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devildog1971

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Posted: 01/10/20 09:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My Northern Lite came with one 95 watt solar panel. I would like to add another but my solar knowledge is lacking. does the second panel have to be a 95 watt panel or can I add a 100 Watt The one is almost like a trickle charger not enough to charge from 50% even in sun most of the day


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In a perfect world the added panel should be identical. In real life, if the voltage is less than one volt different, it may work well in parallel.


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I have an old 67 watt thin film Unisolar panel. I added a new 170 watt GoPower mono crystal panel. Both have the same voltage rating and have worked very well together for about a year now. Or splurge and get two new panels.


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Posted: 01/11/20 06:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Same voltage, different amperage, put them in parallel. Same amperage, different voltage, put them in series.





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What wire size did the manufacturer use and what is the length of the run from the panel to the controller? Is your controller rated to handle the additional amps?


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Posted: 01/11/20 08:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We added a 100 watt panel last summer to our Northern Lite and it really made a difference. Lots of info about adding panels on the Facebook NL group.


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I just put another 100 watt panel on my 811. I have put solar on before and I have had good luck with Renogy products. The charge controller that Northern Lite installs at the factory is a pretty good one.

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