Originally Posted by chris95040
I've got a 100 watt GoPower flex panel and pwm charge controller. Until I build the bimini
that this will mount on, I'm leaving it in the cockpit
and will disconnect and store when sailing.
Is there anything I should know about disconnecting a panel from the controller? Is it dangerous to do without covering with opaque material to block the light first? Should I wait a bit after doing that before disconnecting?
Sorry... Forgot to add:
No, it's not dangerous if you FIRST disconnect the PLUS lead AT the solar panel. Some (probably many) solar controller's manuals
warn you to disconnect the panels
FIRST, and THEN the battery. What I said up above.
You know... In fifteen years of using solar panels
I've NEVER seen nor heard of somebody actually covering the panels
with opaque material. Hmmmm...
As for waiting - The panel is like a battery (kind of) in that it provides power/amps/volts da yada da yada. There is no capacitor involved that needs discharging. So chill out, k?
And welcome to the world of SOLAR POWER !!!! We run our entire boat with solar and wind
- no genset, no shore power
; only run the main diesel
a half hour per month to keep her happy.