160 Watt Solar Panels Usually with 160 W solar panel you’re going to want a charge controller and an inverter and it’s always a good idea to make sure it’s a pure sine wave inverter.
If you can it’s convenient to get your inverter and controller in one unit. There are different brands with produce nice products depending on your needs. They are a perfect fit with 160 watt panels.
A good thing about today’s 160 Watt panels and others in this vicinity of power, the more you get even when it’s cloudy outside they keep your batteries topped off.
Don’t forget things like using panels of this size on RV’s and boats doing things like switching your lighting to LEDs can really extend the life of your charge.
I have just seen some wonderful reviews from users of the ECO-WORTHY 160 Watt Panel Module 12V Battery Charging. They say how hardy the panels are and efficient in terms of power output. When compared with other solar panels currently in the market,the users say that this particular panel is worth having. It has a capacity of harnessing power at a fast rate in limited sunshine. It charges battery fast and leaves you well sorted even when travelling. The panels are slim fit,sleek and beautiful to look at. So it is easy to install either on rooftops or walls. Eighty customers have given their honest opinion of this product on Amazon, with many users vouching for its high quality and impeccable performance. Check out the specs of the product below.
Here are a few 160w on Amazon.
Sometimes eBay has these panels in bulk:
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ECO-WORTHY 150 Watt Panel Module 12V Battery Charging.
Even know it’s 10 watts under a 160 watt panel this one is doing great at amazon with an impressive rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. It is being sold at a price of U.S Dollars 215.99. I went through the eighty customer reviews just to get their opinions on this product. Buyers are showing love for this item and are completely satisfied with the power output. After actual product consumption, they felt that advertisement of the product is well deserving of applause.
The product is nicely packaged, inclusive of mounting brackets, solar panel, solar cable adapter, a charge controller and a power kit for charging batteries. MC4 connectors are
additional features to speed uper assembly of relevant parts. Power capacity of the solar panel stands at 160 Watts. The panel is fitted with photovoltaic cells made up of silicon material to maximize power output. Silicon is a semiconductor and works best as diodes. The charge controller allows up to fifteen amperes. By-pass diodes have a waterproof protection enabled by the IP-65 junction box. The junction box serves to improve panel performance by reducing power drop, in areas characterized by limited sunlight. The cable adapter is thirty-two feet long. The solar kit exudes twelve volts off the grid, that can be used to charge batteries.
The solar cables are connected to the photovoltaic cells and the charge controller. Extension cables come in two colors, black and red.
The charge controller is connected to the battery and after that attached to the solar panel. The Z style brackets are then used to mount solar panels on the roof or wall to expose to sunlight.
If you are constantly on the move, you need not worry as this product is thin, not bulky. You can mount it on the roof of your truck. Furthermore, it still works great even on cloudy days, all the more reasons to acquire it. The ECO-WORTHY 160 Watt Panel Module 12V Battery Charging is a simple, cost efficient and practical system that hopefully resolves all your power issues, regardless of the weather.
Amazon marketplace is one of the best websites for getting top quality products at the best prices. I’ve been using Prime for 1 and 2 day deliveries and after awhile you become spoiled. If the item says available on Prime, you can get it fast. Comes in handy when in a RV park for a couple of days for quick updates or repairs. Additionally they have a great refund policy so you’ll have peace of mind when purchasing online. Many other sites may have a lot of advertising that looks good but it is the details where you usually find a problem.
Otherwise I go to eBay, like I said above, the factory closeouts on there sometimes are money savers.
Interesting video on installing a panel on an RV. He’s also featuring a Go Power 160 watt panel and how to mount it to the roof.
