Can I use panel outdoors?
Yes, this panel has been weatherproofed. The weatherproofing includes UV protection and weather effects of -35°F to 175°F
Will my panel drain a battery at night?
No, this panel includes a blocking diode to prevent battery drain and reverse current.
What type of battery can a trickle charge?
Any 12 volt battery can be trickle charged with this solar panel.
How long will it take to charge a battery?
Under ideal conditions, this panel will generate up to 400 mAmps of current, supplying a steady trickle charge to any 12 volt battery.
Do I need a charge controller?
A charge controller is not required for a 6 Watt solar panel. A 6 Watt panel will not overcharge your 12 Volt battery. A charge controller is recommended for panels greater than 15 Watts.
Can I run appliances off this panel?
Yes, however, the current will vary depending on the sunlight. Charging a battery is therefore the recommended installation and running protocol.
Can I mount this panel directly on a surface?
Yes, this panel can be mounted with the included stainless steel screws. To increase the heat dissipation, a heat resistant spacer should be used between panel and surface for optimized use.
How far can I extend the wire?
Current length should accommodate 95% of installations; however, wires can be extended up to a maximum of 30 feet with 16 gauge wires. Stripping wires to extend should be done carefully, connecting positive to positive and negative to negative appropriately.