The brains behind any solar powered system is the solar charge controller. The controller is what talks to the solar panel, the battery, and the load.
The controller ensures that the battery is charging and stops charging it (or them) when they are full. It also can have a smart system that turns on and off the load (i.e. lights) when it gets dark. The controller may also be programmed if is has the functionality to do so.
This controller has many features for its compact size (and price). It is a full feature controller that not only controls the charging, it also can be programmed to turn on at sunset and stay on for a programmed period of time. As well, it also has load protection and if there are any problems with any component in the system it will protect your investment from overload damage.
This unit is normally sold as part of a system however the DIY hobbyist can purchase them for their own systems. This unit comes with complete instruction for installation and programming.
- 30 Amp
- 12/24 volt DC
- automatic operating voltage
- 18 mode programming
- overload/ short circuit protection
- simple one button set-up
- -35C to +55C working temperature range
- status LEDs
- temperature compensation sensor
- heavy duty terminal strip
- CE certification
The unit is complete and comes with a user manual.