Friday, May 11, 2007
I've Got Power ! And the best kind...
With three 15 watt solar panels, one 12 volt deep cycle battery, and a small inverter, I was able to power my satellite radio ( two channels of NPR all day ) for hours, charge my laptop, phone and camera, and still have enough power stored in the battery to run the radio and a flourescent light after dark for hours. The total cost for this setup was just over $300. After a few years, I will have to change the battery, but that's it. The system is easily expandable to accomodate future energy needs.
This unit was recommended by Abe and Josie ( of Vela Creations ) as a good basic starter unit. It can be found at Harbor Freight hardware.