'panels' Category

Solar Power Cost

Solar Power Cost is just one of the reasons why solar power is catching on slowly. It’s a convenient, quiet and clean power source but it’s not the cheapest option available. When factoring the solar power cost you need to take into account the cost of the panels, the cost of converting the power into […]


It’s tough to call what the people at MYSOLARBACKUP do ethical. In fact I’d call it a ripoff and I’m surprised to see their spots on GBTV where Glenn Beck often makes stands on how he only chooses sponsors that provide value to his listeners. In this case it’s a sponsor with an “F” rating.  […]

My Solar Backup Scam

It’s important that you educate yourself about solar backup’s before you spend money on a solar backup system. Many people have called My Solar Backup a Scam. A solar backup system is pretty simple. It is comprised of a Panel (charger) Batteries (storage) and an inverter to take the 12 or 24 volt DC energy […]

My Solar Backup Review

Being a solar enthusiast or general electronic nerd, I was intrigued by the ads for solar backups. Specifically the solar backup system from “Solutions from Science” drew my interest. I thought it was a nice clean system but was very surprised when I got to the price. A scam is probably a pretty strong word, […]

Commuting to work on Solar Power

For the last few weeks I’ve been driving an electric scooter to work. I’ve got a small solar system that creates 100 watt hours of energy each day. Since my commute isn’t very long (about 3 miles) I figured I’d see if I could commute to & from work with just solar energy pushing me. […]

Maximum Solar Panel Outputs

Depending on the technology, peak power ratings for panels may not be what you achieve in practice. It’s important to know that the tests that deliver the peak ratings occur close to the north pole. The most important element of that location is the low temperatures. Mono-crystalline and Polycrystalline solar panels each loos around 15% […]

Solar Panel Built into Leaf Spoiler

Ideally electric cars would be solar powered. The Nissan Leaf has a solar panel built into the spoiler, but the specs aren’t mentioned. Why? Because sometimes, like in this case it’s better marketing to not mention the specs at all. Of all the costs of an electric car the most obvious is energy costs, and […]

Watts Up Review

The watts up meter is intended for use with rc equipment, but with tolerance of 60 volts the watts up meter can work great for small solar systems as well. The “watts up” is essentially a dc version of the popular kill a watt meter.

Panels by cost per watt

Many stores that sell solar panels can have them filtered by the cost per watt. Theoretically this should tell you the best value. There are a few things you’ll want to factor in as well when buying solar panels. Cost of shipping. Ive found that some stores give you a teaser price. I call it […]

What’s the Difference between Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline & Amorphous Solar Panels?

There are three types of technologies that you might find in solar panels or solar cells: Monocrystalline Polycrystalline Amorphous Monocrystalline Solar Panels As far as efficiency by square footage, mono crystalline panels are the way to go. Monocrystalline cells also do a great job in high temperatures, only loosing about 12-15% of their power. Monocrystalline […]