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Post  GoldPandemic on Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:09 pm

Hello.
I've a GPX 5000, which has a large battery pack.
I need a way to charge this in the wilderness far from civilization.
I've considered a 40watt solar panel:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALEKO-40W-12V-Semi-Flexible-Solar-Monocrystalline-Panel-Module-Power-System-/262450889011?hash=item3d1b4ac133:g:7iwAAOSwY0lXRipE
12v, 5.68A, 2kg, it does require a regulator which I have.
I wonder if this is suitable, how long would it take to charge a battery.

I've also seen these compact batteries, anyone tried them?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SMALL-LI-ION-BATTERY-AND-COVER-FOR-MINELAB-GPX-4000-4500-4800-5000-LIGHT-WEIGHT-/131910982020?hash=item1eb681d984:g:k58AAOSwY0lXSBBX
They would last half as long, but also be shorter to charge up.

It could be raining for a week in the bush, anyone have any other ideas for charging my battery?

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Post  Guest on Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:08 pm

What about a small generator?
At least you know you will have power if there is too much cloud coverage over a few days..



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Post  davsgold on Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:51 pm

GoldPandemic wrote:Hello.
I've a GPX 5000, which has a large battery pack.
I need a way to charge this in the wilderness far from civilization.
I've considered a 40watt solar panel:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALEKO-40W-12V-Semi-Flexible-Solar-Monocrystalline-Panel-Module-Power-System-/262450889011?hash=item3d1b4ac133:g:7iwAAOSwY0lXRipE
12v, 5.68A, 2kg, it does require a regulator which I have.
I wonder if this is suitable, how long would it take to charge a battery.

I've also seen these compact batteries, anyone tried them?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SMALL-LI-ION-BATTERY-AND-COVER-FOR-MINELAB-GPX-4000-4500-4800-5000-LIGHT-WEIGHT-/131910982020?hash=item1eb681d984:g:k58AAOSwY0lXSBBX
They would last half as long, but also be shorter to charge up.

It could be raining for a week in the bush, anyone have any other ideas for charging my battery?

G'day GoldPandemic

I presume your not walking but driving, so a solar panel and or genny is a good idea, that way you can make sure your vehicle battery is fully charged as well as your detector battery, and then just charge the detector battery from the vehicle battery, good luck out there with whatever you decide.

cheers dave
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Post  mickb on Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:12 pm

hi there

I run a duel battery set up with a 150w solar panel on the roof of my Troopy
this is enough to run my fridge, charge up my phone and charge detector battery with no problems
even use the 240 inverter to charge laptop no probs
even in cloudy weather it still tops up the battery.
and after 2 or 3 days really cloudy weather rain ect I just run the Troopy for 1/2 hour with idle up revs
and battery is good for another couple of days
I have run this set up for a couple of years and had no problems

if your out bush the duel battery set up is the key thing, fit an isolator and your start battery will always be ok
hope this is of some help to you

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Post  Harb on Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:50 pm

The solar panel will definately take more than overnight..............









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Post  GoldPandemic on Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:55 pm

No vehicle, I'm on foot.
So I gather solar panels are not going to cut it Sad

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Post  Harb on Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:56 pm

GoldPandemic wrote:No vehicle, I'm on foot.
So I gather solar panels are not going to cut it Sad

Bloody things are very slow at night lol.......
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Post  GoldPandemic on Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:07 am

Harb wrote:Bloody things are very slow at night lol.......
I have a spare battery, so can have one charging while I'm detecting.

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Post  Harb on Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:13 am

GoldPandemic wrote:
Harb wrote:Bloody things are very slow at night lol.......
I have a spare battery, so can have one charging while I'm detecting.

Yeah well as long as you have a 12v battery to load the solar panel down to get good regulation , all will be good to use the car charger.

ah....just reread you post....you are on foot......that makes it hard then
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Post  davsgold on Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:30 am

GoldPandemic wrote:No vehicle, I'm on foot.
So I gather solar panels are not going to cut it Sad

Oh well that makes it a tad more difficult. Laughing So how are you going to carry on foot enough food/water and other supplies for extended stays in the wilderness.......I like detecting and camping etc but I'm not that keen to walk and carry everything on a barrow or whatever like the oldtimers did. Shocked

Good luck out there and stay safe.

cheers dave
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Post  GoldPandemic on Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:44 pm

I'm in New Zealand so water is not an issue. I've 4 weeks of food in my backpack, and when I'm half down I'll make my way out.
Once I hit the road, its a days walk to a shop.
In the future I'm planning a different system then I can go into your ozzy deserts (with protection from the sun & nasty critters).
More on that next winter.

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