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I’d like to find an opinion for powering my HT via solar. 
 

The radio I’d like to charge with solar  is a Kenwood TH-D74a. 
 

I’m looking for a solar system for power  that is super easy and under 70$ if possible. 
 

Thanks! 
73,

KI5DZU 

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EXPERT ELMER

Hey Kyle, a couple of questions first. When you say 'power an HT' do you mean charge an HT? Or, do you mean to keep it running via the 12v (13.8v) input?

Also, is this to charge at home or on in the field?

Regarding the price, it might be difficult to match $70. We'll see...

Next question: have you already done some research? Have you looked at panel/charger/battery combos or are you leaning towards all-in-one solar/battery solutions, the kind that Amazon sells that come from China?

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@K3MRI I’d like to charge the HT. As for the price, More like $70-$100 but I’d rather stay cheaper.

Here is the problem, I’d like to operate my Kenwood D74 when there is no power. 
 

Whether that means charging or running, I just want to operate when no more power is coming to me from the power company. I’d like to find the cheapest and quickest way to charge/run my equipment.

Now I’m not really sure about the research, there are 1000s of options but I’m not sure. Do I get the battery pack option? Something that mounts to the truck? 110?12v? Usb? I really dunno, and that is what this post is about. 
 

I’d  really like to charge/run all my equipment:

 

Thanks for any help tips or ideas!

Respectfully, 

KI5DZU, Kyle

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Wow, lots of gear to charge. I really don't think that you'll be doing all this charging for $70 to $100. Rather than give you a long list of actual items to buy, that's research that you can do, I'll give you paths to take from many years of rights and wrongs setting up solar. I'll also invite @W4DOI to chime in because, he too has much experience.

The most versatile setup is going to be solar panel + charge controller (mppt or pwm) + battery + any step up or down transformers you might need.

Solar panels run different wattages and different prices. I have several different types but my favorite is probably https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WWQHV2T/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Note that this is only 50W, not mega power, but good enough to charge a battery and run gear. As you will note, the price is $145 and that's just for the panel. Good news is that it comes with a PWM controller. Note that solar controllers tend to give off RFI (more impact on HF than VHF/UHF). Say you get this, now you still need a battery. A reasonable size battery is 50AH. Are you sitting down? A 50AH LiFePO4 battery will run you over $400!!!!! Okay, forget Lithium... if you go for AGM, you're still looking at ±$100. Micro issue... the PWM that comes with this panel has two outputs: 12V and a USB 5V output. What about your Lenovo?? That's likely 19V!! So if you want to power it, you'll need a transformer like this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N0PVENT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1. This is also one that I use. Good news is that it's only $13.

So Kyle, I know you were hoping for both a cheap and simple solution, but you won't find it easily. Hate me yet??

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