10 Watt Solar Panels Here's how some people hook up their smaller systems. You'll have to know how much power or current output from the panels first.

Once you know your requirements, you will know what components go with the system. If you buy components one at a time like, inverters, batteries, etc. You can get an idea of what the specs on each one is going to have to be met.

This is why starting out, it's best to look at complete systems. If that is not the route you want to go, then you will need to do a little math and figure it out. Usually what you want to spend to get your feet wet with a solar power system dictates how big it is

Below are 10 Watt Solar Panels that are good for smaller systems. Or even if you're adding on. Some are even in bulk for big savings. In the right column, be sure you utilize search box on the right if you don't see what you are looking for..

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For the smaller systems that you mount in your yard. Find a good way to make connections tight from the panels and out of the elements. Usually a wiring junction panel in a enclosure is the way to go. Just make sure everything is super tight, because if it isn't, your panel performance is going to suffer. Always make sure everything is tight, clean and dry. When you can of course.

After you route it in to your house for example, usually you go to the charge controller. Out from there will go to the batteries on smaller systems. Wiring polarity is usually straight forward and easily indicated on your controller. In from the panels out to the batteries.

Like anything else, the better connectors you use, the longer and easier time you will have hooking and unhooking devices to your system.

As the batteries start to stack up they are usually in parallel with each other. Meaning red color to red color and black to black or negative. Just like in the automotive industry. There might be other times you would run in series but that is not the scope of this article.

If you put anything else on the system try to always do all the connections points at the same batter. For example if you put a voltage/charge indicator on the batteries, put it on the same battery that is looking at the controller.

After that just run all batteries parallel. I like to use a voltmeter on my battery banks just to keep an eye on them.

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Great video and she does good work!

Video Transcript

my name's Joslyn cohen and i work with community organization here in flatbush brooklyn sustainable flatbush i also teach people about energy i build a little solar power charger for a little electronic device like an iPhone here and so we're gonna see if we can charge of the iphone using the Sun here is our kin watt solar panel from the solar panel the wire connects into the meter first and then into this little fun gadget which is this which is a charge controller and you see here i don't know if you can see the images very well on it but right here is where I connected the solar panel through the meter can see the sun shining on the panel there i put the labels onto this is where you hook up the panel itself I mean the battery itself the positive and negative terminals and this is for a a load which is something that's going to use electricity right off of the panel not going through the battery first which I don't have anything connected to it now but the battery part here comes above beyond the nice late summer day but the battery is connected to the charge controller and all of the energy that's collected by the solar panel gets stored into the battery for later use even though this is a 10 watt panel it's gonna charge at 10 watts but you're going to be able to run a lot more 10 lakhs off of the battery this is the plug the cigarette plug that you are going to put your your load into meaning your your foam that you want to charge your mp3 player and that's just a a socket like exactly like the one that you'd find in a car to charge your phone of the car battery I connected the panel to the lid of a plastic container that was appropriate for this use put it on with the hinges and to the lid of the container and then let's view of this adjusting that panel on the angle go up and down have a stick in future versions don't have some notches on the stick to it to make it very able to figure out the right angle there when I adjust the angle I'm not moving the panel and you could see that you could learn a lot about how much energy that you're getting depending on the angle now as I said we have a 10 watt panel entire system voltage is 12 and panel is rated at . 61 current peak power current little bit more than that and when the sun is shining on at just perfect adjusted right now little easy but somewhere shining down really perfectly on there it would be getting over . seven and that's going to charge okay i think it's not like this baby out don't you let's give it a shot so remember i'm going to my charge controller taking looking the little one with the inverted like the kind of using your card just put in your regular pace you know appliances and i'm going to plug in my iphone charger to that now I'll get my [Music] charging happening from so here's the Sun charger act up in its little case and you can see I have all the components you know packed up in this box truth is that this does not have a small carbon footprint especially because of the battery but nonetheless use a lot less than that imprint living off of energy yourself thanks for listening thanks for watching and please do let me know how your son charger turns out

 

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