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Old 01-11-2023, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Which solar is best?

My husband is now using a CPAP machine and going off grid just got harder. Would like to add a solar suitcase to my 2003, 5230. I have a 2 battery bank. Any suggestions on size, brand, and ease of use. I don't want to go roof because I park in the shadiest spots.
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I've been running a CPAP for a decade. Just don't run the humidifier, heated tube, etc. while boondocking. If his machine has a way to run off of a DC cigarette lighter type power source by purchasing an adapter cable or something, then that is more efficient than having to run some type of inverter for it.

Renogy is a reputable brand. It's easiest to get a suitcase system with charge controller and wires that you can just clip to your battery.

As for the size, how much power do you normally consume? How do you normally charge your batteries? If you're a big consumer get the bigger suitcase. If not, get the smaller one.

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Thanks Larry, I have a second question. Is it worth it to change out my old Lead acid for LiFePo4 batteries?
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The internet seems to agree that the only negative to the switch is the upfront cost, otherwise they are superior in almost every way.
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Suitcase is smart/ GREAT for hot, still air weather, but beware being under trees in windy or stormy/ bad weather.
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