Solar testing on hold.

Isnt it typical? Just hours after starting the solar panel testing last week it started to get cloudy. You can even see the first clouds appearing on the sun power graph that I used on the first test.

Ever since then the weather has been bad. Look at the last three days below. With weather like that I would have no chance of charging anything. The forecast for the next 6 days is the same too.

The only good thing about the rain was that I was able to re-test my old tent. I suspected it wasn’t going to be water resistant any more and I was right!

As for the bike, i’m really thinking of doing it on the Kronan bike now. Its a solid machine and the seat is really comfortable. I’m going to order a couple of new tyres and some spares this weekend and get it back up to match fitness.

The first of my planned start dates is approaching. I was hoping to start on the 21st May but thats just over a week away. Its not looking good. I am looking at a second date now (10-19th June.) just in case the outlook dosn’t improve in the next week.

2 thoughts on “Solar testing on hold.

  1. Hi Steve, in case the weather doesn’t improve: using two dynamos gives you a total of about 6W for every hour you cycle. Added bonus: the longer you travel the less time left to use all that power. You’d be faster at home as well :)

  2. Haha. I’m trying to avoid taking power from my legs but its an option. I fixed the broken dynamo on my Kronan yesterday but was wondering how one would take that open-voltage/variable current source. Charge controller? It would need to feed something that would take a trickle feed right?


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