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so if it could keep up with almost 17 hours straight transmitting at 100W I'm sure it will do just fine using it for what I intended on using it ...

so if it could keep up with almost 17 hours straight transmitting at 100W I'm sure it will do just fine using it for what I intended on using it ...
By Daniel J. Lundwall 1 years ago 283 Views No comments

Where does one start when they purchased something that they needed and the product went above and beyond expectations?! That's where I'm gonna start with this one. :-) I purchased this ACOPOWER 100W portable solar panel kit, with two 12v 22ah batteries (Mighty Max ML22-12) to make an electrical system for my ham radio. I received it in short order (Thanks Amazon and Acopower) and took it with me to the 2018 ARRL Ham Radio Field Day, where 40 thousand ham radio operators around the US participate in. From Saturday at 12pm noon until 7pm that evening I was running SOLELY on the solar system. I did not have to use the generators as the other stations did. Even at 7pm I could have gone longer but I didn't want the batteries to go below 12.4 volts, which is what they were at 7pm. I ran on generator power until 5am the next morning when I put the solar system back in place. At 5am I did not get direct sunlight, but it was enough to get those batteries charging.

At about 6am I turned off the generator and we ran on the solar system until the Field Day officially closed, which was 12pm noon (Mountain Time Zone).

I measured the voltage coming out of the M connectors (in back of the panels where you can attach another solar panel), and it measured 22 volts with no load. When I had the batteries attached to it the voltage read 17 volts.

Now, here's the kicker!... I was not running an AM radio off the batteries... I was running a 100W HF transceiver which was transmitting at least 70% of the time. What this means is, during the 24 hours of the Field Day contest I was transmitting on it way more than I probably should have.... I don't know what the duty cycle of the radio is, but 70% of the 24 hours equates to 16.8 hours STRAIGHT transmitting... and it was at 100W RF power to boot.

This may or may not mean anything to anyone else, but I can assure you that the solar system from ACOPOWER was able to keep up without a problem! And that's what I care about! I purchased them for my ARES Go-Kit, which contains a 65W VHV radio... which in the field I would only use 10W or there abouts...so if it could keep up with almost 17 hours straight transmitting at 100W I'm sure it will do just fine using it for what I intended on using it for in the first place.

The case seems very rugged... a bonus! I wasn't sure what the case would look like, but I was happily surprised!!

Would I encourage YOU to take a look at ACOPOWER? You can bet your bottom dollar!!