Solar Power

Charging with Solar Panels

Solar panels create electricity directly from sunlight with no noise or moving parts, and they keep on doing so reliably year after year! Single or multiple solar panels are connected to a battery bank through a solar charge control. The charge controllers main function is to process the solar power and charge the batteries as efficiently as possible, while protecting the batteries from overcharging. Solar panels work well alone, or combined with wind and water powered generator systems.

Today's solar panels are available in a variety of styles and formats for many different applications. Selecting the proper type of solar panel for your particular need is very important, and also very easy to do.

In most cases a Solar Charge Control is required to properly protect your batteries. Think of the solar charge control as the logic for the solar panel. It tells the panel when to charge and when to stop charging, based on the battery(s) level of charge. The solar control also contains reverse current leakage protection, preventing battery discharge at night.

Typical Applications:

  • Marine Charging Systems
  • Off-Grid & Remote Homes
  • Grid Tie Applications
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Vacation Homes/Cabins
  • Communication sites
  • Developing Nations

 

Flexible Solar Panels:  SolarFlexx

Designed for permanent, temporary or portable battery charging, these panels find themselves useful for varied applications on boats, cars, RV’s, planes, remote cabins and more. The panels are extremely lightweight and can flex up to 30 degrees, making them ideal for dodger or bimini mount installations on board a boat.

 

 

Rigid, Framed Solar Panels:  F-Series

The most common and the most economical style of solar panel. These panels are built with a durable, tempered glass front and supported by a rigid aluminum framework. They are commonly used for residential roof top installations, for marine battery charging needs, for off grid and island homes and anywhere a dependable source of charging power is needed. Rigid solar panels also have the longest warranty in the industry. Up to 25 years in many cases.

Since finding the perfect spot for mounting a solar panel on board a boat is often a challenge, we offer a number of unique solar mounting options & the bracketing to accomodate the panels we offer. From rail & davit mounting solutions, to mounting a solar panel between two stanchions, to bimini & dodger mounting, we have a mounting solution for most needs.

 

Walk-On Solar Panels:  Lite Series

These panels have a polymer front and a stainless steel backing without the rigid framework. Because the panels are only 1/8" thick, they can be walked on without damage and are perfect for deck or cabin top mounting on board a boat. They are available in a popular 10 watt and a 30 watt size. Because they are so easy to handle & move about, they serve equally well as a permanent or as a portable battery charging source.

 

 

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