Van life: Our off-grid office with solar panels.

Hello Today we want to show you how we generate power for our

mobile office Hello, welcome to the roof of our van Here we have the solar panels We are very happy with these panels We got great installation advice from Independent Solar Solutions

Find their website in the description Here the electronics for the solar system is hidden This is the battery, a beast of 30 kilos Here we have the MPPT That regulates the voltage from the panels to the battery

And here is a relais That makes sure the battery can charge while driving And some fuses for safety reasons Peter from Independent Solar Solutions explained how to install all this Here we have a phone, with an app installed

With that we can view the stats about the battery and panels It's not a great app, but it is fun to see what the panels do at any moment Even though it's pretty cloudythe panels generate now 13 Watt Our battery delivers 12 Volt But most home appliances need 220 Volt

To change from one voltage to another we have a inverter Hidden behind here The switch is located at the back, quite impractically That's because the cable we bought was just too short So we had to put the inputs at the backside

Measure everything beforehand Here's the plug, which goes around here To an extension chord You can use the plugs you use at home One of the main reasons we have solar panels is to be able to make a mobile office

The table fits exactly in the aisle I'm ready here The laptop is being charged right now So I'm ready for a working day I always have to persuade Hilde to work on the computer, because she doesn't like it so much

What does she like then? Hilde prefers to be in the garden with the flowers and bees

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