Solar Power is vast
becoming popular with the keen traveler, to have the ultimate setup
and to be totally self sufficient. Everyone wants to know about
Solar and also how to receive an independent source of power when
they are on their travels.
It all comes down to what your items and appliances draw in
power. You need to work out what consumption on each appliance uses
in watts, volts or amps. Most quality products will have a stamp on
them telling you of their consumption. Some of the most common
appliances we see our customers use are fridges, lights, TV/DVD &
Cpap machines. Once you have worked out your power consumption then
you can work out what size solar panel would suit your application.
There are a number of different Solar Panels available in
today’s market. Be aware of the price you pay to the quality and
warranty of the Solar Panels you want to buy. Name brand panels e.g.
BP, Kyocera, Sharp, UniSolar are very well known solar panels in
Kyocera Solar Panels have some shadow tolerances with the
highest voltage built into them making them one of the most
efficient solar panel’s available they are also called ‘dark blue’.
These are Multicrystalline & offer a 20 year warranty.
Solar Panels are made to absorb the sun so for a solar panel
to work to its full capacity you need to face the panel at full sun.
You will need to position the panel every couple of hours for the
panel to receive its maximum input. You can get the solar panels
permanently mounted to the top of your camper but then also you need
to keep in mind that the panels need the sun and you don’t always
want to park in the sun. That is the great thing about Portable
Folding Solar kits. They are very neat and compact. They come
complete with all your accessories which will enable you to set up
your panel exactly where the sun is. Remembering, that not all days
are sunny you will have some cloudy days so you will have to
compensate for that when sizing up what you require.
If you do decide to go with a solar panel you will require a
regulator. The idea of a regulator is it controls the voltage and
amps that flow into your batteries. This will stop your solar panel
overcharging the batteries. Regulators come in many different sorts.
Last thing you will require is a battery or batteries.
Batteries are a subject on their own. When choosing a battery make
sure your dealing with people that understand what your doing and
needing and give you the choice of different products and brands.
The application will decide whether you use AGM, Gel, Lead Acid or
Calcium & what size battery.
supplied by Dynamic Solar Solutions