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hpdrver

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Posted: 10/12/21 08:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just got portable solar panels and plan to put them out during the day while we explore the national parks. Since I will not be present to face the panel to the sun throughout the day, how should I face the panel initially for the best all day placement. Thanks


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Back when I use to tilt my panels I would tilt at 45 degrees aim them just a little bit east of due south so that could start charging in the morning. My batteries were charged by noon. I started with two 160 watt panels. Now I don't tilt because I have more panels.


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Posted: 10/12/21 10:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Flat on the ground

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easy peasy way to get them oriented for max power it to take an old tP tube, put stand it up on the panel and orient the panel for minimum (zero) shadow.

Now optimum placement will vary during the day, but the above done at a reasonable hour will get you oriented for pretty good all day orientation.

Where you are will have a big impact on the angle. But in all cases you will want the panel facing roughly south if you want the panels working all day w/o constant attention of direction.


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Slightly west of south.


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This time of year a little bit of tilt to the south will help. If you get morning clouds turn a bit to the east.


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Good info, thanks

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