7th Sep 2023

Can a 5BB Solar Panel be used with a 9BB Solar Panel?

The short answer is yes, but there are some things to consider. If you are connecting different types of solar panels, they need to have similar voltage, amperage, and current ratings. This means that a 5 BusBar and a 9 BusBar panel could work together with the only con being that the 5 BusBar panel(s) would be less efficient compared to that of the 9 BusBar panel.

Furthermore, if you are looking to add more solar panels to your current system, it’s best to stick with the same model and manufacturer to ensure that everything works together seamlessly.

How many UZ mounts do I need for a 200W 12V Solar Panel & does it matter if they’re mounted vertically or horizontally?

Regarding our 200W 12V Solar Panel, the recommended number of UZ (Universal Z-Bracket) mounts per panel is 4 (2 per side), but some of our RV customers prefer 3 per side for added comfort.

Additionally, it does not matter if you mount your solar panels vertically or horizontally as your panel will only perform as well as the amount of direct sunlight it receives. It also depends on the amount of space you have to work with.

How do you properly measure the current and voltage of the solar panel correctly?

The first step to measure the current and voltage of a solar panel is by disconnecting the panel(s) from everything. Next, you’ll want to set the multimeter to volts and connect it to the panels' positive & negative wires. Once done, set the multimeter to measure amps and repeat the process. To ensure accurate results, compare your average findings to the factory ratings on the back of the panel.

Lastly, it's important to use a multimeter greater than 10A for panels whose ratings are larger than 10A.

What are PERC Monocrystalline Cells?

PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell) Monocrystalline Cells are a type of solar cell technology that is gaining popularity in the industry due to their increased efficiency and performance. These cells are an improvement over traditional monocrystalline cells as they incorporate a passivation layer that reduces recombination and reflection losses.

In addition to its efficiency, PERC monocrystalline cells have a longer lifespan than traditional cells. They also offer a reduction in heat absorption, allowing for better performance, and have become an increasingly durable cell option for solar panels. Interested in running solar panels that use PERC monocrystalline cells? If so, all of our 9 & 10 BusBar solar panels use PERC technology.