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Red LED light?

Posted by Brian Wurts on

The new red led bulbs are in. No, they are not just a novelty but have great uses and benefits over white light. I use the red bulbs overhead in my cab, the red light does not kill your eyes at night and there is almost no transition from looking at something inside then back out.Everyone has turned on a light in the dark after being accustomed to the dark, how long does it take your eyes to get back to decent vision on the road when the lights back off? From driving a dark trail, flying in a small...

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Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Posted by Brian Wurts on

Here is a pretty good explanation of the differences between the two including videos. I only use Monocrystalline cells in my solar kits for better efficiency and smaller size.    http://www.civicsolar.com/resource/monocrystalline-vs-polycrystalline-solar-panels  

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NW Overland Expo was a great success!

Posted by Brian Wurts on

If you have not been to one of the Overland Events they are a great place to get ideas (and plenty if gear) for your projects. We sold out of all sizes but have many more coming in the next three weeks!

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What can I run with one of these panels?

Posted by Brian Wurts on

I have been getting a lot of emails and calls asking this question. It all depends on how many batteries you have, how many amp hours those batteries provide, and the size of the panel you are charging with. That number is usually printed on the battery. With a good deep cycle battery you can take it below 50% (1/2 the amp hours) but to make them last they should be charged when they reach 50%. When you know your amp hours you can figure how many watts will put those hours back into your system every day. When you...

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And OverlandSolar was born...

Posted by Kelly Knutsen on

As a semi-professional camper, I pride myself in finding the most scenic, beautiful, and remote locations.  To maintain my self-sustaining adventures off the grid, I experimented with various solar units.  After installing a panel on the roof of my camper, I was faced with a major dilemma: park in the blazing sun (sending the internal temperature of my habitat to levels capable of frying an egg), or park in the shade and lose massive amounts of potential energy.  There had to be a solution. I thought about generators, but prefer to avoid the noisy gas guzzling machines.  Batteries are too...

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