The design of solar panels is a compromise – you want maximum power, but they need enough oomph to operate under a bit of cloud cover. And to prevent damage you need a regulator to manage the
solar panel current to ensure the battery receives just the right amount of charge. The old style linear regulators operate at battery voltage, so are not efficient and waste all of the extra
power available above battery voltage when the panel is in strong sunlight. This is where Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) comes in.
The Vertex Solar MPPT Regulator allows the panels to operate above battery voltage. It hunts for the point of maximum power, where the current is still high, but the voltage is much higher. It then steps the voltage down to battery potential, and correspondingly steps the charge current up. It continues to track the maximum operating point with changes in sun intensity due to clouds or time of day. This means you get the equivalent of up to 30% more panels, or charging up to 30% faster, or having up to 30% more run time for your devices at night.
Now there are products on the market already that offer MPPT technology, but they are mostly aimed at off-grid alternative energy, use older technology and can be alarmingly expensive. We use the latest in power electronics and harsh environment design so that we can bring this top end feature to the off-road and RV market at a much more competitive price than competiting products for the first time.
Old technology linear regulators are cheap but get hot, waste power and take longer to charge your batteries. MPPT technology runs cooler and uses all of the available power from the panels. Vertex combines MPPT technology with Battery Management technology to bring the best of bost worlds to you for your 4x4, camper, RV or boat and an affordable price.
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