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Lanlubber

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You claim it's expensive, but what about used solar equipment?
Yes, solar panels do lose their power over the years. But with a lifespan of up to 20-40 years, a solar battery that has worked for 5-10 years can still serve a new owner. Especially considering that the typical capacity degradation is only 0.5% per year.
Yes you are correct. Santan solar out of Tuscan Az. Has solar panels as cheap as $50. The cost of shipping is another story. I would plan a trip to Az and pick them up while enjoying an adventure, two birds with one stone as they say.
 

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You can also setup smart networks between various Victron devices, say if you have a DC-DC charger, MPPT charger and a SmartShunt, they can all communicate. Granted this is still in development, so as of right now it's mainly the SmartShunt and MPPT SmartSolar controllers.
 
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So, as someone who converted his rig from a high quality AGM 100Ah battery to a 100Ah LiFEPO4 system. So, would I switch back? No. I had to convert all my chargers (solar, DC to DC and AC Converter) . So, keep that in mind. Different battery chemistries have different requirements. Anyways...

A 100Ah AGM battery that you can only drain down to 50% may yield far more than than that 50Ah. If your draw is fairly low, an old fashioned AGM will provide far more than its rated discharge.
A 100Ah LiFEPO4 is EXACTLY as advertised. Low load, high load, you get 100Ah.

So, theoretically an AGM can work for you if your Ah draw is low at a far lower cost. If you have higher Ah draws, like my wife's waffle maker LiFEPO4 is better.

I'm only throwing this out there because I rarely see this mentioned. Your mileage may vary.

-Curtiss
 
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