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A motorhome gives you the freedom to be as independent as you wish. For those who prefer not to be tethered to the mains for their electrical requirements there are a number of ways to help to make your power supply last longer.
If your power demands are greater than the standard leisure battery can support or you prefer not to drive around too much just to charge a battery, fitting an additional leisure battery is the easiest and cheapest way to increase your electrical capacity.
Although superficially similar, leisure batteries and starter batteries are not the same. Starter batteries have thin lead plates to provide a quick release of power for engine starting whereas the thicker plates of leisure batteries are better suited to repeated charging and discharging, and the slower release of power required for the 12 volt equipment in a motorhome. Some batteries which are sold as leisure batteries are no different to starter batteries and will not perform as well in the long run.
Batteries supplied as leisure batteries by Dick Lane are manufactured as such by reputable manufacturers and are not simply re-
Alternators do a reasonable job of charging an engine battery but were never designed to get the best out of a leisure battery. A Sterling Battery-
Solar (photovoltaic) panels convert light into electrical energy. Once fitted, a solar panel will provide free energy, with no maintenance, no running costs, and without the noise that even the quietest generator produces. When connected to a solar panel, a leisure battery can provide significantly more power for extended periods without the need for external charging .
The energy from a solar panel is stored in the leisure battery for use as needed, not used to power appliances directly, so the batteries will always benefit from some degree of charge during daylight hours. The amount of charge will vary depending on the strength of the sun, whether it is cloudy, and the position of the sun in relation to the panel. Panels are typically mounted flat on the motorhome roof but can be fitted on to a GPS tracking unit which follows the sun and can increase yield by a factor of three.
Solar panels are available in various sizes and should be matched to a suitable bank of batteries. We can advise on an appropriate set-
For further information on any of these products, please call
01274 661 441
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