Electric outboard - charging

scr0che

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Can anyone offer any advice on the best approaches to charging an electric outboard - ePropulsion - solar? Dedicated solar panel? 12v battery? Inverter?
 

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Can anyone offer any advice on the best approaches to charging an electric outboard - ePropulsion - solar? Dedicated solar panel? 12v battery? Inverter?
We have a Torqeedo which I think is a similar battery and charge from our solar panels, 2 x 100 watt. Connection is via an old 12 volt supply laptop charger which raises the output voltage to I think 17 volts. It works well raising the charge level by about 10% an hour.
 

jonrarit

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we've go an epropulsion which is charged when on shore power or via an invertor when under engine...no charging issues at all
 

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I've bought the 12v charger which works from a 12v socket or solar panels, it has all you need for £90.
 

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I have the 12v charger which can run direct from a cigarette lighter socket or works as a mppt charge controller for use with solar panels, although I haven't tried this myself.
I use 12V mostly but if I need to charge urgently (rare) I might use 240v via inverter. Haven't had much shore power this year!

I am still interested in getting the regen function to work but this is on hold as I can't find any way to attach the motor to the transom while sailing.
 

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The ePropulsion's battery is really quite big: 1.2kWhr (at 48V I think) which equates to around 100Ahr from a 12V battery. So charging it from the boat's batteries without any additional, external, source of power such as shore-power, engine or substantial solar will put quite a dent in the boat's batteries state of charge whatever combination of inverters or chargers you use.

Thus go for whatever is convenient rather than attempt to optimise efficiency which will only make couple of percent difference.
FWIW, I think a mains charger is the best option as it can be taken with you and often you can plug-in at your destination ( eg a bar but surely you never go to these ;)). And, since you already have the mains charger, just use it with the inverter when aboard; a tad less efficient maybe, but it avoids carrying extra stuff. Use of such things as old laptop chargers of unknown efficiency or safety seems a complication too many to me!
 

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The ePropulsion's battery is really quite big: 1.2kWhr (at 48V I think) which equates to around 100Ahr from a 12V battery. So charging it from the boat's batteries without any additional, external, source of power such as shore-power, engine or substantial solar will put quite a dent in the boat's batteries state of charge whatever combination of inverters or chargers you use.

Thus go for whatever is convenient rather than attempt to optimise efficiency which will only make couple of percent difference.
FWIW, I think a mains charger is the best option as it can be taken with you and often you can plug-in at your destination ( eg a bar but surely you never go to these ;)). And, since you already have the mains charger, just use it with the inverter when aboard; a tad less efficient maybe, but it avoids carrying extra stuff. Use of such things as old laptop chargers of unknown efficiency or safety seems a complication too many to me!
That's exactly what I do, never had a pub turn me down yet when asked if I can charge my Epropulsion. Failing that then use the inverter when engine is on.
 
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