Solar battery maintainers are a wonderful tool for people who would like to economize and be kind to the environment at the same time.
Solar battery maintainers and trickle chargers resemble larger versions of the photovoltaic cells used to run calculators-which is a fair description of what they are. They convert the sun’s rays directly into electricity at low electric power (generally from 1.8 to 6 watts) which makes them useful gizmos for countering the slow loss of charge that is part and parcel of every battery, particularly ones-car batteries for example-that are designed to be recharged .
Generally speaking, people use solar battery maintainers to make sure that they will be able to start the engine of a vehicle that is in disuse for some extent of time. For instance, they may have a recreational vehicle that is in storage for most of the year. The battery would certainly go flat if it weren’t kept topped up somehow. They can also be put to use to maintain the charge on the battery of a vehicle or device that usually isn’t run for a sufficient distance for the alternator to recharge the battery-especially if the battery is on the old side.
Solar battery maintainers are effective for any kind of lead-acid battery, whether it be an automotive starter battery or deep-cycle battery. Owing to the fact that lead-acid batteries are used in a wide variety of vehicles and crafts that may not necessarily always be near an electrical outlet, a device that can keep them charged up using only the sun’s shining rays can find a wide range of applications .
RVs and boat batteries are obvious choices for trickle charging as the average person only uses them seasonally, and sparingly even then. There is also the problem of how to keep the house batteries at full strength. A solar battery charger, mounted on top of a motor home for example, is a cheap, simple but effective solution.
But it’s not only the crafts and vehicles you use to enjoy nature whose batteries might need maintaining. How about the truck or motorcycle that you use only rarely, or your lawnmower?
Are you lucky enough to have a place away from the house (and electrical outlets) where you like to go and just hang out with the dog? If you had a solar battery maintainer and a deep-cycle battery it would be simple to set up a system to power a laptop or any other electrical device. Also, some people purchase a solar battery maintainer to be used as a power source for their kid’s science project.
As you can see from the examples above, a solar battery maintainer is a very useful device that can be used for much more than just maintaining the charge on your car battery.
Originally posted 2010-11-29 17:30:47.