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Solar Power Deer Blind #6928902
10/22/17 06:25 PM
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Been looking into rigging a solar panel with a 12v battery, charge station and AC inverter to run small fan/heater and phone charger while in the deer blind. Has anyone done this? I've looked online and found several different setups. Wondering what the best option is.

Re: Solar Power Deer Blind [Re: TBirdFF4] #6928949
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Get a battery box with deep cycle but it won't be enough juice for heat

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Little buddy for heat

Re: Solar Power Deer Blind [Re: TBirdFF4] #6928952
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I looked into doing that. The much much easier option is to get an portable phone charger battery pack thing. I can plug my phone into mine and stream video for over 12 hours and still be at 100% on my phone and the battery will still usually have 25% left. Then just bring it home and plug it in over night. You can get usb fans that you could plug in, and Iím sure somebody makes a usb heater. You can get those external batteries for $10-15 on amazon. Iíd get 2. One for heater one for phone.


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You can forget trying to run any kind of a useful heater on a solar/battery setup unless you have a REALLY large & sophisticated system. Electric heating elements just pull too many amps. The Buddy heater is the way to go for heat.

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Re: Solar Power Deer Blind [Re: TBirdFF4] #6929514
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The heater was more of a plus/"if" factor. My gf tends to get cold easily grin

It would be more so for phone charger and small desk fan for the warm early season hunts, and an LED light for mornings/evenings when I'm getting settled or packed up to leave in the dark. I've seen several different things that have been done, and was wanting something more "permanent" then a portable phone charger since it's family land, it won't be going anywhere.

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I did it in my blind. Use a 12V feeder solar panel to charge a 12V 8.0aH feeder battery. This runs green LED lights mounted low for morning unpack, and one white LED light up on the roof. Also powers a 12V port for power and phone charging. Have a little 12V huffer fan (bought off Amazon) that I plug into the power port on the warm days. Works great.








Pretty simple. I ran my panel wire through the wall to the battery. Then, routed everything through a simple fuse block (Academy) for safety, and a master cut-off switch so I can kill it in the off season. The wall switches and boxes are cheap and from Lowes.


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Re: Solar Power Deer Blind [Re: TBirdFF4] #6930958
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TxAg- Very nice blind.

One blind I use has an LED light powered from the solar charged battery from an electric gate.

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Pretty much exactly what i was looking at doing. Thanks and Gig'Em!

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Nice job!


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