Solar Power – Make Sure You Use the Right Solar Charge Controller

If you use solar power in your home, you’ll want to make sure you use the right solar charge controller. This has a bearing on the life of the batteries you’re using. And that’s significant.

I confess, that’s the extent of my knowledge on the subject. I love the concept of solar power, and I wish you all the best if you’re making use of it. But I have to refer you to an expert for the relevant details.

Jeffrey Yago has written an article which appears in the May/June 2015 “Backwoods Home Magazine” (Issue #153). Below is an exerpt with a link to the full article.

 

Solar charge controllers
myths, hype, and facts

By Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM

Most people with a basic understanding of solar power are aware they need a solar module and a storage battery to power an electrical device using the sun. Anyone facing a long car trip with a teenager also knows an inverter is a device that can produce 120-volt AC power when plugged into the car’s 12-volt DC utility outlet — which will power video games and DVD players.

However, while the function of these electrical components may be understood, many people planning do-it-yourself solar projects do not understand why they need a quality solar charge controller. Many view a solar charge controller as just a device with limited function to connect a solar module to the battery, so they buy the cheapest charge controller they can find.


Read the whole article here:
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/yago153.html

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
http://www.backwoodshome.com 1-800-835-2418.

 

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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.