solar, we must think in terms of whether it would be comparable to what we would spend using a gas generator. This is totally ruling out the sound co-efficient and just crunching numbers.

An Average generator burned one ½ gallon of gas per hour. If we round around and say that the average price of gas is $2.50 then being parked for 8 (normal time we would run it at night for lights and fans) hours we would spend $10 per night.

Based on that figure, if you have $1000 investment that you have made on solar, you would reach a breaking even point on that investment in 100 days. So how many days per year do you go out and need this type of charging system? If your solar system allows you to avoid $40-50 per night campground fees, then your break-even point would come much sooner.

After you reach that break-even point then your energy costs would be $0, other than what you would pay for replacement or broken parts such as batteries.

Batteries

Model                            Technology          Size            Weight    Voltage   Cost

WalMart Everstart       Lead-Acid        11×6.6×9         68kgs      12V      $100

AutoCraft Marine         Lead-Acid        11×7.25.7.75    24kgs     12V      $115

Optima Yellow              AGM          10×6-7/8×7-13/16   43.5kgs   12V     $282

Trojan Reliant              AGM                   13x7x11          81kgs      12V     $310

Powerbrick100           Lithium Ion       10.2×6.6×8.3     30kgs     12V    $725

Smart Battery             Lithium Ion      12.8×6.5×8.7      28kgs     12V   $1300

For me

I researched and looked around to see what was best to fit my needs. To be honest I put more investing into this presentation than I did my research back then but I think I made the right choice and it has been worth every penny.

I spent $200 on Ebay for the Lensun 80W solar Combo that came with a charge controller. I like Ebay because sometimes they run discount codes pretty often. I wasn’t in a hurry so I waited on the 15% off day. It was a flexible panel that is black and came with all of the cables needed to hook it up to a second battery. I planned to install the panel permanently on the hood of my FJ Cruiser where I had painted the hood black. It was the perfect size and would hardly be noticeable. I also purchased a Heavy Duty Dual Battery Auxiliary Isolator with 15’ and 4’ cables for $112 on Ebay. This is a necessity when using dual batteries and came with the heavy duty cables that I needed to hook everything together.

I went to the local HS welding shop and had them fabricate me a battery stand out of heavy metal. They measured and it took them about 30 minutes to come up with a stand with rails that would fit directly into the slot I had made for it behind my air cleaner, passenger side by the fire wall. They charged me $5 for the materials.

I bought 4 grade 8 bolts at the local Ace Hardware store for $6 with lock washers and washers in order to install the battery plate. This took about 30 minutes to drill the holes, insert the bolts and install. After this I went down to the local Advanced Auto Parts store and purchased their deep cycle battery for $109 and a battery holder for $9. I installed the battery and holder in about 10 minutes and tightened everything down.

I installed the isolator on the driver side and ran wires connecting it to the second battery and also to the alternator. A switch was installed inside the cab for me to push if I wanted to use the alternator to charge the second battery. Otherwise all of the charge would come from it sitting using the solar panel.

I had to purchase windshield water relocators because the solar panel being added to the hood covered up the OEM windshield washers. These were $8 at advanced. I used heavy duty double-sided tape and 4 self-tapping screws to attach my solar panel to the hood. I used double sided tape to attach the charge controller to the top of my sealed intake and ran wires from the solar panel and 2nd battery to the charge controller. It was done.

Total Cost – $435

I added up that I will spend (estimated) 60 days/nights in my tent this year. With an average of $10 per night running a generator the cost would be $600 for an 8-hour night plus the cost of a generator (around $800) totaling $1400. That leaves me with after 1 year a savings of $965 not counting the cost of staying in parks where it would cost an average of $40 per night.

 

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Keep your battery Topped Off on the camping trip, review of Lensun 100W foldable solar panel

    Thanks James give us the feedback of Lensun 100W foldable solar panel. The original review from his website https://the-tech-examiner.com/2019/12/11/2019-holiday-gift-guide/

  Click link to shop $239/pc Lensun 100W foldable solar panel http://bit.ly/31oWFji-Lensun-100w

We also have 160w 200w foldable solar panels, click link to check http://www.lensunsolar.com/Foldable-solar-kit

   “The Lensun 100 watt solar panel is a great option for people who enjoy tent or trailer camping and is more then enough power to keep all your electronic camping gadgets fully charged. It is especially useful for keeping 12 volt deep cycle on your travel trailer topped off. 

