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Re: Stupid solar question

mango, no you don't need a cut off switch. There is nothing wrong with multiple charging sources at the same time. Only caveat: turn off the shorepower when you start your engine, if you bank is full the alternator's tach won't work until you apply a load.

There are a LOT of solar websites out there with good information.

http://forums.catalina.sailboatowner...ighlight=solar

Maine Sail is a great resource. Go to his website.

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I guess my question is am I likely to damage the panels controller or battery this summer until I get a better controller?
I just wouldn't want to leave my boat with that controller hooked up. Looks scary to me. (I have seen much better looking ones overheat & melt) Maybe set it on something non-flammable. (I'm only partially kidding)
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I hope you fused everything.

When I first installed my array I was in a rush and didn't patch in the fuses. My friend then commented, "hope your boat doesn't burn down".

As he's in the boat business I knew he wasn't joking.

I didn't have any problems but I sure sleep better now that the fuses are installed.
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Erm. How would you fuse it? I'm all ears. It appears to be working fine for a few weeks now. No smoke. But I'd be happy to fuse it. What fuses would I be putting in it?
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Lots of material out there. Learn to look for it. I sound like my dad now.

Here are just a couple of links I googled.

Fusing a Solar Panel

Fuses for Solar panels - Cruisers & Sailing Forums
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