Charging Your Batteries Using The Power of Daylight


100 watt solar panel kit

The Magic of Solar Power

To many of us, electricity itself is a magical thing, but when it comes to a shiny plastic panel with no moving parts making its own electricity and charging our batteries we move into the realms of pure disbelief.

From a practical point of view, we really don't need to actually understand how something works, just that they 'do what it says on the tin'

Solar panels are of particular value to boaters, particularly if the boat is used as a weekend hobby or a week or two away holiday vehicle. Even relatively small boats have lots of equipment on board, all hungry for power. The bilge pump is probably one of the best examples. When we are away from our boat we need to know that if a leak develops, which can happen, and the bilge switch operates, the battery will have enough power to allow the bilge pump to rid the boat of the collected water.

Additionally, if the batteries stand and lose charge, their life can be shortened by an alarming amount. One of the most annoying things that can happen is arriving at the boat, turning the starter key, and nothing happening. What was going to be 'a bit of a run out' now becomes a bit of a problem. With even a relatively small solar panel on board, this situation can be avoided provided the batteries were okay to start with.

I've placed an eBAY link lower down this page which will take you to hundreds of solar charging products. If you are in the UK, USA, Australia or Canada your own local eBAY store should be displayed for you. In addition though, the link will introduce you to companies that want to tell you about their products and who will advise on what is most suitable and cost effective for you and your boat.