Installing Solar Panels On Our Camper Was The BEST Decision EVER (Tutorial) – Wandxr Bus



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When we started living in our bus in August 2016, we didn’t have solar panels. We were in a hurry to hit the road and thought it wasn’t a necessary investment but we quickly realized we were wrong… The auxiliary battery wasn’t enough to power our fridge and charge our laptops and camera gear when the car was off. After almost a year of struggling, we switched to solar and it’s the best decision we made. It’s a complete game-changer in our daily basis to harness power from the sun.
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100W Solar Panels:
MC4 Connectors:
Extension Cables:
Solar Charge Controller:
Eternabond Tape (Best tape):

Canon Camera:
Drone:
Gopro:
Intervalometer:
Wide angle lens:
Main lens:
Tripod:
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40 thoughts on “Installing Solar Panels On Our Camper Was The BEST Decision EVER (Tutorial) – Wandxr Bus

  1. When we started living in our bus in August 2016, we didn't have solar panels. We were in a hurry to hit the road and thought it wasn't a necessary investment but we quickly realized we were wrong… The auxiliary battery wasn't enough to power our fridge and charge our laptops and camera gear when the car was off. After almost a year of struggling, we switched to solar and it's the best decision we made. It's a complete game-changer in our daily basis to harness power from the sun.

  2. Nice job on the install. I hope it's working great for you. Down the road you might consider an MPPT controller upgrade like the Victron 75-15 with the Bluetooth monitoring option. You'll probably squeeze a little more power out of your panels. Cheers!

  3. I just installed some flexible solarpanels and made a video about that…it was suuuper easy to do that even for someone like me who has no idea about stuff like that ! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. 12.5 volts after connecting solar panels ?? Controller close to roof that will be another tempalerature then on battery..oh let me see what happened after 2 years..

  5. Use a boost converter for charging laptop, cheaper and more efficient than things mentioned $15. Adjustible voltage from 12 to 80v. Check out boost/buck converters too, they are awesome for your style of living.

  6. You really need rubber grommets for where wires pass through any panels, especially where there is vibration and movement…. The thousands of little rubs, grind off the insulation and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ – dead short and possible fire etc….

  7. Why not buy a monocrystalline panel instead? It's much more durable and it produces more electricity. These flexible panels are easily scratched and damaged in weather and even wind if there's a lot of dust. They also don't have the 20-25 year warranty like monocrystalline panels do. The mono panels are more expensive but they outlast these flexible ones by five lifetimes.

  8. If you want up to 30% more from your solar panels swap that PWM for a MPTT type – it will let your pannels run at their optimum voltage and your battery at its best – just watch out there are some cheap fake MPPT ones out there from China

  9. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ good job. Check the tape every day and add drip loop on cables to prevent leaks. Because cables will move in the wind it will wiggle making space for water to drip into the van even though it's sealed. (I'm a cable installer and tech) I love solar too

  10. Could you talk about the wire you ran from the controller to the battery. Do you have 1 or 2 batteries? I am guessing the controller just "shuts off" when the battery is fully charged??

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