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Date created: 2011-01-06 Location: Nkhotakota, Malawi

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4 of 5 stars Somewhat Satisfied

"In the Bush"
Well, living in the undeveloped bush of Malawi, it was either do without some basics (cell phone, laptop, portable DVD); buy a battery and take it to be charged every other day; or get my own solar setup. I bought Juta brand solar panels (2 10-watt and 1 15-watt). I connected these through a charge controller (bought from Amazon) then to a battery (it's deep charge battery supposedly not a regular car battery) which was connected to a power converter (also Juta brand.) This setup works well for it's intended purpose. On a good sunny day, I can get a full charge (according to my charge controller.) These panels (amorphous, I believe) even get a charge on a somewhat overcast day. As long as it's not raining non-stop, I can get some effective charge. This system has worked well. It was very portable as I had to take the bus over 100km with this equipment. The cost was not too bad - less than $200 for the entire setup. More 15-watt panels are desirable, but the current charge controller has a 50-watt max, so that is not most feasible unless I buy another charge controller and battery. And unless I were to hook the batteries in parallel, I would also need another converter. For my needs, this setup is very satisfactory.