   I personally used it while on a two week trailer camping trip and it kept our 12 volt trailer battery charged up for the whole trip. I also used it to directly charge up various USB flashlights smartphones, tablets, and walkie talkies using the built in USB ports.”

Item Specifications:  

Model: LS-100FD
Rated Power Output: 100W
Optimum Operating Voltage [Vmp]: 18V
Optimum Operating Current [Imp]: 5.56A
Open Circuit Voltage [Voc]: 21.24V
Short Circuit Current [Isc]: 6.11A
Cell Technology: Monocrystalline Solar Cells Solar Cells Efficiency:21%
Production Tolerance: +3%
Output Type: Solar Cables, Solar Controller
Dimensions(unfolded): 1300 x 570 x 6 mm/51 x 22.5 x 0.24 inch
Dimensions(folded): 580 x 440 x 60 mm/ 22.8 x 17.3 x 2.3 inch
Net. Weight: 3.7 kgs/8.2 lbs
All Technical data at standard test condition AM=1.5, E=1000W/mm, Tc=25℃  

Packing:
1 x 100w 12v folding solar panel
1 x PWM 10A solar controller
1 x 5m cable with Anderson connectors
1 x 25cm cable of alligator clip with Anderson connector
1 x User Manual  

 

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How do you set your offroad/overland vehicles solar system? Why you need solar powered?

Paul installed 3pcs Lensun flexible solar panel (50W, 30W, 20W) on his offroad vehicle Nissan Xterra roof and hood.

Click link to shop http://www.lensunsolar.com/Flexible-solar-panel/Black-flexible-solar-panel

The following are some questions we returned to him about the use of solar panels, and how he seted the off grid solar system on his car.

Why he installed solar panels in his car, and what convenience does solar powered bring to his life.

Lensun: hi Paul, many thanks for your puchased, how’s did you connect the solar panel?

Paul: Solar panels are hook to the redarc bcdc controller, Alternator takes over when the car is started. The system is all run off the battery and solar panels what you’re looking at in the picture is not hooked to the car at all, but through the bcdc controller to the front battery. (the front battery is the car primary battery, the back battery is the 2nd battery)

Front is controlled by the bcdc controller has two separate systems. Front battery is its own system, back battery has its own system, they do not share at all.  But by alternator, when I go out camping or I use a lot more power I hook up more solar panels and lay them on the ground.

The following is the front battery(car primary battery)

I just took it right now and it’s dark outside, this is the monitoring system that I put in for it, this is just the secondary battery, top solar panel give to the battery, second refrigerator, 3rd AC power, 4th DC power.

Lensun: So the car battery is charged by alternator and the solar panel charge the 2nd battery?

Paul: Yes, except Redarc bcdc solar is always charging according to redarc. Solar panels are only for the 2nd back battery,  the hook up to the front battery from the bcdc controller,  it’s only so it can see the alternator.

Hate to say it, but the 2pcs 100 foldable panels are Renogy I lay out when we go camping. Supposedly this is supposed to be there high end model,  it’s fading bending,  and looks like crap,  it’s only in the few days a month sun.

Lensun: how do you installed the flexible solar panel on the car roof? 

Paul: I screwed them on the sides, and made a little platform for the back, so I could screw it in, and then just use silicone on sides, cuz I remember the wind would pull it up some in the heat.

That’s real world pictures not cleaned just walked out at lunch, and took the pictures you want me to I wash them, they probably not been washed in over 3 months right there.

Nothing is underneath them to seal them under, I just put the screws and then seal around the sides, so I can remove them really easy.

I drove around for a few days with just the bolts and the heat cause them to come up a little bit so that’s why I put the seal around the sides.

Lensun: hi Paul, many thanks for your reply. could you tell us whats this black board under the solar panel, is it a aluminum board, pcb board or others?

Paul: ABS plastic really heavy duty good stuff, Really thin does not bend that easy weather’s really well.

Lensun: hi Paul, total Lensun 110w flexible solar panel, is it enough for you to use? did you check how many amp they produce perday?

