Small Solar Panels
The term “small solar panels” is generally solar panels with a watt output of 140 Watts or less under standard testing conditions or (STC). These little guys range in size from 5 watts on up to 140 Watt output.
There has been a movement away from “small” Solar Panels over the past several years, as most manufacturers are unwilling to use their cells in smaller, slower selling Modules. And those manufacturers that do make them, use processes generally not as automated (robotic) as the larger manufacturers, hence the cost is way more for a 12 Volt 36 cell panel, than for the larger 60 or 72 cell Solar Panel currently dominating the solar panel market today.
In the end if you need a smaller panel you’ll pay about the same as if you were buying a much larger (and higher voltage) panel. Yet, for specific uses, they do have their place in the world.
We offer 2 varieties of small solar panels: The 12 Volt nominal panel, and the 24 Volt nominal panel – both starting at just 5 watt all the way up to 140 watt and anything in between. These are generally used on boats, RV’s, Small solar lighting systems, Small DC water pumping systems, solar gate opener systems, road signs powered by small solar panels, remote telecommunication systems… The list can go on and on. If there is need for a small remote power producer – you can use these to power your electrical loads from the sun.
What is nice about using a small solar panel if it suits your power needs, is that shipping on big panels can be cost prohibitive, and charge controllers used to regulate proper battery charging with solar, get more expensive the larger the solar panel or panel array is. A lot of times, we can ship small solar panels out using more economical methods, and you can use a charge controller that isn’t as fancy or cost prohibitive, to accomplish the same goals. That said; sometimes its six or one-half dozen of the other… Feel free to give us a call if you have questions about panel sizing or system equipment needed.
Questions about our small solar panels, or accessories? Please give us a call 888-826-0939