I have 500 watts. Two 200 watt panels
and Two 50 watt panels
. They are rigid and mounted on top of the bimini
. I installed as much solar that would fit on the bimini
. They are ran to mppt
Our boat did not have a built in refrigerator
. So we have a small Engel freezer
that came with the boat that is in a pull out drawer under the companion way, and we bought another Engel cooler to use as a refrigerator
. I wish we had a built in fridge. We don't have a great spot to put the Engel that we use as a fridge, but they work
We have four 6 volt golf cart batteries
, and a 12 volt start battery. That is all that will fit, I actually had to rebuild
the battery box
to get them in.
We also have a small microwave that we use daily. A small electric
coffee maker, because I'm to impatient in the morning to use our pour over.
We run a countertop ice maker, every few days.
We also have a few laptops, phones, cameras, ipads, etc.
We have lots of extra power during the day. We make sure the batteries
are fully charged before night fall, turn off the invertor at night so only the fridge/freezer are running and the fans. Its hot in Mexico. The batteries are between 60-70 % in the morning.
Coming down the coast of California
it was cold and foggy for multiple days in a row, and the sun set at 5. So we did not have much extra power during the day. We were still able to charge phones and tablets. Did not use the microwave/coffee pot unless we had to motor
. The batteries were always full by night time.