Plug and play solar charger for small ATV's, car, etc.
Ok, I'm looking for opinions again for another solar setup. Currently all my other mobile and stationary rigs (several of which you guys helped me build with your recommendations, so thank you hugely!) are tied up in other jobs (cabin, house, etc), and I can't yank any of them for this job. Mostly because they're all installed in place and too big to easily move. So I need advice on a new rig. But this one is simple. I need to have a small solar charger that is pretty much "plug and play" (ie, pull out of box, hook to battery, walk away) in the 10-20 watt/12vdc department for use on up to a 60ah battery. I'm finding myself more and more having to haul out the 1kw genset for remote recharging jobs that could probably be better served (and ultimately more cheaply) by a portable solar charger. But since this will potentially be handled by farm hands and other family members (ie, others besides myself) who haven't got a bloody clue about this stuff (I'm the only one in the family who understands this tech) I need it as simple as possible to use. Hence my "needs to be plug and play" comment. I'd prefer it to have battery clips on the power side, but if it's only a cigarette charger I can always improvise. (that's what farmers do, isn't it? lol) I simply need a device that can do the whole horse and pony show (ie, solar panel and charge controller) in one package and is newbie friendly. Any suggestions?
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