Looking for portable solar sun tracker

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  1. rmihalcin

    rmihalcin New Member

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    Looking for portable solar sun tracker like the attached photo. I grabbed this photo from the internet and I can't remember where I found the photo. It's a pretty slick gadget for pointing your portable solar panels towards the sun. Has anyone ever seen this commercially available?
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    Hilldweller Well-Known Member

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    Looks prety simple to make also.
     
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    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    the pic shows an aiming device, not a tracker
     
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    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    that aimer is not necessary, the sun is constantly moving. U can use a panels shadow as a guide, less shadow means a more direct aim at the sun
     
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    WrkrBee Un-Supported Member

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    Yep. They sell PVC pipe fittings every day. Stick a PVC coupling on the side of the panel. Adjust panel until there is a circle on the ground and the panel is aimed directly at the sun.
     
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    i'm a dumb hic from the South. We wouldnt know how to invent something fancy like that. We would just get a cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper and hold up to the panel. If it is pointing dead at the sun the shadow inside the tube would be equidistant. Adjust as needed. The used ones are still free. <GG>
     
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    I do something similar except I use a pop can or water bottle against the solar panel. When there is no shadow, I know it is centered. But in reality, solar panels only stay centered for a short time. As long as the earth keeps turning, you'll always be chasing the sun! [SUN]
     
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    Econ Well-Known Member

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    My solar panel trickle charges the battery and is located on a major pathway thru the yard. The camper is passed frequently so I sneak a peak at the monitor. The degradation of output from not being pointed directly at the sun is questioned. I dont bother adjusting it anymore as it is not worth the effort. Maybe twice a day.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    I tilt to about the same angle as latitude and don't worry about facing the sun, just focus on being somewhere in the path without too many obstacles.

    At home, I had very few good angles, so I just over-panelled. The ones seeing sun at 9am are not the ones seeing sun by 2pm. But, panels are cheap (compared to charge controllers and batteries at least
     
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    This is a starting point.


     
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    We move ours three or four times per day. It’s generating power regardless if it’s pointed directly at the sun. I don’t worry too much about it.
     
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    Thank you all for the great suggestions. I think I'll tilt the panels at the camping latitude. The gadget doesn't seem to be available any more.
     

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