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G.B.H.

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Solar Gremlins
« on: August 09, 2020, 02:11:37 PM »
My wife doesn't drive her Versa very much so I decided to plug a trickle charge solar panel into the cigarette lighter. Every time I do the radio turns on. No sun, no radio. Sun, radio. Plug it in at night it's fine. In the morning when the sun hits the panel the radio turns on. Anyone have thoughts on this?
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Re: Solar Gremlins
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2020, 07:02:19 AM »
It appears that the plug and the radio are on the same power circuit.  Which probably means that the battery is not being charged.  You will need to make sure the cigarette lighter plug is a direct connect to the battery in order to charge the battery.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2020, 06:38:55 PM by Sage Bromax »
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Re: Solar Gremlins
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2020, 09:20:05 AM »
Thanks. Small car. Only one lighter that I know of. I guess I'll have to dig through my junk and find the battery clips that came with the panel. Thanks again.
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Re: Solar Gremlins
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2020, 05:32:11 PM »
tony is probably right, most likely the plug is not live when the ignition is not on, you can check with a phone charger or something like that.
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Re: Solar Gremlins
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2020, 07:13:36 PM »
I'll check with my volt meter tomorrow. Makes sense now that I think about it, I guess. My electrics knowledge is somewhere between understands the basics and dangerous to myself. lol
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