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How They Are Used To Power Up Your Boat or Recreational Vehicles

12-volt solar panels are the ideal solution for your power needs on boats and on recreational vehicles. This is because of their size and portability. They can be used together with your lead acid (or sealed lead acid) cells to serve every function you desire on your mobile home.

Solar panels are also known as photovoltaic (PV) panels. They are reliable and virtually maintenance free. Technology has also made PV panels more reliable than before. Thus they can now convert solar energy in a very efficient manner.

PV panels require solar radiation, thus they are most ideal for outdoor use. Boats and recreational vehicles are constantly exposed to the sun. Thus this makes them ideal candidates for solar panels to be fitted on.

There are many ways you can use PV panels. You can use them to supplement your energy needs, or you can use them to replace your generator altogether. The possibility of this happening depends on how much you are willing to spend, and how much space you have to install PV panels on your vehicle or watercraft.

There are many advantages to using solar power rather than fossil fuel:

1. You will not need to worry about diesel for your generators nor bring this noisy equipment for servicing every now and then. With solar panels, you can literally setup and forget about them.

2. You can stop pollution. This refers to air pollution as well as noise pollution. Have you noticed how much noise your generator produces and how much vibration it contributes to your boat hull?

3. You can chip in your effort to stop global warming. This is obvious. If everyone uses solar power for their energy needs, there will be lesser greenhouse gases released into the environment. Thus global warming will become less of an issue and the sea water level will not rise at such a dramatic rate chinese scooter parts online.

4. PV panels can trickle charge your batteries so you will never have flat batteries while your big toys are in storage.

When buying solar panels, you have to be careful about its specifications and packaging. If you are going to mount PV panels on your recreational vehicle, make sure that they can withstand the vibrations coming from the vehicle.

If you are going to use your PV panels on board your boat, you obviously have to take note of vibration issues as well. You will also need to make sure your PV panel frame is not made of materials prone to corrosion. If the PV panels are made of stainless steel or plastic, please enquire to find out if they are suitable for marine environment. This is because there are different grades of stainless steel and different types of polymers used to manufacture plastic.

Ignorant salesmen may push you products that are only suited for land use. Or they may sell you models that cannot take too much vibration.

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