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Aldi Solar panel - Fencer unit battery

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Folks, Aldi have some solar panel's on offer for about £30, Has anyone tried them ?

We have been thinking of trying one on the battery that powers the fencer unit for the fence around our pen.  The more we can prolong the battery life the better !

ATB

Matt 

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When i looked at them in the past the current it could produce was very very little and would not charge the battery i needed for a caravan alarm.

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In your case where around a pen, and just for summer use probably not too bad, and will prolong. I went for a bigger panel off eBay and a waterproof charge controller (need to stop the battery from frying if you use a charging panel size eg 20W) rather than maintaining which is what the Aldi one should do. I use mine for sheep electric fence so need all year round charging.

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Just in case you were considering one for your car - they do not work on many cars - to check you need to see if your cigarette lighter works with the ignition OFF - if it does then you should be ok.

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On 20/06/2018 at 00:48, bruno22rf said:

Just in case you were considering one for your car - they do not work on many cars - to check you need to see if your cigarette lighter works with the ignition OFF - if it does then you should be ok.

Most come with crocodile clips you can connect direct to the battery! 

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But then your bonnet is up and the panel is outside the car? Unless you thread it thru the dash which would be a pain - I think the output is so low that they are not much use on a car battery.

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