solar power equipment -Solar Power Equipment

October 24, 2013 – 6:23 am

November 19, 2012 ** Solar Power System: This is where more than half of the money was spent. It does not matter if my husband did not learn this stuff, probably wo …

** The solar panels have dropped in price. A decent small solar power system can be had for less than $ 1000. I just bought the monocrystalline solar panels for $ 0.8 … Video Rating: 5 / 5

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  1. 18 Responses to “solar power equipment -Solar Power Equipment”

  2. Your cells shape and design look exactly like Polycrystalline you should check them out. Yea! I got a good deal on the panels I bought …..I lucked out. They were Polycrystalline and look exactly like yours. You may be wasting 30% of your power without MPPT and it will simplify things if you run 24V from the panels.

    By Ebiczebulanious . on Oct 24, 2013

  3. You got a good deal on your panels. Free shipping is awesome. I will check out that MPPT charge controller but, I might have to get a bigger one. I have hit 22 amps with the solar panels I have. The difference main between monocrystalline vs. polycrystalline solar cells is simply that one is produced from a single crystal of silicon and the other is produced from a piece of silicon consisting of many crystals. Because of this, they can be used differently depending on where you live.

    By L2Survive on Oct 24, 2013

  4. They look like Polycrystalline Panels to me. I bought a set of 145 Watt panels from DM Solar in January the are nice. I paid $220 with free shipping and they came with the parallel cable set. The main difference in Polycrystalline and Moncrystalline is the size.
    I would get rid of that cheap Charge Controller. Check out the SainSonic MPPT Tracer you only need a 20 Amp Controller.

    By Ebiczebulanious . on Oct 24, 2013

  5. What laptop are you running that takes 4 Amps? I plugged my laptop into my kill a watt meter. When my laptop is on full charging mode it is only running 0.65 Amps and when it is on a float charge for the laptop battery it is at 0.30 Amps. I agree with the math and all of your other numbers but, 4 Amps is a lot.

    By L2Survive on Oct 24, 2013

  6. To find out what you can run with 300 watts, take the Amps x the volts. So, if you have a laptop that takes 4 Amps @ 120v, that’s 480 Watts. I have a small chest freezer with an external thermostat that keeps the interior at 40 degrees – it takes about 100Watts to run it for 24 hours- I run it off of my solar, along with the water pump from my cistern (house plumbing), the UV lamp for water purification and some outlets in the kitchen/dining room for lights and small kitchen appliances.

    By kyfarmboy1 on Oct 24, 2013

  7. Should you choose to go with AGM batteries, you will find that they recover nicely from 0v discharge (running them down to 0v). I use 105Ahr AGM’s from Deka. I have 10 right now and would like to get 2 – 6 more.

    By kyfarmboy1 on Oct 24, 2013

  8. I’ve heard that a lot but, I have not had an issue with it yet. Maybe if I used a desktop I might have that problem but, the inverter charges the battery on my laptop and that is what my laptop runs off.  Either that or I have a crappy laptop and I don’t notice any issues. I will save up for better gear, it just may be a few years before I can afford the good stuff. I’ve really been thinking about getting a grid tie inverter as well.

    By L2Survive on Oct 24, 2013

  9. Nice setup for a reasonable price. Only one suggestion, get a pure sine wave inverter especially for your electronic equipment like your computer.

    By HWhit9000 on Oct 24, 2013

  10. Good job of breaking down the cost of everything. Sounds like a good deal on those panels.

    By AvP on Oct 24, 2013

  11. I’m kinda on the fence with using it everyday. On one hand, it’s cool and I want to play with it. On the other hand, the more I use the batteries, the more I use the batteries. I might just keep the batteries on a float and get a grid tie inverter to plug into the house. If the power ever goes out, I can still have the back up.

    By L2Survive on Oct 24, 2013

  12. Pretty good deal. I would use it everyday rather than just emergency.

    By fire7side on Oct 24, 2013

  13. I know, right!? Still, with shipping, they were only $1.14 per watt so, I’m happy.

    By L2Survive on Oct 24, 2013

  14. These panels fill my batteries everyday. I have two 12v 115Ah batteries. You never want to take your batteries below 50% so, let’s say I only have 115Ah usable. Amps x Volts = Watts. 12v x 115amps = 1380 watts. Charging my cell phone takes 6 watts per hour. I can charge my phone for 230 hours without risking my batteries. Laptop 80w or 17.25 hours of charging. LED lights 1-4w per bulb or 345 to 1380 hours of use. Two hour 8 slot AA/AAA charger 18w or 8 batteries charged 76 times each.

    By L2Survive on Oct 24, 2013

  15. Great video! The shipping price was ridiculously high but I’m sure it was worth the care in packaging.

    By NeuclearPotatoes on Oct 24, 2013

  16. So what can you do with this? I really don’t understand solar power. What can you do with 300 watts?
    Thanks Bev

    By onlybev1 on Oct 24, 2013

  17. Great video!! Great detail! Thank you for sharing.

    By Bert Jones on Oct 24, 2013

  18. Nice! Can’t wait to see how this turns out. As always great video.

    By Frank5921 on Oct 24, 2013

  19. VERY helpful information.  Thanks

    By Doris Sheridan on Oct 24, 2013

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