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What would you do with an extra 12 watts of solar power? Like running your stereo all day without having to start your engine, keeping your boat afloat by running your bilge pump all year. The team at Ganz Energy wants to hear your ideas here in the Gear Anarchy forum now. The best idea (chosen completely arbitrarily) will get a new 12 watt marine grade solar panel sent to them!



Remember these panels are just about indestructible and can be mounted anywhere! Let's hear your ideas about how you would use the solar power provided by Ganz.


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Small pump and water filter to run a tank onboard with reusable water bottles to eliminate water refuse waste.

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use it to run the laser light show and disco ball while running the stereo all day. and the motorized rotating stripper pole down below.

 

or the blender for margaritas

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I'd recon that 12 W =~1A @~12V, is probably good for 8 or 9 AH per day, more or less around solstice and equinox. That can keep the batteries topped off, plus small incidental load.

 

I'd think about running the stereo to play distress calls, or predator calls or whatever it is that drives away avian fish reprocessing machines, so they don't shit on my deck.

 

Power budget permitting.

 

Edit:

Just read the data sheet. It puts out only .78 A.

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Keep your handheld VHF(s) charged, permanently. Flat batteries are such a PITA.

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Fridge, Fridge, Fridge are my top 3 choices for a high, 24/7, priority load that solar can kick to the sidelines and give everything else a chance of playing the AGM batteries preservation game.

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Sew panel on winter cover with lead to batteries to kee pthem charged over winter; no need to remove batteries.

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Put a fish tank behind the saloon.. 12W should keep a pump running yeah? Everyone needs a fish tank on board

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This is a no brainer. Perfect for keeping your PAX Vaporizor topped up for endless safety meetings...

 

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Lugging the battery to and from the mooring (to charge at home) on our little dinghy is super sketch...

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Well, once I get the house battery topped off, then there's the fleet of mini drones to keep in the air...

 

;) Josh

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Trickle charge house batteries.

 

Trickle charge all the things that use re-chargeable batteries (tablet, computer, cell phone, camera, power tools, radios, etc.)

 

After all that is done, play some music!

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It makes no sense to divide your energy supply and consumption up into separate buckets. You have to devise at strategy for getting your total energy production meet your total energy demands. All other is cheating on yourself. Having said that, there are no doubts that solar panels under most conditions are destined to be a major leg in your total energy production. That goes especially when you plan to spend much time at the ancker.

Sorry for spoiling the make-believe ...

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Keep fully charged the cell phone on board. Have an app to access it through internet and use as a two direction video surveillance camera.

That allows taking a look around from another cell or computer when one misses her.

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Fridge, Fridge, Fridge are my top 3 choices for a high, 24/7, priority load that solar can kick to the sidelines and give everything else a chance of playing the AGM batteries preservation game.

The above is a serious assessment of why solar is so usefull on a boat in combination with other charging sources. It also deals with a key energy storage issue, that is the capacity reduction and longevity issues caused by common charging mistakes with batteries having lead acid chemistry, and particular the very popular marine AGM style.

 

However I'm feeling no love from the Judges with that technical and erudite approach, so please excuse my change in competition strategy.

 

 

 

"A solar powered air pump is really handy when your feeling a bit tired or the Viagra has either kicked in early or is starting to wear off, it's always there to help you speed things up"

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Sew it to my bimini (flexible panel, right?) so it can assist in keeping my batteries topped off... that's about all it can do.

 

That said, I am in the market for more solar because, as was mentioned above, the 'fridge is eating my power (and brains).

 

BTW, if your 'fridge is consumptive, you might want to look at the: door seals; insulation; use (are you maximizing the way you store things inside, and do you open it frequently?)

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I sail at 61°N, so might use the full panel output to power a really small LED.

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I would use it to block my view of the boat next to me, while topping off my batteries at the same time.

 

I would also use it as an excuse to buy more panels and a charger controller.

 

Hell, that's one sales technique. Give someone just enough for free so they have to buy more.

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I'd keep a small computer (Arduino or Raspberry Pi) that is interfaced with my wind instrument and updates a webpage over cellular to let me check the wind at the boat at any time. That let's me know if it is worth heading over there for some sailing or not.

 

The closest public wind instrument is a few miles from my boat, and conditions are often very different there vs right outside the marina.

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To power upward facing recessed in spreader red LEDs for nighttime trimming-

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simple. Id use it to run my Bluetooth stereo, and ipad so I wouldn't all ways be out of juice.

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I would use it to power to my dinghy auto bilge pump. It is a custom fabrication using a small pond pump with a small solar panel and a level switch. It works well but needs peak sun and no clouds to work all the time. Boosting this up with a better more powerful panel will give me a dry dinghy all summer!

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There are some interesting ideas and some good humor on this thread. We had a hard time choosing so we conducted a drawing with all entries and dringsmuth won. IM me and we will coordinate the shipment of your new Ganz GSP12 Solar Panel. Thank you all for your participation.

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