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    +1 - I've also just ordered one of these as well, thanks for the advice above chaps.

    Just got to work out how to get round the residents committee so they'll let me pop it on the roof of the garage

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    That is an amazing deal if the price is correct.

    If light conditions are not ideal, I wouldn't go below the 40W panel.

    My three bikes are connected respectively: GS/40W; HP2/40W; DR-Z/20W panels.
    I can see the DR charger is actually harvesting enough light to top up the battery just a couple of hours a day in current weather.
    It is ok because it is a very small battery and it has no dispersions (so far). But might not be enough for a bigger battery/bike.
    The actual current coming in is very, very low.

    To give you a comparison, next to the three panels connected to my Optimate chargers, I have a 160W monocristalline panel (the Optimate ones are poly) that I use to charge the service batteries I use to power lights and tools in the garage.
    For the last 20 days the average max wattage from that panel during daylight was only 12W... (i can download the data from the charge controller)
    Daylight, again in average over the last 20 days was about 6 hours.

    I'd expect the smaller panels to deliver just a microscopic fraction of that (1W every once in a while). Despite all, all the bikes are topped up so far :-)
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    Good result.

    I could really have done with something similar when I rented a garage but none of this kit had been invented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Chief View Post

    Oh, and it IS definitely a BEAST!! Lol
    Sorry, mate, but it most definitely isn't.

    You, on the other hand, could do with a BEASTING for wearing that Please Don't Knock Me Down jacket/vest thing, and having a headlight PLUS auxiliary lights on during pure, brilliant, sunny daytime conditions.
    Now blissfully unable to see the Convid sub forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka View Post
    Sorry, mate, but it most definitely isn't.

    You, on the other hand, could do with a BEASTING for wearing that Please Don't Knock Me Down jacket/vest thing, and having a headlight PLUS auxiliary lights on during pure, brilliant, sunny daytime conditions.

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    Wiring tip. Route the cable that comes from the outside to just below the unit and then back up. This small loop will protect the unit from any water running down the cable. Any water will drip off at the bottom of the loop and not run into the unit.

    tom

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    Nice one, thanks. Didn't consider that.

    In my case there is already a loop (on the wall) as the solar cable is longer than needed, but I didn't want to cut it (I'm not using Optimate's original panel on this particular charger).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka View Post
    Sorry, mate, but it most definitely isn't.

    You, on the other hand, could do with a BEASTING for wearing that Please Don't Knock Me Down jacket/vest thing, and having a headlight PLUS auxiliary lights on during pure, brilliant, sunny daytime conditions.
    Ah, kind thanks, Sir. After numerous attempts at taking me off the previous BEAST, I decided to protect my family by ensuring that I am seen. I'm fairly sure that it doesn't actually matter how sunny it is, drivers don't always see you so I generally run with all 3 lights on. I am comfortable with that configuration but your expert advice is duly noted lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanqhar View Post
    Wiring tip. Route the cable that comes from the outside to just below the unit and then back up. This small loop will protect the unit from any water running down the cable. Any water will drip off at the bottom of the loop and not run into the unit.

    tom
    Thanks, Tom. I took mine up to the garage last night and it looks as though it is set up so that the cable comes out at the bottom of the gubbings on the back of the panel. However, if, when I put it up that is incorrect, I shall certainly take upon your tip.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by oddshapedballs View Post
    +1 - I've also just ordered one of these as well, thanks for the advice above chaps.

    Just got to work out how to get round the residents committee so they'll let me pop it on the roof of the garage
    Glad to be of assistance. Might just have to ask politely lol

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