How to hook up Solar Panels (with battery bank) – simple ‘detailed’ instructions – DIY solar system

shows how to hook up solar panels (with a battery bank). simple instructions. home solar power station. very easy to put together. all you need is 1 or more batteries, an inverter, charge controller and a solar panel or panels. the following is for a 12 volt system. use one 'deep cycle' battery for every 2 to 6 amps your panels generate. (batteries like to be charged at this rate). a 12 volt 1 amp panel generates about 15 watts. you can use any solar panels. if you can't get the smaller panels then buy one larger one. (Kyocera sells an inexpensive 7-8 amp solar panel (135 watter)). that would go perfect with 2 deep cycle batteries. the six panels in the video are from harbor freight tools. i bought 2 three panel sets. they sell the panels in sets of three or individually. coleman sells similar panels. the batteries are from walmart. they are 'deep cycle' batteries. the charge controller is from fry's electronics. the inverter is from harbor freight tools. this system will provide all the 'free' power you will need to run tons of things around your house. i've posted 6 videos showing all sorts of things running on this system (computers, tvs, stereos, lights, power tools, appliances, and more). all can be found on my youtube channel homepage. great little system to start with. try 'powering up' one room in your house. you now have a solar assisted house. as one example; this could easily run a light, laptop computer, fan and small tv for several hours every day. also great in an emergency, power outage, remote and rural off-grid living.

30 thoughts on “How to hook up Solar Panels (with battery bank) – simple ‘detailed’ instructions – DIY solar system

  1. John Webb

    WOW the simplest and most easy to follow video yet
    Thanks for that I liked it. I can go to all the other guys for the tech
    bull but come back here to make it in common sense

  2. shouty woofer

    Hi, I want to setup a solar power system just for my computer, can you give
    the details of the things needed? I mean numbers, how big is the battery,
    how many watts and everything needed to run a computer. Thanks

  3. Jerry Vincent

    i just bought 2… 40 watt solar panels they both came with charge
    controller…and i am using 4 batteries connecting them parallel …do i
    have to use both charge controllers if so how do i connect them both to 4
    batteries…

    1. Ray Sills

      A good quality deep cycle AGM battery should be good for 5 to 10 years,
      depending on how deeply you discharge the battery, and how often you
      discharge it. The less power you demand from the battery, the longer it
      will last.

  4. Saiyed Zaidi

    hiya Desert please tell me if i am drawing 4000watts 24/7 from my inverters
    how many 12volt deep cycle batteries would i need and how many total watts
    of solar panels i need to make sure my batteries never run out of
    power.Thanks

    1. Ray Sills

      That’s a big power draw. You’d need dozens of batteries. At this level, you
      would benefit from the services of a professional, rather than trying to
      DIY.

    1. Ray Sills

      Or one of those automotive cigar lighter plugs that convert 12 V to 5 V for
      the device in question. Most phones can be charged from 5 V. You would also
      need the proper cables. You could get by without an inverter.

    2. barnml2006

      They have simple little solar kits on eBay advertising that. But for a
      system like this you need all the components he showed.
      The only other way is having the solar panels go through a grid tie
      converter directly to your home power and plug it in ur home wall socket

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