I finally got the mini volt meters in the other day. They are small self-contained units that fit into the 12 volt sockets. You can spot monitor the system or if you are only using one port you can continuously monitor the system. The first unit is ready to go and I’m asking $350, I hope the get the more basic unit built later in the week and will list that one at $300 (without the inverter). These will be great units for small devices like laptops cameras, etc. One of my readers suggested I pick up a 12 v adapter (12 to 5 volt) that I can power my DSL modem with. I can split the socket from my laptop station ( the similar unit that I’m keeping for my use) and run both the computer and the modem. Last year when we were without power for a while I ran an extension cord from the inverter I have in my truck to run the modem during a winter outage. (just to check some email etc). Doing it all from inside with my new solar system will be so much nicer.
I found a unit for sale online that is a bit like mine but, It says it has a larger solar panel, but it only has half the storage capacity and the panel will not fit inside. I like the fact that all of my components are protected inside when not being used. This unit has them on the outside where they can get damaged. My system is designed to sit quietly in the corner, with the panel sitting in a window to maintain readiness. Then, when you need i, it is fully charged, contained, portable and robust for travel. If you are using it as a remote power supply, for camping, road trips etc. The peace of mind that comes from having the controls inside is priceless. The unit I saw lists for twice what I’m selling mine for…go figure? Over priced unit with 1/2 the storage.