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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!