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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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The cheapest way to save battery power!

Posted by Brian Wurts on

The best investment you can make is throwing any old 12 volt incandescent RV light bulb in the trash and replacing them with the LED bulbs. They don’t have to cost 20 bucks each like I paid a couple years ago. As with everything else on my site I got tired of paying these kinds of prices and came up with a better quality version I could use myself. A standard bulb in the RV is taking a whopping two amps from your battery. Considering you have a few lights on at night this can easily drain your batteries before...

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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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