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#3358973 - 07/09/12 12:05 AM Solar panels for feeders
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I've been thinking of setting one up. Are they worth it?

Whats some brands y'all use with success or without...

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#3359080 - 07/09/12 05:42 AM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: PWT]
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I have had great success with Moultrie solar panels. Been using them for 7+years and never a problem. The batteries wear out in 3-4 years but I have never had to replace a solar panel.

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#3359103 - 07/09/12 06:23 AM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: twinbubba]
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Yes they worth it.

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#3359187 - 07/09/12 07:46 AM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: NewJeep]
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I dont know what kind of setup you have but as as little-mister know-it all let me tell you solar panels are great when done right. What I mean by right is that squirrels love to chew on the wiring. To combat this over this years folks (myself included) have come up with all sorts of ingenious ways to protect the wiring. Since I build feeders and Have installed more than a few timers, my solution is remove the wiring by mounting the panel directly to the panel. I mount them for my customers and like HCR but lets face they are made in china, I will say this this that I have replaced 2-3 panels for folks using other brands. Back to your original question once you start using a solar panel you will wonder why you waited. Check out my mounting on my facebook page at BH Outdoors.

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#3360936 - 07/09/12 05:32 PM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: bholt]
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totally worth it most you buy come with shielded cable already and all you have to do is drill a hole or most boxes come with a knock out hole made to fit it... and like bholt said you'll wonder why you waited haven't had to charge batteries in a year and a half and I run my feeders all year long.

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#3367039 - 07/11/12 01:09 PM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: redseal]
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wildgame innovations has some good ones i bought at acadamy. the issue is with squirrels, etc bending and damaging the base they mount to though. Overall I am happy with them. i use six volt stuff and they seem to work fine. they have the shielded cable stuff that helps the wires from getting chewed off.

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#3368401 - 07/11/12 08:14 PM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: PWT]
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If you only feed during deer season then you probably dont even need one if you are using a 12 volt feeder.

I run my feeders from August till the first of January and never charge the batteries and they are still slingin hard when I shut them down at the end of the year. I do have one HCR with a solar panel on it but on my 4 other feeders I dont have a panel.

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#3368534 - 07/11/12 08:51 PM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: JCB]
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#3368695 - 07/11/12 09:22 PM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: Bowman24]
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The only thing you need to protect the wire from the solar panel to the control box is flex conduit. Not a squirrel born that can chew throught that.

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#3369645 - 07/12/12 08:58 AM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: twinbubba]
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I run panels on all my feeders. If you can get the coons to leave them alone they are great. Mostly prevents that unwanted surprise of the feeder not going off due to dead battery.

I've had good luck with the Wildgame Innovations.

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#3389992 - 07/18/12 06:41 PM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: TxAg]
HATaylor Offline
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Registered: 07/27/07
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Loc: Granbury, TX
I bought mine from Academy also. 6volt and is still working continuosly after 2 years.


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#3408065 - 07/24/12 11:57 PM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: HATaylor]
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Yes totally worth it!!! Even if you don't feed year round you still have less worries about it going dead and not feeding.

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#3408072 - 07/25/12 12:05 AM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: MathMan]
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Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Originally Posted By: kk1181
Yes totally worth it!!! Even if you don't feed year round you still have less worries about it going dead and not feeding.


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#5731368 - 05/06/15 09:26 AM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: PWT]
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Registered: 09/13/11
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Loc: Melissa, TX
As mentioned above all you need to do to solve the varmints chewing thru the solar panel wire is to run the wire thru flex conduit to the feeder motor. All my feeders have the solar panel conduit setup.
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#5733348 - 05/07/15 01:56 PM Re: Solar panels for feeders [Re: PWT]
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Registered: 02/24/14
Posts: 162
Loc: Brenham, TX
The only feeders I have that don't use solar panels are the On Time units that run on AA batteries. Everything else gets a solar panel. Ditto on the metal flex conduit shielded wiring.
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