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Buy RV Solar Panels

Updated on July 2, 2014

RV Solar Panels

Why would you want to buy solar panels for your RV? I'm sure that's a question many people face when they look around at some other RVs and notice they have these panels rigged up all over the place.

It might surprise you to know that there are still plenty of people that have absolutely no idea what these panels are for and what they do! Life is a learning curve, right? So if you didn't know about solar panels, there's always time to learn that they produce electricity by converting sunlight energy into an electrical current that can be used to either directly or indirectly power some appliances or electrical equipment.

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Of course you might argue that there isn't much point if they only work during the daytime. What about at night when you need to power lights?

The great thing about solar voltaic panels is that you can store the electricity they produce in a 12 volt battery (or batteries if you have more than one). Then you can use that charge to run your lights overnight, as well as some other appliances like a radio or even a small TV or DVD player.

This lens takes a look at the reasons for buying solar panels for your RV, how they work and the benefits of having them.

Benefits of Solar RV Panels

There are plenty of great benefits to having solar panels to power your RV's electrical equipment, appliances and lights. Probably the most obvious one is that they allow you to stop overnight anyplace without having to worry about getting connected to a mains supply of electricity to run your stuff.

This is a real necessity for those pioneering travellers who love to really get off the beaten track and enjoy spending time visiting places that are away from civilization and come with the absolute best views! There sure are some pretty places to see, but the downside is you can end up being a hundred miles from the nearest power supply!

But with solar generated electricity, no problem!

How Do Solar Panels Work?

The panels are made up of a collection of photovoltaic cells, each of which converts sunlight into a 2 volt charge of electricity. The cells are connected in a configuration that produces a voltage of between 14 and 17 volts DC (Direct Current). This is sufficient to put a positive charge into a battery (or battery array) and over time will fully charge the battery.

The battery's charge can then be used to power an RV's electrical equipment such as lights, appliances etc. It does that either directly to those that can use a direct 12 volt supply, or via a piece of equipment called an inverter which transforms the 12v DC current into 110v AC (Alternating Current) which is the same as mains power.

The panels produce electricity cleanly without any need for burning any fuel. This makes them a sustainable source of energy that is environmentally friendly, renewable and doesn't leave a carbon footprint. This quality is especially important to people who care about their environment.

It also appeals to RV owners who like the idea of being totally free from the need to have to stop over in a place that provides a mains power connection!

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