Harbor Freight 100W Solar Kit. Full Review – Day 1

Well This is a Video of the new Harbor freight Hundred watt solar Panel kit This Just Released As far as I know the first Part of July or late June 2017 And I've Just Opened up the Box and Set everything out Nothing Is mounted Permanently or anything In Fact it's not even Connected yet I'll do that next Again This is the solar Panel Kit from Harbor freight that's rated at a Hundred watts Brand New Mid 2017 And then we're Just out here in The Evening sun in The Backyard Get A shot at Both Sides of the Box here And here are the Contents Try not to Shade the IteMs here but You have the solar Panel Controller You've Got the Connector to hook to the Battery Another Connector Down Here that's – That's to go, Into the Proprietary Front Panel Connection on the for the solar Panel input to the Controller and Then This Down Here is the Combiner and then Harbor freight Continues to offer the lights With the Switch A Nice Manual and that Mounting Hardware that you see There is to mount the Panel's Together So something Else I thought People Would be interested in Is how Long are the Cables So I've got a tape Measure Rolled out Here and The Tape Measure is you'll See There's two wires next To it one of them is the combiner wire the main wire for the solar Panels and Then The one on the right Side Is for the light So I've got These you know They're not tight But it Gives you an idea of the length And i'd Say that Combiner Cable with with the as I have it is Maybe 12 feet and if you Look at the light Bulb Comes Out here, well Past 13 Foot Mark so I'm going to Call This 15 feet Long it is actually quite, nice for that light Bulb 15 feet Long Now Another Thing that might be Interesting here Is to see the Panel's Themselves a little bit Better if I pick a Panel of You Can See that There is a metal bracket this metal bracket, allows you to stand it up and Then on the back of that you'll, also Notice a pigtail Hmm I haven't measured this yet but Looks to be like Six feet Long for a power Cable and then Looks like They're Serialized so That was my serial Number There and The serial Numbers Match on all four Panels You get Another Interesting Thing Is that each of These Panels has an Indicator for solar Energy Coming in So just Talking about what's new in This 100 watt solar Panel kit Versus the Old One Start With the Obvious the Old Ones Were 15 watts each so you had then you had Three Of Them so it, was A 45 watt set And i think that last set, was out for like a decade So the other big Change so in Addition to Having Four Panels each Panel IS 25 watts each so up from 15 To 25 each and They Added Another Panel Then You Have the Controller Controller Is A lot Different It's quite Small Now This one Is off right Now and i Can Show it Later on but The solar Input Here Is Actually Plugged in Like That Then That Extension Cable I showed goes Into here so it plugs Into The front But you do Have the Option to plug solar in Here And the Battery Goes Here and Here's your Output in Addition There are These kind of Proprietary Well it'S an Open Standard Dc Output Here and Those light Bulbs fit in Two of These This Switch Up here Turns Light Bulbs on and off Turns off the Outputs Then You Have your, usb power out I couldn't I didn't see the Amperage on that Maybe I'll look at the back Here and See Now Nothing on the Back to Indicate the Amperage so that might be Another Test So i've now Connected a Harbor freight 35 Amp hour Battery to the charge Controller You Can See it's Reading twelve Point eight volts That's a little Different than what I got with the Multimeter so i look at that in A second These are the clamps that come with the kit I got to tell you These Clamps Feel very Cheap They're very Thin Metal Now Maybe They'll Get The Job Done They Probably will But They are Quite Cheap I'Ll come Back With the Multimeter Hooked up Okay, so I've Plugged in The Multimeter Connected it to the Battery and you can See it's Reading Thirteen Point Zero Eight Zero seven volts and The Harbor Freight is Reading twelve Point eight volts Maybe Not The end of the World Notice I don't have the solar Panel Connected or Anything Here Okay, well Connect the solar Panel and See what, we get now I'm going to show you? I don't know how, well the sun will Show here Through The Clouds There And it's a lady Later in The evening here in the summer so I'm not Convinced We're Going to get much out of the Panel's so i may have to come back and do that Later Am Wondering About the Discrepancy in The Voltage Reading Though Not that far Off But We'll Take a look Okay, Let's Plug the solar Panels in and I wanted to notice that the solar Panels Are all Connected Together and They go Through that Combiner the Combiner Is this Long longest Cable and then a pigtail Gets adapted to it which gives you this Connector Then This Connector Goes Into The solar input Here Now you Could, also plug your solar in Over Here But that's how it Goes so notice Once I do that Even With the sun Starting to kind of Basically it's about to Set and it's going Through Clouds right Now in the Panel's aren't Even Facing the sun the sun is over There Now I'm going to go straight Down The Panel's are Facing off of the sun so this Would be Where the Panel's are Facing? No sun okay But They're Still getting Enough to Produce Some Some Power it's, over the pant the Battery The Reading at the Battery Terminal was Thirteen Point Zero seven Now it's Thirteen Point Three Three Clearly Charges Taking Place Now I need to Practice on These Menus to See What each of Them mean but This Button Cycles Through the Menus? I'm not sure There's a, menu that tells you the the Panel Output but I could be Wrong Maybe this is it Maybe I'll need to plug a multimeter in There and See if that's it 14 4 Probably need to Read the manual so I don't want to Mislead Anybody about this but These are the Different Menus This is back to where We were so now it's Three point one Thirteen Point One and Thirteen Point Three nine Okay so I have Plugged in The Multimeter? Into The solar Panel Auxiliary solar Panel Port Here so you Can plug solar in This One Through the Connector They Provided Or you if you Didn't Have that Connector you could plug that plug it in Here So I have the leads for the multimeter Plugged in There so I believe These two are likely Connected and Again With That very overcast 730 Something p.m.

