Subject: Re: Simple Starter DIY Photovoltaic?
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 13:21:20 -0800
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Fuses should be as near to the battery as practical.
Yes ground your system to earth.
A DC - DC converter sized for the load would be correct.
John Vernier Simon wrote:
> I want to run a device that requires 5v input, should I just use a
> DC-DC converter from my 12v solar/battery source? And where should I
> use fuses? Should I ground even though it is completely DC?
> Rene Tschaggelar wrote in message news:<3E10A04C.firstname.lastname@example.org>...
>>John Vernier Simon wrote:
>>>I came across a couple cheap solar panels (55 watt, single crystal)
>>>and figured I would try my hand at setting up a simple DC power system
>>>(maybe some lighting for my shed and a couple other small DC powered
>>>items (802.11b wireless node). My question is does anyone have plans
>>>for something small? I can read a wiring diagram? Any suggestions on
>>>where to start, links? people who have set small systems up?
>>You don't need wiring diagrams, but a battery controller
>>to start with, since you can damage batteries with solar panels.
>>Then from a certain power upwards, a maximum power tracker