Making ice anywhere you want it isn’t really that hard if you have a decent solar system and just a simple ice maker. You can set this up for any off-grid home, as a backup in the city, even on your boat if you have some space to store the panels.
For the solar system, all you need is solar panels, batteries, inverter, and charge contorller. It doesn’t take much time to set this up if you have decent instructions. The first video below provides a great overview of the icemaker and the next video provides one of the best short overviews of a solar system that I’ve seen on YouTube.
Now you can make ice with solar panels! Solar power system is easy to set up, then just plug it in!It makes up to 5lbs every 4hrs. All items came from local stores. It uses only 90 watts per hour. Super efficient compressor. Use either two 45 watt ‘3 panel sets’ from harbor freight tools or just buy a 90w (or more) solar panel. This system will also run a small chest freezer. For specifics on how to set up the solar system check out my video below titled, “How to hook up solar panels (with battery bank)” that gives very detailed instructions. Remember to use a 1000 watt inverter so the ice maker will turn on. It needs about 800 watts for one-tenth of a second to turn on (after that it runs on 90 watts per hour).