Simple solar panel setup to power a trolling motor

Hi everybody, it's Steve. I want to show you real quick the solar setup I've got here on the pontoon. I was tired of bringing down shore power and a battery charger every time I wanted to charge the twelve volt battery, the marine battery, I use for the trolling motor. So I came up with an option here of a solar panel and charge controller. and I went ahead and mounted the panel up on the rail made a couple brackets to mount it on the rail, or I can pitch it up on an angle if I want to get better solar exposure,.

Or if I want to get it up and out of the way, just hang it up on the back rail, faces south all the time, constantly charges and tops the battery. The battery that we are running is a marine grade deep cycle battery. and we're wired into our charge controller. I'm going to be mounting a box up here. a weather proof box with some ventilation up here. and get the battery back on the outside, so it frees up all this floor space. for the time being, I'll keep the battery is in the box,.

And keep the charge control protected, not sure if you can see. that or not, we've got a red light which tells us we're charging and connected to the panel. and the solid light which tells us it's charging the battery right now, as I speak. I also have a battery indicator LED that's kind of hard to read, which tells us the percentage of battery charge. This charge controller here, PWM charge controller will go ahead and float. when it gets full, so it won't over charge that battery. I also keep in here a small battery tester, which I.

Will go ahead and disconnect my leads.. and check my battery. and I'm sitting full with thirteen volts right now. now it's flashing because it's floating, because I have it disconnected I'll go ahead and reconnect it. and thirteen point zero, because it's full. This is an old battery that hasn't been treated very well over the years. I'll go ahead and put this in a weather tight compartment with some ventilation around the bottom. the bottom, of this high quality bucket. covered with a brick. For the time being, that works just great.

I haven't had to hook to shore power in over a month and a half. For just around sixty or seventy dollars US on eBay. This came with a sixty watt panel, plus the charge controller, plus the cables for under seventy dollars delivered. I can't beat that with a stick! I just wanted to show you that real quick and thanks for watching! If you like this tutorial, please subscribe to the channel and give it a thumbs up , also, please! I'm also going to have more info in a blog post on enjoytimeoutdoors.

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Here's a quick tutorial of the trailer comprised of uh. 114 aluminum square tube 18 wall got these poly wheels that I picked up from NorthernTools use these little bike Mt. bike springs got tabs welded on the trailing arm and the body or the frame uh. I used originally used a half inch aluminum rod that I had welded on by a friend on to the trailing arm loaded this up as a test and it failed completely just bent right over when i got a littl lateral loading so i had to go back to the drawing board.

What i decided to do was pinch it between pinch the aluminim tube between two mild steel pieces so i took a one and a halfinch steel tube and uh. split it down the center and then drilled a new hole and so now there's a halfinch stainless steel bolt running there and it seems to be holding up, there's the bolt head I did that so I could sandwhich the aluminum for two reasons. One so I could get it off and two so i could uh. compress it uh. properly.

Um. I had to uh. round the edges off of the square aluminum tube so that it would fit so then up here we've got just kind of a traiangulated piece that attaches to the tonge then on the tonge i just mounted a handle the came off of a ryobi weed whacker it's actually from my weed whacker build and uh. really helps in pulling and keeps my hand warmer and then i've got these wooden saddles that are uh. made for the bottom profile of my marsh rat you see it has three ribs on it to match up with the marsh rat ribs.

So uh. hope that answers more questions these uh. square tubing pieces down here are from the um. previous design where i had a solid axle underneath there and some tall springs and one thing I noticed after built it was that the tires that actually moved forward um. so it's balanced a little differently and then uh. this is a really long unsupported cantilever and i'm not sure if i like that um. i probably should actually look at moving the tires back if i rebuild it i think i'm going to have to strengthen the top.

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