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The Grizzly Solar Generator

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I made this solar generator mainly for camping but in between trips I like to take it to the lake where I have power for all of my gafgets.

My setup includes:

Stanley Rolling Toolbox
100ah Deep Cycle Solar Battery 
150w Modified Sine Wave Inverter (mounted to the front)
600w Modified Sine Wave Inverter (inside main body with 1200w surge capacity)
2 power outlets on the rear each containing 3 sockets apiece
2x45w Folding Solar Panels
1x120w Folding Solar Panels
12v LED Battery Display
12v 2 Port Cigarette Lighter Outlets
On/Off Switch (powered)
Powered 5w LED Flashlight on the front of the unit
Battery Meter
Total cost: €590 (around $775)

.. and a host of electrical wiring fuses, , alligator clamps, nuts & bolts. I know that a pure sine wave inverter is better for variable speed devices.. motors ect, but I won't be using any therefore I went with what was cheaper. With this setup I've successfully powered my 55w electric cooler, 30w oscillating fan, a desklight, laptop computer, recharged AA & AAA NiMH batteries, charged my lantern, mobile phones and a tablet computer... at once.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMQKkn3QuVc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbngv_SiRI0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwMTcVRKvdE
DarkStarPDX9 months ago
It would be really nice to see step-by-step instructions on how to build one. Thanks!
blackvyper (author)  DarkStarPDX2 months ago

Currently making a step by step tutorial of a smaller unit I built.

astral_mage2 months ago

4 most pple a general rule of thumb is ok. but wheres yr solar charge controller, u make no mention of that wat so ever.

blackvyper (author)  astral_mage2 months ago

I have 3 solar panels with each having it's own charge controller (probably not the most efficient but it works). I'd like to have an MPPT charge controller but it's not at the top of my list now. Currently working on another instructable for a smaller model I just built.

blackvyper (author) 9 months ago
I was really just adding parts as I needed them, so I didn't make any step by step directions. However I am going to make a smaller more portable unit and I will make step by step directions.
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