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PLEASE BE WARNED
There are different grades of photoelectric Mono-Crystalline cells entering the market as of
2010, with manufacturers making lower grades of photoelectric cells for the low cost market, to
compete for cheap and easy sales like on-line budget sites, travelling salespeople who pray at
events and shows, mobile gadget installers who have no place of business to come back to or
low voltage shops who sell all manner of Non-Australian certified low grade equipment.
The physical size of the panels have increased and the longevity, performance, and efficiency
decreased, so don't be fooled into buying the cheapest panels you can get your hands on,
thinking they will perform the same as more expensive ones, in fact the lower grade panels are
out performed by the smaller A grade panels that end up being cheaper just because they are a
lower wattage panel.
If you are buying anything lower than an
"A" grade certified panel, with the documentation
to support its grade you will be making a more costly choice as you will require a larger
physical space and be achieving a far lesser output.
Unfortunately dependable solar performance does come at a cost
.
Choose your install by the number of successful installs they have achieved, not what is the
easier and cheapest way of having the job done.
We have over one thousand solar installs under our belt and about the same number of solar
repairs to systems that have been done by un-qualified, un-skilled and un-trained so called
mobile installer, back yard operators or caravan repairers using generic equipment.
ALL THE TECHNICAL INFORMATION TO DO
WITH SOLAR
WHY SOLAR OVER A GENERATOR?
Solar power is one of the cleanest forms of energy known to man.
In one hour more energy from the sun falls on the earth than what is used by the entire worlds
population in one year.
Solar panels are an environmentally friendly and more cost effective (in the long run) solution to charge a
battery systems and very very effective in the RV industry.
They work by using photoelectric materials such as silicon, which produce electricity
when photons from sunlight strike the solar module or cell. Your charged battery can then
run your fridge, lights or even your TV throughout the night.
HOWEVER ! ! !
Solar panels are ONLY effective when installed correctly, this means:






One of the biggest mistake we continually see is people buying the cheapest hardware
they can find, then installing the cheap equipment incorrectly, this leads to the total system
let down and unhappy people.
The biggest upside is there are no extra fuel tanks of petrol to carry, no trying to find space to store a
generator, no back breaking efforts moving the generator from place to place and the biggest is you can camp
in any national park or free camping area and especially without the noise of a generator in the back ground.
  • Having the correct Grade Panels
  • Being wired with the correct cable
  • Using the highest quality Solar Charger
  • Matching the number of panels to the power required
  • Mounting the equipment in the correct location for efficiency
unit 1/16 Abrams Street, Balcatta. WA.      
08 9240 4552   
sales@absolutecaravancare.com
TO USE A SOLAR REGULATOR OR NOT
Solar regulators, although used in over 90% of solar installs are by far the worst and a less efficient form of
delivering chargeable energy from your solar panels to the batteries.
Reasons Why:
  • They will only allow from 13.3volts to 14.5volts to pass through them wasting the leading 9-13volts
    then dismissing the 15-22.5volts past its cut off value, making it waste 30-33% of the panels rating.
  • They are commonly located in a cupboard or on a wall so the display can be easily red, this again
    creates further loses to add to the inefficiencies, a charging unit should be located as close to the
    battery as possible.
  • MPPT is a charging terminology and can not be achieved through a solar regulator although a lot of
    cheap Chinese regulators are now falsely branded with it.
  • The display give no real usable information except when the sun goes down and then it is only
    battery voltage.
  • Using a solar regulator will always lead to needing more solar panels on the roof to make up for
    energy wastage, so costing you more in hardware.
  • Solar regulators are only used for maintenance setups, if depending on solar for long term free
    camping they will only let you down unless you have a extremely large number of panels on the
    roof already.
Although solar regulators are by far the cheapest way of making a solar setup work it is the most
inefficient, it will always cost more in the long run because your always 30-35% behind the actual
solar panels rating, meaning in a 300watt setup your only really achieving 200watts at the battery, so
if you put another 150watt on the roof making 450watt in panels but again only 300watt at the battery
and more weight on the roof.
For this reason we use Solar chargers, working from a low voltage input of 9volts all the way through
to 24volts, then it picks the best achievable output charging voltage and maximises your charge, this
is called
MPPT and a solar charger is the only way to achieve this output, so they make the most of
the solar setup being more efficient by around 20% so going back to the 300watt setup earlier, we are
now achieving an estimate of 360watt reaching the battery unlike the 200watts from the regulator, but
don't forget the 12.5% deduction needed if the panels are mounted flat, this applies to all types of
solar regulators and chargers.
So a Solar Charger or a DC/DC Charger although more expensive initially will save you money and
roof space in the long run.
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