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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:55 am    Post subject: Very cool surface mount SAE 2 Pin Connector! Reply with quote

Not sure if these have been posted here but I havent come across them before.

Thanks to a poster on Instagram I was told about these cool SAE 2 PinSurface Mounts. A guy had the same solar panel setup I had and he had it mounted to the rooftop of his Westfalia. I was curious how he ran the wiring so I asked and he posted this link. WOW!

I didnt know these existed. He said he uses this which allows for a cleaner install

http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pin-surface-mount-connect.aspx

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's just what I need. Awesome! That would work for my Edgestar fridge, as well. For when I want to plug it in outside the van.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find! Thanks. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Huston

How are you going to use these in your solar install..Any pics..I'm just collecting the parts for my solar install and TFridge so any help you could provide would be appreciated

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So Huston

How are you going to use these in your solar install..Any pics..I'm just collecting the parts for my solar install and TFridge so any help you could provide would be appreciated

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I havent bought one yet but I thought about ordering one and mounting it on the roof of my Westy so when I do place my solar panel on the roof it can plug in nice and cleanly. right now i have a roof mount but not wiring options yet...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've ordered the luggage rack solar panels. That would work well to have a plug and then if I wish to take them from the rack and put on the ground I could just unplug it and have a similar plug on the side of the van..Hmmmmm
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've ordered the luggage rack solar panels. That would work well to have a plug and then if I wish to take them from the rack and put on the ground I could just unplug it and have a similar plug on the side of the van..Hmmmmm


exactly!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These plugs are also known as "RV roof connectors" they are available at many RV supply stores. Be sure to seal the base well with butyl rubber or silicone to avoid leaks that could soak your canvas when driving in heavy rain if you mount it on the poptop.

Another good mounting location for small portable solar panels is in whichever side inlet (city water for me) you use the least. This location can also be used as a convenient power source for exteržor lights, air compessors etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thatvwbusguy wrote:

Another good mounting location for small portable solar panels is in whichever side inlet (city water for me) you use the least.


That is exactly where mine is going!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like a great location on the side.

So when you have the wires plugged into this outlet, is it coonsidered waterproof at the outlet. The reason I ask is that most of the time my solar panel would be mounted on my luggage so it would be plugged into that outlet which would be under the solar panel mounted somewhere on one of the inside walls of the luggage rack. if it rains would that plug be waterproof when connected to the solar panel and not short out my system
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Very cool surface mount SAE 2 Pin Connector! Reply with quote

HoustonPhotog wrote:
Not sure if these have been posted here but I havent come across them before.


Yup about a month ago.
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Here's how I am using my plug. I bought two as I was thinking I may add another at the rear of the Westy.
Probably going to keep it inside the van as the front, maybe the rear of the closet.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

these are watertight when plugged in. I have one on my roof for external lighting.
http://www.boatersplus.com/seachoice-10121.html?ut...=shopzilla

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very cool, thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those look good and waterproof when connected..great
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steelhead wrote:
these are watertight when plugged in. I have one on my roof for external lighting.
http://www.boatersplus.com/seachoice-10121.html?ut...=shopzilla

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Rated at 3amp @ 12V. Is that enough for heavier usage periods? Also not keen on the two exposed poles.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rated at 3amp @ 12V. Is that enough for heavier usage periods? Also not keen on the two exposed poles.


I think that you would not want to use this plug with a larger solar panel.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The simple equation to find amperage is Amps = Volts x Watts, so a 3A plug @ 12V would only be good for a 36W solar panel maximum.

The SAE connector shown at the top of the post uses 12AWG wire, which will carry 20A (240W) continuously without a problem. This should handle most solar panels that would be installed on the roof of a Vanagon.

I never use the term "waterproof", since it is just begging to be proven wrong. I go with "water resistant" or "weather resistant" instead.

The SAE connector will be equally (if not more) water resistant than the other 2 prong plug. Since water acts as an electrical conductor, if either plug is completely submerged, it could short out. Of course if this plug is on your van and it is completely submerged, an electrical short at the solar panel hookup is probably the least of your worries.

Since one of the most common uses of the SAE style connector is the flat 4 plugs found on boat trailers, I would say that they have a well proven track record for "weather resistance".
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks for your wealth of knowledge..Looks like its the first plug then for my 80 watt solar panel
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have been using the OP pictured connector for several years on our portable solar panels, up to 130 watts. Pictured is a 60watt.
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