Planning on using solar panels to help offset the cost of electricity? Going solar is exciting, and as the cost of utilities continues to rise, more and more people are turning to renewable energy to help with their energy bills.
Solar panels, however, require a charge controller. This system will allow you to control how your solar panel provides energy and convert that energy into a usable form within your home or business. The solar charge controller acts as a buffer between the solar panel and the battery pack you’re charging to ensure that a safe amount of energy flows from the panels to the battery. Without the solar charge controller, the energy is not usable or can be stored.
Solar charge controllers also help preserve battery life and maximize energy efficiency, and the best solar charge controllers combine easy-to-use formats with maximum energy output.
These devices come in a variety of models and sizes. Let’s see which one is right for you.
Renology 100W Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit
The Renology Solar Starter Kit is an all-in-one bundle that can help you get started with solar energy. At $550, this kit includes a single solar panel, a Renology Rover 20 amp MPPT charge controller, and all necessary connectors and components.
This controller can charge a 12-volt / 24-volt battery of any type and is expandable to meet your needs. The kit also includes components for installing your system within a home or RV and is built to be weather-resistant and corrosion-resistant. Aluminum frame components are constructed for outdoor use and can hold up in various challenging environments.
Your maximum power output on your panel is 100 watts, and your maximum system voltage will be 600 volts of DC energy. The included panel measures 47 x 22 inches and has a 25-year power output warranty. This entire system is a great way to get started with solar, and is built with safety, ease of use, and durability in mind.
SunGoldPower Split Phase Hybrid Solar Inverter
The SunGoldPower is an absolute beast of a controller, powerful and easy to use. At $5,200, it’s a well-built and capable investment.
Everything you need is right here in a single unit. You have an 80 amp AC charger, MPPT solar charge converters, and a transfer switch on the same device. It’s a beautiful piece of equipment, too, and comes is a striking, electric aqua color.
This unit can charge flooded lead acid batteries and sealed GEL, AGH lead acid, and LiFe PO4 batteries. A brightly lit LCD panel and controller switch help you understand power flow and output, and you can choose how much power you’d like to prioritize as solar vs. AC-derived. Built-in overload, short circuit, and deep discharge protection help keep your equipment and home safe from electrical accidents or damage.
Whether you have a complete kit of a separate charge controller, be assured that these units will be well-made, durable, and backed by our 24/7 customer support and services. They’re perfect for home, commercial, camping, and road tripping. Going solar has never been simpler, and whichever of these items meets your needs best, we’ll be happy to help you get started.