I like his method of using the shipping material as a protector shield during the mounting and also it’s a good way to keep power out of the system while you’re installing. This is the panel he’s talking about: Go Power 160 watt panel
hi everybody my name is Jim with every fourseasons com and i’m very excited because today we’re going to be going over the installation of a brand-new go power Overlander solar kit these things are great this is a hundred and sixty watt panel they are fantastic and charging up your battery bank after heavy night of usage and if you’re sick of running your generator or your RV or coach motor to charge your batteries is it going to be a really great upgrade for you i love everything solar it’s a lot of fun and even when you do drain your battery’s down the night before then you have to run your generator you generators going to power your converter box and your converter box is going to charge your battery bank and this is a trickle charge so it really takes a lot of time you can’t just run your generator for an hour to expect your battery bank to be fully topped off it really needs to be run for hours and hours to really get a full charge back and that can be really distracting to you or your neighbors or anything else to have your generator running and bees and gas and stuff like that so solar panel on a sunny day is going to do a really good job of providing with this size about 8.8 amps throughout the day in the Sun and that’s going to do a really good job of really top of your batteries off and get them back to where they need to be maybe not a totally full charge because sometimes it takes 24 hours but they do a great job of getting them talk back off and so we’re going to be talking about the specs of this solar panel we’re going to be talking about the tools required and everything like that then we’re going to try to try and walk you through step-by-step as i do this at my house on my RV which is an older RV now it’s important that I cover some basic warnings your RV setup is probably going to be different and you’re going to have to be responsible for your own installation I’m not responsible for any damage you might do to your panels or your electrical system trying to follow these steps if you do something incorrectly or something is different than my installation setup so you really need to be very knowledgeable about electrical RV electrical and even the solar setups and also be handy with and possess a lot of tools to complete this job so that’s really going to be up to you if you’re really comfortable with everything you’re doing it yourself anyway I’m hoping this video is going to help you out in some degree as to how i went about my install but it is kind of your thing I also highly recommend that you get all of your installs checked out by a professional before and after you do your setup is ideal but definitely after you do your set up to make sure that everything is wired incorrectly you’re not going to damage anything because the solar panels a pretty big investment and you do not want to destroy that during the installation process would break your heart would be very sad so be very careful check with a professional do all of your homework do some research and you should be just fine i completed this install in one day now it was a long day don’t get me wrong but I was also trying to film the entire process I’m so that definitely slowed me down a bit but that’s around how much time you’re going to expect this is probably a good weekend project for you to make sure you do everything right but if everything goes well and you run into some little shortcuts here and there you can probably do this in a day and it’s a fairly straightforward install now I’d like to talk about the solar panel itself this is a go power hundred and sixty watt solar panel of the kit itself actually includes a hundred sixty watt panel a 30-amp charge controller and you’re going to have about 50 foot of MC for cable and all of your mounting hardware so it really has everything you need to even give you your inline fuses that give you all the nuts and bolts for different roof setups I was really impressed with the kid overall it was very straightforward the directions which i highly recommend that you read are very straightforward as well and made the installation process pretty easy so i’m really liking the go power setup and the overall kit they provided i mean that everything i needed it was all pretty much good to go i will talk about the tools required for this job before we get started it’s you’re going to probably need some other tools in there if you run into some other little problems or things but listed in the instruction manual as the tools required required for this job is a slot screwdriver your prenatal Phillips as well number two Robertson square head screwdriver I’m not sure what that is there what part of the process that was needed for but a keyhole saw or a jigsaw is going to work just fine that’s probably gonna be two kept cut out the whole for the mounting of the charge controller puncher and all just kind of score some things to put holes where you need them pliers wire strippers wire crimpers electrical hand-drill 116 three-eighths inch drill bits 516 716 since wrench and some ceiling which is probably for most of us going to be self leveling lap ceiling but it’s going to depend on the roof that you have so make sure that you do your homework there find out what kind of roof you have get the appropriate sealant because you’re going to want to make sure that you really seal this up well so you don’t have any water leaks water leaks are definitely the enemy so you want to make sure that you have the appropriate ceiling for that I think that about covers that i’m going to be doing this video in about five parts and now you may be thinking a five-part video but the reason I’m doing that is because overall the footage adds up to about 50 minutes so it’s a pretty in depth install and there’s a lot of stuff involved so if you need to go back and repeat a video and maybe kinda go over some information that you might have a mr. you want to rehash you can go back and look in that 10 minutes pan instead of a giant hour long video so that’s the reason I’m gonna be breaking this into five parts and i will be putting little buttons up that will take you to the second video or the video before it and that’s going to help you guys out a little bit so we are going to dive right into this i’m going to take you out to the RV and I’m gonna start going through the setup process and