We all know that marine solar panels are gaining popularity as a highly efficient source of power. People have started using them to power their homes, cars as well as inverters. The latest trends involve using these panels on boats. The main idea behind using these panels on boats is that if you run out of power on the sea, you don’t have many options to fetch some more power for the boat. These solar panels will help you keep your boat’s battery primed and charged on a sunny day.
Here is the step wise procedure on how to install a marine solar panel.
Step 1: Choose the Right Type of Panel
Solar panels come in various shapes and sizes. Depending on your boat’s size and structure you might want to go for a specific type of panel altogether. Popularly, people prefer using flexible solar panels since you can easily wrap them up and store them away on a rainy day. If you want a more permanent and efficient solar charging solution you can go for high-tech panels. However, make sure that you have enough space on your boat to mount these panels in the correct direction.
Step 2: Choose the Right Quantity of Solar Panels
In case of solar panels, more number of panels equals more amount of electricity. Choose the number of panels that you will install on your boat, very wisely.
Step 3: Use Electric Wire Strippers to Remove the Insulation on Wires
Now, you need to different kind of electric and mechanical tools which is available at my tools gallery shop, use electric wire strippers to effectively manage the wires from the panels and accessories. You can use the stripper to remove the protective insulation on the front end of the wires. The stripper device will help you effectively remove the insulation in the right amount without damaging the wire itself.
Step 4: Connect the Wires to a Stabilizer/Inverter Unit
Once you have removed the insulation on the wires of the panels, you are ready to connect them to the stabilizer and inverter units. Make sure that you refer the manuals of the panels and the devices before making the connections. The wrong connections can damage these devices irreversibly.
Step 5: Make a Parallel Connection the Controller Unit
After connecting it to the stabilizer, you are ready to connect the wires to the controller unit. This unit will help you govern the amount of charge supplied to the battery and control its output too.
Step 6: Connect the Wires to the Rechargeable Battery
After completing all these connections, it is time to connect the panels to the marine battery on the boat. Make sure that you do not use the electric wire stripper extensively and remove insulation in more than a necessary amount. If you damage the wire or remove the insulation extensively, you face the risk of short-circuiting.
Always use insulation tape to cover the exposed end of the wires once you have finished using the stripper device. This will prevent short-circuiting of the devices in circuit.