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Tech Tips

Tech Tip: Basic System Sizing Design Concepts

July 5, 2022

Basic System Sizing Design Concepts By Steve Bell, Technical Support Specialist A couple of basic principles that form the foundation of system sizing are: Array to Load Ratio (ALR): a […]

Best Battery Chemistry for Off-Grid Solar Applications

April 29, 2022

Deep cycle batteries designed to provide consistent power for long durations should be used in off-grid solar applications. as opposed to starter batteries like car batteries that are designed for […]

Tech Tip: Design Factors for Lead Acid Batteries

March 2, 2022

Primary Design Factors for Lead Acid Batteries By Steve Bell, Technical Support Specialist In a previous Tech Tip, the relationship between proper charging and the life/performance of lead-acid batteries was […]

Tech Tip: Operating Principles for Lead Acid Batteries

November 15, 2021

Basic Operation Principles for Lead Acid Batteries By Steve Bell, Technical Support Specialist Batteries are one of the most important and most poorly understood components in an off-grid system. Because […]

Tech Tip: Avoid the Outer Limits

July 22, 2021

Operational stability and reliability of a solar power system is of paramount importance, especially for those located in remote areas. When equipment runs near minimum or maximum operational limits, system stability and reliability are compromised.

7 Tips for Sizing Your PV Array to Meet Your System Goals

February 22, 2021

Solar charge controllers offer a variety of input voltage windows. Let’s explore several examples of where making the right choices can not only prevent system problems but give you an advantage in your system’s performance and solve a few unique challenges!

Solar Lighting Guide

August 25, 2020

Greenshine New Energy, a user of ProStar charge controllers, published a thorough solar lighting guide for you to understand what to look for when searching for quality parts that will justify your investment. 

Grounding Off-Grid Solar Systems

June 2, 2020

Understanding the difference between a chassis ground and an electrical ground allows you to maintain an efficient and long-lasting system. While understanding exactly how much current voltage is required in an electrical ground to offset the natural earth voltage is complex, when done correctly, it can prevent corrosion before it becomes visible.

Charging Valve Regulated AGM Batteries

March 30, 2017

Did you know that the new ProStar Gen3 solar charge controller is equipped with DIP Switches (switch #’s 4, 5 and 6) that enable seven preset charge configurations and a custom setting to best meet the […]