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- Feb 05, 2018 -

MPPT Solar Charge Controllers

The MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) solar controller is the shining star of today's solar systems. These controllers actually detect the optimum operating voltage and amperage of the solar panel array and match that with the battery bank. The result is additional 15-30% more power out of your solar array versus a PWM solar controller. Although the MPPT solar charge controller is more expensive than its PWM counterpart, it is generally worth the investment for any solar electric system over 200 watts.

PWM Solar Charge Controllers

A PWM (Pulse Width Modulated) solar charge controller is the traditional style. They are robust, inexpensive and widely used in solar panel applications. PWM shunt controllers are used less often and mostly in applications where electrical interference is an issue.

Features and add-ons for Solar Controllers

Once you have decided on a type of solar charge controller, you'll want to identify what features you need. There are many basic solar charge controllers that work well. In addition, there are some great features that will make your renewable energy experience even better. One important addition to your system is Battery Temperature Sensors. Battery capacity depends on temperature, therefore proper battery charging can be significantly enhanced with a temperature sensor.

Additionally, some solar controllers offer adjustable control voltage set points, low voltage disconnect, overload protection and metering. If you plan to run a DC load, you can connect it directly to the solar charge controller. If the solar controller is equipped with a low voltage disconnect (LVD), then the solar charge controller can detect when the battery is low and shut off the DC load until the battery is charged.