Solar Controllers/ Solar Regulators
Solar regulators, which are also known as solar charge controllers, regulate the solar panel's charging current to provide the most effective charge to the batteries without overcharging them. They also prevent the batteries from backfeeding into the solar panel at night.
Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) regulators are the most effective means to achieve constant voltage battery charging by switching the solar system controller’s power devices. When in PWM regulation, the current from the solar array tapers according to the battery’s condition and recharging needs.
Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) regulator / controllers can be used for additional daily production. They allow the solar panels to run at a voltage where they produce the most power (generally higher than battery voltage) and perform a voltage conversion to a level suitable for battery charging, with a higher charging current. They periodically sweep / track the optimum voltage level throughout the day to maintain the highest output.
We stock some of the best brands in the markets including Victron Energy, Morningstar, Redarc and more. Call today to speak to one of our experienced staff members about your 12 v solar needs.
Victron Energy were founded in the Netherlands where all their products are still designed and engineered today. Manufactured and sold internationally Victron sell everything from small-scale, recreational and marine application products to large-scale, high performance off-grid components. Their new range of ‘Smart’ technology brings user control and monitoring to your smart phone and computer giving you maximum control and coverage of your products.
Morningstar Corp are a US based company manufacturing a range of quality solar regulators. Of particular interest are their epoxy sealed models with marine rated terminals. The Morningstar range are rated for 25% overloads.