> Andrew wrote: > > I am still puzzled at how to plug in my heat mats into a > solar setup.
A solar panel will generate direct current (DC). A power cell - and therefore a battery - can only store DC. If you need alternating current (AC), then a converter is needed. It is called an "inverter". Small ones (low power) are pretty cheap. Big ones are not. Ideal is to get an inverter with a power rating close to your power needs. If you have 80 Watts of seedling heaters, get a 100-120 W inverter, not a 750 W. The process of creating AC from DC is not perfect. Thus to get 80 W of AC will typically require 90-110 W of DC. The capacity of the photo-voltaic panel, capacity of the battery, and the power rating of the inverter all depend on the size of the load. _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com