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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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Angles Matter

Posted by Kelly Knutson on

Solar panels work based on a principle called Photoelectric effect.  As sunlight hits the solar cells in the panel, it excites electrons and causes them to move.  This movement of electrons is the electricity we collect.  To increase the amount of solar energy we collect, we have to position our solar panels where they can absorb the most sun.   But the sun is constantly moving!   If you have a fixed roof mounted panel, you roughly get about five hours of decent exposure when the sun is directly over the panel.  OverlandSolar panels are so easy to maneuver all...

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