Solar Panel Systems for Beginners – Pt 1 How It Works & How To Set Up

In this video, I will show you in layman's terms how a solar panel system works and how to set one up in 2 different types of systems. This video is intended for beginners so obviously there is a lot more involved than I am explaining but this covers the basics to get started.

I bought that 10 watt solar panel from Solar Blvd ( ). I got the charge controller cheap from Amazon (there are numerous brands and knock-offs). I also got the battery from Amazon ( ). Everything in that video could cost between $70 and $150 depending on the products you buy and how good they are. I prefer cheap stuff for experiments so if I damage them I am not going to be too upset.

32 thoughts on “Solar Panel Systems for Beginners – Pt 1 How It Works & How To Set Up

  1. Mohsin Fareed

    Great man. An excellent and clear demonstration for understanding solar
    energy usage for beginners like me. Thanks very much hope more and more
    video as raised by FAQ.

  2. Sar Ragab

    enough to give us one easy solar panel example 12 V connect cell +/-,
    materials, join with stabilizator DC or converter, lost,example you measure
    the cell before connecting? cause after you connect,some cell probable will
    damage from m manufacture?thank you.

  3. samantha nicholson

    albuquerque the objects will be a small 240 watt blender, a small fan i
    hoped for a airconditioner but with space in truck very limited a small
    tv/vcr lg brand 19″. have i think the power tool is cordless. 20v. the pump
    is not bought ywt but i think im going to buy a battery operated sprayer,,,
    2.6 amp 120v the fridge 1.2amp

  4. Chris Yocum

    Batteries in series: same current more voltage
    Batteries in parallel: more current same voltage
    See current and voltage divider theory

  5. Francisco Sanchez

    does anyone if i should go with high volt or high amps? i doing a project
    and i using 6 four volts and 50 milliamps cells. so should i increase the
    volt or amps which one is better?

  6. Raemee Facon

    I’m using your video as a reference for my scientific investigative project
    in highschool. I’d like to know what kind of battery you used for storage.

  7. Grace Reutzel

    Is it possible to hook up 8 of those PC fans to one big Solar Panel? I am
    in Texas too and my chickens are over heating in their nest boxes. I want
    to put a little fan in each one to move some air around for them. What are
    your thoughts on this? I am thinking no Battery Bank since overcast days
    are manageable. Of course, if it isn’t too much more then I could go with
    Batteries and have the fans on a timer to run only during the day.

    1. MsSomeonenew

      +Grace Reutzel
      You can certainly connect them directly, but the panel voltage goes up and
      down depending on sunlight/shade so the fans might just randomly cut out.
      But then again PC fans still run to some degree within 4V-12V making it
      pretty flexible.
      I would throw in an old 12V car battery just to get a bit of extra run time
      even when the sun is gone, should be able to get one of those for free and
      they are perfectly capable of running small fans they just aren’t good at
      turning an engine.

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