Batteries, Electricity, Solar

Chapter 12: Dual Battery Systems

My introduction to dual battery systems came from “Overlanding”. A community of self-reliant adventurers who travel to remote destinations. While expedition is defined as a journey with a purpose, overlanding sees the journey as the purpose. While a dual battery system isn't necessary for a stationary off-grid setup; it is a near necessity when providing… Continue reading Chapter 12: Dual Battery Systems

Electricity, Solar, Sustainability

Chapter 10: Solar Powered 12 Volt DC System – Putting It All Together

We’re ready to put together a 12v Solar Powered Electrical System! This chapter covers the basics of connecting the components of a solar system that we covered in the previous chapters. Not every installation will be the same and you may need to adapt some of the information provided to your situation or environment. While… Continue reading Chapter 10: Solar Powered 12 Volt DC System – Putting It All Together

Batteries, Electricity, Solar

Chapter 8: Solar Charge Controllers

Solar Charge Controllers are specialized battery chargers that regulate the energy produced by solar panels, while charging the battery bank. While solar charge controllers come in a vast range of prices, power ratings and features, they all fall into one of two basic categories: Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT). PWM (Pulse… Continue reading Chapter 8: Solar Charge Controllers

Electricity, Solar

Chapter 6: Solar Panel Basics

Solar photovaltaic (PV) Panels, commonly known as Solar Panels, come in Poly-crystalline and Mono-crystalline. The two are immediately distinguishable by their appearance. The main difference between the panels you'll find, is the purity of the silicone in the panels wafers. Purity is important, because it is one of the largest variables in the panels efficiency. Lets take… Continue reading Chapter 6: Solar Panel Basics