Can You Overcharge a Battery With Solar Panel? (Would a Solar Charge Controller Protect Solar Batteries From Overcharging?)

Contents: Can You Overcharge a Battery With Solar Panel? Will a Solar Panel Overcharge a 6V, 12V, 24V, or 48V Battery? What Happens if a Solar Battery Is Overcharged? How Do I Protect My Battery From Overcharging With Solar Panels? Protection: Solar Charge Controller Compatibility: Solar Panel & Battery Voltage Can You Leave a Solar … Read more

What Size Solar System Do I Need To Go Off-Grid?

Contents: What Size Solar System Do I Need To Go Off-Grid? How Do I Calculate What Size Solar System I Need? Daily Energy Need How Big Should My Off-Grid Solar System Be? Off-Grid Backup Power Required Lithium vs Lead-Acid Batteries Solar Power Systems & Limitations Continuous Power Peak/Surge Power Sizing Your Solar System: Wh vs … Read more

What Are the Best Solar Inverters?

I highly recommend micro-inverters over the classic type of inverter, especially if you have a big solar power system for your house. Here’s why… String Inverters for Solar Systems The inverter is considered by many solar power pros to be “the weak link” in a solar power system because a high percentage of inverters will … Read more

Are Micro-Inverters Better?

I highly recommend micro-inverters over the classic type of inverter, especially if you have a big solar power system for your house. Here’s why… String Inverters for Solar Systems The inverter is considered by many solar power pros to be “the weak link” in a solar power system because a high percentage of inverters will … Read more

What Are Micro-Inverters for Solar Panels?

There are really 4 main electrical components to a solar system: the battery, the solar panel, the solar charge controller, and the inverter. In a solar system, the battery has what we call a DC signal. We won’t go into the specifics of what a DC signal is right now (you can check out my … Read more

Are Solar Panels Worth It in 2022?

If you’re living where there’s no access to electricity, then it’s a no-brainer. Solar panels are great! (And if you’re living in a windy area, you might want to look at getting a wind turbine (Amazon) as well.) But what if you have easy access to electricity? Are solar panels still worth it? Do You … Read more

Can a 12 Volt Solar Panel Charge a 24 Volt Battery?

One thing you need to keep in mind when designing your off-grid solar system is that your solar panel array needs to produce a voltage that is larger than your battery banks’ voltage. So you’ll need to connect your solar panels in a series to get a higher voltage. (If you don’t know what that … Read more

12 vs 24-Volt Solar System

Table of Contents: 12 and 24-Volt Solar Systems 12 or 24-Volt Solar System Cost of Copper Wires & Lugs Cost of the Solar Charge Controller Cost of Inverter Parallel vs Series Higher Efficiancy Solar Panel Array 12-Volt Appliances Charging With Your Vehicle’s Alternator Overview: 12 or 24-Volt Solar System 12 vs 24-Volt Solar System If … Read more

Can a Solar Panel Charge a Deep Cycle Battery?

Deep cycle batteries may look a lot like car batteries, but they’re quite different. Deep cycle means that the batteries have the ability to be fully charged and discharged. A deep cycle battery is very useful for situations where you need a continuous source of electricity to power things like lights, computers, and household appliances. But … Read more

What Is the Best Deep Cycle Battery for Solar?

Deep cycle batteries are great for solar charging because you can discharge and recharge them much more than a standard vehicle battery. When learning how to build your own off-grid solar system, you’ll often be recommended 1 of 2 types of deep cycle batteries: AGM sealed lead-acid batteries lithium batteries Both AGM and lithium batteries … Read more

Wiring in Parallel vs Series

While learning about solar panel systems, you’ll often hear the terms series and parallel when it comes to wiring batteries or solar panels together. Let’s look at both parallel and series connections separately. Parallel If you connect batteries or solar panels in parallel, it means that you connect all the positives together and all the … Read more