|Solar Panels||William Wieland's Family|
|We mounted 4 solar panels on the south side of our home like an awning. They are each 21 inches by 4 feet. They are at a 45° angle because Aberdeen, SD is at about 45° north latitude. They are mounted a few inches away from the siding so air can flow around them. Cooler solar panels produce more electricity.|
|The computerized charge controller receives the power from the panels and charges the solar battery efficiently with MPPT technology. (Google for more information.) The charge controller includes a lightning surge protector.|
|I do not have a photo of the battery because it is in a box which is insulated from the cold attic but separated only by drywall from our upstairs bedroom. Batteries perform best at room temperature.|
|The safety disconnect on the right can shut down the whole system. The box on the left is a standard circuit breaker panel.|
|My son and I converted a desk lamp from 110 volts AC to 12 volts DC by changing the plug and bulb. The LED bulb uses only 80 milliamps.
12 volts x .08 amps = .96 watts.
This reading lamp uses less than 1 watt!
|After talking to construction workers, I chose DeWalt. I can charge their 18 volt batteries with a 12 volt charger. We have a DeWalt vacuum cleaner and a flourescent lantern / trouble light. I plan to get DeWalt cordless tools as well!|
|We charge AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt batteries with a very efficient 12 volt charger.|