A solar panel controller is used to ensure that your systems are working together properly. All of your solar panels should have a controller installed since it is crucial for making sure that everything is functioning properly. However not all controllers are created equal, and what may have come with the solar panels may not be up to the job, or may not display the best information. The panel controllers available through the Outbax store have a large LCD screen that can easily show you the status of your system. This can save you time, and give you the flexibility to run the system in the way that you deem most suitable. You can attach your battery directly to the controller, and connect another load via a USB cable. This allows you to charge several devices at the same time, which is perfect if you want to keep your phone, GPS unit, or other USB-powered devices fully charged during the day.
The solar panel controller can be used to charge both lead-acid and lithium batteries (unless stated). They will provide the user with protection against damaging your batteries as they control the flow of energy to your devices and make sure that nothing goes wrong. While many solar panels are sold with a controller already attached, there are some models that do not (these are mostly sold for increasing a current system). If you have a solar panel and want to upgrade it to be used in a system, then installing a controller is the best way to achieve that.
If you need any assistance in choosing the right controller for your needs, you can call one of our team members during business hours, or you can send an email and we’ll get one of our experts to reply as soon as possible. At Outbax, we consider ourselves to be the outdoor power specialists, and all our systems are tested in the field to make sure they are capable of delivering reliable power in tough Australian conditions. All our products are sold with a twelve-month warranty and a 60-day returns policy. In addition to controllers, we also stock a huge supply of items for outdoor camping, including 100Ah and 200Ah lithium batteries, fixed and foldable solar panels, solar blankets, and solar panel cables.
What is a solar panel controller?
A solar panel controller is a voltage and/or current regulator that can help prevent batteries from overcharging. It regulates the voltage and current coming from the solar panels going to the battery. It takes power from the solar panel and can send it to your lithium battery, or another load. It can detect when your battery bank is almost full and lower the charge rate. Generally, the battery is the most expensive part of any solar panel system, so keeping it in optimum condition is the best way to manage your investment and enjoy many years of trouble-free power.
The solar panel controller can also stop your batteries from running in an undercharged state. To maintain the condition of your batteries, you don't want to keep them fully charged all the time, nor do you want them to be completely drained. The controller on your solar panel can help you monitor this situation since it will provide you with a readout of the current state of your batteries and the amount of charge being made available to them. The controller can give you information you need in order to determine if your system is operating at peak efficiency. It can also help you identify the best location for your solar panels. Without a controller, you may be operating in the dark about the health of your systems. Aside from properly charging your battery, these devices can also stop your battery from discharging if you happen to leave it connected to your solar panels overnight. Another benefit of using a controller is that it can prevent reverse-current flow. When the solar panel doesn't collect solar energy and generate electricity at night, the electricity in the batteries can flow back to the solar panel. This will cause the batteries to get drained. A controller is essentially a backup system to stop anything from going wrong with your solar energy collection systems.
How to use a solar panel controller for camping?
A solar panel controller should be a part of any solar panel system. If you’re camping, it is important that you are keeping track of your exact generation capabilities as well as monitoring the amount of power that you are using on a daily basis. Without a good controller, there is a risk that your batteries will be damaged. Batteries are the most expensive part of a solar panel system, and a controller can protect your batteries from both overcharging and undercharging.
The best controllers will give you a read out that shows if your solar panels are charging and what the current voltage is. You can use this information to help you choose the best position to place your solar panels. The solar panel controller is the best way to connect your solar panels to the battery and any other load you place on the system. The controller will help all the different components work harmoniously.