What is a solar panel?
A solar panel is a device that collects sunlight and turns it into usable electricity. It is made of solar cells, which are usually made from silicon, and are arranged into a panel. A solar cell can generate one or two watts of power by converting light from the sun into direct current electricity. Solar panels are flat constructions that resemble windows and have a metal frame and a glass cover.
I have a dual battery system, how much solar do I need?
The amount of solar you need for your dual battery system depends on several factors such as the size of your battery bank, how much power you use, and how much sunlight you get. A general rule of thumb is that you need 1 watt of solar panel for every 1 amp-hour of battery capacity. For example, if you have a 100Ah battery bank, you will need at least a 100W solar panel.
What is the best type of solar panel: fixed, folding or blanket?
The type of solar panel that is best for you depends on your specific requirements, needs, space and budget. Folding solar panels are the most effective solar panels for caravans. They are easy to set up and angle to chase the sun. Solar blankets are more portable and just as effective as folding solar panels but harder for caravans. Fixed solar panels are great if you just want to set and forget. They are attached to your vehicle so you can charge while on the road and while parked at your campsite.