Thinking of buying a solar panel? Here are a couple of things to consider

Q Which type of panel should I buy?

This may be dictated by your budget, monocrystaline panels being the most efficient and most expensive followed by polycrystaline being slightly less efficient and less expensive.

Q Do you have the battery capacity to store the energy that will be produced?

Once your batteries are full the regulator will drop the charge rate to maintain the batteries. At this point any excess power is wasted. You may wish to consider installing extra batteries to harness the energy produced.

Q Would you like to be able to charge both engine and leisure batteries?

Solar regulators such as the Sunsaver Duo will allow you to charge both engine and leisure batteries simultaneously. If you store your vehicle without the means of charging it on the mains, this is a must have to avoid flattening and damaging your batteries.