Paul: It works perfect, when it is over a hundred degrees outside refrigerator comes on a lot more than regular, so I usually lay out a hundred Watt on the ground,  and if we’re out camping I have a total of 2pcs 100w on the ground, and the 110w on car family of 4pcs,  so they like there Electronics. The battery can support 340 watts.

Most I’ve seen come in is around 15 amps, the bcdc controller can support 40 amps, and the battery can support and Max of 25 amps, so round 310 works out well,  when on camping and driving around in daily use 110 works fine,  now park for a few days if it’s really really hot, I have to lay out 100 Watts more.

The two I lay on the ground are Renogy 100 Watts each,  wife got them for me gift,  they’re hard to take care of though,  so flimsy and cheap made and fading and bending.

Lensun: how many watt of your fridge? is it 12v?

Paul: When it’s on it pulls around 5 amps. I run it at about 33 degrees. It’s the ARB 37 I think. I have the 50 but it was too big for my vehicle

Lensun: the back 85amp battery only power the fridge or power other electronice devices too?

Paul: It Powers everything,Inside the vehicle,I have USB plugs cigarette lighters.
Two surge protectors 1500 watt sine inverter used for pumps to air up flotation devices, when we go to the lake, believe it’s used to run a coffee machine when we go camping, and a lot of other things.

Lensun: do you think the solar is a must for you? we found most of the people do not install solar panel on their offroad vehicles or have a foldable solar panel.

Paul: For me yes, I love it,  I run a refrigerator sometimes,  I bring a TV, sometimes I bring the PS4 for the kids,  it makes coffee in the morning, phone chargers all depends on the situation.

If we’re at the lake,  I need air pumps,  if I’m camping sometimes my lights go out,  I need to charge them, Bluetooth speakers need charging,  I can go on and on how much I need it

With the refrigerator in the vehicle,  it also works great when you’re picking up the kids from school,  you don’t need to stop by the gas station,  and spend $15 on snacks,  just go to grocery store and put it in the fridge, Lunchables Gatorades Waters sodas are a must for kids, gas station runs get expensive.

Without the solar panels, I couldn’t run the refrigerator or anything else, most vehicle batteries die with a cell phone charging for few hours.

Lensun: many thanks. How do people charge the 2nd battery if they do not have solar panel?

Paul: They tie the batteries together the alternator is not smart enough, when done that way to charge both batteries. The back battery will die. You could try to use a battery isolator, but most newer cars have a smart alternator and only see the front battery, so when the front battery is full, it will also see the back battery as full, and just trickle charge it.

Lensun: but the alternator only work when the car drive, but the car does not always drive.

Paul: Yep so you have to have solar. That’s why I have solar. I sit in my car, and watch movies waiting for the wife sometimes in the grocery store. All my kids are practicing baseball or softball. I sit in the car and watch movies. Don’t have to waste gas with the car running.

Here’s another pic from a while back, I was going sleeping on the beach for two nights,  ended up just sleeping in the vehicle, so I set my vehicle up this way. Sheets were not on the foam mattresses at the time of picture.

If you go camping in the wild and don’t have solar panel,  there’s really no reason to bring a second battery it’s going to die so fast.

Lensun: Most people camping in the camp park, for example Kampgrounds of America, Good Sam Club… etc, people can get electronic there.

Paul: So if they go to a plug up one and pay the extra,  you wouldn’t need a battery they have power outlets at those campsites. I don’t like those, because too many people are around. Feel like I’m in a parking lot with trees growing out of it too many people around.

Lensun: so installed solar panel solved the problem of outdoor power, no need to worry about the battery is dead.

Paul: Yeah, I don’t have to worry about power,  my battery sits and float mode a lot even, when I am charging like 3 or 4 cell phones and speakers plugged in, and running a tablet on Wi-Fi, why the kids watch a movie no more dead battery.
Now at night you got to watch what type of fan to run, so you don’t kill your battery in the morning. Most small USB fans are fine you can actually run two or three of those at night.
Most tablets will last the night without even being charged, then the next day you can charge while you’re swimming.

Lensun: What do you think of the hood heat effect the solar panel’s output, did you test it? 

Paul: I live in Texas that Sun is hot here, there’s no car engine going to going to get as hot as that sun.

