Solar system without inverter

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Transeunte, Jan 7, 2014.

the best solution is

  1. use an inverter

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  2. not use an inverter

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  3. forget that, there are much better solutions

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  1. Transeunte

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    I'm thinking of a solar system for my trailer.

    I wont be using any device that works with grid altern current, well actually i will, but all of them use ac-dc converters and work with 19, 12 or 15 volts.
    I could use an inverter and i would connect all my devices throuh the ac-dc-converters, but this seems a little stupid: have solar panel and bateries with 12v dc, convert to 220v ac and then back to 12, 15 or 19 dc. Stupid but versatile, as i wouldnt have to worrie with diferent voltages.
    So, i would like to have a system without an inverter (12v dc to 220v ac) but i have the different voltages problem.
    What do u think about this options and what solutions can you think of?
     
  2. MrChips

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    Many portable or RV systems are designed to work on 12V batteries which could be between 12V and 14V.

    If you need voltages higher than that you can use a DC-to-DC boost converter set to your desired voltage. These circuits can be very efficient, greater than 85% efficiency.
     
  3. Brownout

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    Tough spot you have there. What runs on 15 and 19V? All my appliances run on 12V in my camping trailer.
     
  4. Transeunte

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    actually i dont need 15v, what i need is 5v for my smartphone. 19v is for my laptop.
     
  5. wayneh

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    5V is easy - just get a car-to-USB adapter. Very inexpensive and efficient. Or you could make your own with a 7805 regulator. Not as efficient but very handy.

    There are also car-to-laptop adapters but they aren't so cheap. An inverter may be the best option for that.
     
  6. inwo

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    Use a 24 volt system with solar charging of each 6 volt battery.

    Then you will have 6-12-18- or 24 available to regulate down with linear regulators.

    The loss in regulator efficiency would be countered by simplicity.
     
  7. Transeunte

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  8. wayneh

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