Solar Regulator Sizing CalculatorThis calculator will help you understand the factors involved in sizing a solar regulator for an off-grid battery charging system. Before you start you will need to know
- the running voltage of the battery 12Volt or 24Volts
- the rated power of your solar panels and any drawing load on the battery
- whether you intend to connect your drawing load direct to the battery or through the regulator, see below for connection options
The advantage of a direct connection is that the regulator need only be sized to the rated solar panel power. The advantage of connecting the load through the regulator is that the regulator will protect the battery by preventing deep discharge - the disadvantage is that the regulator must be sized to handle the maximum power draw on the battery.
† Note, certain atmospheric conditions, such as cool sunny conditions
with scattered light from nearby objects and from nearby cloud can
increase your solar panels output by as much as 30% above its rating.
Furthermore, a regulator should be selected so that it is not operating
at near peak capacity, hence the calculator will include an amperage
buffer. You may also consider solar panel additions in the future.
‡ The drawing load on the battery can be connected through the regulator or direct to the battery.
Disclaimer: This free to use calculator is provided as is. While we have endeavoured to make this calculator as accurate as possible we take no responsibility for accuracy of the assumptions, data or advice it provides. This calculator should be cross checked with other information and should not be used as the sole means in making your purchasing decisions.