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Solar Panel Kits

Author: Eric Moore

Nowadays, a lot of individuals are looking toward renewable off-grid energy sources for 2 reasons: first, the energy costs rise, and two, it is becoming less reliable especially in a lot of areas. The return of investment has been so rapid with the installation of these substitute energy technologies unlike before. Now, a lot of companies are advertising solar panel kits for those do-it-yourselfers who desire to save money by getting into the solar energy game without hiring costly professionals to install something they could do themselves without difficulty.

Solar panel kits come in various sizes and configurations according to your needs.. Almost ,000 you will be able to acquire adequate equipment to replace up to half your usual electrical use and that charge will be returned in energy savings in a year for most homes.

Five years ago, solar panels and their installation were a number of thousand dollars. Currently, with latest invention in technology, inexpensive materials, and more rivalry in the field, costs have dropped noticeably.

You'll need to consider a few things before you purchase when you're searching for kits. . Be alert that most of the time, the cheapest setup is inexpensive for a cause. Several of the lower-priced options use shoddy materials and leave out vital gear. So there are some things you have to bear in mind before you purchase.

Initially you intend to look for is that the panel ought to be of solid structure. In areas with a lot of weather, metal framing is necessary. In extreme temperatures like heavy rains and hail, plastic tends to fail or tear .

It's essential that the glass ought to be top-quality. Find systems that are warrantied against extreme damage – usually hail damage will be listed. A panel that has no guarantee versus one that guarantees the capacity to bear up half-inch hail at 50mph is a no-brainer.

Lastly , the framing it all mounts ought to be hard.. It doesn't need to be metal, wood or plastic possibly be just as well as the frame does not have to have the small tolerances of a sealed, durable panel. The framing does not necessarily have to be metal, plastic or wood may just as well be. One thing to make certain is that it's adjustable so you can acquire the perfect angle from whatever platform you are attaching everything to (the ground, a deck, rooftop, etc).

A wiring to string the panels together (in kits these are usually just plug and play), a charge controller, power inverter, and the needed nuts, bolts and screws for mounting and securing the panels and framing ought to be included in an all-in-one kit. More expensive, plug-in kits will also have an inverter that can plug straight away into a power outlet in your home or have a control box that an electrician can attach to your power meter or junction box in your home. Both of these are grid-ready systems and will be among the more costly kits, but are well worth it if you intend to try to cut down your power bill, sell back to the utility, and so on .

Kits with a charge controller and inverter but not a grid-ready kit will not be able to be attached to your home's electric utility connection without more costly equipment. However, these kits are functional for powering a small workshop, shed, recharging electric vehicles (bicycles, golf carts, etc) and for doing things you would if not utilize your house plug for.

No matter what type of homemade solar panels you select, you will be familiar that you will be saving your money, improving your everyday life and making your household a little extra environmentally friendly!

Learn more about solar energy to power up your homes, go to Solar Power Calculator


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Eric Moore became interested in renewable energy after building an electric powered bike. Shortly after he began riding the bike to work, he thought, why not recharge the bike's batteries with solar power and commute to work completely free and totally pollution free. He then created a website to share his experience and knowledge with others.

29 thoughts on “Solar Panel Kits Battery

  1. solar energy activity for kids?
    I need a project to do with this kit that I got. It comes with a little solar panel, and a battery thingy. What can I do to make something work with the energy I harness? Or what else can I buy ( that’s not a million bucks!!!) to make something work?

  2. Converting a solar panel (direct sunlight power) to a battery backup system? How to help!?
    I want to make solar powered fountain for my husband’s birthday. However, we do not get enough direct sun all day to power a “direct sunlight” solar panel. I would like to use a solar fountain pump and add a battery system to it so that the battery will charge and accomodate for periods of shade during the day. (Kind of like how solar garden lights power up all day and then run at night.)

    I’ve seen systems and kits you can buy, but they seem ridiculously expensive and I’m sure this can’t be that difficult to do. Can anyone help me out w/ a How To?

    I do have a basic understanding of electrical theory and wiring, but I am not an engineer, so please try to keep it simple. (I know about wiring, watts, volts, amps… I can install outlets, fix lights and understand balancing an electrical system to make sure the source is providing enough power and that the lamp won’t blow up, etc…. to give you an idea of where I am coming from.)