hopefully this will help you out a little bit alright everybody so we have r overlander sole charge kit here and step one is going to be removing it from the box so we’re going to just open the top and tug here coming out I’m are packing materials here in our charge controller and there’s our panel looks like about it ok so we’re going to start by using a razor knife here very carefully you don’t penetrate to deepen the box we’re just gonna kind of an angle here and make sure we get all of our cape here besides now we can open this up one thing i should note is that you want to have a nice soft surface facing down on your Cyrus is a table or whatever you’re working with to protect the panel so what we’re going to do is leave the cardboard down we opened it with the glass slide down and now we can go ahead and mount up our mounting hardware and all of our brackets or like this and the glasses protected right once you go into your bag here we’re going to have three different couches here with mounting hardware so we’re going to go and display that out keep everything together then we’re gonna open one of those bags and begin to assemble the bracket alright we’re going to need to do too fast in these is use a 716 deep socket and seven sixteenths wrench here and we’re going to go ahead and put our brackets on there basically going to sit like this right here so that they’re kind of on the outside of the panel and it allows you to easily drill a hole into the RV roof now i want to put it on like this for now until we tighten it just so you can kind of see what’s going on but you’re gonna have this quarter inch bolt basically just gonna keep that up through like so and then we’re also going to put on top here a washer lock washer and a quarter inch nut getting started here so that’s pretty much what you want to do right there and then of course we’re going to back up back this guy up underneath and use our socket go ahead and tighten that down for us go ahead and adjust this where we need to be here looks pretty good to me right where we want it they’re just nice and tight and now you’re just going to repeat that process for the remaining brackets all the way around the solar panel where you want them and we’ll be moving on to getting this up onto the roof as you’ll notice on the top of well rather the bottom of the solar panel here inside this is going to be where everything comes together for you to power wires and they are marked this as a positive on it this one has a negative on it and so will keep that in mind when we get up there so we can go ahead and plug these into their corresponding wires in our kit and of course going to have our positive cable right here that’s going to plug right into that quick connect and we’re going to have our negative cable that’s going to play plug right into its quick connect all right now before we move this up to the roof we’re going to do something with the cardboard i’m going to cut off these things right here on that seem and we’re going to do that on all four corners so we can put up this cardboard we can use some masking tape to go ahead and secure it to the panel and I’m doing this for a couple of reasons one is going to protect our glass during transport to the roof and perhaps more importantly this is going to prevent power from going through the panel because as soon as you put it in the Sun begins to generate power and although we do have quick connects and everything else i like to keep the power turned off whatever i’m working on anything electrical so even though they’re quick connects and pretty safe to just kind of plug in and go about your business I don’t want any power flowing through this guy while we do our installation so by using the original packaging cutting that off bringing that up it’s going to completely cover the top of the solar panel and that’s going to prevent it from soaking up any light and producing any power so we’re gonna go and do that all the way around on all four corners I just want to go ahead and flip the panel over to show you what a good job that original packaging is going to do it keeping this out of the Sun completely enclosed on all four corners and well-protected against any scratches and scrapes when we put it up on the roof alright so now that we have the solar panel up here on the roof of his facedown we still have our protective cardboard cover on of course and we’re going to go ahead and connect these because once we flip it over it’ll be a little more difficult to do so right here we have our cable it’s clearly marked positive and our red one is also marked positive and this says do not connect under load or disconnect under load which is good advice and luckily we do not have any load on here when I hooked into the batteries the solar panel is face down and it’s also completely covered by the cardboard so we’ve been we flip it over it’s still not going to be under load which is good you have a little rubber plug in here we’re gonna pull that out and these are just going to slip together and click into place and you should feel it kind of click give it a tug make sure it’s good and connected and that’s all we have to do for that one now we’re going to do our negative cable again clearly marked negative clearly marked negative and take out the plug on that one go ahead and connect these just like that will make sure that we get a good snap in there it’s nice and connected and we are good to go the other end of this cable is just going to be ready to be stripped and connected to our charge controller so we’re good to go now those are connected i’m going to kind of run them off to the side and get the wires out of the way for us we’re going to turn this panel over and start installing it on the roof now what you’re going to want to do is go around and Mark all of these holes with a pencil so that we can pull that up and if you need to you can do your pre-drilling for me this is into plywood so we’re just going to be able to pretty much go straight in with our screws and we’re going to be good to go but you want to go ahead and Mark where all those are so we can apply our lap steel and stuff like that and go ahead and screw these down all right then if necessary can go and draw your little pilot holes here and we’re going to be good to go to add our laps he left and then our screws all right now what we’re going to want to do here is you want to lift up your solar panel a little bit and clear away some of this debris so it’s nice and flush and you’re going to want to add a pretty generous amount of laps he went down here