How to set up a portable solar-recharged battery system

Join Sam as he guides you through setting up a portable solar system. This in-depth how-to takes you through hardware connection, wiring and termination of a simple portable solar system. This is perfect for free camping or any semi-permanent installation keeping you batteries topped up and 12v appliances powered up. Be sure to check out all our solar products here:
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42 Comments

  1. GooseAFK on February 26, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    This is why I’m moving to AZ

  2. Athfos on February 26, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Is this kit sold in store ready to go?

  3. Salvatore Barrile on February 26, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Hi ,what is the cable awg size ?Thanx

  4. Kris Keilman on February 26, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    I just had a battery built like this but better.
    https://youtu.be/Jk9fhE2uXq4

    12v 35 ah battery.
    I am getting the exact same solar panel.

  5. KCTCS Online on February 26, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    This is a great explanation of the front end of solar power — how to set up the panels & charge the battery. But, is there a video that demonstrates the setup on the back end – how to connect appliances to use the power stored in the battery? TIA! (and, are there retailers in the USA that offer the products demonstrated in this video?)

  6. Brad Page on February 26, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Instead of securing the solat panel to the battery box with ring terminals, could i connect the solar panel to the battery box via an anderson plug that is preinstalled on my battery box?

  7. Wynand Marais on February 26, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Can you send a link to all products used in this video please ?

  8. Ley Glay on February 26, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks for the sharing

  9. eddyizm on February 26, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Can you get these in the USA?

  10. Matt Von Prisk on February 26, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    My Solar Charger only cost me $40 and it works great and its water proof! It charges my phone over 4 times with powers still left. DONT SPEND BIG BUCKS ON A SOLAR CHARGER! Here is the link for the one I use on Amazon https://amzn.to/2GU3Nyh

  11. Glenn Stevenson on February 26, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    HOT…

  12. To the point on February 26, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Thats it ?.

  13. the great comback on February 26, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    How much does it cost for both and where do I go to buy it

  14. Austin Jupp on February 26, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    This looks perfect for the outdoor electricity I want for my Gazebo outback, is it okay to have the battery box stored in another box, and have the solar panel posted 24/7/365? I want something I can just put there and leave for when I want to come out and use it

  15. Yashuah Junior on February 26, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Can you help me , please ! IHave a 22 Wh portable Generator (powerstation ) and i want to charge it with a Foldable 5V 14W and 2,33A solar panel , i understand that if i buy a
    5 -15 volt step up convertor will work , what do you thynk , will start ? I thank you in Advanced

  16. Brian Greg on February 26, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Also I own a solar panel with a ac charging cord attached to can I convert the set up on your battery box to accept the charge from the ac solar panel? And if so how?? Thanks

  17. Scabble Moon on February 26, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    The product works well and certainly does the job… However, The power cord needs to be secured to the Solar unit – then run into the PAW. By securing the outlet power cable only at the PAW connection, you’ve made this the pulling point… The "+" & "-" connections are way to close and it’s beyond obvious that, being a portable device, this will be pulled, knocked and possibly blown over occasionally… If the wires pull out slightly, there is an extremely high chance they will short and as the battery current can feed back on the circuit, things will get ugly very fast. Your set up does not include a fuse installed between the Battery and the PAW, just the circuit breaker on the Battery Box. I have doubts the breaker will save the wire melting into a one core wire and the Battery discharging to a fatal level. I’d imagine many customers would feel like it’s their fault the cable shorted or it was just an accident and not report it, but ultimately, we have an obligation to engineer portable electrical products to a standard.

  18. Sam on February 26, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Great video!

  19. Demen TheGreat on February 26, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    can you use this to power a small room of plants and does it matter what battery u use?

  20. Victor GTR on February 26, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    You kept it simple and straight forward, good job

  21. Warren Hammond on February 26, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Sam is it possible to charge 3 batteries from 1 solar panel and 1 controller with a rotary or a 4 position switch to charge 1 at a time and switch to the second battery then switch to the 3rd battery not wanting to charge all at once. and if so what switch can I use. all three batteries are close by in other areas but not as a bank.

  22. Dan Roy on February 26, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Lose the music & get a lapel mic, it cuts the echo effect out & gives professional quality sound. Shalom!

  23. William Deschenes on February 26, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Will it be possible to run a fridge at the same time the solar panel is hooked up to the battery box and charging the battery inside?
    Thank you

  24. Darren Gerbrandt on February 26, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Looking to make a Li-Ion 12V 4s12p x2, so it will actually be 4s24p, just waiting on my battery box for the actual battery size I can fit but in the meantime, I was looking at getting a flexible 175W solar panel which does not come with a charge controller, so wanted to know what I should be looking for, don’t really see any that specify a certain wattage but ranges from 10A to 80A with most sitting at 30A. This battery will be used mostly to power a motor for my canoe which I believe pulls about 25A but haven’t tested this yet on my motor under load. Any info provided would be appreciated.

  25. Janet Wilson on February 26, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Keeping things simple but effective. Thanks for this.

  26. Ray Keogh on February 26, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    What is the battery box called ? great video by the way very helpful, Thanks

  27. Graziano Di Martino on February 26, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks for the info, very informative!

  28. Scott Hayes on February 26, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    That loud ass intro music is totally not needed jerk.

  29. LittleSheep 小绵羊 on February 26, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    you should sell it 1 set in website.

  30. GDogg Productions on February 26, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    i’ve been looking around the internet for something like this and I never knew that you can get housing for a car battery 😄💯🔋 that is such a game-changer and it looks safer aswell

  31. Ron schreiber on February 26, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Jaycar what Panels are you using ? great Info thanks .

  32. SAVIOR CHIEF on February 26, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Could this power a 250 watt ceramic heater and for how long?

  33. Dennis Clark on February 26, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Great video! Nice steady tripod video for a change. Thanks for sharing loved it.

  34. Lennie Chism on February 26, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Can I mount the panels to roof of my p30 stepvan?

  35. Terebrate on February 26, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    2:18 "aluminium" heh heh

  36. Defender mods and travels on February 26, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Watt is a unit of power. The term "Watts per hour" (at 00:57) has no meaning. Sorry.

  37. Raro, raro, raroo on February 26, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Is there a portable solar system that can charge a BMW 330e?

  38. Joseph Jackson on February 26, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Pwm! Mpp solar charges put more power in & with overcast.

  39. Brian Greg on February 26, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Can you connect multiple battery boxes to create a larger bank?

  40. Cutting Edge Power on February 26, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    What size solar panel will this need? What are the differences between Anderson and MC4 connectors? Do I need a charge controller for this solar installation ?

  41. EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT ! on February 26, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Have few questions? Is there such thing as mini solar panels that do same Job as a big one would? I looking to charge my trike battery when out and about when needed- I am looking at 750 watt motor hub and 36v 14ah battery- Not sure how I would charge the cell batteries so if can explain that as well because the lithium is just 1 battery verses 3- What wattage solar panel would need for that wattage type battery and motor and what connectors would attach the solar panel directly into the battery and by- pass using an inverter with out blowing motor? Would like connectors that would be versatile for both the trike motor and the solar panel when need- TY ! Oh and if know of a place where to get what I need appreciate the info as well-

  42. Watchman on February 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Can you use a lead-acid battery to run a low load, like a computer fan? .55A

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