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Review of Go Power 10 Amp RV Solar Panel Charge Controller - 34280503

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Go Power 10 Amp RV Solar Panel Charge Controller - 34280503 Review

Michael: Hi there. I'm Michael with Today, we're going to take a quick look at the Go Power PWM Solar Charge Controller. Now a Solar Charge Controller. It's basically going to be the brains of your solar system so it's going to have the solar panels feed into it and then it's going to continue that power to your batteries. But having this in your system is going to help prevent more power going to your batteries than the batteries can handle so it's going to help prevent overcharging which can be very damaging to your batteries.So this is going to allow you to control how much power is going to your batteries.

And when this does work with your 12-volt battery systems, and up to 160 Watt solar systems so it will do a good job if you have a couple of solar panels for your RV, so that you can boondock or stay off the grid longer. It will work with the Sealed Gel AGM flooded Lead Acid and Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries.So if you have any of those will do a good job for you. This does use the digital pulse with modulation or PWM technology that's going to help just give kind of pulses of power to your batteries to make sure that they are going to be constantly charged and not overcharged. You can see this does have a nice back lit digital LCB display. That's going to allow you to monitor your current voltage and the state of charge of your batteries.It will allow your batteries to charge in a multi stage switch that's going to automatically switch between the modes of charging.

So, bulk mode when you don't have much power in your batteries at all, that's going to fill it up much faster, but then as you get more filled up it's going to kind of slow that down and just kind of trickle charge it if the battery is mostly full. But you can then also switch over to the maximum power boost technology. At the end of the day, if you're wanting to really get as much power into those batteries as you can, you can switch to that maximum power boost and revert it back to that bulk so it's getting all the power in there that you can for overnight usage. You can see on the front here it does have the USB port.That's going to provide an outlet for you to charge small electronic devices like your cell phone.. things like that.

This will switch off if the battery drops below 11 volts and then it will switch back on again once the battery has reached 12 volts of power just to make sure that all that power is going to necessary functions that would cut off, so you don't want to have anything super essential plugged into there if your batteries are going to drop below that 11 volt setting.This is going to mount pretty easily, got four screws here to get it mounted in place. When you're picking out where you're going to mount this, you will want it to be pretty close to your batteries. You can see on the backside here we've got our solar in plugs here and then our battery power going out. So solar will come in, put the power into our controller and then that will send the power out to our batteries.You do want this pretty close to the batteries for the length of wire and just the proximity. You will want it mounted in the vertical position like it is now to help with the regulating of cooling and all of that.

And you will want to make sure that it's mounted indoors. It's not going to be exposed to the elements or anything like that. So keep all that in mind when you're determining where you're going to mount this.Do you want to give you a few measurements to make sure that you have a good plan for where this is going to be mounted for you. This is right at. I'm going to call it, five and seven-eighths, just shy of six inches wide by three and seven-eighths just shy of four inches tall. And looking at right at, thinking. Let me try and put it this way so you can see better. I'm going to say that's right at one and a quarter of an inch deep.Now you will need a little opening to get this mounted in that back portion there but you will also want to make sure that you have enough opening for your cables to connect. So a cutout will be something like four and three quarters wide by about. we'll say three inches to be safe there. And then again, whatever your cable length is going to be to make sure that you're not crimping your cable making too hard of an angle there. This is going to work with the MC4 cables that probably already came with your solar panels. You will want to make sure that you're using a number 4 AWG gauge wire to go into your batteries. You do have lots of options here at to help you with that so if you don't already have some wires, we have some for you here. They do include instructions to help you with getting everything set up and connected the way it should be so that it will work for you.But overall, just want to stress how important having a controller like this is to make sure that your batteries are going to stay charged the way they're supposed to and prolong the life of your batteries rather than potentially cutting those life spans short. So that's going to complete our work for today. Again, I'm Michael with Thanks for watching.



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