  3. solar pannels?
    The best solar panels currently available are about 13% efficient in converting sunlight to electricity. A typical home will use about 40. kWh of electricity a day (1 kWh = 1 killowatt hour; 1 kW = 1000 J/s). Assuming 8.0 hours of useful sunlight per day, calculate the minimum solar panel surface area necessary to provide all of a typical home’s electricity (The sun supplies energy at the rate of about 1.0 kilowatts per square meter of earth )

    It costs approximately $24,000 to install a solar panel and battery kit this size with a 20 year warranty. If electricity costs continue to average $0.10 per kilowatt hour for the next 20 years, how many years will it take for such a system to pay for itself?

  4. Where I can I buy a rechargeable battery conversion kit for my van?
    I want to have a conversion kit installed in my minivan to use rechargeable batteries instead of gas. I want to use solar panels to recharge the batteries during the day. Anyone know where I can buy the whole package and get the kit installed?
    The solar panels are to recharge the batteries in my open field to replace any low charge level batteries in my van.

  5. Does anyone know about solar power?
    I really need to know what size battery I need to use with a 60 watt solar panel kit. Also how many batteries I will need. I will be using this kit with an old self contained camper. Thanks

  6. Where can I buy a complete solar kit for a home?
    Is there companies that sell complete solar kits (solar panels, inverters, regulators etc) but excluding the batteries and excluding installation?
    The inverter needs to provide 220V and not 110V (or both) and the company needs to be willing to export.
    The inverter needs to be between 5000kva and 7000kva and I need between 2000W and 3000W worth of solar panels.
    Is there companies that sell complete solar kits (solar panels, inverters, regulators etc) but excluding the batteries and excluding installation?
    The inverter needs to provide 220V and not 110V (or both) and the company needs to be willing to export.
    The inverter needs to be between 5000kva and 7000kva and I need between 2000W and 3000W worth of solar panels.

  7. How do you make a good solar panel?
    I’m thinking about making a nice little solar panel (not cell), any help?

    Purchases of solar cells
    purchase of other stuff (ie copper flashing’s, wires, etc.)
    usage of basic non-electric tools
    purchase of any material you can find at a local Home Depot/Walmart

    Not allowed:
    purchase/usage of electric tools (They scare me)
    kits <(this is the big one)

    I’m not sure if I can get my hands on a battery or meter thing or whatnot

    No kits!

    Anyways, I’m planning to buy cells on ebay, that might help

    The panel doesn’t have to be macho, it’s just a little experiment… I’ll be perfectly fine with anything that makes over 3 volts/watts/whateverthestandardunitis and it doesn’t have to last more than a year

  8. What are some websites that you can buy Lego kits that have motors, solar panels, etc.?
    These sets must have wires, motors, and battery packs at the least.

  9. What kind of battery do I need?
    I just got my first solar-panel starter kit, and I want to use it for my light, so I have to have a battery for it.
    The panels are 12 volt, 65 watt.
    What kind of battery/batteries, and how many lights can I have on it?
    My mistake, it is 60 watt, not 65, and there are 4 panels, I do not know if they are 60 what each, or total.
    Ok. here are the facts.
    4 15 watt solar panels, for a total of 60 watts.
    1 200 watt inverter.
    1 regulator/controller
    I also have 1 75 watt inverter, and 1 800 watt inverter that did not come with the kit.
    The only things on them will be lights, and 1 outlet when the power is out, the outlet will be on the main line when we do have power, the lights will be on solar all the time.
    What kind of batteries can I use, and how many lights can I have on it?
    What kind of batteries do I need, how many, and how many lights can I have on it?
    I am also open to ideas on how to hook everything up. I think I know how to do it, but others have already done this sort of stuff, so it would be smart to get ideas from them.

  10. converter connected to solar charge controller?
    hi guys, i have an old tent trailer that i’m fixing up, and i’m wiring the electrical right now. i’m pretty good at it, but i do have one question. i have a 45W solar kit, it includes 3 solar panels and a charge controller to protect the battery from over and under charge. the controller connects to the solar panels, then to the battery. now let’s say i have a converter, which i do, and i want to charge the battery with it. would it be a good idea to simply plug the converter into the charge controller, alongside the solar panels, so as not to overcharge the battery? i think it would work, but i’m not sure if the charge controller can handle so many amps, but that’s what it’s built to do isn’t it?
    i also have a coleman 1800 watt gererator, which also has a 12v socket that puts out 15a. i don’t think the charge controller can handle that, but i don’t know exactly how much they can handle.
    it’s not a charger, it’s just a converter. no battery protection or anything. just puts out straight current, i think like 5 amps or something.

