DIY Portable Solar Panel Stand Mount Very Affordable

today we're going to be going over this solar panel stand and how it is super affordable when compared to other solar panel stands this setup for five solar panels would normally cost over five hundred dollars but today I'm going to show you how I did that at a fraction of the cost so normally I use these five foot lengths right here and they work really well however what I found is that a six foot link actually works even better and the reason I think it works better is because it gives a little bit more room between the panels for wind to pass through which makes the whole panel stand not so much like a sail off of a sailboat but also because every time I went to Home Depot they weren't restocking these it was taking forever or by the time I was going back people or buying more of them so these were really actually hard to find on my local Home Depot and Lowe's so I decided to order an off Amazon because after taxes the 5 foot was the same as buying it online through Amazon so this is the shipping right here let's go ahead and open it up put in here let's open it up ok so these look pretty much identical this should work perfect this is the back side of the stand here you can see I've got a 5 foot length and a 6 foot length cross beam here I find that either works fine but I actually really like the combination of a 5 and a 6 foot because it allows me on really windy days to make this small section here come closer together which then expands the whole whit and then I can actually put a lot more wind space in between these panels so it doesn't flop around like a sail so for the actual panel stand here you have to get the F 41 inch because this comes in a 22 inch and a 41 inch and obviously the 22 inch section just isn't long enough the 22 inch section is designed for when the solar panels are actually turned on a side and going long ways this way but that really doesn't work for my set up because I need to get at least five solar panels set up for my solar generator now what I love about this is during the winter the sun's at a steeper angle and so I can make it so that these panels stick up more very easily and then during the summer I can then lay them down a little bit more because the Sun is higher up in the sky you'll notice here that this star knob and this star knob is slightly different this has five points and this has four points and this is just the hardware that came with the stand here and I really do like it it does seem to work really well and I've ordered four different sets of these because I want to have up to 2,000 watts of solar panels and all of them came with the hardware very easy to set up so this is the back of the four point star knob and I just use a flange nut because then it's self tightening and I don't have to worry about a crush washer or anything like that so the reason this setup would normally cost five hundred dollars is because this stand here is actually designed to go on each individual panel and the problem with that is because this stand is usually a hundred dollars well then this whole thing would cost five hundred dollars in order to set up the panel's and that wouldn't include fasteners to put the panels on to the actual legs here so that's why I went and got these cross beams and just used these star knobs because I find that a lot easier than the bungee cords as I talked about in my previous video and it makes a nice secure fit but now on top of that another brand of the solar panel leg here has actually come out and is about half the price as the original legs that I was using and is the exact same quality I haven't found one to be better over the other and so I'll have the link below for these specific stands and all the crossbeams and star knobs and everything that way you can build this just how I've got it here so I noticed during the summer that I can lay the solar panels flat on my grass here and that there was only about at five to ten percent power loss between having these up at an angle to the Sun and actually just laying flat on the ground one of the issues I found with that though is these solar panels actually get really hot so then being on the ground it'll one burn the grass but two there's no way for air to get under it which means that they'll stay hot and solar panels work much better when they're cooler you'll actually get a much higher output of energy when they're much cooler during the winter though if you're gonna lay these down the Sun is much lower in the sky and so these laying down will be making much less energy than if they were up at an angle so I found that in the winter I can have as much as 50 to 60% power loss by not having these on a stand and the whole point of having solar panels is to be able to make as much power as possible off my solar generator that way I can charge it up and use things as I'd like so this stand is absolutely invaluable because it can help make as much as twice as much energy versus just laying on the ground now luckily today is not a windy day at all and I've had to stand up to about 30 miles an hour outside with no problem all I do is take some tent stakes put four of them two on each side and that holds it in just fine and the panel's of flex a little bit kind of like this but no issues of a tipping or anything like that but on especially windy days I do have an extra cross beam that I can put here in the middle just to give these some extra rigidity so that way they're not flopping around as much with these star knobs on the top and on a windy day I'll use the bungees along the bottom of the panel's here to help hold them in place more but normally there's no issue at all as long as these are facing into the wind if the wind we're coming from the back side then the panel's tend to do this quite a bit and it's