Evening in July solar Panels Pointing the wrong Way It's Reading Thirteen Point seven Five volts Coming in So i think I believe that That's Pretty Impressive and That's What People have Said about These Panels you Know the Mono Crystalline Panels Are Supposed to be much Better Than These and i believe That But Maybe if You're an Environment where you, don't get a lot of Really Bright sun on the Panels but You want some Battery Charging to take place you could have that With These Morrow I'll I'll get a, better Shot Facing Into the sun Another Note I wanted to point out Is i tried to Make This an all Harbor freight event We got the Harbor Freight Battery The Harbor freight Screwdriver? There's The Harbor Freight Multimeter I was Reading it for the first Time This was One of the free ones so you can't ask for much I Just Didn't quite Trust it so I used the you know This other Multimeter I had you know, Maybe it's fine And we're using the Harbor freight Battery? 35 Amp Hour Battery So i think I'll leave the Panels out Overnight and Come Back in The Morning and I Guess I'Ll Check and See you know if We have the sun Shinin on the Panel's what, We can do Charging Wise? Pretty Happy with This This in July They, Had a Coupon they, always Have Coupons July 2017 and it was $150 Just A week prior I had Bought the 45 watt kit For $100 And i would Say to get double the power Output with the modern Charge Controller a little more modern Would Be, well Worth it? I Was Reading the manual Just a little more Closely and When you Toggle the Display Button it toggles between These Menus Here So that's what, We were Looking at those Menus Seemed to be cut off Points for for Various Charging Moods? and it Looks Like the way to view the the Battery Voltage Is to push the load Button So i'm going to give that a try and See if That helps Give a true Reading of the Battery Voltage Okay, so i'll plug the multimeter Back Into the Battery okay, so i'm Reading the Battery Voltage and if I press the Here We go the load Button? That Arrow Appears next to light Bulb so that Would Turn These Ports on and off Probably, Usb – and Probably this one But According to manual if I push it one More Time that Arrow went away and it's telling me My Battery Voltage Is 13 for 13 5 and the multimeter Says 13 7 Okay, so maybe a Discrepancy There if I find I did something wrong I will Make an Update not that's not the end of the World Either Ok, one More Thing I thought People Would be interested in Is this Page in the manual which just Gives you an Overview of what? Comes With it We'll Hold Still here? You Can See you have the four solar Panels the Four in One Splitter The Charge Controller Two light bulbs Led I Think They Used to be fluorescent Didn't they so that Would be Interesting now They're Led You get the Screws in The Connection Brackets and the Dc J plug I believe that's what Plugs Into the Control The Controller and The Wingnuts and There you can See it Pictorially Here's That Mounting Hardware So i think it said it has a six of These These Connect between each Panel So you Can Actually Connect all the Panels to each other Looks Like a nice Setup With Those wing nuts and The Light Bulbs All in All I'm happy with the Purchase Hopefully I'll get This Installed on the Shed here in The Coming Days and good Job by Harbor freight I Hope this Can be Helpful to Somebody

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