|Two 100-watt panels temporarily "mounted"|
All of it has been with power provided by two, back-breakingly heavy, 6-volt T105 wet cell batteries wired in series and charged with two 100-watt solar panels (also wired in series) resting (but secured with wire) against the chimney on my roof. They face south and provide 40 volts at 5 amps from about 10:30am to 3:30pm local time. Decreased power is available from them during other daylight hours as the sun is at a lower angle.
A Morningstar MPPT charge controller charges the batteries more efficiently than cheaper
Wiring the arrays in series also minimizes the effect of voltage loss over the 50-foot run of 10g copper wire leading from the arrays into my shack. In parallel, my panels would produce 20 volts at 10 amps and the copper loss would amount to a 5% loss rather than the 1.25% loss of the series-wired method.
Like most modern transceivers, my Flex 6300 is designed to operate with an input of 13.8VDC. My batteries are considered fully charged at 12.74 volts and are at half capacity at 12.10 volts. This results in an RF output of 90 watts with fully charged batteries and 78 watts with the batteries half discharged (the lowest I'll ever allow them to go).
But during daytime as the batteries are being charged, the controller applies as much as 14.5V to them - and to the equipment being powered. At these times, I get full output from my rig.
|T105 golf cart batteries|
My main reason for buying these components and operating "green" is to learn more about the practical use of solar power in order to eventually use it on an RV when camping away from commercial power. Ham radio is providing an excellent way to learn what can be expected from a given array size with a known load.