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Solar Charge Controllers

Solar energy is becoming a very common addition to many boat’s electrical systems as an alternative charging source for their battery bank. Solar energy is harvested by photo-voltaic cells converting the light energy, photons, into direct current that can then be stored in a battery bank; however, like all charging sources it is important that the charge is controlled to prevent battery damage.

Choosing Your Solar Panel Location

Solar panels are a great addition to any DC system as an alternative charging source. Once the initial investment of purchasing and installing the panels and charge controllers has been made, there is virtually no further investment necessary. The only maintenance required is to keep the panel surfaces clean.

Solar Panels – Why Not?

Solar panels are beneficial not just because they are a clean and renewable energy product, but there are many other benefits. As with many eco-friendly technologies it is not perfect, but there are many pros to having solar panels on your boat, and this makes them a good long-term investment.

Solar panels: series vs. parallel

Solar panels are becoming quite popular on boats nowadays, notably on sail boats. However, one question appears to be unanswered and keeps surfacing on forums. Should panels be connected in series or in parallel?

Choosing the right charge controller for your solar panels

If you ever decide to buy solar panels for your boat you will also need a charge controller. In fact, choosing the right charge controller is as important as buying the right solar panels. Cheap charge controllers just close the connection between the batteries and the solar panels until a desired voltage is achieved. As a result, directly connecting the batteries to the solar panels will lower the voltage down to the battery voltage, greatly reducing the power output of the solar panels.

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