8 products you may need when buying flexible solar panels

 

When buying solar panels use this checklist to ensure that you have all the components you need for installation and effective operation of your system.

 

1.   Solar Charge Controller and optional battery temperature sensor

A solar charge controller regulates the DC current from the solar panels to the batteries.  Read our Buyer guide to assist in choosing which solar change controller meets your requirements.

 

A Battery Temperature Sensor can be used for automatic adaptation and correction of the charging voltage to the battery

 

2.   LCD information display

A solar charge controller remote LCD display can display the solar charging current, the battery voltage, the power being generated plus the Amp-hrs and the Watt-hrs.

 

3.   Attachment method

Adhesive sealant, high bond tape, eyelets, zips

 

4.   Cable, connectors and conduit 

(exterior and interior)

(MC4 or Andersons)

selection of cable entry covers for caravan roofs and boat decks

 

5.   Cable entry cover

Watertight covers with glands for the cables provide watertight entry into caravan roofs and boat decks.

 

6.   Short circuit protection

in-line fuses

 

7.   Isolating switch(s)

between solar panels and controller and controller and battery

 

8.  Panel combiner that contains blocking diodes if purchasing two or more panels

 

 

Read our guide: Facts you MUST know before buying flexible solar panels