A Guide to Charging a 12v Battery at Home

One of the most common battery types on the road today is the 12-volt battery. These batteries have been present since World War II and are used in trucks, cars, motorcycles, tractors, etc. They can either be placed standalone or in combination with other batteries to meet the specific on-demand requirements. A 12-volt battery contains … Read more

How to Size a Lithium Battery Bank

Batteries are a great addition to backup power when you don’t have access to power from the grid. And if you ever lose power due to a storm or any other emergency situation, it is crucial that you have enough storage capacity in your battery bank. A battery bank should run all of your essential … Read more

Why You are Not Ready to Replace AGM with Lithium Batteries

Lithium batteries are better than Lead Acid batteries in more ways than one. They are more efficient when charging, high a higher energy density, are lightweight, and last longer. Moving from Lithium to Lead-acid is an upgrade that has happened in electric vehicles, in backup systems and is the technology powering your everyday devices like … Read more

How to Protect and Maintain your Solar Batteries

Taking care of solar batteries ensures you prolong their life, reduces your costs and ensure you avoid issues with your system.  These problems include your battery draining, overheating, gassing and even a dead battery. We have listed some of the devices and methods you can use to protect your battery and have an efficient solar … Read more

How to Set Up a Solar Charge Controller for a Battery Bank

Solar Panel Sizing and Wiring The Solar panels may come with MC4 connectors. Don’t cut these connectors as it may void the warranty.  Rather buy two extension cables with bear sides and one with male and female connector. Use the bear side to connect directly to the controller. To connect multiple solar panels in series … Read more

Do You Need a Special Charge Controller for LiFePO4 Batteries

A solar charge controller is an integral part of a solar system and is described as the ‘heart’ of the solar setup.  They ensure the battery is protected and charged and power is harvested from the solar array. Lithium batteries are a new addition to the solar PV market with Lead-acid batteries have been the … Read more

Is a MPPT Controller better than a PWM Charge Controller

MPPT is an automatic algorithm that utilizes Maximum Power Point Tracking technology to get the maximum power from solar modules. This is the main difference between the PWM and the MPPT controller. The PWM or Pulse Width Modulation controller acts as a switch that turns on and off the connection to protect the battery. Tracking … Read more

Best Value MPPT Solar Charge Controller

Adding a MPPT Charge Controller to your system not only protects your battery but it also gives a boost to the power produced in the system. Any MPPT Controller you get can will work provided it meets some basic technical standards. But they don’t come cheap and you don’t want to get stuck with one … Read more

What Wire Size and Gauges for Small Solar System

Although wiring is one of the least expensive components of a small solar electric system it is not the least important. Even for a small system, mistakes in wiring can have serious consequences. These are easy errors to make. There are hundreds of types of wires and paraphernalia available for different purposes. So The components … Read more

How to Build a Battery Bank for home

A battery bank will help you get the power you need when the grid goes down or during tough weather conditions. Battery banks are also great for storing solar energy so that they can be used at night, on cloudy days, or while on vacation on your off grid cabin.   A battery bank should … Read more