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Archive for March, 2011

Update on v3 Free Charge Controller Board 3/24/2011

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Now that the sun is starting to poke its head out more often, I’m feeling more inclined to jump back into the Free Charge Controller project. I managed to populate and test the two v3 prototypes I had made up. I can’t remember if I sent an email to the mailing list or not about that or not.

Understanding Battery Ratings

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Amp-hour, Cold Cranking Amps, and Reserve Capacity are the most common battery rating that you’ll see. There is a plethora of other standardized ratings out there for special applications, but for solar applications, you’ll want to pay the most attention to the amp-hour and reserve capacity ratings. These will give you the best estimate as to how long you’ll be able to power a load with a battery.

DIY Solar Panels That Do Not Cost The Earth

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

One of the disadvantages of solar power has always been the cost of the technology – being the solar panels. However the good news is that costs are always coming down along with improvements in technology which improve efficiency. Buying prefabricated solar panels is one option for you to start using solar energy, but even better – why not look at your DIY options?

Solar Panel Reviews

Monday, March 7th, 2011

A lot of people shop on to find solar panels for the home, RV, or boat. It’s a logical place for consumers to look for solutions. On this page you will find solar panel reviews of several different solar panels in the 200 watt, 100 watt, and 50 watt categories which are sold on

Read This Before Buying A 12v Solar Panel

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This article covers some common mistakes people make when they are looking to buy a 12v solar panel. Installing solar powered products for improving your life is rarely a strait-forward craft. There are always tricky bugs that creep up and a sharp eye needs to always be kept on voltages and power ratings. Read this article to prevent yourself from succumbing to these common pitfalls: