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Offline fishonyukon

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Solar Powered Kayak Attachment
« on: May 29, 2008, 09:34:49 am »
Not sure if this product has come up in the forum yet....pulled it from one of my favourite blogs Moldy Chum (definitely recommend it.

Solar powered trolling attachement:
http://moldychum.typepad.com/moldy_chum/2008/05/solar-powered-k.html

I'll pass but I like the solar part of it.
Dreams are like fish, you gots to keep reelin' - G. Love


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Re: Solar Powered Kayak Attachment
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008, 11:07:27 am »
I've seen that rig discussed before.  It has been suggested that it is a bit of a gimmick as the charging capacity of those solar cells is no where near enough to keep up with the current draw of the trolling motor.

That being said, I'm looking for a good system to charge my FF batteries on a longer outback trip.  Any ideas?

-Allen

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Re: Solar Powered Kayak Attachment
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008, 07:57:28 pm »
Year and half ago I bought two cells, 15$ each(on sale) @ Canadian Tire,
wire them in parallel with battery and works great, no hick ups.
I mounted it up front of hatch.
You can see it on this pic.



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Re: Solar Powered Kayak Attachment
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008, 08:12:51 pm »
Daniel, what were the specs on those panels?  And are they working out well for you?

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Re: Solar Powered Kayak Attachment
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2008, 11:38:52 pm »
Each panel is 1.5w (12v) so together I am getting 3w

My Cuda 240 (sonar/GPS) using 170ma(no light) up to 240ma(light on) which is 2w to 2.8w
So on sunny day sonar can work without battery.
If you are interested I can take more pictures how I did it.


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Re: Solar Powered Kayak Attachment
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2008, 12:54:19 pm »
Yes...Id love to see pics on that...Thanks man :)

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Re: Solar Powered Kayak Attachment
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2008, 08:40:25 pm »
I was away few days but here is some pics ;

I cut piece of cloth from old camping chair and attached two panels to it
for easy install/uninstall on my Prowler. Next I tie them together (parallel)
ending with one connector



Connector from sonar and battery is inside the yak



I am using 4Ah battery which should keep your sonar/GPS running all day.
But if you are camping in remote area it is good to have something to recharged batteries



On the yak I have couple pvc clips to tie down panels , cable goes under
cover of hatch and connect to sonar and battery






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Re: Solar Powered Kayak Attachment
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2008, 09:54:20 pm »
Good work man :) I like your pics...Great help to us trying this...

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Re: Solar Powered Kayak Attachment
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2008, 12:08:54 am »
I am using 4Ah battery which should keep your sonar/GPS running all day.
But if you are camping in remote area it is good to have something to recharged batteries

Remote areas ... that's exactly what I am looking for this for.  I use 7Ah batteries and can get 3-4 days out of them.  Since I have a couple of 5 day trips, I'd like to be able to recharge.  But I can probably just get away with bringing 2 7Ah batteries.  That being said ... there are a lot of other electronics that need charging too ... camcorders, GPS, cameras, VHF.  Perhaps I'll put the second battery on a solar charger on shore and use a combination of solar and that battery to charge the other devices.

-Allen


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