Category Archives: Solar Charge Controllers

Review of the Sunforce 7 Amp Charge Controller

The Sunforce 7 Amp Charge Controller is designed for solar panels that are used to charge 12-volt batteries. When used in conjunction with 12-volt solar panels, the charge controller prevents the batteries from overcharging. It is rated at up to 7 amps of array current and solar electricity of up to 100 watts. The device features two LED light indicators: one to indicate a currently charged battery and one to indicate a fully charged battery. The unit measures 2.5 inches wide x 4 inches high x 1 inch deep and weighs only 1 pound.

Ease-of-use: The Sunforce 7 is simple to use, but it could have been made simpler by equipping it with screw-on terminals for the connecting wires. Instead, it simply has connector wires, and these are not of the best quality. Of course, they are designed for low current use, but stronger connector wires would mean they last longer, especially if the unit is to be moved around.
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Guide to Buy the Brunton Solar Controller 12-Volt Battery Charge Monitor

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Brunton Solar Controller 12 Volt Charge ControllerDescription: The Brunton Solar Controller 12v Battery Charging Monitor is an helpful tool to help you avoid overcharging your 12-volt batteries. The manufacturer says that once connected you can charge your 12v battery nonstop for days. The controller will cut off the power when charging is complete.  It’s also good for maintaining the battery in its fully charged state (i.e. RV parked for days or boats). It’s compatible with most of the solar panels (of different brands too) available.

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Reviews of 12v Solar Battery Charge Controller Kits Regulators and Monitors

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Solar charge controllers help in protecting batteries from overcharge and excessive discharge. The controller assures that the battery is charged fully and keeps it that way without causing damage to the battery.

A basic solar charge controller will monitor the battery voltage, open the circuit and then stop charging when the voltage rises to a given level.

Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)

The modern solar charge controllers use pulse width modulation (PWM) which gradually lowers the amount of power as the batteries get closer to being fully charged.

The battery is charged with lesser stress thus prolonging the battery life. PWM has no mechanical connections that need to be broken although it’s quite complex.

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How to Monitor Your Solar Powered System

Digital AmmeterThe battery is the main component of your power station. Monitoring means knowing the state of charge in your battery. You can choose a voltmeter or use a purpose built monitoring system.

Using a 12 volt battery full of charge let’s say … 120 amp/hours.

If we measure the voltage of fully charged 12 volt battery with nothing connected it should be around 12.6 volts.

If we connect a reasonable load to the battery the voltage will drop to around 12.1 but the battery is still full of charge at this point.

If we connect a charging source to the battery, for example an 80 watt solar panel, the voltage will rise to about 15 – 16 volts.

If the battery was flat we might see the following:

  • No load: 12 volts
  • With load: 11.0 volts
  • Charge connected: 13 volts