The solar panel that I lay on the ground we’ll get 170 +, the one on my hood we’ll get 170 +, not sure if it’s affecting. I’m sure it is but I don’t worry about it, I would just add another solar panel somewhere.

You would be really surprised with the heat shield underneath the hood,  it’s just as hot in the Sun on top of your hood as the same as your trunk, they make the heat shields on vehicles under the hood they actually work. I’m sure it’s affecting it, mine’s been on there while and it works great.

If your engine gets around 200 degrees in Texas, it’s almost 200 degrees on your back trunk. Engine heat not really affecting it in my opinion, those heat shields under the hood work pretty well.

When I got into the solar, and putting all the electronics in my car.  I bought a heat gun, so I could take temperatures, I was worried about the redarc controller overheating.

Lensun: so did you test the temperatures?

Paul: The ones on the roof we’re getting round 170 and the ones on the hood was getting around 170 and the ones on the ground we’re getting around a 170.

Lensun: so the hood’s temperaturer is almost same as the car’s roof, back trunk?

Paul: Yeah it really does not affect as much as people think.

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Why choose Lensun flexible solar panel, what they said?

More and more customers choose LENSUN,  thanks for their feedback and pictures.

Click link to shop http://www.lensunsolar.com/Flexible-solar-panel/Black-flexible-solar-panel

 

1. Joey installed a Lensun 80W flexible solar panel on his Toyota FJ curiser

Lensun: hi Joey, why you choose lensun flexible solar panel but not other brands when you bought the solar panel?
Joey: Good reviews and good price. Many are overpriced for what you get.
I get a ton of compliments on my solar setup on the hood. There are many that have painted or put vinyl on this area so it is a very good addition. The solar panel works perfect in that area.


Joey: The black solar panel was a good color for me as it matched and was hidden well with my blacked out area on my hood.

The following is Joey’s review on our page

“I have used many products made by Lensun. I have an 80W flexible mounted to my FJ Cruiser that charges my second battery which powers my fridge/freezer and keeps it going. I also have the 100W folding all weather solar charger which charges the batteries on my off-road trailer giving me lighting, charging station for cell phones, Garmin and water pumps. I recently have acquired their folding 10w cell phone charger.

Their products are high quality. The charge is excellent. They withstand any weather you throw at them and they will last for many years. I highly recommend their products and will not consider another brand now that I have had such a good experience with the company and their products.”

 

2.Paul bought 50W, 20W and 30W Flexible solar panel for his Nissan Xterra

Lensun: by the way, why you choose lensun flexible solar panel but not other brands?

Paul: “You guys make them all black and they’re a lot stronger not sure what that material is, but it holds up. When driving around winds blowing over it also, I have all these little white dings in the one on the hood still works great, the Renogy one I had on before last at 2 months and it broke on the hood.

I’ve had three branches scrape against the one, Lensun are a lot stronger, not sure what that material use is, but you’re doing it right. It is stronger.”

Lensun: Our flexible solar panel backboard is made of firberglass back sheet which is more heat-dissipating and heat-resistant than PET backsheet. Most flexible solar panels on the market use cheap PET backsheets. PET backsheets are not heat-resistant and are easily deformed and bulged.

Paul: So that’s why my Renogy one is all folded everywhere, and is faded and looks like crap, I only lay those out every now and then.

If you lay a Renogy solar panel there foldable, it actually forms itself to the ground, and gets all bended everywhere.

I just throw it in the Box, I don’t try to bend it back still works sometimes.

Lensun: all lensun flexible solar panel and foldable solar panels the first layer is ETFE, ETFE has non-adhesive surface properties. Highly stain-resistant and easily gets cleaned by the rain.
Paul: I do notice that I do not have to clean them that often the ones on my car.

That’s real world pictures not cleaned just walked out at lunch, and took the pictures you want me to I wash them, they probably not been washed in over 3 months right there

 

3. John installed a Lensun 80W flexible solar panel on his Toyota FJ cruiser hood.

Lensun: why did you choose Lensun but not other brand when you bought the solar panel?
John: Lensun had the best size, quality, and price of any flexible solar panel on the market. I’d love to try out your foldable panels too.
My truck goes to around 6 off road shows a summer and gets so much attention just for the lensun solar on the hood

My truck in the snow. Panel is really tough.