not as good which is where the cross beam really comes in handy so that way they don't flop around it's also a really good thing to keep in mind that because these are flexible you need to take extra good care of them because if these flex am too hard or in one spot too much you'll actually hear the cells start to crack and that will lower the efficiency of your panel so you really want to make sure you're taking good care of your panels now these are the two different legs that I've ordered here and this one's the more expensive one and this one's the more affordable one I'm using the more affordable ones now and I'll put the link below as option one and if these are not available for some reason then I'll put these is option two down below the biggest difference you can see is that this section here is about twice as wide as this section here so that's the only thing to keep in mind is if you're using rigid panels or flexible panels but I find that the skinnier one works well for the rigid panels as well another thing to keep in mind is that the hardware that came with this more expensive one I didn't use any of it at all it was a real pain in the butt and I didn't like it the hardware that comes all the skinnier one these five points start off work really well now this can be a little confusing to put together at first so I'm going to show you how to do that real quick so the kit pretty much comes like this there's a few of the small parts that come but I didn't use those at all so it comes with its own five-point star knob and it's on flange nut makes it very easy to put on so you have to separate these and the first thing to do you see how these are lined up exactly the same well I take one and completely flip it over and then I take the bottom corner and that's gonna be my bottom hinge now you want to make sure that your inside the groove here because oftentimes this corner will rub right here and cause too much friction and you won't be able to open it up so it goes right outside here outside here line it up put the bolt through okay all right make that sort of tight but not all the way tight and then the next part is even easier you can get extend this up and one of the reasons this is almost tight is because as I lift it up it's actually tightening the flange nut and now it's holding itself up makes it a little bit easier to set up now the next thing is I take this crossbeam I could really put it anywhere in here but I want this to go right here take my flange nut take my other one well these star knobs happen to fit right inside these grooves just perfectly which is one of the things I like does why I don't use the kind from Lowe's or Home Depot because they're too big and they don't fit and just like that that's put together and now I'm ready to make the second one so that way I can put the crossbeams on here the other thing I would recommend is that you take a sharpie and you put numbers on each of these holes that way it's easier when you're making adjustments to be able to go to one side of the panel stand and say I'm on hold ten or on hold five or whatever the number is make the adjustment put this up here and then walk to the other side of the panel stand and then do the same adjustment makes life a lot easier rather than having to count the holes every single time you do it and then when I go to store this all I have to do is undo this take this I'll put it anywhere on here just so that I don't lose it and I'll tighten these everyone's up and that's pretty much how I store it just like that put it right on the top of my shelves the other thing that I really like about the stand is how light it is each of these panels are about four pounds so I've got 20 pounds in panels and I've got about 12 to 15 pounds in these cross beams and legs here so it's really easy to pick up and take it inside if I need to I can bring these in during the night or during weather and then take them back outside pretty easily now when it comes to solar panels specifically you'll notice that this rigid panel is actually about 48 inches tall the bottom is put into this little groove right here and then you use one of the holes on the back which is this right here this will just barely fit right on that top rack but you have to be careful using these star knobs on here because once you get them threaded well going just fine but they'll barely start to touch the back of here once the metal from the cross beam is actually in right here so they barely barely fit you want to make sure that you're not pushing up into the back of this and cracking the cells you can see that this panel here is much shorter but actually has the same energy output as this one I love these smaller rigid panels here and I'll put links below as well but you can see to the Flex panel it's almost the same this looks slightly bigger cuz the bottoms out a little bit more cuz it's bowing but it is about an inch and a half taller and so this panel will sit in that bottom groove just right and have the top section along the top cross beam here and then this has got holes on the back of it as well it easily line up with the solar panel stand and then the star knobs going in the back actually don't even come close to touching the cells so it's much safer to use this one if you're gonna go with the rigid panels I still prefer the Flex panels because there's so much lighter there's no way if I had five of these panels on the stand that I'd be able to lift it because it would be close to about a hundred pounds and that is not easy to do for one but two that thin metal dig into your hands is just not worth it so if the rigid panels are gonna be used it's pretty much gonna be permanent or when you go to take it down you have to take each panel off individually and then move it whereas the Flex panels you can just pick the