Building a 50 Watt Solar Panel - The Best Way to Build Your Own Solar System For Home Use -

Building a 50 Watt Solar Panel – The Best Way to Build Your Own Solar System For Home Use

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Renogy 50 watt 12 volt solar panel is an ideal item for off grid applications! Ideal for remote areas where access to mains electricity is limited or nonexistent. Ideal for camping trips and extended road trips, it can be used as an alternative fuel source. Off grid living has become increasingly popular as environmental awareness grows and the cost of fossil fuels continues to rise. With increased awareness of our impact on the planet, more people are considering renewable energy alternatives.

The Renogy 50 watt solar panel has two methods of charging. One method is standard lithium based battery (using a trickle charge system) and another method is an advanced lead acid battery (using what is known as trickle charge technology). In using the second type of system, the lead acid battery is charged by the solar cells via what is called trickle charge. This means that each cell gets an equal amount of charge at the same time allowing the batteries to work harder and longer before needing recharged.

An Overview

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Although the unit is equipped with a standard size lead acid battery, installation of this product is different to other types. For one, it does not need any type of mounting accessories. There are pre-drilled holes for connecting the battery leads and terminals. There are also pre-drilled holes for connections to the panels and inverter.

The unit does not require any type of mounting accessories. It is configured to be mounted straight down in a sunny area directly under the sun. This is achieved by means of the use of the pre-drilled holes for connection to the solar cells. Connections for the battery, wires and cables for the panel are routed through these pre-drilled holes.

The design of the item is intended to allow the use of two types of batteries. The first type is a single-cell lithium-based cell. A typical design would have ten cells in series forming a fifty watt solar system. The second option is a two-cell lithium ion battery which can be used in conjunction with a standard six-cell solar system. These options are designed for use with off-grid applications.

Building 50 Watt Solar Panel

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Lithium ion cell technology has advanced significantly over the past few years. The latest products are quite efficient. They offer a large amount of power per cell. There is some lag time when using lithium ion cells with standard solar panels. This is dependent upon the quality of the individual cell. The ability to store energy produced during the day and produce additional electricity at night is another advantage offered.

A 50 watt solar panel utilizes a standard six-volt lead acid battery. When the charging process begins the controller will detect the amount of voltage needed for the panel. It will adjust the charge controller voltage accordingly. The battery is then prepared to receive maximum charge. Once sufficient charge is accumulated in the process is repeated.

Low power systems are available for as little as four dollars. Maintaining the batteries is an easy task. The ability to add more cells will be able to raise the overall efficiency. The ability to use a combination of most controller and lead acid battery will also increase the efficiency. These 50 watt panel kits are a great way to reduce costs for your home use while you simultaneously take advantage of building your own solar energy system.

Building your own home made solar kits will give you the opportunity to build larger systems over time as your skills and experience allow. The advantages to this are two fold. One, it will decrease the amount of materials that you need to purchase. Two, once you have the skills required to build one or two 50 watt systems then you can look into building much larger systems for your residence.

As your skill level increases the wattage of each individual cell will increase. You can expect to double the current that a single cell can provide over time. When building a system, you should know that you will be adding energy to your home every day. This is done through the use of a charge controller. After the initial investment has been made then the energy that the cells provide will not be affected by the amp-hour rating of the lithium battery that is being used in the most charger.

Bottom Line

To help keep the cost of your solar kits down then you will want to consider purchasing a high efficiency lead acid battery. When you are building a system, it will require at least three of these batteries to produce enough power to run all of your appliances. The upside of this is that your energy costs will decrease since the converted voltage from the lead acid battery will be greater than what you are currently using. The negative side to using a low energy rated lead-acid battery is that it will eventually be required to be replaced. When this happens you may have to incur some additional expense for a new battery but in the long run it will prove to be a worthwhile investment.

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