Solar Panel to Charge Batteries

Using a Solar Panel to Charge Batteries is the most common 'first time' installation of a solar power system to make use of the free power supplied by the sun. It is also a great way to help us grasp the possibilities and potential of adding a more powerful home solar energy systems to our home.

Typically larger solar battery systems are set up off grid - which means where there is no connection to a power supply at all, which makes them ideal for ease of installation in remote locations.

Put simply the main components consist of solar panels, batteries and depending on what you want to recharge with energy, an inverters as well - together with a few watt meters, cable, inlets and regulators in between.

A solar photovoltaic panel collects the solar energy which in smaller systems is then wired directly to charge batteries or for larger solar systems, is stored in deep cycle batteries for later use.

picture of a solar panel to charge batteries

Portable Solar Panel to Charge Batteries

With the smaller solar panel to charge batteries kits available today, one of the most important points to look out for when you make your purchase are the amount of the right kind of wire and connections that will enable you to connect your system to your smaller appliances.

The battery stores the collected DC power which when required is then converted if necessary with the use of an inverter, into 'alternating current' or AC power to be used to power your appliances.

Here is a solar panel to recharge batteries TIP, it's not always easy but some people opt for specialized DC appliances and find ways to live without having to invert the DC current into AC current.

If you live in a sunny part of the world and you work from home you are more likely to be able to collect ample home solar energy on a daily basis through your solar panel to charge batteries and make use of the energy during daylight hours as the energy comes in, before storing it for nighttime.

A change in lifestyle can mean that high energy tasks can be performed at home when the sun is high in the sky and the energy is coming in fast and plentiful - leaving the evenings with perhaps a good book to read, as your low to zero energy consumption hours.

These systems can be really convenient when used to power your computer or camera if you spend at lot of time traveling but they can also be used at home as permanent energy sources for a number of other small appliances like your radio and your desk lamp.

If you are talking about batteries and small appliances, the solar panels don't have to be huge. For these instances what has become popular is the brief case design - handy to carry around to optimum sun locations to capture maximum energy to sucessfully recharge.

While this technology has has been around in it's simplest form for many years it has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last 10 years and is developing into the new scientific world of nanotechnology for the future.

but to get back to the present - a simplified way of putting it would be that the bigger the solar panel 'W' amount the bigger the output. For example a 10W panel will power a light bulb for a good few hours - but when you step up to a 43W and above, you can start to seriously give light to your on or off the grid locations.

    Solar Energy for Off Grid Locations

    It is everyone's dream to be independant and "Off Grid" while collecting all the natural energy that they need to supply themselves with all their electrical needs day and night all year round.

    solar battery sketch

    Unfortunately - at least unless you have the space for a field of solar panels and a couple of garages full of batteries to store up energy... this idea is still a dream

    However, if the technology is encouraged to improve, it may not be long before grid energy could be a thing of the past - although, possibly there will always be those that have independant energy and those that don't.

    Using a solar panel, or Photovoltaic Panel to Charge Batteries is the best solution available for off grid locations, especially if used inconjunction with a hybrid generator for additional power once the sun has set.

    A solar panel to charge batteries that is presently available can not be said to be very cheap but they at least allow you to provide minimum energy to light your:-

    • Mobile Home
    • Out of the way, off the grid Cottage
    • Garage
    • Workshop
    • Green House

Also if you are going to become a solar energy user 'pioneer' - you want to know that you at least have the best panels available at the time of your investment and that you are purchasing an approved model.

The solar panel itself is just there to capture the energy from the sun - there are different standards and qualities of solar panels but a solar panel without use will gain energy during the day but that energy will go nowhere and then it will be lost again at night.

Solar panels are installed so that we can collect energy to create power - and for a reason be it to give you hot water or light and when the energy is stored to a battery there is a clever and important little component called a blocking diode which stops the flow of energy that is coming into your home from becoming a reverse current and from draining out of the battery when the sun has gone down.

A Solar Panel to Charge Batteries is a great solution to inconvenient off grid locations but is not your solution to powering but energy guzzlers like your refrigerator or to keep your water heater full of water warm.

For more power, for a system with greater capabilities we have to look at other techniques and more advanced technology.

Of course this simple system will carry on working for you while you install either of the other larger systems, and you can always continue to use your smaller Solar Panel to Charge Batteries and to light your gazebo or your garden shed for many years to come.

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