Meteorological instruments and systems are often located in remote areas to gather localized weather data. These remote areas may not have commercial grade power or the local power lines may not be accessible for use at the instrument site. To overcome this lack of power, most meteorological instruments and systems have been designed to operate from +12 volt batteries. Because batteries have a limited capacity, they need to be replaced with fully charged batteries on a regular schedule or battery charging must be provided at the remote site.
The 320 Series Solar Panels use the sun's energy to recharge batteries. These panels feature regulator circuits designed to allow effective charging of the 310 series batteries. A charging regulator used with the solar panel prevents the batteries from being over-charged and from being charged at current levels that could damage the batteries. The regulator also prevents the battery power from being discharged back through the solar panel at night. The 320-600 Solar Panel, when used with a 7 AH battery, will typically provide continuous operation for a 60 to 80 mA load. For custom power requirements factory engineers can design a charging system which may include large capacity storage batteries.
All of the standard panels include 20' of cable, regulator, and mounting brackets. The mounting brackets are designed to mount on a 1.05" o.d. vertical pipe or pole and have provision to adjust the elevation angle.
320-600 Solar Panel Maximum output: 0.6 Amps (10 Watts) Regulated voltage output: 14.3 V Size: 14.1" x 13" Weight/shipping: 6 lbs/8 lbs 320-900 Solar Panel Maximum output: 1.4 Amps (20 Watts) Regulated voltage output: 14.3 V Size: 23" x 14" Weight/shipping: 8 lbs/10 lbs Note: Ratings at conditions of 1000 Wm² at 25°C
320-600 Data SheetManual available on request.