  11. Solar Panel Demonstration Ideas?
    Hey i am going to build a scale model house and demonstrate how you would use solar panels to provide energy. I am thinking of buying some kit solar panels and wiring up some lights to show how they power the home. Also i might hook up a battery in the house to show how you can store the energy. I might also have a large battery hooked up outside the house to represent a power plant that could provide emergency power. Any ideas or comments would be great. Thanks

  12. Solar Panel Batteries?
    My Grandfather just purchased a cheap solar panel kit for his ranch that could not muster enough power to run his mini fridge.

    He has two 6 volt batteries running positive to negative and would like to add more batteries. Probably 12volt. How would he go about hooking up the other batteries and what kind of wire or coil should he use.

    Also, I saw on youtube a guy recommending a lead-acid battery from walmart for under $20. I was just going to go to ecology and just pick up some used batteries but I may be wrong.

    Any help for a first timer might help me and my gramps out will be appreciated.

    Thank you

  13. Solar Powered Air Conditioner? Is it enough power?
    Here is a 100-Watt Solar Panel Kit ( ),
    my MAIN QUESTION is, what does it mean to say that this is a 100 watt solar panel?
    Does it mean that it can store 100 watts an hour/minute/second in a battery?
    Can it store enough power into a battery to power a window A/C which requires 1900/1880 Watts to Condition Air?

  14. Portable Solar Panel?
    I am a boy scout and I want to make a solar panel kit that I can pack up and bring anywhere. I want it to be portable and big enough to power a cell phone charger, double a battery charger(for flashlights), a portable fan, a clock, and enough for more stuff. Can you list what I would need? Needs to be low priced.
    Ok well more accesories means unknown since I dont know what I will be plugging in. Could be a laptop for family campouts. Or a portable tv. Could be anything. And the powerfilms are too small for what I need. Not enough power. I’ve seen some before.

  15. That charge controller is notoriously cheap and burns up easily. If you are going add solar panels, also buy another charge controller to go with them. They can both be connected to the same battery bank. I don’t believe the kit comes with batteries, so you would buy whatever size 12V battery bank your power requirements call for.

    The size of the inverter depends entirely on what you are going to power with it, not the size of the panel array. As long as you are not powering anything that is over the 300W rating, you don’t need a new one. Just be sure to check the details of the inverter, is it 300W continuous, or can it handle up to a 300W surge? Also, it’s a modified sine wave inverter instead of a pure sine wave inverter, so don’t plug any sensitive electronics into it. They may not work, or you may get a buzz or hum from it.

  16. If he is going to be running off batteries at night, he would be better off with “traction” batteries.
    Traction batteries are true deep cycle and can better withstand deep discharge. Golf cart batteries at Sam’s Club (the other half of Walmart) are “traction batteries.”

    If your grandfather needs safe refrigeration, a mini fridge won’t do it. A 110 fridge takes too much power to run off solar panels and most won’t hold their cold very well if unplugged for long.

    I run a fridge off grid with hybrid deep cycle marine starting batteries. It’s an Engel 40. The price has gone up over $100 since I bought mine. It’s a real fridge with a compressor and freon 134a. But it runs on 12v dc or 110vac and only uses 36 watts running because of a special compressor design. It will freeze food if you turn the dial down to 2 out of 5. It can also deep freeze.

    I use mine to keep eggs, milk, cheese and fruit juice.

    Your grandfather would need 400 amp-hours name plate rating of batteries at 12v to run the Engel, and probably 100 real watts of panels to recharge his battery bank. The Harbor Freight 45 watt panel set only puts out 30 watts on a clear cool day. That won’t do it.

  17. How many amps will you need to power the pump, and how many amps of power will you get from your solar cells is the real question you need to know.

    Go to Radio Shack, maybe they can help you, a lot of hobbyists get electrical supplies there

  18. The 60 watts is probably overstated, but let’s assume it’s correct. At 12 volts, that’s 5 amps. Generally, we try to charge a lead-acid battery at 5% of capacity, or at least 3%. That means a 12 volt, 100 amp-hour battery.

    You can find gel cells equivalent to this, or just use a single car battery (deep cycle marine battery is better).

  19. 6,000 days = Just under 16 and a half years

    Which is exactly why you don’t see millions of these installed all over the place – too expensive to be cost effective and that is without any maintenance costs.

