The Solar Battery

A solar powered battery is essential to harnessing the power of the sun. The solar battery chargers that hold solar energy work well for 12V, 24V and 48V DC battery systems. These batteries have been used to power camping appliances and today can be and are a main source of power in “offgrid” homes.

Image of solar batteriesSolar powered batteries can power small lawn mowers, ATVs, motorcycles, cars, medium size trucks, field tractors, boats, and large RVs as well.

These batteries are used by people who want to save the electrical power generated for another time, location, or device. Some devices cant handle the direct charge from the solar panel, so batteries are used as the solar panels storage box.

If you want to use a solar battery to charge your car, place it on the dashboard: Take the cord and plug the attachment into your cigarette lighter.

Most chargers that are manufactured have an indicator light. This will let you know that youre charging what ever the battery is plugged into.

Most manufacturers use WATTS and AMPS to measure the devices output, or and receiving devices intake.

The place to start from is 15 watts. It will produce 1 amp an hour, if the panel is placed directly in the sun. That is also the base rate of reception for a battery. The higher the wattage the greater amp out put.

Batteries store the energy that is collected and act as a filter to protect other parts of equipment what could get damages with direct exposure.

In order to determine how many amps per hour you can get, you have to determine the size and strength to receive watts you will need. This is where determining what size your panel should be is important.

The amount of amps it puts out should not be above 20% of the light the panel is exposed to. With the new photovoltaic dye this percentage can get as high as 70%. However this dye is new and as of the posting of this article has not be sent to market yet.

Inverters take up a lot of energy. If you can avoid it do so. 12volts DC is inverted in to 110 DAC. We will get into solar inverters in another article.

Charge controllers are recommended for almost all solar power batteries. The controller can keep the battery from getting overcharged or overcharging something else. They can improve charge quality. If the light outside get too dim the controller can keep the battery from giving off change rather than taking it in.

Depending on the model solar panels come with diodes designed to block off discharge in less than ideal light. If your solar panel is 6 watts or higher its best to have a charge controller.

When you are thinking about how long it will take to charge each battery take into the account the power of the panel, the daylight availability, the time of year and how long the day will be.

A good rule to adhere to is if you need seventy-five amp hours of power from the solar powered battery, charge for double that. If you change for one hundred fifty amp hours you stand less chance of running into power trouble.

Often certain items can be directly attached to the solar panel. But if they can not handle fluctuations in current than its not something that should be done. Risking the lost of good equipment is wasteful. Using a solar powered battery, and if necessary a converted is the best way to insure the safety of your gear.

The modern electrical power experience has change from that of the sixties, seventies, and eighties. Batteries used to have a limited life, or special rechargeable batteries could be purchased. But still for the most part anyone living off electrical power had to connect to the utility grid, or by a special battery that eventually would need to be replaced.

This is no longer the case, rechargeable batteries have become common, in the same way that we now use wav mp3 and others have replaced as 808, record and tape as well as the compact disk. Now if we can get them more into the home of mainstream America we will be on our way!

Solar powered batteries have changed how electrical power is generated then distributed. For example the centers of rural Masai civilization have electric power in some places to solar power, and the exponent of being able to hook solar powered batteries to the solar panel like drawing water from a well.


Posted in Solar Gadgets by admin on September 11, 2008.

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