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Plug & Play
These plug-and-play units are perfect for powering a couple of small items during power outages, camping, or to use simply as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). They are easy to install with a sing power cord to plug into a socket and trolley wheels to make moving it easy and effortless.
These units provide the capability to add one additional 100Ah deep-cycle gell battery to ensure a longer supply of power when you need it. They also have the option of adding small solar panels to save on electricity costs by charging the batteries and directly using renewable solar power to run your appliances.
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a device that allows a computer to keep running for at least a short time when the primary power source is lost. UPS devices also provide protection from power surges. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a device that allows appliances to keep running for at least a short time when the primary power source is lost. UPS devices also provide protection from power surges.
When using solar inverts and a battery bank as a UPS, you get additional protection from any surges with a more stable supply of power. Additionally, you can get a longer supply of power depending on your battery bank's size.
Thes "UPS" solutions are a great way to start investing in solar energy as all of these solutions provide the user with the option of adding solar panels at a later stage.
People say all the time that they want to get off the grid. Beyond just meaning getting away from it all for a while, getting off the grid has a specific technical meaning with regards to your relationship to your utility and how you get your power. So, what exactly does it mean to go off the grid?
The term “off the grid” refers to living autonomously without reliance on a utility for power. Off-grid living is often ideal for rural locations where there is a lack of reliable grid access. Off-grid homes will require alternative power options like solar energy.
These off-grid solar solutions consist of the solar inverter, a battery bank, solar panels, and the grid connection/generator power input. The main supply of power will be the solar panels during the day and at night time the batteries will take over to supply the required electricity. The grid connection or generator is a last resort would the panels or batteries be incapable to supply the required power.
One of the questions we get a lot is, well, where do the batteries go? In a modern system, most of the time there aren’t any. The way that it works: you’ve got your sun, you’ve got your house, and you’ve got your solar. Couple of pieces of equipment that make this whole thing work: you’ve got an inverter, you’ve got your meter, and you have the electrical grid. So the sun going to hit the panels and create direct current electricity. That direct current is going to run to an inverter. The inverter switches it from DC to AC (alternating current) which is what we use in our house.
When you’re producing more power than you’re able to use, that excess is going to get flushed out through the grid and it’s going to be stored there as a form of kilowatt-hour bank, electricity savings account if you will.
When you’re not producing as much as you’re using, during the night or in the middle of winter, you’re going to pull from the grid again. Our goal is to get you to a point where the energy that’s going out equals the cost of the energy that’s coming in, and thus, zeros out your energy bill.
The one downside of this solution is that you are 100% reliant on the grid. Should there be a grid failure, you will be left in the dark.
A hybrid solar system is grid-tied with battery storage. They come with a special 'smart' inverter that can transmit direct current (DC) power to and from your batteries, and channel alternating current (AC) power between the grid and your home when necessary. In the context of residential solar+storage systems, a hybrid inverter (sometimes referred to as a multi-mode inverter) is an inverter that can simultaneously manage inputs from both solar panels and a battery bank, charging batteries with either solar panels or the electricity grid (depending on which is more economical or preferred). Their capabilities may go beyond this, however – some devices also handle inputs from wind turbines, generators, and other power sources.