  20. Hey Al, great idea. I don’t know how big the model is, or what you’re using for lighting and such. Here’s what I’ve been doing. We have a solar and wind powered home in the Northern Great Lakes. The last few years, I’ve been going into the local school and teaching a solar power seminar to the 5th graders. I don’t have a model home, but we just pile some stuff on a table, like a small radio, a couple lamps and portable DVD player. For fun I’ve added a string of LED Christmas lights and a DC fan from a truck stop. All this stuff is hooked to a 12 volt battery for a trolling boat motor. The Christmas lights and one compact flourescent bulb are powered by a small inverter from the auto parts shop, which is also connected to the battery. I show the kids our little, “home,” and then we pull the plug from the wall, which isn’t actually doing anything anyway, and they see that a power failure doesn’t affect it. Next I have a 50 watt solar panel with a DC plug on a long wire that the kids take outside and set up facing the sun, and when we plug it into the battery, they can see the voltage come up some. A couple ammeters will demonstrate how much the house is using, and how much the panel is delivering. On a good day, the panel can run all the stuff in our house and have a little left over to charge the battery. This is a great way to illustrate how a solar power home works, and the kids like getting involved.

    Afterward, we have a field trip up to our house so they can see an actual working solar home first hand, but the classroom activity is really fulfilling even without the field trip. What I would suggest is you look for a battery like this, maybe 75 to 100 amp hours if you can find one, or larger, then shop for a panel, not more than 50 watts. This way the panel will not overcharge your battery if it is plugged in for an hour or so without any load on the battery. I don’t know if your model will hold this battery, or you could add a shed in the yard for it. Then for effect, put in a switch that switches the entire model home load from the battery to a 12 volt converter that plugs into the wall. You could simulate a power failure by unplugging it, and then turn on the battery. Lots of possibilities.

    There’s a great mag out that gets into the nuts and bolts of all this stuff, Home Power Magazine. Our home was even featured in it a couple times. I suggest subscribing to it online, it isn’t expensive, then use their search engine to look for an article called, “Trying the Small System First.” It is all about what you are doing. Good luck with your project, and take care…Rudydoo

  21. The best source is Pitsco, I’ve included the link below. They are very oriented to educational aspects utilizing Lego.
    We have bought unique individual parts from them especially for robot building associated with First Lego League competitions.

  22. a 100 watt solar panel will make 100 watts for every second that it has perfect angle and sunlight. On the average, there are only 5 hours of equivalent perfect sunlight per day. That means your 100 watt panel will make 500 watt-hours or .5 kw-hrs per day.

    Your AC needs 1900 watts per hour and say it runs 24 hours per day, that means it needs 45,600 watt hours or 45.6 kw-hours. You would need 45.6/.5 91.2 of them panels to make it work. In the summer you might need 70 and in the winter 110 of them. Plus you’d need batteries, lots of batteries so that the panels would make energy when the sun shines and return it when the sun goes down you’d need to store 45.6 kw-hr of energy. Thats about 4000 amp hours at 12 volts Large batteries are about 100 amp hours, so you’d need 40 batteries.

  23. Places like have kits, but understand that you will probably want to optimize a kit for each individual install. It is the normal practice not to have batteries, and to wire for 220V, even in the US.

    What country is the export to? Might it be more economical to buy separate parts from a distributor?

  24. First off, for solar applications it is imperative to use deep cycle batteries (ie. batteries that offer a regulated power output over a relatively long time without needing a charge cycle often, typically used in marine, RV and solar/wind/hydro models) Deep cycle batteries, unlike starter batteries (which are usually found in automobiles) can be run down to 50% of capacity and charged back up with little to no degradation of internal chemicals (mainly lead).

    Next, with the panels you would be using you can accrue 60 total watts of power per hour of sunlight you obtain. So as you can see we are in a bit of a guesstimation game in which you need to hypothesize how much sun you expect. For this model we will use a even 5 hours daily. Obviously, in practical application it will be a lot less neat but….
    So if you get 5 hours of sunlight at 60watts/hr than on a day to day basis you have a total of 300watt/hrs per day to play with. Now due to efficiency recommendations of 50% discharge of deep cycle batteries you would want to have approximately a 12 V 600 watt battery (or 2 X 300 watt, etc.)

    Now if you wanted to power your lighting system solely off the 300watt/hrs generated by your solar panels and you have to power the lighting for 8 hours (whatever the amount of darkness is) then you take your 300watt/hrs divided by total time needed to run the system (8 hours for this hypothetical) equals 37.5 watts of power available for each of those 8 hours. I would recommend running no more than 30 watt lighting on your current inverter setup.

    Hope this was helpful,


  25. try to buy a small motor and make a boat using recycled materials. we have an activity in our class about boat with solar power. we even made it a race to be more exciting. that is just my opinion, you can find more.