Van-living has now garnered some cult-like following, with more people mixing this growing trend with the need to have the same home comforts in their motor-van. But since you’re always on the move, you need to find a solution to generate your electricity if you want to recharge your phone or laptop—the answer: a solar system.
Solar panels can be attached to the van, but it can be challenging to choose the size of your solar panels. If you’re in the complete unknown at the moment, I highly recommend you to check the [sherpa id=”7feec15d”] as a first step. It will allow you to have a better idea of your electricity needs.
If you went for a setup with a 100 watts
The above estimate depends on your location and orientation of your
If you decide to buy a lead-acid battery, you should know that you’ll be able to use only 50% of their rated capacity. Lets’ assume that your
Lithium-ion batteries are very different from lead-acid and AGM: they can be discharged almost entirely.
Lithium batteries are more expensive, but their lifetime is much longer, they’re lighter and need less maintenance. Important points to note when choosing your battery for your solar energy system.
Lets’ take an in-depth look at some of the criteria you can use when choosing a battery for your solar setup.
– Battery Capacity & Rated power
Battery capacity is the total amount of electricity that a solar battery can store. It is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) units.
Battery power rating is defined as the amount of electricity that a battery can deliver. It is measured in kilowatts (kW).
– Depth of discharge
It refers to the amount of a battery’s capacity that can be used without damaging the battery itself. If you have a 10 kWh battery rated at DoD of 90 percent, you shouldn’t use more than 9 kWh of the battery before recharging it. A higher battery DoD means you can use more of the battery’s capacity in layman’s terms.
– Battery life & warranty
Battery life is generally defined as the number of complete charge-discharge cycles the battery can hold before losing its capacity. It is affected by many different factors like discharge current, depth of discharge, operating temperature. If you want to know more about it, I recommend checking this article by Battery University.
Which type of battery is the best for a 100-watt
I recommend lithium-ion batteries for an off-grid
Lead-acid batteries are widely used in off-grip setups because of their relatively low cost and minimal care.This type of battery has a relatively short life cycle; they have a lower DoD and weigh more than Lithium batteries.
They are recommended for RV owners who want to go off the grid and save money on their battery storage bank. You should also know that lead-acid batteries need regular maintenance.
Lithium-ion batteries are lighter, slimline, and very compact when compared to lead-acid batteries. They are also highly rated in terms of DoD and have a longer life expectancy.
Lithium-ion batteries are an investment in terms of pricing when comparing them with other battery types.
They’re usually slightly more expensive than lead-acid batteries because their chemical composition is different and requires less maintenance. They are more affected by temperature changes than lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries.
What can you run with a 100-watt
The answer to this question can be a bit tricky. The general response seems to be, “it depends”.
The wattage of your
For example, if you have a 3000W inverter hooked to a 100Ah lithium battery that you charged with your 100watts
But as a general rule of thumb, a 100-watt