Will this solar panel work with a 24V battery?
This solar panel can use with 24V battery while the charge controller are suitable for 24V system. Please call Nature Power Customer Service for more 24V system configuration.
How do solar system work?
The panel’s photovoltaic cells convert the energy in sunlight to electricity, the electricity is then stored in the battery and an inverter will allow you to plug in appliances. there is 4 major components needed to set up your solar off grid system. Solar panels, charge controller to control the charge to the battery bank, a battery for power storage and an inverter to transfer DC power from the battery to an AC power.
Do I need a battery to store Power?
Yes, a battery is needed to store the power from the solar panel, the inverter will also connect to the battery.
What size battery can I use?
The amount of battery storage you need is based on your energy usage. Energy usage is measured in Watts or kilowatt hours over a period of time. You can use any size battery, best used with Deep Cycle batteries.
Can you connect this to the breaker box in the house?
No, this is an off grid only solar kit, you can not connect to the breaker box.
How to use a charge controller?
Charge controllers are required for installations of solar systems arrays that are rated 12 Watts and higher. Charge Controllers help to protect the battery(s) and solar panel(s) from harmful reverse currents, battery over charging and high wattage surges, addition protections are found on larger charge controllers. Nature Power Products offers charge controllers from 8Amp-32Amp. One Charge Controller can regulate multiple solar panels.
How should my solar panels be positioned in order to produce the most power?
In the Northern Hemisphere, The best direction to face solar panels is south. However, using your judgment in figuring out which location gets the most sun, would be helpful.
Does the panels need to be in direct sun to work?
No, although solar panels produce the highest wattage output in direct sunlight, they will still produce power on cloudy days.
Will I need solar maintenance?
Solar panels generally require very little maintenance. They are very durable but should always be cleaned to prevent dust and debris particles from causing shading on the solar panels. batteries might need to be changed every few years.
How long does installation take?
This is a very basic setup plug and play, however, installing the panel to a flat surface might require able bodies with a little bit of know how’s.
On what roof materials can solar be installed?
Solar panels can be installed on any roof material that can take the weight of the panel. properly mounted solar panel system is essential, as a an improperly mounted solar panel can cause leaks or other roof issues.
What is a power inverter used for?
A power inverter transfers your readily available DC power, like from a battery or other stored power source, and turns it into readily usable AC power on the go or at home on devices you would normally plug into a home electrical outlet
How do I know what size of power inverter I will need to get for my home?
It is a good idea to add up the wattage used in the home normally by the amount of wattage used in each appliance and electrical item, lighting, etc., and then also give extra wattage for startups and occasional surges that many appliances tend to put out at times. So the amount of wattage all your electrical items give out plus some additional wattage for surges and startups should indicate a close enough measure of the size of power inverter DC to AC your home will need. Remember that having excess power is much better than having a brown out because you depleted all of your available power
Where should batteries that connect to the inverter be stored?
The batteries that connect to your inverter should be kept in fairly close proximity to the power DC to AC inverter so that the cables can be short and run a clean and clear signal. Power inverters are not weatherproof and should be kept from getting wet. It should be kept dry like any other electronic device seeing as wetness will destroy your device and cause an unsafe situation. Make sure to keep your power inverter away from any kind of generated heat or flammable source that can cause overheating and fires.
ls it better to have a modified sine wave power inverter or a pure sine wave power inverter?
It all depends on the conditions you will be using your power inverter in. Will it be on the go, in a vehicle perhaps? If so, a modified sine wave power inverter might be the better choice in this circumstance because modified sine wave power inverters are more portable and are lower priced than pure sine wave power inverters. Most devices do fine with modified sine wave power inverters. If your situation requires you to need a power DC to AC inverter daily in your home, like in the circumstance of using solar energy as a main source of power, you may want to consider a pure sine wave inverter DC to AC output. Pure sine wave power inverters are longer lasting, reliable, and their motors run at a cooler temperature which creates safer and more desirable regular running conditions.
What type of battery should I be using with my power inverter?
Deep cycle batteries are highly recommended and most often used with power inverters because they tend to maintain a consistent voltage more efficiently, are longer lasting than conventional batteries, they work well in extreme weather conditions, and they deliver a higher capability of amp surge than a conventional battery ever could carry.
