Originally Posted by NavyLCDR
What about in Oregon or Washington where you can go days without seeing the sun?
Unless it's totally dark my solar panels provide some charging current.
Two weeks ago I was camping next to Mt Rainier and days were totally overcast. Panels (240 w total) were charging at average 5 amp. With full Sun they deliver ~17 amps.
If there's enough light to read the solar panels will still charge. Enough to top off a LiFePo4 battery and balance cells after charging with a standard converter..
LiFePo4 batteries don't require cell balancing with every charge. Cell imbalances only occur after a number of deep discharges.
Note: when my Battleborns go above 13.8 volts they draw less than 5 amps while topping off and balancing. Don't need much solar power at that stage.