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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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New Lensun 100W flexible rubberized solar panel Review from JustinCredibleTV

Review from JustinCredibleRV of Lensun 100W Flexible Solar Panel which with Rubber Strip.

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Lensun New 100W 12V Flexible Solar Panel with Rubber Strip to Protect the Edge, made the solar panel stouter, avoid the delamination, special for marine environment.

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Installing a Lensun ETFE Flexible Solar Panel on a Fiberglass Hightop

Thanks Robert share us his installation experience of Lensun flexible solar panel.

This is the origian link of Robert’s web https://twomeander.com/installing-a-lensun-etfe-flexible-solar-panel-on-a-fiberglass-hightop/

Solar electrical systems are found on many RVs and camper vans. I have had a portable panel that I could deploy while camping, but in our most recent video we show how I went about installing a Lensun ETFE flexible solar panel on a fiberglass hightop.

Hightops are wonderful options in camper vans and Class B RVs as they make the rig much more comfortable. One of the challenges that they introduce, however, is that it is more difficult to mount solar panels to the roof. This is particularly true if the fiberglass hightop is not reinforced with wood ribs to provide a strong point to secure the panels.

The fiberglass hightop on my conversion van camper is not reinforced, and it is curved everywhere. There is literally not a single flat spot on the hightop roof. I was also unable to find an “off the shelf” roof rack that would clear the hightop which left me with the options of custom fabricating a roof rack or installing flexible solar panels that would conform to the curve of the roof.

Lensun ETFE Flexible Solar Panel
Lensun reached out to me about the same time that I was starting to shop for a panel to see if I would be interested in trying their new ETFE flexible solar panel. Since I was actively looking for a flexible panel, and Lensun is a brand that I had heard good things about during my research, I agreed to accept a flexible solar panel to test and review.

ETFE is the new flexible solar panel technology (as opposed to the older PET technology). ETFE panels feature a stronger, fiberglass back sheet, greater efficiency, increased corrosion resistance and temperature range, and improved resistance to dirt and dust buildup. On top of all these benefits, the ETFE panels are more attractive (at least in my opinion).

Installing a Flexible Solar Panel on a Fiberglass Hightop


There are several options for attaching flexible solar panels to the roof of a vehicle. One option is to bolt them down to a roof rack (if one is installed or available for the vehicle). Popular options for installing flexible solar panels to fiberglass or rubber roofs include using VHB tape or Eternabond tape. We went a similar, but slightly different, route with our installation.

Our friend, Glenn, did quite a bit of testing with different products to secure flexible solar panels to the fiberglass roof of his van three years ago. His recommendation was Dual Lock Reclosable Fastener from 3M. If you are not familiar with this product, think of an industrial strength Velcro only different (Dual Lock utilizes a bunch of mushroom-shaped tabs that lock together). The stuff is incredible strong – and it comes apart should the panel ever need to be removed.

As an added layer of security, I also applied a strip of 4″ Eternabond tape to the leading edge of the flexible solar panel. It is the leading edge that will lift and fail first so this extra precautionary step allows me more peace of mind while driving down the highway.

I have had this flexible solar panel installed for several weeks now and have been pleased with the performance. Everything is working as it should and the panel is reliably putting out power all day every day.

Visit the Lensun Solar website to learn more about the 100 Watt ETFE flexible solar panel that we installed on my van.

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Review Lensun 55w and 30w flexible solar panel, installed on off road Nissan Patrol

Thanks for Andre shares his installation pictures on his Nissan Patrol. He search flexible solar panel for off raod vehicles and found us.
Andre ordered one Lensun 55w flexible solar panel and one 30w flexible solar panel on June, 5th.

And the 55w flexible solar panel(1000x350mm/40×14 inch) Without junction box, the cable is come out from the back, this make the car look good.

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Lensun 50W flexible solar panel without junction box and hole

The following is Andre’s email on June 17th.

“Hi Alice ..
I have 2x22ah backup batteries that I charge using the solar panels.. this is to keep my ARB fridge in the car powered for a few days..and also charge some electronics and laptop.
I also have a normal charger 220volt and can charge these backup batteries with my car alternator as well.
The solar panels act as a backup and make the car look good as well 🙂
I will run a full test next week when I am back from a business trip
Thanks
Andre”

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Building a Lensun flexible custom solar panels system on the wooden sailboats that would power the boat

   Lensun provide Customizing service from our customers about customizing Special ETFE Portable flexible solar panels. Customizing solar panels are produced similarly to standard solar panels and use the same materials. Because they are customizing solar panels, you have the freedom to decide where the electrical connectors will be placed, the cell layout of your choice, and more. This way your solar panel will suit your project.

   Lensun flexible solar panels are portable, lightweight, easy to install, perfect to install on RVs, caravans, campers, motorhomes, buses, boats, yachts with strong adhesives on somewhere.  Read more… “Building a Lensun flexible custom solar panels system on the wooden sailboats that would power the boat”

How to Fit Lensun 80W Black Flexible ETFE Solar Panel on the VW T5 Camper and wiring into solar controller and batteries. Lensun Solar

Thanks for G Dub TV to review how to fit Lensun 80W Black Flexible Solar Panels on the roof of VW T5 camper and wiring into solar controller and battery. It is a good idea for masking tapes to keep a nice neat edge on the panel. Testing the current of 80W panel is 2.45A in the winter sunny day. Read more… “How to Fit Lensun 80W Black Flexible ETFE Solar Panel on the VW T5 Camper and wiring into solar controller and batteries. Lensun Solar”

New reviews from Frank Hali about customizing Special 55W 18V Solar Panels for Kimberley Karavan of Off Road Caravan in Australia, Lensun Solar

      We are very happy that Frank Hali shares his review about Lensun ETFE 55W black flexible solar panels and installing panels on his Kimberly Karavan/Kamper. Read more… “New reviews from Frank Hali about customizing Special 55W 18V Solar Panels for Kimberley Karavan of Off Road Caravan in Australia, Lensun Solar”

LENSUN 100W Ultralight Folding Solar Panel, Portable foldable High Quality ETFE solar panel

    LENSUN Solar Energy was found in 2008, we are a world-leading manufacturer of high-performance semi-flexible solar panel and foldable solar panels, any wholesale details just contact us info@lensunsolar.com .

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How to mount Lensun 100W ETFE Flexible Solar Panel Complete Kit on the roof of Motorhomes, RVs, Campers or Caravans

   Thanks very much for our UK customer to share how to mount Lensun 100W 12V Ultralight black ETFE Flexbile Solar Panel, Solar charger controller and wiring on the roof of Motorhomes, RVs, Caravans and Camping vans in the following video. Read more… “How to mount Lensun 100W ETFE Flexible Solar Panel Complete Kit on the roof of Motorhomes, RVs, Campers or Caravans”