How to hook up Solar Panels (with battery bank) – simple ‘detailed’ instructions – DIY solar system

How to hook up Solar Panels (with battery bank) - simple 'detailed' instructions - DIY solar system

shows how to hook up solar panels (with a battery bank). simple instructions. home solar power station. very easy to put together. all you need is 1 or more batteries, an inverter, charge controller and a solar panel or panels. the following is for a 12 volt system. use one ‘deep cycle’ battery for every 2 to 6 amps your panels generate. (batteries like to be charged at this rate). a 12 volt 1 amp panel generates about 15 watts. you can use any solar panels. if you can’t get the smaller panels then buy one larger one. (Kyocera sells an inexpensive 7-8 amp solar panel (135 watter)). that would go perfect with 2 deep cycle batteries. the six panels in the video are from harbor freight tools. i bought 2 three panel sets. they sell the panels in sets of three or individually. coleman sells similar panels. the batteries are from walmart. they are ‘deep cycle’ batteries. the charge controller is from fry’s electronics. the inverter is from harbor freight tools. this system will provide all the ‘free’ power you will need to run tons of things around your house. i’ve posted 6 videos showing all sorts of things running on this system (computers, tvs, stereos, lights, power tools, appliances, and more). all can be found on my youtube channel homepage. great little system to start with. try ‘powering up’ one room in your house. you now have a solar assisted house. as one example; this could easily run a light, laptop computer, fan and small tv for several hours every day. also great in an emergency, power outage, remote and rural off-grid living.

20 Comments on “How to hook up Solar Panels (with battery bank) – simple ‘detailed’ instructions – DIY solar system”

  1. this is one of the best videos i've watched in a while and i am going to put it to great use. thankyou so much for the great tips.

  2. can i use the charge controller with a dynamo or alternator input instead of solar. ..? can it smooth spikes and safely charge Lithium batteries ..? do i still need a voltage regulator. ? i want a way to charge my ebike on the go.. Regards

  3. to charge the battery with a generator for not sunny days, would i need to unplug the battery to the charge controler prior to connecting the generator? Or may I leave it conencted?

  4. Hi !
    Yes I’m interested to buy a solar panel and all that equipment.
    I like to know if you can share info with me .
    I want to send this to my mother in Puerto Rico .

  5. I am wanting to set this up on top of a construction trailer for tool batteries! seems to me this set up can charge my batteries but any advice would be great!

  6. I have a 100 Watt Solar Panel Charger, (Output: DC18V/4.3A) hooked up to my battery with a 20A Solar Panel Charge Controller. Can i hook-up a car battery charger to my 800W Car Power Inverter to charge up the battery that the Inverter is running from, without damaging the solar panel or the controller to assist in charging the battery faster or at least slow down the draining of the battery?

  7. Hi, thanks for the video
    I wanted to run the Same as what you have done to be able to distill water for drinking, is it possible to run a 550 watt distiller with the same type of set up?

  8. Thank you for all the excellent, straightforward info! Quick question, do you mind please telling me all the specifics of each battery that I should consider or just that you use here? Thank you very much!!!

  9. I have a question I have a GelMArine Battery i I hook up my 1,200 Watt invert-er and use it wouldn't it drain the battery, i so what can i do in order to recharge the batterry

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