Solar Electric with Winter coming

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jflynn253, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. jflynn253

    jflynn253 Just Hatched

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    I live in Jersey and with winter coming I am looking to go solar for my automatic water feeder and also for the heat lamp. Does anyone else out there use any solar (small backyard) and nothing connected to their house. I have looked into this solar pack https://www.voltaicsystems.com/ I am thinking of getting a small battery pack and using it to power both my water feeder and my heat lamp (which would be on a timer to come on for a certain temp at night)

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  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    I checked out your link and it has solar panels that are small for charging your phone, or Ipod. If you wanted to run your water dispenser, and a heat lamp, not to mention a timer to control it all, you need something way more larger. Expensive as well, and complex with storage batteries. What is the reason for the solar setup.? You do not have electricity available at your coop site? Harbor Freight has solar panels available. You would need at least 3 or 4 panels and storage cell to run what you want to. Power inverters, and timers, and a small containment structure to keep all the things in as well as structure to mount solar panels. This could easily exceed $1,000.00
    http://www.harborfreight.com/45-watt-solar-panel-kit-10-pc-kit-68751.html

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