DIY Deer Feeder Solar Done Right! 100% Maintenance Free!!!



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DIY solar power is growing topic among hunters nationwide as they seek to extend or sustain power to trail cameras, deer feeders, vehicle batteries, and hunting camps, etc. As popular as the topic is it doesn’t seem as though the hunting industry understands the needs of hunters when it comes to solar products. The hunting industry continues to produce solar products for deer feeders (6 volt & 12 volt) with a “one size fits all” strategy which leaves hunters disappointed in their quest to fully sustain battery power to trail cameras, deer feeders, and miscellaneous stuff around hunting camps, etc. The hunting industry should produce multiple sizes and types of solar panels to better fit the needs of hunters based on their project and access to sunlight. If a hunter knows his feeder will be in an open field with 8 hours of sunlight then he can get away with a smaller panel (a poly or mono type). If a hunter knows his feeder will be in complete shade then he is going to need an amorphous type panel to generate energy from low light and sustain 100% charge. It’s as simple as that.

In this video, I will explain how the hunting industry’s “one size fits all” mentality let me down as a consumer when I ran 6volt solar panels with 6volt deer feeders. When I upgraded my three deer feeders to 12volt motors I then decided to build my own custom solar setup that would guarantee a completely maintenance free deer feeder. Kaboom…It worked! No more dead batteries and no more trading out weak batteries. I’ve even used these feeders in complete shade and these amorphous style solar panels kept the batteries at 100% charge in low light conditions. My three feeders have been running for 3-4 years with not one issue! They stay 100% charged 24/7 and my batteries are still healthy after 3-4 years (they will eventually go bad which is completely normal and expected). The time and hassle this has saved me over the years has been worth every penny!

The success of this system is mainly due to the type of solar panel I use. Amorphous style panels can generate energy from “daylight” versus direct “sunlight”. Hunters should stick with amorphous style solar panels as they are more versatile for various lighting conditions compared to monocrystalline or polycrystalline style panels (For example- deer feeder is placed in complete shade, under a hardwood canopy, or in thick cover, etc). Amorphous style solar panels collect light and generate power in very low light conditions which should give every hunter confidence and flexibility in deer feeder placement.

Below is a list of things you will need to complete a DIY solar setup like mine for your deer feeder:

Wire size from solar panel to battery-18ga-20ga is perfect

Here’s the link to my Solar Trail Camera Video that explains how to wire a 12volt regulator:

Thanks for watching! If you have any questions you can email me at:
Steve@digitalsouth.com.

God Bless!!

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18 Comments

  • $105 + TX Boss Buck Feeder Kit (Currently Available) on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Boss-Buck-Auto-Feeder-Conversion/dp/B0029WEALC/ref=pd_bxgy_3/131-2393633-6095237?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0029WEALC&pd_rd_r=f20a9007-ae94-4e65-b9ce-f4d08d08e337&pd_rd_w=fmof5&pd_rd_wg=KIXlv&pf_rd_p=ce6c479b-ef53-49a6-845b-bbbf35c28dd3&pf_rd_r=7E8HEW07TJR8BEHD5S9R&psc=1&refRID=7E8HEW07TJR8BEHD5S9R
    **Remove the adapter for the use on Boss Buck Feeders so you can adapt it like Steve shows!! **Excellent brand unit!!! * They are now selling these which include their own adapter only. That can be removed to install like Steve shows!!

    Matt Wheaton
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • ** 7W Amorphous Solar Panels featured are getting hard to locate anywhere lately! Therefore, this featured panel by Steve can be replaced by the following 10W Amorphous Solar Panel available on Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-58025-Amorphous-Solar-panel/dp/B006FW3G2G/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1P4DHY8UUFIJM&dchild=1&keywords=coleman+58025+10w+amorphous+solar+panel&qid=1594593076&sprefix=10W+Amorphous+Solar+Panel%2Caps%2C181&sr=8-3
    Price: $49 +TX. (It's worth every penny!) Check for the diode and if not installed, you will need to add one!)
    My alternative 45 degree mounting of the panel for northern states works best, featured in the COMMUNITY section of this channel.

    Matt Wheaton
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • “Mighty Max 10 Watt Polycrystalline Solar Panel Charger for Deep Cycle Battery”. On eBay, $29. This is a full 10 watt panel and has the diode. Very rugged. I have used them for years. A $1 Buck converter rated for 2 amp and set for 6V output will work fine for a feeder or a 6V game cam. For a feeder, a 5 watt panel will work fine. A problem with using a solar panel is they must be In full sun. No shade.

    Jack Sprat
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • What type feeder do you have ?

    Mel of Harmony Hill Farm
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Just for your viewers info wire a fuse at the positive post of the battery to protect the equipment from starting a fire if a short should happen. Wires get rubbed, critters chew on them etc. motors short out, panels short out, even batteries short out. Use a fuse. Get a pair of female insulated crimp on spade connectors to fit your wire size and cut the positive wire about 2 inches from the positive battery post and crimp on the pair of female insulated spade connectors and then slide each one onto the leg of the properly sized ATO fuse. Attach all the positive wires going to the battery to a fuse then attach only the fuses to the battery, every thing is now safely fused. Takes no time to install. Easy Peazy!. Safety First! Great video!

    Bruce Arntt
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • How can I charge my 6 volt system on my Moultrie deer feeder with a 12 volt solar panel??

    Stephen Hair
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • What was the length of the wiring that runs down the side of the barrel? Not sure if you spoke on that.

    Brylee Johnson
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Eres mi Idolo!!!!
    excelente info

    David Lozano
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • I called RDK Products. They make the Strongway Solar Panel. The Rep insists that the panel does come with the diode. How can that be verified on the panel. It's buried in the junction box.

    Dave Brandon
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great info. Enjoy watching your videos. Just wondering about the diode, why not install one on game cams that use solar. Have not seen you use any in your videos with solar cameras.

    BigGobblerTurkeyCall
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great video brother. I am in the process of building your feeder design on skiis or skids. Best dam idea for a movable feeder I have seen yet. This is also great stuff here. I did not know about the dark energy going in reverse but thanks to you I do now. I believe once I get these set up and working, my feeder feeder problems will be over. I have nothing but trouble with the 6 volt feeders. Batteries going dead, corn husk's hanging the spin plate up and hard to move on 3 legs. Not any more thanks to you. Excellent video series.

    Alaska Mike
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Thanks for the information. Your legs on the feeder look to be 1 1/4” emt. Do the couplings hold up and how much feed can they hold. Thanks for any help.

    Douglas Renaud
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Can you post also the diode you used in the installation

    Daniel Kirkland
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great stuff as always. Anything to make feeding and maintenance easier is a good thing. I've got a panel charging a hog feeder light of mine and its been going strong for a couple years. Thanks again for sharing your experience.

    SouthWestIron
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great info man. I tried the solar set up on my cameras and it works great. I may give this a try to.

    Nick Blanton
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Awesome video brother. I might be trying that out this season, if everything works out.

    Texas BowHunter
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great work

    Adan Davila
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great video Handy

    Matt Childers
    Posted July 14, 2020

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