Solar panels are essential for travelers who want spend more time off the cord and without running their generators. However, understanding which solar panels to use and how to use them can be intimidating for those who are new to this innovative power trend. The following guide will help you understand solar panels more fully, so you can start easing your negative impact on the environment, saving more money, and enjoying a more convenient RV lifestyle.
The Basics of Solar Power
Solar panels include photovoltaic cells that convert energy from the sun into electricity. Panels are rated in watts of output, and that wattage rating is found by multiplying the panel’s peak power amperage by its peak power voltage. Factors like cell temperature, shade, angle of sunlight and amount of sunlight can affect how much voltage you receive from your solar panels.
The Benefits of Solar Power
The benefits of solar power never cease. You’ll find yourself spending more time in more scenic areas when you’re not tied to power cords. You’ll also give back to those scenic places by harmlessly creating your RV’s power from the sun. Even more, you’ll save money by not having to reserve spaces at costly RV parks and nearly eliminating the use of your generator.
What You’ll Need
A low-power RV solar setup can power your fan, lights and keep your batteries charged while you’re enjoying life off the grid. If this is what you’re seeking, a basic 12-volt system with a 55-watt module should do the trick. However, if you’d like to power your lights, fan, laptop, charge cell phones and watch television, a 12-volt medium system would include two 140-watt modules.
Visit Gardner’s RV Center
Here at Gardner’s RV Center, we’re more than an RV dealership; we’re your home RV parts and service in Kalispell, Montana. If you have any questions about installing or using solar panels and power with your RV, just stop in and ask one of our knowledgeable RV technicians today.