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  • SOL 10 Watt Solar Panel
    SOL 10 Watt Solar Panel
    The 10-watt Solar Panel comes with a stand and wire, replacing the need for a 110v connection on our Apollo gate operators. The 10-watt Solar Panel is recommended for higher use gate openers (approximately 15 to 30 cycles per day depending on sun light hours). Requires Solar Charge Regulator. For lower use gate openers, see our 5-watt Solar Panel.




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  • SOL 5 Watt Solar Panel
    SOL 5 Watt Solar Panel
    The 5-watt Solar Panel comes with a stand and wire, replacing the need for a 110v connection on our Apollo gate operators. The 5-watt Solar Panel is low voltage for low use gate openers (approximately 10 to 15 cycles per day depending on sun light hours). Connects directly to battery for residential applications. For higher use gate openers, see our 10-watt Solar Panel.




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  • SOL Regulator ASC128 12vdc regulator
    SOL Regulator ASC128 12vdc regulator
    A charge controller, or solar controller, regulates the voltage and current coming from your solar panels to your batteries. Cathodic protection controllers are for industrial underground corrosion protection systems only

    Depending on the type and brand, solar panels put out 16 to 70+ DC volts, so if there is no regulation the batteries may be damaged from overcharging. Generally, there is no need for a charge controller with the small 1 to 5 watt trickle charge panels. A rough rule is that if the panel puts out 1/60th or less per day of the rated battery amp-hour capacity, you don't need one.

    Testing charge controllers: Nearly all charge controllers REQUIRE that they be hooked up to a battery in order to operate. You cannot hook up a solar panel to the input and use the LOAD or OUTPUT with no battery connected. Also, if you try to measure the volts or amps on those terminals with no battery, you will not get a valid reading.




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