Marine Solar Kits
If you only head out on the water when the weather is sunny, why not harness the sun to make your day even brighter? A marine solar kit is one of the most practical uses of solar energy. You can use a marine solar kit to power your navigation gear, lights, bilge pump and other small appliances you might have on hand. These can even be used to power a laptop or other electronic equipment.
Using a marine solar kit on your sail boat keeps you pollution free. It also gives you extra power options.
Marine solar kits generally come with a special mounting kit, designed with wavy ocean water in mind. Kits are typically 50 to 110 watts-given that you are out in the hot sun, they often run close to peak efficiency. They can be used to charge batteries or to power items directly.
Sizing your system
Before you will be able to decide what size to purchase, you will need to understand your demand. Here are three simple steps:
- Calculate your total amps using our handy solar calculator.
- Take the result of your calculation and multiply by the number of hours you are going to be out-the result will give you a number in AHrs (amp hours).
- Divide this figure by 2 to get a rough idea of the wattage you will need.
If you can figure out how many watts you will need at maximum usage, multiply this figure by $20 per watt to get a rough estimate of what marine solar energy will cost you.
If you want a steady supply of power, you can buy a marine battery. Read more about marine batteries.
You can save yourself a lot of trouble by adding a regulator to your system. These come with very easy to read gages (digital readouts, etc) to ensure that you do not overcharge your battery.