Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: S/E Alabama
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Figuring my electrical requirements. 2 Q's?
I am getting my tiny sailboat ready for a two week cruise I plan to take in the next few months down in the Keys. I am revamping my electrical system and I want it to be adequate for my needs, although they are minimal in my opinion.
I am figuring up my daily amp hours and I am stumped on how to determine how much I should allow for charging my electronics like my handheld vhf, cell phone, video camera, and my mobile tablet. I will be using them moderately, possibly one full discharge per item per day except for the vhf.
Any guesses? Any ideas on how to figure that out?
I believe I will be charging them through cigarette lighter sockets since I have a 12v system only.
Right now I am at about 12 amp hours per day in my total usage of things like: gps, auto pilot, anchor light, nav lights, and led interior lights. (I plan on using a manual bilge pump)
My other question is:
I hope to be able to charge my batteries up with a solar panel or possibly two. I would rather stay away from having to use shore power unless I had too. Right now I have a new solar panel that is rated at 2 amp hours a day which isn't much.
If my power consumption was about 14 amp hours a day, them I should have about 16 amp hours a day capacity in my solar panel system them correct?
Thank you all for your opinions!
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