|Item Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12.4 x 0.8 x 12.4 inches|
|Item model number||50022|
|Manufacturer Part Number||50022|
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Sunforce 50022 5-Watt Solar Battery Trickle Charger
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- Features sturdy and durable aluminum frame with amorphous solar cells ; Includes 12V DC plug, battery clamps and mounting hardware for easy installation
- Completely weatherproof for added durability
- Amorphous solar panel works in all daylight conditions; even on cloudy days
- Built-in overcharge/discharge protection
- Maintains and trickle charges 12 Volt batteries for your car, boat, RV, electric fence, deer feeder and more
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Convenient Power That Helps Keep Your Batteries Charged
Sunforce 5 watt 12 volt Solar Battery Trickle Charger
The Sunforce 5-watt Solar Battery Trickle Charger gives you another reason to love the sun - it will help keep your vehicle's battery charged anywhere, anytime.
The ideal choice for cars, trucks, recreational vehicles (RV), tractors, boats, electric fences, and more!
Easy DIY Installation
Just plug this helpful charger into your vehicle's 12-volt lighter socket and position the panel to pick up the most daylight possible. Or, if you prefer, use the included battery clamps to connect the panel directly to the battery. Regardless of how you hook up the battery charger, you'll never get caught off guard without the juice you need to start your vehicle. Mounting hardware also included.
- Completely weatherproof
- Features sturdy and durable aluminum frame for extended outdoor use
- Lightweight, portable & compact
-Includes integrated blocking diode that protects the battery discharge at night
- Amorphous solar technology; charges in all lighting conditions
About Amorphous Solar Power
Solar panels convert sunlight into an electric current, they do not store power. Amorphous solar panels are created by spraying silicon onto glass in very thin layers, and are commonly known as thin film solar panels. This process allows them to be better at generating electricity in all lighting conditions, including cloudy or shady environments. Amorphous solar panels have a maximum operating temperature of -40 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit, requiring virtually no maintenance.
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Of course, I'm not there 95% of the time so 5 watts is probably adequate. And I don't have to worry about overcharging. I screwed it to a big log in pretty open sun. So far, it has survived, even some small hail.
BTW, I use the power cord from an old vacuum cleaner and a 4-way 12v splitter to distribute power from the battery.
This year, after returning from another 3 week trip (and using the solar charger), my battery started better than it did before my trip to the airport!
I tested the electrical output in full sunlight and got 20V out into a 100 ohm load -> 4 watts which is pretty good.
One thing to consider though is that this product is not very rugged. The solar panel has a plastic frame but the middle is unprotected on the back (and front). So unless you handle it very carefully it is likely to break.
Someone using this on a car dashboard would need some sort of protective carrier (like those insulated pizza boxes) to protect the unit when it was not being used.
------------ Update Dec 2007 ----------------
Panel stopped producing electricity in November. Had to send it in to Sunforce at my expense for warrantee replacement. They promptly tested it and sent me a replacement. One thing I did notice is that the plastic housing on the unit that I returned had developed some small cracks. I am using the unit on my car dashboard to keep my battery charged.
------------ Update Jan 2013 ----------------
The frame around the panel has warped and cracked. As a result the panel no longer reliably charges my battery. This product isn't really engineered for reliable operation on car dashboards - the plastic / frame cannot deal with the extreme temperature changes over time.
So, just for kicks, I decided to see just what it could do, even though the FAQ on the manufacturer's site says
"A35: This solar panel is ideal for trickle charging all types of vehicle batteries and power packs. If the battery or power pack is completely drained, use a larger Solar Power Panel (11-1881-0 or 11-1882-8). "
I plugged it into one of the 12v outlets and placed it on the dashboard facing south (I live in the mostly overcast Pacific Northwest). A couple of weeks later when I checked, there was enough juice in the battery to turn on the lights, but not start the engine. Today (end of May), I went to get the RV, assuming I'd have to jump start it from my car. I was pretty amazed when I turned the key and the engine started right up.
Needless to say, I am 100% thrilled with this item.
(And, of course, not everyone may have the same experience as me.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this Solar powered battery trickle charger to use on my motorhome. My motorhome is stored outside during the winter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Madghost
Been using it for months, held up no issues. I switched to this brand from being very disappointed in the battery tender model (see my review) . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ed Griffin
Cord is only 3 feet long from panel to battery clips or to 12v adaptor, so unless you plan to have it on your dash, it is useless. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dennis
It worked great...until the wind blew it off my boat. Totally my fault. I thought it weighed enough if it was set on a flat surface not to blow away, but it did. Read morePublished 2 months ago by IceMan