The solar panel converts the sun’s energy into DC electricity and this electricity charges the battery. The battery stores the electricity, similar to a water tank storing water. This battery power may be used at any time to operate DC powered devices connected to the battery. To increase the battery service life, a solar controller is used to prevent the solar panels from overcharging the batteries. This process is managed by the GP-MPPT-40 controller(s) included in this kit. (See Figure 2-A and 2-B below for examples).
NOTE: The Go Power! SOLAR-AE6 Kit includes 6 solar panels and the SOLAR-AE4 includes 4 solar panels for use with a 12-volt system.
WARNING: The solar panels in the SOLAR-AE6 kit are designed to be connected in 2 strings of 3 panels in SERIES. Failure to follow this will cause the system to produce large voltages or currents which the GP-MPPT-40 Solar Controller, Solar Disconnect and cabling is not designed to handle.
WARNING: The solar panels in the SOLAR-AE4 kit are designed to be connected in SERIES. Failure to follow this will cause the system to produce large currents which the Solar Disconnect and cabling is not designed to handle.
WARNING: Incorrect wiring can result in irreparable damage to the system (not covered under warranty), fire, or serious injuries.
Figure 2-A: Solar AE-6 Example Wiring Diagram
Figure 2-B: Solar AE-4 Example Wiring Diagram