Burning Man virgin here looking for some advice in regards to powering a 5 gallon bucket swamp cooler. I see most people advise the use of a battery, and if need be, a solar panel to recharge the battery. I was wondering if anyone has exclusively used solar panels to power the swamp cooler, and if there were any disadvantages of using solar over the battery, and vice versa? For example; is the battery more reliable because it doesn't depend on environmental factors?
Figjam is the creator of one of the most reliable swamp-cooling systems on the playa, trust his advice. Just google "figjam cooler" and you'll find complete instructions, and there's a thread somewhere on the board with lots of details (which I'm sure Figjam can find easily!)
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we bought a expensive marine batt to run cooler and a extra regular batt incase. We started with the regular one to see how long it would last. It ran the cooler all week. Never had to use the deep cycle marine batt.
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So we've decided battery is the safest way to run the swamp cooler. Can any recommend an inexpensive but reliable 12v battery that is between 105Ah-115Ah? We found these at Walmart, but read that it's 125Ah at 1 amp which sounds like it's not nearly powerful enough to run the cooler for a week?