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Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Posted by Brian Wurts on

Here is a pretty good explanation of the differences between the two including videos. I only use Monocrystalline cells in my solar kits for better efficiency and smaller size.    http://www.civicsolar.com/resource/monocrystalline-vs-polycrystalline-solar-panels  

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What can I run with one of these panels?

Posted by Brian Wurts on

I have been getting a lot of emails and calls asking this question. It all depends on how many batteries you have, how many amp hours those batteries provide, and the size of the panel you are charging with. That number is usually printed on the battery. With a good deep cycle battery you can take it below 50% (1/2 the amp hours) but to make them last they should be charged when they reach 50%. When you know your amp hours you can figure how many watts will put those hours back into your system every day. When you...

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Unzip, Unfold, and ready to go… How to use the OverlandSolar portable panel

Posted by Kelly Knutson on

Each OverlandSolar panel comes in a padded nylon case.  When you are ready to start capturing free solar energy, all you have to do is take the panel out of the case and unfold the tri-fold system.  The overland solar panel also comes with built in legs so the panel is easily angled toward the sun.  To begin storing this perfect solar energy, simply connect the panels to the “coach” battery using the included clamps.  These industrial clamps go negative to negative, positive to positive, and are as simple to use as  jump-starting a car battery.  Next, select the type...

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