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Mobile Solar Power Made Easy!: Mobile 12 volt off grid solar system design and installation. RV's, Vans, Cars and boats! Do-it-yourself step by step instructions. Paperback – May 15, 2017
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I was especially impressed by the clear, easy to understand explanation of basic electricity concepts.
I would say this book has all the good stuff without any nonessential filler.
In my life as an engineer, I've found that people who really understand a subject can make it easy to understand for others. Beware some other jargon-filled, mystifying book because the author probably doesn't really understand the material himself. Prowse knows his stuff and explains it clearly.
I've seen enough of William Prowse's van dwelling videos to realize this guy knows his subject inside and out and that is why he can explain it so simply and clearly.
I recommend this book as THE book for anyone contemplating a solar power system for their van or tiny home. (Which, after a venting fan and bed is your most important item)
It's a compact volume, but the author's style is concise and direct, so it covers a lot of ground. Most sections give you just enough information to understand where to look further if you're interested. If this book is the only exposure that you've ever had to some of these subjects, it might move a little too briskly, and you might first want seek out a couple of books on basic electricity and RV systems to familiarize yourself with the concepts. Personally, though, having a very simple understanding of electrical concepts was plenty to follow along without much trouble. If I found myself still confused on a particular subject, I at least had gleaned enough context to know how to seek out more information online.
This is the kind of book that probably has at least one tip that's worth the price of admission alone. There are hundreds of them to choose from. For example, I hadn't considered that different battery chemistries have different usable capacities (since they can only be discharged safely to certain level), so comparing a 200Ah AGM battery bank to 200Ah Lithium based on price isn't apples-to-apples at all. Or, simply using too small a gauge of wire can create a bottleneck that eliminates most of the benefits of that larger, more expensive solar panels that you bought.
I bought the PDF version directly from the author's website since I figured he'd pocket a little more of the purchase price. There's a wealth of experience distilled into this small book, so he deserves every penny!