I Want to Use My Solar Panels When Connected to Shorepower, Should I Turn off the Battery Charger or Disconnect?

Question:

What would you recommend to optimize the use of the solar panels when connected to shore power? Should I turn off the battery charge switch? Disconnect the shore power? I am running everything I can off the 12V system. - Drew

Answer:

Luckily the MPPT solar controller ("solar charging computer"), continuously looks at battery voltage to decide if it should charge (or not) the battery bank it's connected too. Consequently, the boat owner doesn't need to manage when the solar array should be turned on or off. You can have the solar array and the battery charger on simultaneously.  - Jeff

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