to just make sure that a when we do screw this down it’s going to make a nice seal for us all the way around so I’m just going to put a nice big dollop there for us that’s gonna be just fine and you’re going to want to do that for all three of your brackets three or two or however many you’re using on this usually comes with two and then they give you a couple of extra ones so that if you want to get the lifting panel lifting arms you can do that and use those for the lifting arm but i’m not going to be using a lift arm on this so i just used the third the the extra brackets just to make sure that this is extra held in place give it a little more of but now that we have that done you can go and place these down and they’re gonna push out that lapsi went all the way around there and that’s perfect that’s exactly what we want to happen and then i’m going to go ahead and show you the screws that came with the unit that be fine for you to use in the this application to give you a couple of different things you have these screw grommets that you can use if you need to put those into different types of roofs but basically if you have a 10 roof with plywood underneath like we have in this application to give you some of these guys which would probably be fine however this is an older RV and I want to make sure that this is going to be really good and secured you want to be careful when you’re upgrading any kind of hardware at all because I it’s possible that you could penetrate into the roof of the RV so you want to make sure these are short enough you have enough room in there i’m going to be using these a bigger guys right here these a quarter-inch believe in should a half but that’s going to be just fine for us it’s not going to poke through the wall or anything like that so alright now that we have these in place we’re going to go ahead and just start drilling these guys then ok so that’s nice and secured and we’re going to go ahead and add some more lap sealant on top just to make sure that we’re going to be nice and sealed here and I know it’s kind of a messy application this stuff’s never very easy to work with but you want to use a generous amount and it is going to self level so when we leave this overnight this is actually going to smooth out quite a bit and look ok for us so even though you know you might want to smooth that out with your finger really unnecessary it is going to kind of smooth itself out overnight and we’re going to be in good shape and so now you want to just basically go through this application and all the rest of your brackets well my name is Jim with every four seasons calm and i hope you enjoyed part 1 of this installation video if you think this video is going to help you out are you appreciate it all leave me like or comment ask a question down below and also if you want to go straight over to part number two you can click this box right over here and if you’re interested in getting your own solar panel I’m going to include a link at the bottom of all these videos that are going to take you to the go power website so you can pick out a solar panel that’s right for you ok so click that button head on over to part number two and I’ll see you over there my name’s Jim with her before season’s calm and as always thanks for watching yeah
To help you clarify your needs in your panel search, here’s info on different types of panels:
The most common material used among the different types of solar cells is a substance known as crystalline silicon. In the context of solar energy, this material is often referred to as “solar grade silicon.” Silicon-based solar cells can be further divided into three separate categories.
Monocrystalline or single-crystal silicon is among the most common of the different types of solar cells. These cells are manufactured through a detailed process of purifying, melting, and crystallizing the silicon into solid ingots, or bars. With the purified silicon crystallized, it is cut into thin discs which are laid out over the surface of a solar panel. Like other types of silicon solar cells, the cells are activated when photons strike the surface of the cell.
Photons are the small particles of energy which constitute sunlight. Photons striking the solar cells causes a disruption and directional flow of electrons, a phenomenon which constitutes electrical current, and in this case, the basis of solar power.
Polycrystalline or multicrystalline silicon cells are another type of solar cell which make solar energy possible. These cells are manufactured in a process similar to that of monocrystalline silicon cells. However, multicrystalline silicon cells utilize lower cost silicon, resulting in diminished efficiency. Despite this drawback, the reduced cost of these types of solar cells may outweigh the resulting loss of harnessing solar energy.
A third type of of silicon solar cells is known as ribbon silicon. Rather than crystallizing the silicon into a solid bar, these solar cells are made by drawing molten silicon into a long ribbon and eliminates the processing of cutting silicon into discs. Although ribbon silicon is less efficient than polycrystalline solar cells, costs are greatly reduced, as the silicon used is a lower grade.
Furthermore, since this process does not involve cutting of the material, there is little to no waste of silicon, further reducing production costs.
In contrast to crystalline silicon solar cells, thin film solar cells are assembled with several layers of different types of solar power-producing materials. This type of solar cell is also referred to as “amorphous silicon,” as it lacks the crystal-like structure present in crystalline silicon solar cells. There are several different types of thin film solar cell materials, including amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, copper indium gallium selenide, and dye-sensitized solar cells.
This variation of solar cells allows portions of light to pass through the first layer, where it can be absorbed in subsequent layers. Because sunlight exists in different wavelengths, the different layers of a thin film solar cell can be adjusted to absorb different wavelengths of light and convert them in to solar energy. Thin film solar cells are much less efficient than other types, but are also much less expensive. A great deal of research is being dedicated to improving the efficiency of thin film solar cells. Of all the different types of solar cells, these have tremendous promise as a large-scale, cost effective solar power option.
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