Solar (or battery) powered water heaters

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  1. Kicks

    Kicks Senior Member+

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    Does anyone know where you can find either solar or battery powered heaters for horse water tanks for 5 - 20 gallon tubs? I've found some for 500 - 1,000 gallon tanks for over $500. That's too big of a tank and too much cash. So any thoughts. 'Plug in' is not an option.
     






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    I am going to resurrect this thread, as it was one of the results in my google search... :D

    I've looked at how to build a "sun tank"... looks simple enough, though I'd really prefer not to build anything (though I may just end up having to build one anyway!).

    I am in need of something to heat my horse's water... CAN NOT be plugged in. Have no electricity out in the field. Looking for battery or solar. Water is currently in a 5-gal bucket in the run-in shelter, keeping it out of wind/snow.

    This wasn't an issue until I moved him to my in-laws yesterday, lol... he had a nice stream running through his former pasture. Now that we've spent around $800 to build a shelter and fence for him at my in-laws, I'm really hoping not to spend ANOTHER couple few hundred dollars on a water heater...

    ...there has to be something out there, maybe some kind of floating heater that is battery-operated? I am having no luck searching the internet for it. Besides building a sun tank, anyone have other suggestions??
     
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    When I had no power in my old barn, I bought a power inverter and made sure I had 2 car batteries (1 always charged for a quick swap out) and ran an extension cord out to where I needed it. I just made sure that where I had the battery and inverter, they were protected from the elements and nosy critters.
     
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    I did see some kind of design that used car batteries -- and noted that a 12V battery would only last ONE day, lol... so you'd definitely have to have at least 2, to swap out every day and charge. But yes, that does beat having an ice block to deal with!
     
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