Your Questions About Solar Panel Kits

Michael asks…

What is a 45 WATT solar panel kit able to power?

kilowatts and watts. I look for the conversions and am unable to find them

ssadmin answers:

Not much. Might be just enough to charge a mobile phone.

For example my iphone charger is 240V and is capable of delivering 0.15A therefore 240Vx0.15A=36W
Of course in the US it would be 110Vx0.15A=16.5W

So yeah it would charge a mobile phone but thats about it.

Nancy asks…

how to make a solar panel without any kit?

how to make a solar panel without buying any kit?
Any things at home that can be used for solar panels(what are they?)

procedures how to make a solar panel

ssadmin answers:

There are 2 kinds of solar cell/panel. Electrical and thermal.

Passive thermal is the easiest. It can be made with clear glass bottles or jars. The bottles or jars must first be cleaned and sterilized to prevent the growth of algae or bacteria. Fill these about 90% full with water that has 1 tsp of chlorine bleach per gallon. Put the caps or lids on tight. Seal with hot melt or other waterproof glue like RTV silicone. Arrange these in an array. You can use cement or just build a wood frame. Even simpler is just to put the bottles on a board or window sill. Place this in a sunny spot. The water will be heated by the solar radiation and will stay warm several hours after the sun is no longer shining on them.

A an active thermal cell is different. For this you need a medium to heat. Silicon oil is often used but your could just use water. You need a collector, reservoir, heat sink, and circulating pump. These must be arranged in a manner so that the medium (water) is pumped to the collector where it is heated. It passes through the heat sink to transfer the heat and then returns to the reservoir.

To make an electrical panel you can buy components. Photovoltaic cells and the components to mount them, wire them and then change the current generated into a type and voltage you can use.

Richard asks…

Where can I find a solar panel kit wholesale manufacturer? Eliminate the middle man & buy from the source?

ssadmin answers:

Try, . I used to get my hydronic panel ‘s from them .

Thomas asks…

Where is the best place to buy solar panel supplies?

I'm looking to build a small home solar charging system, and I'd like to go to a store so that I can get advice on how to build it and what I can expect from the size of panel I create. Are there any good stores in the Portland Oregon area? Or a website that is very detailed? I have no prior knowledge about solar charging kits. And what I've found on google assumes you know what you're doing…

ssadmin answers:

You may want to check the following offers (direct link to product page):

John asks…

Is a 3 volt solar panel with a 6.5 mA broken?

well, I've got an old solar panel kit from some relatives of mine. Well, as a kid, you can probably guess that I put in a closed circuit backwards and all sorts of dumb things. well, I tested it with an electrometer and it is capable of giving up to 5 volts, but only 6 mA. I am guessing I fried something because now I can't generate a small motor the size of your thumbnail. I'm not sure that it's something painfully obvious, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

ssadmin answers:

It would help if you told us the size of the panel. Were your measurements made in bright sun?
3 volts x 6.5 mA = 20 mW

The smallest one I found for sale has a power level of 80 mW, 4 times the one you have. It has an area of about 10 cm² or about 1.6 square inches. If your panel is a lot smaller, then that may be normal.

But I think it is damaged.


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