Here is my plan. I'm wondering if anyone has tried this.
I'm planning on putting together smaller cheap
60W solar panels
dictates that I can't get all I want right away. I'm going to start with a single
panel to check out the quality of the panel I'm looking at and make sure it's charging
It will also give me security
in being able to leave the boat in the moorings for a week without worrying about the bilge pump
or other issues sucking the battery
Given the purchase
of a 60W panel, and then the goal of upgrading to between 240W and 360W of power over time in chunks of 60W.
What charge controller should I look at?
Should I skip the charge controller for the first panel, while evaluating the panel? I'm thinking that it won't explode the battery
without the charger
, but I've never done any solar
applications without a high-end MPPT
, which I'm not sure I can afford right now.
Does anyone have any suggestions on a good MPPT
that isn't too expensive, but will run up to about 240W or maybe to 360W of input with output for a 12v system (14.8 or so)?
I have a window of 5 days to work on the boat so need these purchases sorted out in the next few days. :-)