Myself and five other friends all have lensun solar panels on our hoods. basically all of the vehicles on your Instagram page with solar panels on the hoods were started by me. Most of those trucks are based out of Colorado in the US.

John’s review on our page

“I have the 80W flexible panel custom mounted to the hood of my FJ Cruiser and it fits perfectly! It’s been delivering solid performance for the past 2 years to top off my dual battery system. I’d recommend Lensun panels for the quality and output any day!”

 

4. Thomas installed 2pcs 100W flexible solar panel on his VW T5 roof

“I installed these Solar panels on my van last summer! Now i’m able to run all kind of electric tools from my van! I used to run out of power after a few hours of work/ loading battery’s of my DeWalt tools, now the battery’s get filled up whenever the sun is shining!”

“Hi, the 200 watt panel is conected to 2 x 75 ah yellowtop batt from optima
Running the engel fridge and the lights with it. No problems at all. I will recomend the set to my customers.
I am using him now for 3 months on our Marokko/mauretanie trip Topppp.”

 

If any question or advice, Please contact us or call us in the following information from Mondays to Fridays. Any wholesale request just call us or email us, thanks.

Contact information
www.lensunsolar.com
Tel:    UK +44 2032875806
US +1 (323) 2845027
China: +86 15759769602
Whatsapp:  +86 15759769602
Skype: lensunsolar
Email: info@lensunsolar.com, lensunsolar@gmail.com

 

Customize flexible solar panel for Hummer H3 hood

Solar panels are becoming an indispensable part for people in overlanding, but many of the standard solar panels available on the market are not so suitable for mounting on the car’s hood, we received a Shawn’s email about his Hummer H3 hood Demand for custom solar panels. (If you want to buy the stardard solar panels just click link to shop http://www.lensunsolar.com/Flexible-solar-panel/Black-flexible-solar-panel.)

Thanks Shawn’s feedback of the flexible solar panel which we customed for his Hummer H3 hood, and share us his installation pictures.

1. Shawn located in the U.S., El paso, TX, USA, he contacted us this year and asked if we could custom a flexible solar for his Hummer H3’s hood.

“I am looking to install a flexible solar panel on my vehicle and was wondering if you are limited to just squares or rectangles. The dimensions are roughly. 35″ long x 34″ at the top tapering down to 31″ at the bottom. I currently have a 60 watt panel mounted on my roof rack and I want to clear up some space. I would like to keep the panel at about 50-80 watts, if it’s possible to squeeze more that would be awesome. I use it for long overland trips to keep a battery bank charged. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I can provide better dimensions, just wanted to see if this is feasible for you and also the cost.”

2. As our reqeust he sent us the size of his Hummer H3 hood

3. Our engineer team design the drawing as the size, 75W 18V Flexible Solar Panel

4. Confirm the details with Shawn

Peak power: 75W
Solar cell efficiency: 20-21%
Maximum power voltage: 18V
Maximum power current: 4.16A
Open circuit voltage: 21.24V
Short circuit current: 4.58A
Power allowance range: +/-3%
Maximum system voltage: 500V
Values at standard test conditions: Air Mass – AM1.5, Irradiance – 1000W/m2, Cell Temperature – 25°C

Laminated for weather resistance
Laminated with fiberglass + ETFE + Silicon cell + EVA + Tedlar
Solar cells: Monocrystalline
Dimensions: 780 x 780 x 2.5mm/31 X 31 X 0.01 inches
Back sheet: Black Fiberglass
J-Box: IP 67 rated

Not eyelets, Cable 1.5 meters/5ft

5. Shawn made the payment by Paypal

6. The solar panel finished

7. Shawn shared us his installation details

Shawn “I got the panels today they are great. I posted some on Instagram. Thank you for making these.”

“thanks for the custom panels. After a little trimming it fit perfectly in the hood. Didn’t have full sun today but I was getting 1.98 amps to my batteries with it being overcast. Couldn’t be happier with the end result. I will update this as time goes by. Thanks again!!”

“The panel is held in place with double side 3M tape, I did not put a piece of vinyl down before I placed the panel. It is attached straight to the hood.”

Lensun: Do you want to charge the original battery of the car or second battery? How much AMS is the battery?

