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Solar battery charger

I have a van which has a solar panel on the roof. There are a few small lights which are always elluminated that are connected to the solar panel operation. The van is used mainly for camping and as the price of gas climes, the use of the van declines. The van is in a garage, so, no light for the solar panel. I do run the vehicle from time to time; however, not long enough to charge the batteries. My question: will a light bulb over the solar panel charge the battery. If so, what would be the minimum size?

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    We have tried to charge the solar panel with no success. Either by solar or battery

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Will not charge. Wither by solar or power charger

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Yes, but the efficiency of solar cells is terrible. Its one thing to use free sunlught to charge the cells, its another to have to pay the electric company to do it. If you can access the batteries in the solar rig easily and they are in the correct voltage range, I think you would be better off getting a battery tender (trickle charger). Just let the van sit outside until the batteries are fully charged, then connect the battery tender to keep it fully charged.

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