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

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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.

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29 Responses

  1. GAURAV GUPTA says:

    can we use power for appliance during charging?
    can we use the solar power after our battery is fully charged?

  2. Gregory Pierce says:

    Probably the most straightforward video I’ve seen on the subject. Thanks!

  3. John Webb says:

    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

    • desertsun02 says:

      thanks. my goal was to show how easy it really is to set these systems up
      …and to take the ‘mystery’ out of it.

  4. alpha7664 says:

    Gr8 video and informative too. Want to ask your opinion on a subject. What
    if i installed a motor driven inverter that generates voltage and route it
    through the charge controller to the battery to work when the battery
    voltage drops to a certain level? How effective would it be compared to the
    solar option where sunlight is the main factor? This way when the demand
    increases and battery power drops i can still produce enough to charge the
    battery on it own and power the house through inverter.

  5. Mike Masztal says:

    What kind of life span can you expect to see considering the batteries are
    in a climate controlled environment?

    • Ray Sills says:

      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.

  6. shouty woofer says:

    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

  7. scaleop4 says:

    don’t know what panels you have but you can get them at the size you have
    at 100w. that’s just one panel.

  8. Dominic Townsend says:

    Is it the same principal for all methods of charging I.e solar, wind, water
    wheel, bicycle generator ?

    Cheers 👍🏻

  9. Shane Ortega says:

    Thank you! I will be using this info to make my own for my off grid bus!

  10. Mie Mohd says:

    3 min simple and usefull of my YT video so far, thank you kindly

  11. Saiyed Zaidi says:

    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

    • Ray Sills says:

      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

  12. Benjamin Rowberry says:

    If only every YouTube instructor had your foresight and attention to

  13. HershNoeie - Blasian Life says:

    Great video, thanks for showing how simple this can be done and the exact
    things needed.

  14. J Simo says:

    Thank you very much for such a great video! You make it look so simple.
    Thank you!!!!!

  15. Séamus Meally says:

    good video and very simple way you explained everything , Thanks

  16. Viswam Aakash says:

    Can we directly charge a cellphone without using batteries i mean only with
    the panel or the panel + controller.?

    • Ray Sills says:

      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.

    • barnml2006 says:

      The charge controller is there to protect the battery bank. You’d still
      need a dc to Ac inverter for sell phone charger.

    • barnml2006 says:

      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

  17. Vdub Camper says:

    great video, subbed looking forward to your videos. Atb Dean


    how many times can it charge single laptop ?

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