whole thing up and it's really easy to use there are three solar panel cases that I recommend the first one is this it all works really really well because it's extremely lightweight it folds down when you're not using it it will easily hold up to about 30 to 40 pounds the only downside is it does not have a shoulder strap but it's very affordable very easy it keeps all the dust and water off so I really do like it and these come with the Titan solar generator kits I've actually got seven solar panels in here right now and it works great the other one that I recommended is actually my favorite one is this one here now it's got this extra lip which makes it a lot easier when putting the solar panels in cuz all I do is is I lay this whole thing down I unzip it completely and then I take this top flap put it all the way back and I just lay the solar panels on the flap that's on the ground then once all the solar panels are there I just pull the whole thing over the panels and it's a lot easier to get in then this felt better get on the pail pack they go in through the top and on this bag they go through the side there's also a little pouch here but the best part about it is I can easily put it over my shoulder and this handle is right here at hand level so I can actually put up to about 10 solar panels in here which is about 40 pounds and it's still very easy to move around so this one's my favorite because when I'm not using it it then folds down and goes and takes up no space at all the last one is the mack daddy and it is not designed for solar panels but this thing is incredible this is actually a gator case and this one is designed to carry a 50-inch LED or LCD TV now you have to go with the 50-inch they make a 40 to 45 inch one and the flexible solar panels just barely do not fit let me show you inside of here so it's got this big rugged handle and I usually unclip one side it's got zippers that go all the way down on both sides here makes it very easy to get into what I usually do is just keep it slightly unzip from the top here whip it over and just like that I've got my solar panels now the coolest thing is every single edge of this has about an inch thick foam pad around it and you can see right here I've got this foam pad and this foam pad and I've got five solar panels in here and I still easily got room for another five more so this works extremely well and just velcro down here in the back just like so and it's got this really big pocket right here which I could fit all my cables and stuff like that it's quite big and this is also padded the only big downside to this is this thing is crazy expensive which is why it's not my favorite I haven't found it to be an issue with the other cases the panel's getting knocked around to the point where they're breaking or anything but if you need some extra padding this is the way that I would go and I'll provide a link to all of these down below the video as well the other nice thing is this easily Kip's clips right back on go great over the shoulder very easy to carry it doesn't have a handle just like this one here though so it is all on the shoulder but this one's a really great one to have around yeah I'm going to completely assemble the solar panel stand so you can [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] so as you can see that's really easy to set up and it's just the opposite for taking it down it actually goes a little bit faster with using the bungees rather than the star knobs and that's just because it's a hook and loop real easy but I really prefer these star knobs up here I feel more confident in that it's gonna hold everything really tight taking it down is just as fast it's not even faster so that's basically how it goes really easy to set up well I hope you found this video helpful I really do love this stand and is absolutely invaluable to me I highly recommend it it breaks down easily it's very lightweight and it doesn't cost hundreds of dollars I think all in all the total price is right around 110 130 dollars somewhere right in there doing that in order to make twice as much power is absolutely worth it it's the same cost as getting a solar panel and I think it's absolutely necessary so whether it's a blackout or if camping or RVing ban light or whatever you can think of that you would need your solar panels and you need to be able to prop them up this system really works well the other thing we didn't talk about is because I don't have an example of it as I've seen where people will take this same stand and they'll put it for example on the side of a cargo trailer and they'll literally bolt these bottom legs onto the side of the cargo trailer and then whenever they get to their location they then swing the panel's up and then can use it to make power to their generator or whatever that way so it's a very versatile stand and I really really like it I hope you found this video helpful if you did please give me a thumbs up I really appreciate that I'd like to hear your thoughts on this stand is it something that you would use how would you improve it what would make this better I'm always looking for ways to make this beggar so please mention the comment below and I'll be happy to take a look at that as well as any questions feel free to comment below and I'll answer them you can also contact me directly at info at powered portable solar comm and I'll be happy to answer your emails there and if you thought this was a great video go ahead and subscribe click that bell so that way you get all the notifications and all the new videos and information coming out and don't forget to share with your friends I know there's other people who would love to hear about this so like share subscribe thanks for tuning in and we'll see you guys next time

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