Originally Posted by Jjs2000z
Since I have the 160 watt solar panel, how would this come into play with charging the batteries?
1 amp = ?? Watts?
Watts = amps times volts
1 amp at 120 volts = 120 watts.
The 160 watt solar panel will product 160 watts of power in direct sun, with 90 degree incidence on the panel. Since this may only happen for a second or two on any given day (without a gear driven solar tracking mount), you will get much less than 160 watts during periods of sunlight.
Of course at night or cloudy days you won't get much if any charging. So, on a sunny day you can expect about half the rated output of your panel (or less on a cloudy day).
80 watts is better than none. but will not replace what is used all day. The generator will still be needed; just less often.
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