3rd Oct 2023

As a sailor, you know how important it is to have a reliable source of energy while out on the water. That's why we're excited to cover this installment of our Solar Build Series - Marine Vessel.

If you choose to power some of the systems on your vessel as well as some electronics using solar, you'll need a variety of equipment including solar panels, a charge controller, batteries, inverter, and/or portable generator.

One of our favorite solar solutions is our new 100W Lightweight 12V Mono Semi-Flexible Solar Panel. This panel is perfect for marine applications because it's lightweight and can conform to the shape of your vessel. It's also very durable, making it perfect for harsh marine environments. Depending on what you’d like to power, we’d recommend using at least two of our brand new 100W Lightweight 12V Mono Semi-Flexible Solar Panels. The best part is mounting these panels is super simple and easy given its flexibility and pre-drilled holes.

The next thing you'll need is a charge controller suited to your specific system and battery requirements. This device regulates the amount of energy flowing from the solar panels to your batteries. We offer a variety of options depending on your power needs and budget. But for this build, we recommend using a 20A PWM or our Frigate 40A MPPT charge controller. Both of these controllers are lithium-compatible, making battery selection a breeze. The only reason we recommend such a high amperage controller is that it allows you the ability to scale up the number of panels you use.

To store the energy generated by your solar panels, you'll need a couple of batteries. Our 12V 100Ah LiFePO4 battery is a wonderful choice as it’s a deep-cycle battery, which makes it ideal for deep-cycle applications. Additionally, if you need a battery bank, you can wire 4 of these in parallel with one another.

Finally, you'll need an inverter to convert the DC power to AC power that can be used to run small appliances and electronics on your boat. Depending on your wattage requirements, a 1200W Inverter would make a great addition for any setup 1200W or less.

Additionally, if you prefer a more compact approach, our 700W portable generator may be the right fit for you. At 537Wh, it can power/charge small electronics and devices with ease.

Utilizing all of these components, you'll be well on your way to a reliable source of energy for your marine vessel. Thanks to our high-quality products and innovative technology, you can trust that your solar build will be efficient and effective. So why wait? Start building your solar system today!

Be Wise, Go Solar!