Is it possible to use an extension cord with a power inverter?
It is possible to use an extension cord with your power inverter, but VAC extension cords shouldn’t be run beyond 200 ft in any direction or you may suffer from an extreme signal loss
Should a vehicle with a power inverter installed in it remain idle while using it to help maintain its battery charge during use?
Yes, most people allow their vehicles to remain idle while using power tools and other electronic when they are running a power inverter off their vehicle’s battery supply. It may be a good idea to check with your vehicle’s manufacture to find out what kind of charge your alternator can handle on a consistent basis just to be sure.
How do I know how many batteries I will need to run my power inverter properly and efficiently?
The amount of batteries you will need to run your power inverter on properly and efficiently all depends on what you will be using your power inverter to supply power to. If your home runs solely on the bank of solar energy you collect and convert to AC power through your power converter, you may want to get a whole bank of batteries that will work together to meet your home energy needs. Adding 2 or more batteries will double or triple your output and length of power and so forth, depending on the amount of batteries you have in your power bank. If you only use a power inverter as a back up source of energy or partial source of energy, only 1 or 2 batteries should be a sufficient source of power for your power inverter to run properly and efficiently.
Are there appliances that are not compatible with power inverters?
There may be some small appliances that may get damaged or will not work properly with DC to ACinverters. Small rechargeable appliances can be damaged if they normally run on batteries but are able to be recharged through an AC outlet. It is a good idea to check if they carry a small nickel-cadmium battery before charging them on a power inverter. These types of appliances cannot run on a power inverter. They will actually get damaged if you plug them into a DC to AC inverter.
What is a low voltage alarm?
Power inverters come with a low voltage alarm that sounds off ahead of time to make you aware when your DC power drains down below 10 volts. Once the low voltage alarm has sounded it will then begin to shut itself down to avoid completely draining your battery of power where it would be unable to restart.
Why would my power inverter turn itself off and allow a red light to come on while making a beeping noise?
Insufficient energy draw or bad connections can cause your power inverter to shut down. It does this as a safety mechanism to prevent unsafe conditions
What happen if the AC output overloads?
A beep will sound and then the power generator will be turned off. After removing some electrical appliances, the power generator can be turned on again for normal use.
Does the power generator need to be turned on for charging?
Please Switch the DC POWER to “ON” position when charging by vehicle. the other charging do not need to turn on the power generator. When using high-power solar charging, it is necessary to switch on to monitor the charging current. charging current can not exceed 20A.
Does the power generator require an external charge controller?
No, there is a MPPT build in charge controller
Can the battery in the power generator be replaced?
Cannot be opened internally and the battery cannot be replaced
Is it possible to charging by vehicle and solar at the same time?
Can power generator discharge (output use) while charging?
This power generator supports charge and discharge at the same time, when the output power is greater than the input power, the battery power reducing slowly, when it is reduced to a low power state, the output will be turned off.
Does this power generator have temperature protection?
When it is used in a high temperature environment, if the internal temperature higher than 50℃, the circuit will be turned off for battery protection.
Why are there 2 solar charging ports?
The diversified input connection design allows users to use the high-power or low-power solar panels nearby to charge the device anytime and anywhere.
How much power can be charged by the solar panel, what will happen if the power is exceeded?
The power generator has 2 solar charging input ports,
DC5521 supports a maximum input of 120W, solar panels above 120W will not be configured
DC5521 socket, the DC5521 input port must not exceed the specified power.
The bare end input can support solar panels with VOC (Open Circuit Voltage) less than 26V. The total current should be less than 20A. If it exceeds that then the battery protection will be activated in a very short time and shutdown without warning sounds, and you will need to lower the input power and restart.
A charge controller is a regulator that simply protects your battery from high wattage solar panels. It regulates the voltage and current coming from the solar panel. Typically if there is not regulator batteries can be permanently damaged from high voltage surges and overcharging.
Wind power works very similar to solar power by converting wind energy to electric energy, and the energy produced must be stored in a battery or batteries. When the blades turn on a wind turbine they create exchanges with magnetic contacts inside the turbine body which produce the electric energy.