Solar PV is a straightforward proposition in its basic form. You will only need to hook a solar panel up to a DC load. Once the sun goes down, it will transform solar energy into electricity. Connect the panel to a grid-tied inverter to send electricity to the utility as long as the sun is shining. All is easy until the sun stops shining
In the night time or when the grid is down, the complications begin. It mainly concerns the energy storage section. Solar batteries are linked with the inverter that stores the electricity for further use at night or when the grid is not working. A solar charge controller becomes one of the most critical device components once a battery is added.
What does A Luminous Solar Charge Controller do?
A solar charge controller is like a regulator. It supplies power to system loads and the battery bank from the PV array. The controller will taper off the charging current when the battery bank is almost full, maintain the necessary voltage to charge the battery completely and keep it topped off.
The solar controller protects the battery by controlling the voltage. Luminous Solar Charge Controllers are needed to charge a solar panel battery without overcharging them. Along with this, they also prevent the reverse flow of electricity at night.
The two principal types of solar charge controllers are the PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) and MPPT (Multiple Power Point Tracking).
PWM or Pulse-Width Modulation charge controllers are simply a device that connects the battery with a solar array. These charging controllers use algorithms to measure the amount of charge that goes to a battery and gradually taper off charging once the battery becomes fully charged. One of PWM controllers' most important advantages is that they have been around for many years, are not expensive, and are accessible in different sizes for different applications.
Here are some of the features of a Luminous PMW solar charge controller:
1. Protection against overcharge and reverse current
Luminous Charge Controller charges solar panel batteries without overcharging and stops the reverse current flow at night.
2. USB Port
This Charge Controller comes with a USB port that gives the flexibility to charge your DC devices such as cell phones directly without using an adapter.
Variants of Solar Charge Controller by Luminous:
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Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What are the features of a Luminous PMW Charge Controller?
2. How Can You Check Whether Your Solar Controller is Working or Not?
To check if your solar charge controller is working or not, disconnect the positive cable between the solar battery and charge controller. Measure the current by linking the positive test lead from the multimeter to the controller's positive line. The negative test leads from the multimeter are connected to the positive terminal of the solar battery.
3. Can solar panel overcharge battery?
You can control the voltage and current coming from the solar panels that go to the battery. Most '12 volts' panels put out about 16 to 20 volts, causing battery overcharging issues if there is no regulation. It is where you need a solar charge controller.