Shawn: On the white H3, I have it set up for extended traveling. The buzz word in America right now is overlanding. This panel will keep auxiliary batteries charged and topped off. I have two optima yellow top 34 batteries(two AGM yellow top Optimum 55AH battries.) that run my fridge, and different accessories.

Lensun: Are you satisfied with our solar panels ?

Shawn: So far that are amazing, I am very pleased with them.

Any customize request, just contact us or call us in the following information from Mondays to Fridays.

Contact information
www.lensunsolar.com
Tel:    UK +44 2032875806
US +1 (323) 2845027
China: +86 15759769602
Whatsapp:  +86 15759769602
Skype: lensunsolar
Email: info@lensunsolar.com, lensunsolar@gmail.com

Date: 23th, Dec., 2019

Lensun Waterproof ETFE 10W 5V Solar Panel Charger, USB Port Charge your cell phone and all USB Electronic devices

Lensun Waterproof ETFE 10W 5V USB Solar Panel Charger

Early Bird price only USD39/PC, Click link to shop http://www.lensunsolar.com/ETFE-Solar-chargers?product_id=312

Powers your smartphone, camera, and other USB devices quickly and directly from the sun. Attach to your pack or stash away in your favorite travel bag for power on-the-go.

Compatible with All USB Devices
Water-Resistant ETFE Coating

The ETFE Advantage
Compared to traditional PET solar panels, Lensun’s ETFE coating will last 3X longer in outdoor environments.
And ETFE integrated Lamination solar panels do not reflect the light. Dimple technology on the surface captures more sunlight and increases 5% solar absorption rate.

Check our Youtube waterproof test video !!!

 Features:

1. RAPID CHARGING: Charges your phone as fast as it charges at home using industry leading high-efficiency PERC Monocrystalline solar cells. Approximately 1.5 hours in direct sunlight charges most smartphones completely

2. TOUGH IN THE SUN: HIGH QUALITY, TESTED MATERIALS. The waterproof, UV, and scratch-resistant coating is built to last and go wherever you go. The 10 Watts / 5V folding panel uses ETFE coating instead of PET to last outside at least 3x longer than competitors’ products (5+ years)

3. ULTRA LIGHT, COMPACT DESIGN: (Open: 410x195mm/16×7.6inch,280g/9.9 oz) Attach to your favorite backpack or stash into the smallest of spaces in your travel bag. Sturdy metal grommets allow for easy mounting on various backpacks, bicycles, and touring gear

4. COMPATIBILITY: Designed to power thousands of devices that charge from USB, including various handheld devices and smartphones, and DSLR camera batteries. Including Apple iPhone, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry smartphones, Apple iPads and Samsung Tablets, iPods, Sony, Nikon, Canon, and GoPro digital cameras

5. Waterproof for everyday use: UV- and scratch-resistant for prolonged use

6. WARRANTY: 24 month warranty on defects in materials and workmanship

Charging Devices:
1. Open the foldable solar charger and spread them to direct sunshine.
2. Connect foldable solar charger with mobile phone or power bank etc. Through the cable. The folding solar charger will be charging devices automatically.

Product parameters:

Maximum power(Pmax): 10W
Max Operating current(Imp ): 1.9A
Working voltage(Vmp):5V
Unfold size: 410x195mm/16×7.6inch
Folding size: 195x100x15mm/7.7x4x0.6inch
N.W.: 280g/9.9 oz

Packing:

1 x 10W 5V  folding solar charger with USB port

If any question or advice, Please contact us or call us in the following information from Mondays to Fridays. Any wholesale request just call us or email us, thanks.

Contact information

www.lensunsolar.com

Tel:    UK +44 2032875806

US +1 (323) 2845027

China: +86 15759769602

Whatsapp:  +86 15759769602

Skype: lensunsolar

Email: info@lensunsolar.com , lensunsolar@gmail.com

Review of Lensun 200W Folding Solar Panel

Thanks for our customer Greg gave us the feedback of Lensun 200W Folding Solar Panel

Why Greg choose folding solar panel?

