This complete guide simplifies and explains the different ways a solar array can be wired.
Because the best configuration for maximum performance depends on the panels in the solar array, there's no one size fits all answer.
This whole post explains the different ways of wiring multiple solar panels together, providing the information you need to decide how best to configure your camper solar setup.
It starts simply with diagrams for the different wiring configurations and how each affects the components you need for your camper solar setup, before delving into the complexities of mixed solar panels.
We’ve included an interactive series vs parallel calculator so you can decide the best configuration for your solar array.
The purpose of this post is to share our DIY solar wiring diagrams, provide a brief glossary about each component of a solar system and to explain a little of the theory behind our diagrams.
It includes a collection of 12v solar panel wiring diagrams from 100w to 800w including series, parallel and combined wiring configurations and complete kit list to get your off grid van life to an epic start.
We've shared our own camper van electrical design in the post.
The design is pretty generic so aside from sizing and component specifics, is what most RVs, motorhomes and campervans have installed.
If you’re looking for a design for your own van build, this is a great base to start from.
Graham is a seasoned marine electrical engineer with two decades of experience designing customized electrical systems for plant machinery and converting campers and overland vehicles. His expertise has led him to author the reputable Campervan Electrics Handbook and become the chief designer of the RV Wiring Design Tool. As a knowledgeable figure in the field, his YouTube channel, blog, Facebook group, and newsletter, offering electrical advice and product reviews, reach more than a million users each year.
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