I told you about my trip out to the ranch and all my solar panels were upside down in my driveway and broke all to hell, Amazon had 145 watt solar panels for $160.00 each. I grabbed me 2 of them Sat. afternoon. Sunday Amazon started charging tax on us Texans. So I got them for $320.00 and free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime. I received them today and laid them out and stuck a volt meter to them and was getting almost 24 volts out of each one.
I had the Harbor Freight 45 watt panels before just to keep my battery's charged up. Now I will buy a inverter & run some of the stuff in the trailer off of them and I have to buy some more battery's since mine are deader the hell. An ole guy out there is selling some kind of 12 volt battery's that weighs 150 lbs. each for $150.00, I hear they are huge. I talked with some people out there that are using these battery's and everyone is happy with them so I'm going to buy a couple of them. Then I need to build a rack to mount these panels on and cement them in the ground so they don't blow away like my last one's did.
Now I need to do some studying on how to hook these up. From what little bit I've read, you can hook these panels up to where your getting double the watts or double the amps so I need to see which is best. Also see if I want a 24 volt system or a 12 volt one. To damn much stuff for my ole brain to take in at once. If I had known I was gonna live this long I would had taken it a little easier back in the 60's and 70's. I fried to many brain cells back then and tore my dang body up. When I passed 30 I figured by the way I was living I wouldn't see 40 so I partied like hell, when I hit 40 I thought o'hell what now. I decided I had better start taking better care of my ole self and quit everything except sex and smoking, now I'm thinking about cutting out the cigs but that's hard to do when the wife smokes also.
I better go do some studying on these dang panels, I have to read something about 5 times before it starts sinking in.