Greg: “I must add a parallel port to my existing controller – panel set-up. I have two 180-watt panels on the top of my RV. I purchased these to provide a portable setup as many times the camper is in the shade”

So he bought a Lensun 200W Folable Solar Panel with MC4 Connector Because Greg has solar controller, so he bought the MC4 model, we have the another model come with solar controller too, just click link to check all our foldable solar panel http://www.lensunsolar.com/Foldable-solar-kit

The following is Greg’s review on http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/forums/f20/auxiliary-portable-folding-solar-panels-23929.html

“My 200 watt unit is from www.lensunsolar.com It has 5 40 Watt panels that fold out and deploy at an angle. The panel I purchased did not come with a controller, it just has MC4 connectors.

To hook the folding panel into my existing system I used a Marinco 12VCP – ConnectPro Receptacle & Plug Kit”

I wired the receptacle in parallel with my existing panels. I chose to use Dual PowerPost Cable Connectors , but you could get away with paralleling at the controller in most cases.

I made a quick cable by cutting the ends off one of the sides of a MC4 extension cable. and connecting to the plug. You see below the panel is deployed in my driveway. This was about 10:30 in the morning and I was getting consistently over 9 amps, when combined with the panels on the top of the van I was reading 25 amps. Total wattage of panels all panels is 560 watts.

22” x 21” x 2.5”, also the extension cable rolls up nicely and fits in the zippered pouch.

And more importantly stowed in the rig.

I used to think suitcase type solar was just another unneeded piece of jewelry for our van/overland addiction. I was wrong, they have come a long way. Impressive output Greg and Felix.

On my last outing I was having issues with my refrigerator, so deploying the aux panels became very important. I was able to keep moving the panels as the sun was going down and extend the time I was receiving solar.
Moving the 5 panels setup can be a little challenging, but still very doable. For the size this takes up and power it can provide I give is a solid thumbs up

I also had purchased a very cheap aux setup a while back, it is basically two flexible panels held together with a zipper. The quality of the unit lacks so I will not be posting a review on it.

Most of the cheap folding/foldable solar panel, the first layer is made of PET film, thats why their solar panel is easily fade and get scratched. But Lensun use Japanese ETFE film. Compare with PET film, ETFE film has the following advantages. 

1. ETFE film is much more highly scratch-resistant than the PET film. That’s why other brand PET foldable solar panel has scratched everywhere, although you don’t use it every day. And the Lensun flexible solar panel on the hood still strong without scratching.

2. ETFE film self-cleaning, not easy to stick dust, high stain resistance, and easily gets cleaned by the rain. Do not have to clean them often.

3. ETFE film with high temperature resistance and highly flame retardant. Suitable for use in temperatures ranging from -65°C to +150°C. It can be installed safely in hot climates. PET film is not resistant to high temperatures and is easy to fade. Thats why other brand PET foldable solar panel is faded.

4. ETFE integrated Lamination solar panels do not reflect the light. Dimple technology on the surface captures more sunlight and increases 5% solar absorption rate.

If any question or advice, Please contact us or call us in the following information from Mondays to Fridays. Any wholesale request just call us or email us, thanks.

Contact information

www.lensunsolar.com

Tel:    UK +44 2032875806

US +1 (323) 2845027

China: +86 15759769602

Whatsapp:  +86 15759769602

Skype: lensunsolar

Email: info@lensunsolar.com , lensunsolar@gmail.com

Customize flexible solar panel for Toyota 4Runner hood

We have some customers who bought and installed a Lensun 65w black flexible solar panel on their Toyota 4Runner‘s hood to charge their car battery or 2nd battery.

Why they do not install the solar panel on the roof but on the hood?

Because many people have sunroofs, racks, tents etc on the roof’s. Vehicles hood’s are generally unused wasted space.

After communicating with our customers, we learned that they hope to install a larger solar panel on the hood, but our existing standard models are not suitable, then we decided to custom a  flexible solar panel for their requests.

Accroding our customers gave us the size of the Toyota 4Runner hood, our engineer team design a 100W 22V Flexible Solar Panel. This solar panel will be available in a few days.

Why choose Lensun flexible solar panels for  vehicles’ hood?

1.All Lensun flexible solar panels first layer is ETFE Film, ETFE film has non-adhesive surface properties. Highly stain-resistant and easily gets cleaned by the rain.

