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Re: 12v (15w) solar to 6v trickle on ford 8n

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Bob (Aust)

12-08-2013 13:31:57

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You need a three legged 6 volt voltage regulator, probably less than $10, but make sure it will pass the required current (5 amps).

Or you could add a variable resistor to a higher voltage regulator and have any voltage you want up to the maximum output of the panel (usually around 16 + volts DC).

Google "simple power supply circuit" and you will find a number of very simple regulated supply circuits. You will not need the transformer and diode rectifier as your supply is already DC.

I'm sure a radio Ham or electronics tech could build you something in a few minutes.

Here is an example of what you need:

Just noticed there is an adjustable regulator there for Aus$30. Will be far cheaper in the USA.

P.S. Here is a US supplier:
This post was edited by Bob (Aust) at 13:41:11 12/08/13 3 times.

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12-08-2013 15:50:22

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 Re: 12v (15w) solar to 6v trickle on ford 8n in reply to Bob (Aust), 12-08-2013 13:31:57  
You mentioned ot make sure it passes the required amps... and put 5 amps..

each of these 3 legged guys seems to be 1.5 amp or 1amp, my panel only puts out like 1.25amp max i think.

where are the 5amp 6v ones you mention?

also, so am i just wiring one of these three legged little guys in line to the battery. you said no diode needed, but what about at night when the battery wants to send voltage toward the solar panel, isnt that why diodes are used? to prevent battery loss?

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12-08-2013 16:04:17

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 Re: 12v (15w) solar to 6v trickle on ford 8n in reply to Homer14, 12-08-2013 15:50:22  
does this do the same thing?

or am i still lacking a diode?

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