Solar Power Ham Radio

For you POTA and SOTA folks here is an another option for power when your are out in the field.  Here is an solar panel with a built in battery bank.

Those of you that know me know I spend a lot of time out in the field.  Camping and radio operating. A while back I had bought a 60 fold up solar panel that not only puts out 5v USB voltage but also 18v for charging batteries. On my recent camping trip in the Adirondacks I used that panel to keep our cell phones charges. {Which work even with us under a tree canopy.}  But I use LiFePO4 lithium batteries for my radio.  Which you just can use any old solar charger since most are made for Lead Acid batteries.   I found the item  below when I got home from that trip a small compact solar charger made for LiFePO4 batteries.  I found this at Powerwerx for $29.99 and it works. it takes any solar panel over 16 volts and 12 amps and it will charge the battery right up to the 14.56 volts which is what LiFePO4 batteries take.  I replaced the solar power connectors with anderson poles. to match by folding panel and it fully charge my 6 ah battery pack in 3 hours.


Picture of Powerwerx MPPT-150-14.6, DC-to-DC Solar Charger Controller for Bioenno 12V LiFePO4 Batteries

https://powerwerx.com/mppt-150w-solar-charge-controller

 

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