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Anyone else go solar?

I must be running out of things to add to my V. I just added a cool little solar panel to my topcase to trickle charge the battery when she's parked outside (300mah out max). It has an anti-discharge diode in-line, but I wanted to be able to easily connect and disconnect it, so I just clipped off the included battery terminals and soldered on a battery tender type connection to use with my already installed battery tender line. I have both sticking out slightly from under the seat and can connect and disconnect as needed.I went with industrial strength velcro to attach it to the case. While this particular panel states it is 'weatherproof', I could, in theory, remove it for rain. I doubt I'll bother. It was cheap enough to experiment with.



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Very nice. But running out of things to add? You mean you have a flux capacitor installed?! Cool.

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Very nice. But running out of things to add? You mean you have a flux capacitor installed?! Cool.
I would love to pick up a good used flux capacitor and head on back to 1969 and start over.
This device would also take care of the high battery discharge rate after the installation of the Compufire 55402 stator savior.
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Neat. I think it's a reasonable idea + quest or experiment.

They make some backpacks (for nerds) that have a smaller solar panel than yours, and they imply it can trickle charge a phone, ipad, etc, certainly with the proper cord at the other end to the actual device.

As an experiment, it might be interesting to start out by isolating the output (to just one device instead of the overall bike) by hooking it to a pretty dead or discharged smart phone, and then head out on a ride, with just the phone connected to your panel, and see an hour later, and then an hour or so after that at what point the phone is charged.

It would at least be an example of it's capabilities for something most people could wrap their mind around, granted it's not totally scientific.

Again, I think it's a neat idea, and those panels are sometimes quite reasonably priced. It would be interesting to play with.
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Very nice. But running out of things to add? You mean you have a flux capacitor installed?! Cool.
What do you think lives in the topcase!?


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Very cool..looks like it can almost be rolled up? Where did you get it?
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Very cool..looks like it can almost be rolled up? Where did you get it?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QRHDIPY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


It's rigid though. No rolling up. Well- I suppose you could roll it up once...


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I put a solar panel on the top of my kayak to recharge the deep cycle battery that powers my trolling motor. It makes fishing easier when you have both hands and can move. Also I am very lazy and would rather have a beer in my hand than a paddle.

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What do you think lives in the topcase!?
Ah, I should have realized.

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I put a solar panel on the top of my kayak to recharge the deep cycle battery that powers my trolling motor. It makes fishing easier when you have both hands and can move. Also I am very lazy and would rather have a beer in my hand than a paddle.

Well now you've piqued my interest- One can hookup a trolling motor to a kayak? What wizardry is this? Pics?


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here are a few more pictures. In these photos you can see the motor mount and I put it on a pivot and ran bike brake cables and looped them to the foot rests inside the boat I then took the locks off the foot rests and when you press the foot pad it steers the motor. Then I took the handle off the top of the trolling motor with the speed controller and extended the wires to the front ad used an oven knob to control speed and forward and reverse. I chopped the wires and used a trailer connection to make a quick disconnect so I could take the motor right off. It all works pretty well. I tried to upload a video, but can't figure that part out.
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See if you can view the video here

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here are a few more pictures. In these photos you can see the motor mount and I put it on a pivot and ran bike brake cables and looped them to the foot rests inside the boat I then took the locks off the foot rests and when you press the foot pad it steers the motor. Then I took the handle off the top of the trolling motor with the speed controller and extended the wires to the front ad used an oven knob to control speed and forward and reverse. I chopped the wires and used a trailer connection to make a quick disconnect so I could take the motor right off. It all works pretty well. I tried to upload a video, but can't figure that part out.
This is badass! I'm gonna have to make this a summer project, i think.


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Yeah its cool. My best friend is paralyzed and we did one for him too, and he had to make his with hand steering which worked out even better. It's just a lever on the side that you push or pull to turn left and right. I have switched mine over too because I like to hang my feet in the water when I fish. If you need any pointers let me know. It took us about 6-7 attempts (and an equal number of cases of beer) to get it right, but now it is awesome, and more sturdy.
I wanted to patten our idea, but the money to start it all and the inability to build a system to fit all or even most kayaks was impossible for our wallets and brains, but every time we take them out at least one person wants to buy one. With more money and time we could do it, but for now it's just a fun hobby.

Oh and if you do it, make sure you register it. we almost got huge fines for taking them out with no bow numbers or registrations. Marine patrol screamed at us.
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