buddyllee
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Charging your Leaf with a Electric Solar Generator

Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:51 pm

Charging your Volt with a Electric Solar Generator.... is it possible?

Can I use this generator - https://www.pointzeroenergy.com/product ... d-5000-hd/

And this Level 2 Charging cable - https://www.amazon.com/MUSTART-Portable ... 077DC39J9/

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Re: Charging your Leaf with a Electric Solar Generator

Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:05 pm

You'd need a lot of panels, and at least enough batteries to charge the car alone for a couple of hours, as buffers. Level one charging would be much easier, and cheaper.
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buddyllee
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Re: Charging your Leaf with a Electric Solar Generator

Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:16 pm

Yeah Level 1 should work easliy but Level 2 is trickier might need the Ultimate level package 8,4oo watt battery generator in order to do the level 2 charging.

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Re: Charging your Leaf with a Electric Solar Generator

Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:27 am

I have a 255ah 24v forklift battery and outback inverter. It will charge my leaf on level 2 with the 12 amp charger.
When the power goes out and I were to need to charge my leaf I would just fire up one of my gasoline powered generators and save the battery and inverter for running the refrigerator and other important intermittent low draw loads.
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Marktm
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Re: Charging your Leaf with a Electric Solar Generator

Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:33 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:05 pm
You'd need a lot of panels, and at least enough batteries to charge the car alone for a couple of hours, as buffers. Level one charging would be much easier, and cheaper.
buddyllee;
If you get the dual MPPT input version - you could use around 3000 watts of panels (+/- 10 good 300 watt panels). On a sunny day you could then get about 12 kWh of energy to charge your vehicle but only if you charge during the day. You could add more battery storage to the unit to store all that solar energy so that you can level 2 charge after the sun goes down. Of course, many other options, but this would use the full capabilities of such a unit. Personally, I would look into a commercial grid tied solar system with something like the SMA inverter that has a 120 VAC outlet that works in the off-grid mode, although that would limit you to 1900 watts of level 1 (in good sun). With a properly sized system, you could get about the same 12 kWh as there is usually 7-8 hours of usable sun (off grid) - and you will save on your electricity bill 24/7 (on grid).

Bottom line, many many ways to "skin this cat", however, my opinion is that the solar generator is not the answer unless you must have the inverter/battery unit easily transportable for some reason (between fixed solar panel installations :?: ).
2012 Leaf SL; 43,000 miles. Battery replaced November 1st, 2016.

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Re: Charging your Leaf with a Electric Solar Generator

Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:07 am

Interesting thank you for the answers.

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