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WWRD99

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Anyone hook a solar panel to one of these yet? I've read this entire thread and don't see that yet. I haven't found another thread about these on here so I thought I'd ask here...can start new if need be. I see it can use a 28 volt 10 amp max setup...with tech as fast as it's moved since the one I have was built I am not sure if a controller is needed or not...I don't think so but I was thinking if there is one in it already would it be efficient?...can I replace it with a new style one or am I on new ground here or overthinking this? New panels are not expensive and a single one would produce enough to keep the system running as long as the suns out. Renogy makes a nice controller and will see 12 or 24 volt panels automatically and charge lithium batteries,,,which I'd like to use...have basic sealed lead acid now...it's bluetooth and can map how the power is being used...has a temp sensor for the batteries too. I'll leave this here and see what you all think.
 

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Yes. Running fridge from 2 200w solar panels and 3 100W batteries when I do not have grid power.

Sorry, running through EPEVER controller
That makes sense to use an outside setup, probably way easier to setup without trying to change the system inside. You know if you can hook up a solar panel to it without a controller? I think it would hook up like a 12 volt charger to the internal batteries...I would hate to smoke it....says it can take a 120 watt 10 amp maxx input?
 

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I would think you would need a regulator of some kind, because the solar plug is only good for 12-28 VDC, and the way a solar panel works, without a regulator, you have no way to manage power input
 

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I converted mine into a beer cooler:
  • Replaced the latches with ss hinges across the back
  • Installed two rubber tie downs for the front
  • Added a set of gas struts to hold the lid up
  • Trimmed down three of the baskets to use as supports
  • Cut a piece of clear fridge shelf material from Home Depot and added holes for ventilation

To do:
  • Install a set of USB charging ports
  • Add a small strap to raise the internal lid with the external
  • Small internal LED light and switch
I still have the side latches and outboard front to secure the external lid if need be.


 
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WWRD99

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I converted mine into a beer cooler:
  • Replaced the latches with ss hinges across the back
  • Installed two rubber tie downs for the front
  • Added a set of gas struts to hold the lid up
  • Trimmed down three of the baskets to use as supports
  • Cut a piece of clear fridge shelf material from Home Depot and added holes for ventilation

To do:
  • Install a set of USB charging ports
  • Add a small strap to raise the internal lid with the external
I still have the side latches and outboard front to secure the external lid if need be.


Wow that's some good stuff!! You know what struts you used? I can find the other stuff pretty easy...like the bottom idea too. I just put new batteries in it the other day...runs great!

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Third From Texas

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Wow that's some good stuff!! You know what struts you used? I can find the other stuff pretty easy...like the bottom idea too. I just put new batteries in it the other day...runs great!

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I tried 10# and 22# struts and the later was perfect. It should have enough to lift both lids once I connect them with a strap or something.

Struts:

Rubber catches

Hinges

Everything was bolted with ss #8's and #10's and locknuts except the rubber catches (no easy way to be behind there to install nut so I riveted them.
 
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WWRD99

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I tried 10# and 22# struts and the later was perfect. It should have enough to lift both lids once I connect them with a strap or something.

Struts:

Rubber catches

Hinges

Everything was bolted with ss #8's and #10's and locknuts except the rubber catches (no easy way to be behind there to install nut so I riveted them.
Perfect!!

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Third From Texas

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Anyone hook a solar panel to one of these yet? I've read this entire thread and don't see that yet. I haven't found another thread about these on here so I thought I'd ask here...can start new if need be. I see it can use a 28 volt 10 amp max setup...with tech as fast as it's moved since the one I have was built I am not sure if a controller is needed or not...I don't think so but I was thinking if there is one in it already would it be efficient?...can I replace it with a new style one or am I on new ground here or overthinking this? New panels are not expensive and a single one would produce enough to keep the system running as long as the suns out. Renogy makes a nice controller and will see 12 or 24 volt panels automatically and charge lithium batteries,,,which I'd like to use...have basic sealed lead acid now...it's bluetooth and can map how the power is being used...has a temp sensor for the batteries too. I'll leave this here and see what you all think.
This is next on my list of things to do with this. I have a little 50w panel and controller that keep the batteries in my M1082 trailer topped off. Since the cooler will be in the trailer when used, I want to add another little panel to keep it topped off. I like redundancy and having another gizmo with batteries makes me want to set up a charging system for it as well...
 

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Charger:

Switch:

Light:
 

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Charger:

Switch:

Light:
I got the shocks and hold down in mine...still waiting on the solar panel!!
 

WWRD99

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Which controller and panel?
I didn't get a controller yet...still trying to figure out which to use...thinking of mounting it in the case with the wires through a grommet sealed up...I got a renogy 24 volt 6 amp that fits right on the top...I'll cut some aluminum angle to mount it with...I may do speed clamps so I can take it off and put it outside if I have the fridge in the shade...should be more than enough to charge and keep cool in some decent sun.

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