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Online Catalog: Charge Controllers and Inverters

The product catalog below is a price listing and more! A thumbnail picture is provided, and where possible, product literature is available for your viewing. If the Model Number field is a link, clicking on it will display a copy of the literature for you to view.


Charge Controllers: What For?

Solar panels produce electricity, but to maximize the life of your battery system, this incoming energy needs to be regulated and controlled so that the process of charging your batteries is optimized. Choosing the right charge controller will benefit you by potentially adding years to the life of your battery system. Although the charge controller is a relatively inexpensive component of your solar power system, choosing well is important! Choosing a poor controller can be an expensive way to save money....

You will notice that there is a column listing charge modes. There are three different charge modes listed in the Chg Modes column. They are:

    CV = constant voltage

    B = Bulk (constant current)

    F = Float (maintains full charge)

    E = Equalize

MorningStar Charge Controllers
Manufacturer Small Picture Docs Model # Input Volts Amps Chg Mds Meter Price
Page 1 PSR12 12/24V 12A CV, E YES $219.00
Page 2 PSR20 12/24V 20A CV, E YES $249.00
Page 3 PSR12 12/24V 30A CV, E YES $279.00


Solar Commander Charge Controllers
Manufacturer Small Picture Docs Model # Input Volts Amps Chg Mds Meter Price
Solar Commander SCS III SCS III 12/24V 15A CV NO $118.00


The Trace line of products is vast, but we can offer nearly all their products at a discount. For a complete listing of Trace products and their retail prices see Trace Retail Price List and for Additional Trace product Information.

Trace Charge Controllers
Manufacturer Small Picture Literature Model # Input Volts Amps Chg Mds Meter Price
C12a C12b C12 12V 12A CV NO $110.00
no pix C30A 12/24V 30A CV, E NO $100.00
C40 C40 12/24/48V 40A CV, E OPT $185.00


Inverters: What to choose?

Inverters are used to convert battery power into AC that can be used in your home. The choice you make is critical to the success of your solarinstallation. The inverter must work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for years. The following is a listing of inverters that are capable of this kind of reliability. While quality and reliability aren't cheap, these two attributes are essential to value!

One of our favorites is the DR series of inverters by Trace Engineering. Here is literature that describes this series. DR Inverter Literature page1 and page 2.

This type of inverter is called a 'modified square wave' inverter. Unlike the old style square wave inverters, these units offer a wave form that works very well with most electronic equipment. These units feature excellent voltage and frequency regulation. The wave shape is close enough to a sine wave that I've never seen anything that didn't work well on one of these inverters.

If you have the money and the need, true sine wave inverters are the best way to go, but their increased complexity raises the costs. A true sine wave inverter will increase the water flow from an AC well pump as much as 30%. Electronic equipment that is sensitive to power line noise may also benefit.

We use two DR inverters here, and we have been very impressed with their performance.

Trace 'DR Series' Inverters
Manufacturer Small Pix Model Input Charge Amps Output Power Retail Price
DR1512 12 VDC 70 Amps 120 VAC 1500W $995.00
DR1524 24 VDC 35 Amps 120 VAC 1500W $995.00
DR2412 12 VDC 120 Amps 120 VAC 2400W $1325.00
DR2424 24 VDC 70 Amps 120 VAC 2400W $1285.00
DR3624 24 VDC 70 Amps 120 VAC 3600W $1525.00

The Trace inverters that follow feature true sine wave output, and can deliver cleaner power than a public utility company. This is no exageration! They also support features like auto generator starting, optional remote controls, and much more. These units set a new statndard in sophisticated, state of the art performance, and they are built to last!

Literature for this series consists of Trace SW Series Page 1 and Trace SW Series Page 2 . Read or print these pages to study at your leisure.

Trace 'SW Series' Inverters
Manufacturer Small Pix Model Input Chrgr Output Power Retail Price
SW2512 12 VDC 150A 120 VAC 2500W $2585.00
SW4024 24 VDC 120A 120 VAC 4000W $3345.00
SW4048 48 VDC 60A 120 VAC 4000W $3345.00
DR5548 48 VDC 70A 120 VAC 5500W $3885.00

These inverters are well made, and suitable for many applications. They are also very competitively priced! While the Trace is our all around favorite, we are proud to offer this line of inverters as well. The only critical feature they are missing is the built in battery charger common to most inverters in this power class.

StatPower 'PROwatt Series' Inverters
Manufacturer Small Pix Model Input Chrgr Output Power Retail Price
none PROwatt 50 12VDC N/A 120 VAC 50W $80.00
none PROwatt 150 12VDC N/A 120 VAC 150W $99.00
none PROwatt 250 12VDC N/A 120 VAC 250W $150.00
none PROwatt 800 12 or 24VDC N/A 120 VAC 800W $500.00
none PROwatt 1500 12 or 24 VDC N/A 120 VAC 1500W $850.00
none PROwatt 2500 12 or 24VDC N/A 120 VAC 2500W $1170.00
none PROwatt 250i 12VDC N/A 230VAC 50Hz 250W $199.00
none PROwatt 800i 12 or 24VDC N/A 230VAC 50Hz 800W $575.00
none PROwatt 1500i 12 or 24VDC N/A 230VAC 50Hz 1500W $978.00
none PROwatt 2500i 12 or 24VDC N/A 230VAC 50Hz 2500W $1264.00

The next series of inverters from StatPower is more exciting. These inverters feature pure sinewave output and have a built in charger system. If your system will be, or is, based on 12V, these are an excellent choice!

Literature for this series consists of Pro-Sine Inverters Page 1 and Page 2 . Read or print these pages to study at your leisure.

StatPower 'PROsine' Inverters
Manufacturer Small Pix Model Input Chrgr Output Power Retail Price
PROsine 1.2 12VDC 50A 120 VAC 1250W $1249.00
PROsine 2.5 12VDC 100A 120 VAC 2500W $1899.00