How To Connect Solar Panels To Battery Bank/charge Controller/inverter, Wiring Diagrams




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Glenn Hough: what battery brand is good to use?

Snitchy1989: Hi there. I live in the middle of farm land, and no gas supply to my home (105 year old cottage), with all electric heating etc, my electric bills are rather expensive each month. So i was thinking about building this sort of setup and running it in my front porch. with multiple batteries in Parallel for extended run times per charge (5 or 6 batteries).. with a 5000w inverter, which is plenty enough to power all my electronic items during the evenings when its mostly used... What sort of Whattage solar panel would i require to charge the batteries? Also, what does the whattage actually do in this case? does a higher whattage panel charge the batteries quicker? And could i like multiple solar panels together to achieve higher whattage? IE: 5x 100w panels to make 500w.. Thankyou

Korky Da Cat: rednecks

Robert Wachob: nice job, thank you

Chuck Maceac: Hi, Mark.. Need a bit of Help please.. I intend to build some solar Panels of around 1000 watts on my house. I start buying slowly solar cells and other parts to stack up with my expenses.. I have some questions: How many AMPS my Charge Controller must be? Is 30 Amps too small for 1000 watts solar panel? Your CC the white one, how big it is ? How many Watts the Inverter must be for a 1000 watts solar panel? 1200 Watts is too small? and last question.. How many batteries I need ( 12V ) for this system? 4 are enough? Thank you indeed.. Chuck

Adam Murray: Mark, does the wattage of the panels have to match the wattage of the charge controller? im thinking of setting up a basic unit say 150watt of panels to run the fridge, freezer and other small load devices in the laundary. great videos very informative

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se7encapadon: I meant how many amps per battery?

Robert Wachob: What guage wire do you recommend for a four battery system? I see 4 gauge in automotive

se7encapadon: What type of batteries are those

ewuest66: Mark. Just found your video. Good Info. Ive just started to read up on solar power. Why aren't you using fuses in the system. Thanks

supermanlxvi: Mark. Love the videos! Question: I have accumulated 7 solar panels varying from 5-25w / 13-21v /.42-1.5a . Can I combine these panels to 1 busbar then go to charge controller?

mettu shekar: modulaes

SteveoBenovski: No Birds, Squirrels or mice, But, I bet you got a saw neck! Good video, thanks for the info

Brian Kreisler: Can you please tell me which Coleman Air you are using? I don't see it on thier site. Thanks

Glenn Hough: this is very interesting, very informative video..

markp0177: Yes wire them in series.

Patrick Minns: (Continued) Likewise, the same process for the negative wires save for they go to a separate terminal block. The problem I am having is that the single wire going to the charge controller seems only to be carrying the energy generated by the lead that is directly opposite the lead that is going off to the charge controller. Am I supposed to use something other than a terminal block?? Please help!!!!

markp0177: My panel are 150 feet away. I use #2 aluminum wire from my panels to a terminal bar. The terminal bar is on the other side of that wall. I use #2 because I got if for $30 from the scrap yard.

Hackintosh Slovakia: thanks for great tutorial again!

markp0177: It is a model C80 diversion controller.

lamartosh: Hey glad to see someone does it simple .i like that keep it up buddy .all mine is too .

markp0177: No they did not come with the controller. You can buy the wire at your local hardware store or off ebay.

markp0177: I don't think it will work on DC. You need a amp meter wired in with a shunt and then you take your voltage times your amps to get watts.

robviolin1: What is the reason why you did not hook the batteries up in series?

Balaji Pala: how work salar panels out put is given 200watt panel20amps directlty connected how to sare load current with load and battery

markp0177: It changes the voltage, parallel keeps the voltages the same and series adds the voltage up.

DrShaz Austin D: I love all the extra little tips. I am in the Peace Corps in Belize and am encouraging the Cooperative who is interested in going solar to take a look at your videos. Problem is that things are so expensive to import into Belize if they are not here. Do you sell your made panels to overseas customers?

markp0177: For this short distance I used a #2 wire.

markp0177: It would take a lot of batteries.

markp0177: Well you would need a 220 volt inverter. I would take a large arry and a huge battery bank to just run the dryer and water heater. Use a solar water heater to heat your water and a clothes line to dry. I have a youtube video on how to make a simple solar water heater.

Sekji Ani: Thanks, very informative

how2duder: Much better Wow that makes a difference!! Thank you! Quick question so if I have 8 batteries that are 6v and I wanted to make a 48v system I would have to wire them in series correct?

Emma Sutton: Thank you so much for the informative videos!

KNIFE MAKER: will a kill a watt meter work on dc i need to see how much my panels are putting out have any ideas. thanks

Haravbo lawty-jones: MOONSHINE

toram srinu: fantastic

markp0177: Thanks for the tips

coley4ja: I hear you can convert your dryer to propane.

robviolin1: Ok - thank you for sharing.

Brian Kreisler: Cool, I will check them them out.

brookehaleybruce: How would I connect 220 for stove and dryer and hot water heater? Plus regular current, do you know?

MrFeravi: Hi Mark, Those batteries is not dangerous to charge at apartment?

Jenson Guzman: how long would one battery last u using 3000 watts a day because im planning on using one for 24 7 use

markp0177: The Solar panels are only charging batteries, the batteries are powering the inverter.

thelegendbullet937: 300 watts going through that small of a gauge wire? What voltage are your solar panels feeding? If not 24 or more I'd suggest larger gauge wire from your panels so that you're not having line loss. If you want, you can PM me and I'll send you a link to a handy site that will give you a list what gauge wire to use based on the amperage you want to pull through it and how long of wire you want to use.

idahoant: Fantastic. Thanks. What gage wire did you use to connect the batteries?

Rohit Pandit: thank you this was really helpful. thinking about creating my own solar panel for my house

ccapriotti: Mark: First of all, good job on your videos. Thank you for that. Now, there are some documents out there that suggest wiring the batteries a bit differently; They state that connecting the leads from the battery bank to the inverter from a single end of the bank may stress and eventually kill (over time) the first battery. YouTube won't allow me posting the address of a website, but if you PM me, I'll send you a link. It is interesting, and, on your case, it only takes moving a single cable.

Joe Theragman: Mark, I have four 24 Volt 230Watt solar panels. The junction box that should be on the back are gone and the four flat wires are accessable. I understand the two outter wires are the neg and positive. I am experienced at soldering so I have some excess extension cord wire to use to solder to the panel leads. Should I connect all the positive together and the negative's together and run to the charge controller. Will the controller take either 24v or 12V input? will the output be 12V for my batt?
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