FIRST – TRY A MAINS TEST & ALSO CHARGE THE 12V BATTERY
SOLAR WIRE & NO TIMER – (#1)
This is a popular set up, there is more to this method than others, but its not adding any devices like inverters which will add to 12V power consumption.
SOLAR WIRE & USE A 12V TIMER – (#2)
Time-lapse cameras are not usually used during the night and weekends or at least sundays. The system will always draw power but with the 12V timer you can shut it down.
USING A 12V INVERTER – (#3)
This is by far the easiest set up, a 12V inverter gives you standard UK plug sockets, simply plug our hardware in, no cable wiring is required.
An inverter connects to the 12V battery and gives you a UK plug socket. You can then simply plug our hardware into the main’s socket, you will need a 2 way extension lead. An inverter is a secondary option because it’s not as true and adds to the power draw. You can pick up an Inverter for around £30.
Your blue solar charge controller still plays a part. Wire your solar panels into the solar charge controller and wire the battery into the solar charge controller. Wire the Inverter direct to the battery. The load output on the controller is not used ( unless for small power draw products like light bulbs ).
USING A 12V INVERTER & A TIMER – (#3)
A further option could be to use a plug socket timer.
NEW for 2019
The one slight issue with the 200 watt single solar panel system was mounting the panel to a pole. Its very large but also the pole mount itself needed to be assembled. We have found a new solar supplier who can supply rapid install Pole Mount Brackets, this newer deployment is based upon using 2 x 120 watt slimline panels.
With this kit, the maximum distance the solar panels can be from the solar hardware is 9 Mtrs. Included is 1 x Male and 1 x Female MC4 connector cables ready to plug into the above pictured MC4 connector tails. The connectors are terminated onto a 5mtr length of 4mm single core solar cable. The none terminated bare cable end is ready to connect into the “PV” input on the blue solar charge controller.
If you want your solar panels to be a little higher up the pole, the kit also includes 4mtr MC4 extension cables. There is also 5mtrs of 2.5mm twin core solar cable, this can be used for wiring up the battery and battery connect.