Go Power Solar Extreme Charging System Review

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Review of the Go Power Solar Extreme Charging System


Today we're gonna take a look at the Go Power Solar Extreme Charging System. The Go Power Solar Extreme kit is currently the largest solar panel inverter charger kit available from Go Power. This is gonna provide you everything you need to either drastically extend the amount of time you can spend off the grid, or when you're plugged into AC power, maximize the charge of your batteries.We can start by talking about our inverter, converter, and charge unit. Essentially, when we're plugged into AC power or shore power at the campsite, this is gonna act as a battery charger, so it's gonna charge up the battery array that we have up to its maximum potential.You have the option of changing this slightly up and down, the voltage anyway, that's going to the batteries. So you can set this to what your manufacturer's recommendation is for that battery, and get the maximum potential out of it. This is also gonna help you kinda know what's going on with the system, you can turn the inverter on and off, turn the charger on and off, it's gonna give you the readings, units, setup, different remote setting functions.

So really control our inverter charger right from the comfort of our RV.This inverter's rated for 3,000 watts, so it's gonna do a great job over a wide variety of appliances. It uses pure sine wave technology rather than modified sine wave. With the pure sine wave versus the modified sine wave, we're gonna have essentially better quality power available. That allows all of those appliances to run cooler, the motors inside aren't gonna heat up quite as much.On the charger side, we have a battery temperature sensor also, we can connect that directly to our charger and also to our battery. So regardless of the temperature changes that we have with the battery, it's gonna maximize the charging potential.We've got the cable that it will connect from our inverter to our remote, and of course here you can see the really heavy-duty inaudible 00:02:04 cables that we can use to make our connections, get plenty of power transferred through there.We're gonna have the 400-amp fuse here, this is of course gonna do an excellent job of protecting the entire system, and you can see the cover here just kinda clips over the top, that'll prevent any accidental shorts or anything accidentally making contact with that.Now, that kinda covers the inverter/charger side of the kit.

Now we can take a closer look at the solar side. The kit comes with three panels. The panels themselves are going to be rated for 190 watts, Basically that means they're going to output about 9.3 amp hours. So over a general 6 hour day of full sun, you're looking at about 55.8 amp hours being restored to your batteryper panel. You're gonna have the cables that allow you to run that power from your rooftop down the connectors we need. Of course, we're gonna have mounts for the solar panels. You're gonna mount these down to the roof, or wherever you decide to mount them.

When installing the brackets, we recommend butyl tape underneath, and then some sealant over the top, just to help ensure that you don't have any issues with leaks or moisture.And those are gonna run through the 30-amp pulse with modulation solar controller. Basically what this allows us to do is properly control the level of energy coming in from our solar panels going to our battery, and it's gonna give us all the information that we need there to ensure everything's working properly.Now, the solar panels themselves are gonna be about 59 1/8 inch long, 26 5/16 inches wide, and about 1 1/2 inch deep. You'll notice the panel has aluminum construction around the outside, that's to help reduce weight, reduce any kind of corrosion.On the back side you'll see our connectors here, I really like the way these connect, you can see we've got that rubber O-ring right there, it's really good quality. And once it's plugged in, it really feels nice and secure, so I don't think you have to worry about moisture getting in there and causing any kind of corrosion.All in all, we're gonna get a really top-quality solar panel here that only comes in at about 26 1/2 pounds. So even with the three, you're not adding a whole lot of weight to the roof of your RV.If you don't know a lot about solar panels, Go Power uses the highest film that they have available to them.

They use the mono type, which means each of the squares here have been cut out of a single drawn ingot, so it's a solid silica form. Whereas with the poly type, which is generally a little less expensive, they take chunks of silica, they put it all in a big box, heat it up until it becomes a solid slab, and then they slice that off.So when using the mono type, you're gonna have a few benefits to that. When they heat up, they still generate power more readily than what we get out of the poly. These are more expensive to produce, but overall they give you just slightly better performance. It's not gonna be a 20, 30, 40% increase, but this is gonna give you all that available solar energy and deliver it down to the batteries where we need it.A few tips and tricks for you with solar charging and power. Generally the batteries are gonna be the weakest link in the system. With that being said, we've found that six-volt batteries wired in series are gonna be better than 12-volt batteries wired in parallel, simply because we're gonna have a higher amp-hour rating.Also, we've found that by using an AGM style battery rather than a lead acid battery, we can put them in more places. We can expand that battery pack out by putting them in storage areas rather than in the battery compartment. With the lead acid type battery, you have to store those in a properly ventilated area. The AGM batteries Not so much.Now, by having those additional batteries, essentially we're putting less strain on each individual battery, so they'll be able to last longer and do more work for us. Also, of course, you wanna keep your solar panels very clean, you don't want them to have a bunch of dirt on there that might block some of that solar energy coming through. And if you park in a shaded area, you're not gonna get as much solar energy to your panels as you would when they're in full sun.Now, just a few measurements for reference on the inverter/charger, so you can ensure that you've got room. From side to side, including the battery covers, we've got about 15 inches. Then from your mounting surface to the top of the inverter/charger it's gonna be about eight inches. Then from outside of mounting flange to outside of mounting flange, you're gonna have about 12 5/8.Go Power has designed their kit to work with the 12 and 24-volt setup, so regardless of your application, this should work out for you very well.And that's gonna complete our look at the Go Power Solar Extreme Charging System.


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