I am in the Med (Turkey) at the moment and have always had problems with flat batteries, I am no electrician but would like to know what we are doing wrong and how best to put it right.
We have two 95Ah cranking batteries and two 100Ah deep cycle batteries and although we do not have a lot of electrical
items we do have a fridge that is a thief on battery
power but is a necessary evil as a man needs a cold beer at some point
. I am thinking about putting in another bank of batteries just for the fridge due to the fridge working overtime in the summer when it gets close to 50 but am unsure of the best way to go about this.
We have a petrol generator
which I plug
into the shore power
socket and charge the batteries through the battery charger
whilst we are at anchor
and we do use the engine
a fair bit in the Med so that keeps things charged up as well. I am unsure of the benifits of solar
panel and due to not having much room I have decided to test the water
a 50 watt panel and 10 Amp controller, I thought about putting this direct to the fridge bank of batteries but am not sure if this is the best way to go, if this helps I plan to buy another 50 watt panel next time I go out.
I am also not sure about the best place to mount the panels
, we have a classic hull
shape and so this does not allow for a lot of beam or good places to mount a panel. I have thought about putting a tube between two stantions and mounting it that way but any suggestions regarding any of the above would be very much appreciated.