I would like to run my Incubator with a solar panel!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by OrchidCanoe, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. OrchidCanoe

    OrchidCanoe Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Hova-bator 1602N with an auto turner and fan. I'm not sure how much power it uses and wattage and the like, but I would like to learn (This Incubator Kit uses 110V AC power (This kit includes everything needed to use the incubator kit with 220/240V Power).
    Does anyone know how I find the absolute power consumption (current consumption) and operating voltages?


    I actually have three units, but my goal would be to start powering one first.

    I would like to buy a pre-made solar panel to power it. I do several hatches each season, and the benefits of a solar unit would be great. Green energy and sustainability, protection from power outages and eventual discount on power being used.

    Does anyone have any recomendations for pre-made panels, or how I would hook it all up.
     
  2. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    did you ever get this to work? I am off grid and wondered how to get my hovabator running via solar
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    http://www.gqfmfg.com/12-volt-hova-bator/1729-12-volt-battery-power-adapter/

    Above is a 12 volt power adapter for Hovabator models. What you'd do from there is attach to a battery. A solar panel can charge the battery with a controller wired inline.

    Morningstar makes a good inexpensive controller I use for my electric fence around bee hives.

    http://www.morningstarcorp.com/products/sunguard/

    Depending how much energy your using and how much sun you get...you'd pick your watt level of solar panel. I use a 20 watt for the electric fencer. An incubator uses 40-50wats per hour so match panel to needs. Not to mention an auto turner power usage. It will take some research.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Watt-Out...041295?hash=item5d6cc88d8f:g:UZcAAOSwZQxW4syb
     

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