Solar Charge Controllers

Solar Charge Controllers

The original and main purposes of solar charge controllers are to protect your battery bank from being overcharged and to turn off the solar panels at night to block current from reversing from the batteries to the panels (electrons can flow both ways). If you hook a solar array directly to a battery with no overcharge protection, you’ll boil the battery dry and ruin it.

The first charge controllers contained a simple relay that opened at a pre-set high voltage, and closed at a pre-set lower voltage to allow the panels to resume charging the battery. Battery life was of no apparent concern as there was no way to properly fully charge a battery bank.

Almost any charger can get a battery to 80% (Bulk) charge. The trick is the next 20% (Absorb) In the bulk mode we have variable voltage and all the available (Constant) current (Amps) when we reach a pre-programed voltage setting the charger pass off to the Absorb Mode (And Timer) this mode uses constant voltage and variable current for a pre-determined period of time (Absorb Time)

If this calculation has been done based on the available solar watts and the amp hour capacity of the battery, the absorb time can be determined. This setting will then be programed into the charge controller (by you or your installer).

The factory default voltage and absorb time settings are useless (unless you’re trying to kill your batteries) because there is no way that the folks over at the factory could know how much solar you bought or what size battery bank you have. Sound too complex? Well no fear, we’ll do the math for you when you buy a charge controller.

Call Toll Free 888-826-0939 for more information on Charge Controllers

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OutBack Power

Manufactured in: Various

OutBack Power. The Arlington, Washington based company, founded in 2001 as a maker of “pure sine wave” off grid inverter products, has expanded to grid-tie and hybrid inverters, maximum power point tracking charge controllers, communications and network products and integration hardware to keep it all working smoothly together. OutBack Power – Masters of the Off Grid.

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Blue Sky Energy

Manufactured in: United States

BlueSky Engineering started years ago under the name RV Power Products. They were among the first manufacturers of the now popular MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) technology.

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  1. Part#BLU-18810

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Bogart Engineering

Manufactured in: United States

For twenty-five years Bogart Engineering has made battery system monitors that give you more insight into your system. If you depend on batteries for power, their monitors show how full your batteries are, if charging sources are still charging like they used to, how fast your loads are drawing power, and to check whether your batteries are still storing energy as they should. Without an accurate monitor, you may be unaware of a problem until you run out of power.

Their new Solar Charger works with their new TriMetric TM-2030 Monitor (only) and offers unusually precise charging for longest battery life. Made in the USA!

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Xantrex

Manufactured in: Various

Xantrex products are smaller, smarter, and more efficient than traditional power conversion equipment. We provide products today that meet the needs of a wide range of customers, either as a key component that is integrated into equipment produced by others, or combined with a power source to provide a self-contained power solution.

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MidNite Solar

Manufactured in: United States

MidNite Solar is one of the most inovative manufacturing teams in the solar industry. Through many incarnations, always improving, brings us to where they are today! Still moving forward. The widest array of needed products available today. Made in USA with care and quality.

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Schneider Electric

Manufactured in: China

Schneider Renewables part of the electrical giant Schneider Electric, a name you might not be familiar with yet but, you have likely have been using their products all your life.

Schneider is the parent company of Square D Electrical products as well as APC (American Power Conversion) if you look you probably have an APC back-up/Surge Suppressor on your computer system.

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