This is the beginning of a new series where I review the Rolling Steel Tent’s long-serving equipment. Don’t worry, the “food” reviews will continue.
I had watched a bunch of videos and read a lot of articles about solar power and felt I knew just enough to put together a system. According to my calculations, I needed somewhere between 200 and 300 Watts. I preferred to get one large panel instead of two or more smaller ones so mounting and wiring would be simpler. All the experts said to go with monocrystalline cells. So I shopped around and chose this 270W panel made by SolarWorld. The price was about a dollar per Watt.
I turns out the panel was intended for large stationary arrays, not mobile applications, but that hasn’t been a problem. What I didn’t understand when I clicked buy was the 38 Volts the panel could pump out would require a fancy, very expensive charge controller (which I’ll cover in another post).
Despite a few hail storms, and accidentally driving 25 miles on the Interstate with the panel tilted up, there have been no problems. It keeps on generating electricity just like it should. Couldn’t ask for more.