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Adjustability and Portability is Important

Posted by Kelly Knutson on

Each year I put thousands of miles on my RV and along my travels I have seen numerous variations of solar installation.  I’ve analysed the flaws in the competition and here’s what I’ve determined: Installation is expensive.  To have a solar system professionally installed on your camper or RV will cost thousands of dollars. Installation is difficult.  Not only do you have to drill holes in the roof, the installer must also run wires along the walls of this tight space.  There is an added challenge is to make this look cosmetically decent. The panels are permanently flat!  Flat is...

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Unzip, Unfold, and ready to go… How to use the OverlandSolar portable panel

Posted by Kelly Knutson on

Each OverlandSolar panel comes in a padded nylon case.  When you are ready to start capturing free solar energy, all you have to do is take the panel out of the case and unfold the tri-fold system.  The overland solar panel also comes with built in legs so the panel is easily angled toward the sun.  To begin storing this perfect solar energy, simply connect the panels to the “coach” battery using the included clamps.  These industrial clamps go negative to negative, positive to positive, and are as simple to use as  jump-starting a car battery.  Next, select the type...

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What is LED and why should I replace my standard RV and Boat bulbs with these bulbs?

Posted by Brian Wurts on

What is an LED? LED Is a semi-conductor and stands for Light-Emitting Diode. A LED is a solid-state lamp when the switch is turned on energy is released in the form of photons which produces light. What is an LED Lamp? A light-emitting diode lamp is a solid-state lamp that uses light-emitting diodes (LED’s) as a source of light. Since the light output of individual led’s issmall compared to incandescent lamps, multiple diodes are often used together. In recent years, as diode technology has improved, high power LED’s makeit possible to replace other lamps with led lamps. If you leave...

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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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Which Solar Panel Do I Need?

Posted by Kelly Knutson on

OverlandSolar is the portable solar solution that you can take anywhere.  Each systems has built in charge controllers that are the perfect answer for RV’s, boats, remote cabins and camps, expedition vehicles, and really anywhere you want free silent power.  But which system should you choose?   Before we get started... Please note that although the battery in your vehicle is 12 volts, it is not designed to have a slow power draw like a deep cycle battery.  For this reason, we recommend having a separate deep cycle battery to collect your solar energy.  Personally, in my Jeep I have...

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