There is much talk lately about RV Solar Panels, so what are they and what can they do to help you enjoy your RV experience more?
So what really are RV Solar Panels?
If you are looking for the ultimate in energy independence for your recreational vehicle , RV solar panels are what you will want to fit to your RV.
Nothing can beat RV Solar Panels because as long as the sun shines, you will have no shortage of free power. You will be able to use your electric oven, your TV and DVD/CD player, use your laptop and charge your cellphone, or use any electrical appliance, knowing that you have all the sufficient energy without the need to plug in to a supply – especially if there is none available.
The RV solar panels are the most visible component of your RV’s solar system. They consist of an array of individual photo voltaic solar cells, mounted in a solid frame. The modern RV solar panels come in eighty, one-twenty-watt capacity, and their sized from 2 by 3 inches and 2 by 4 inches. They are made this way so that they easily fit S on a regular RV roof. Some systems allow you to “tether” your panels, attached by a wire so you can place the panels on the ground for better sun absorption if the RV is parked under a tree or similar obstruction.
Using your RV Solar Panels in this way, your panels will be facing the sunlight during any time of the day.
You may also join panel arrays together by linking them, to increase your capacity to collect energy.
Battery Storage of RV Solar energy
Of course you have to store the solar energy somewhere, and this is done in a bank of special batteries. They are deep cycled type and are different from the regular everyday automobile batteries. Batteries for RV solar panels are designed to be charged repeatedly. You should also make sure the battery capacity matches the RV Solar Panels capacity, and your dealer can advise you on this, if you but them rather than make the system yourself.
Be sure that you anticipate all your power needs. It is smart to size the system to take account of a percentage of cloudy days, so you will not run short of power during cloudy weather. Another key component of the RV solar panels system in connection with the batteries, called the charge controller. The charge controller is used to ensure that batteries do not become overcharged. Also certain types that even come with over-temperature protection.
How do we convert sun into usable power?
The inverter is the device you need if you want to operate AC appliances using solar charged batteries. You will also need to choose the size according to power needs of your RV solar panels. The best advice is to buy one that that is at least mid-range in current supply. This way, all appliances will operate as you want them to. Get expert help with this so you end up with one that suits your appliance usage.