Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by RussMT » Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:54 am

BOAT wrote:
mastreb wrote:It is true that keeping a solar panel connected will discharge a battery if its dark. However, all it takes is a diode to solve this problem and if your 5W panel was sold as a battery maintainer, it will have the necessary diode in place to prevent this.
Gee, If I send a lot of power to a solar panel will sunlight come out of it? :?
You have to wire 10 of them in a series and plug into a 110 outlet.

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by BOAT » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:20 pm

RussMT wrote:
BOAT wrote:
mastreb wrote:It is true that keeping a solar panel connected will discharge a battery if its dark. However, all it takes is a diode to solve this problem and if your 5W panel was sold as a battery maintainer, it will have the necessary diode in place to prevent this.
Gee, If I send a lot of power to a solar panel will sunlight come out of it? :?
You have to wire 10 of them in a series and plug into a 110 outlet.

LED in reverse! 8) 8)

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by Boblee » Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:26 pm

Yeah but only for a fraction of a second and then kaput.

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by BOAT » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:21 pm

I'll be sure not to try it.

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by RussMT » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:02 pm

BOAT wrote:I'll be sure not to try it.
I may have been wrong. Maybe you need 11 100 what panels to make light at 110 volts. Give it a whirl and report back.

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by BOAT » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:14 am

Okay! Does it matter which way I point the panels? (I probably should do it in the dark to make sure I see the light when it comes out).

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by Three Gypsies » Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:58 pm

The sun goes to the south during the winter and pretty much over head during the summer .
So a south facing is best .

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by Boblee » Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:26 am

Unless you live in OZ and then the Sun goes North for the winter and we try to follow it.

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by seahouse » Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:34 am

BOAT wrote:Okay! Does it matter which way I point the panels? (I probably should do it in the dark to make sure I see the light when it comes out).
It most certainly does so. However, when connected in this manner, you see, they are then known as slenap ralos, their alter ego, and you must be extremely cautious with them.

Wear sun glasses, and you should point the panels away from your face to avoid sunburn. It's not a procedure I would recommend, because you could get caught in a loop of the time space continuum.

It's true, it's not a myth.

I read it on the internet in the post below.
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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by seahouse » Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:35 am

BOAT wrote:Okay! Does it matter which way I point the panels? (I probably should do it in the dark to make sure I see the light when it comes out).
It most certainly does so. However, when connected in this manner, you see, they are then known as slenap ralos, their alter ego, and you must be extremely cautious with them.

Wear sun glasses, and you should point the panels away from your face to avoid sunburn. It's not a procedure I would recommend, because you could get caught in a loop of the time space continuum.

It's true, it's not a myth.

Says so right there in the post above.

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by BOAT » Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:15 am

seahouse wrote:
BOAT wrote:Okay! Does it matter which way I point the panels? (I probably should do it in the dark to make sure I see the light when it comes out).
It most certainly does so. However, when connected in this manner, you see, they are then known as slenap ralos, their alter ego, and you must be extremely cautious with them.

Wear sun glasses, and you should point the panels away from your face to avoid sunburn. It's not a procedure I would recommend, because you could get caught in a loop of the time space continuum.

It's true, it's not a myth.

Says so right there in the post above.

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AAck! I'm caught in an endless loop! Last time this happened I was told my weather radar could not only see clouds but if connected in reverse clouds MAKE clouds but they said I had to spell radar in reverse to get the secret code for making clouds. I did not work for me, it did not change my radar unit at all but I guess it works for some people. :?

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by mastreb » Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:56 pm

BOAT wrote:
mastreb wrote:It is true that keeping a solar panel connected will discharge a battery if its dark. However, all it takes is a diode to solve this problem and if your 5W panel was sold as a battery maintainer, it will have the necessary diode in place to prevent this.
Gee, If I send a lot of power to a solar panel will sunlight come out of it? :?
In point of technical fact, no you won't get "sunlight" (that being broad-spectrum light), but it does emit infra-red, which can be seen with a FLIR.

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by BOAT » Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:36 pm

So the radar will make invisible clouds: radar spelled backwards =

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by seahouse » Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:59 am

Radar?

:idea: No, it never propagates if I set a gap or prevention. :idea:

Loops? at a spool.

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Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Post by BOAT » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:44 am

Yup, radar spelled backwards = radar - catch you comin' or goin'

So, is it further to New York than it is by plane?

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