The following picture of Lensun 20w and 30w flexible solar panel from our customer Paul, he installed a Lensun 50w flexible solar panel on his Nissan Xterra hood and 20w, 30w on the roof. He said “That’s real world pictures not cleaned just walked out at lunch, and took the pictures you want me to I wash them, they probably not been washed in over 3 months right there”

2. Lensun flexible solar panel is made of the strong black fiberglass back sheet, its more heat-dissipating and heat-resistant than the PET backsheet. Most flexible solar panels on the market use cheap PET backsheets. PET backsheets are not heat-resistant and are easily deformed and bulged.

The following is our customer’s answer why choose Lensun

Paul: “You guys make them all black and they’re a lot stronger not sure what that material is, but it holds up. When driving around winds blowing over it also, I have all these little white dings in the one on the hood still works great, the Renogy one I had on before last at 2 months and it broke on the hood” (Paul has a Renogy 100w foldable solar panel too)

Joey: “Good reviews and good price. Many are overpriced for what you get.”(He installed a Lensun 80w flexible solar panel on his Toyota FJ Curiser hood)

barnardtruffles: “Lensun had the best size, quality, and price of any flexible solar panel on the market. I’d love to try out your foldable panels too. My truck goes to around 6 off road shows a summer and gets so much attention just for the lensun solar on the hood.” (He installed a Lensun 80w flexible solar panel on his Toyota FJ Curiser hood)

Any customize request, just contact us or call us in the following information from Mondays to Fridays.

Contact information
www.lensunsolar.com
Tel:    UK +44 2032875806
US +1 (323) 2845027
China: +86 15759769602
Whatsapp:  +86 15759769602
Skype: lensunsolar
Email: info@lensunsolar.com, lensunsolar@gmail.com

Date: 27th, Nov., 2019

Hood Flexible Solar Panel

Most off-road vehicles have a second battery that powers the refrigerator and other electronic devices. When the engine is running the 2nd battery is charged from the alternator but isolated when the engine is off.

The summers are very hot and if the vehicle is parked for a few days with the fridge running you risk draining the battery. While at a campsite, you can put out a portable solar panel. However, when parked in other locations you need a permanently affixed solar panel that wouldn’t get stolen.

Most of the off-road vehicles roof has a luggage rack and needs to be loaded with luggage, so can not install solar panel on the roof. Its a good choice for install the solar panel in the flat hood.

The following is our customers installation cases.

1. Lensun 80W Black flexible solar panel installed on Toyata FJ Cruiser, to keep the electronics safely running off the battery when the FJ is sitting.

The 80w flexible solar panel with rubber strip to protect the edge and make the solar panel stouter. Click link to shop http://bit.ly/2k3yiXm-lensun-80w-flexible-solar-panel

2. Lensun Lensun 80W Black flexible solar panel installed on Toyota FJ Cruiser to charge for auxiliary battery.

3. Lensun 100W Black Flexible Solar Panel installed on Toyota FJ Cruiser, charge for the second battery 75Ah, the battery power fridge, the solar keeps the fridge running 24/7.

Click link to shop http://bit.ly/2KAYDoW-lensun-100w

4. Lensun 60W Black Flexible Solar Panel installed on Toyota Tacoma

Click link to shop http://bit.ly/2YCtdYS-lensun-60w

5. Lensun 55W and 30W Flexible Solar Panel installed on Nissan Patrol. Charge for 2x22Ah backup batteries to keep the ARB fridge and other some electronics and laptop. The solar panels act as a backup and make the car look good as well.

Click link to shop

Lensun 55w flexible solar panel http://bit.ly/2SuI1mc-lensun-55w-flexible-solar-panel
Lensun 30w flexible solar panel http://bit.ly/2Y0QxOV-lensun-30w-flexible-solar-panel

6. Lensun 60W Flexible Solar Panel installed on Toyota Lexus

Click link to shop http://bit.ly/2YCtdYS-lensun-60w

7. Lensun 110W Flexible Solar Panel installed on Toyota FJ Cruiser

We can provide customized services according to the customer’s special size, such as irregular size.

If any question or advice, Please contact us or call us in the following information from Mondays to Fridays. Any wholesale request just call us or email us, thanks.

Contact information
www.lensunsolar.com
Tel:    UK +44 2032875806
US +1 (323) 2845027
China: +86 15759769602
Whatsapp:  +86 15759769602
Skype: lensunsolar
Email: info@lensunsolar.com, lensunsolar@gmail.com