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Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby PhillyB » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:26 pm

Can a trail Cam with a 12 volt input be rigged to work of a mini solar panel, like something you can buy at Harbor Freight.

Also, does anyone know if those panels store energy or would they be pointless because the Cam wouldnt have power at night when there is no sun
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Re: Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby amp713 » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:12 am

i would think you would need to have them wired to rechargable batteries of some sort or all of the potential is wasted IM(unexperienced)O.
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Re: Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby a_bow_nut » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:30 am

Yes you will probably need a rechargable battery pack of some kind.
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Re: Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby PhillyB » Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:53 am

OK... so I would rig it to charge the rechargeable batteries during the day and then the batteries would take over at night...
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Re: Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby NotEnufTags » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:18 am

PhillyB wrote:OK... so I would rig it to charge the rechargeable batteries during the day and then the batteries would take over at night...


It seems to me that it would work like a camp trailer solar panel. The panel would send a constant trickle charge to the batteries. The camera would draw from the batteries as needed. Even the moonlight sends a small charge to the batteries so a clear night would allow for some charging.
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Re: Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby MuleyMadness » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:28 am

It can be done for sure, I haven't done it though but know guys have done so.

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Re: Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby PhillyB » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:22 am

MuleyMadness wrote:It can be done for sure, I haven't done it though but know guys have done so.


Do you know of any write ups or instructions?
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Re: Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby MuleyMadness » Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:35 pm

I'll do some research and let you know, I think I remember seeing one somewhere but can't remember when or where. #-o

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Re: Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby Springville Shooter » Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:39 pm

I can help you with a solar system if you want, I work with them all the time. I have used the small panels from harbor freight and I would assume that they would provide plenty of power to maintain a small battery plant that would run your camera forever. Just to be safe, it would be good to get the current rate of your camera to find out how robust the system would need to be. One thing to remember is that panels must have full sunlight to provide anywhere near their rated output. I would also add a small inexpensive regulator to protect the electronics in your camera.--------SS
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Re: Solar panel hooked up to trail cam

Postby PhillyB » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:38 pm

Shooter... once the cameras arrive I will be in touch.

I don't have any of the parts yet... but stuff should be arriving shortly
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