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5 Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Solar Panels

1. Keep 'em Clean solar panels—they work so well that you hardly notice that they're there. And there is the problem. While the system is quiet and runs without a sound its easy to forget that the panels can get dirty, causing the power output to drop. The cleaner the glass is on the panel, the more unobstructed surface the sun has to "work with." How often should you clean your solar panels? That depends on where you are—if there is a lot of dust when you are travelling then your Solar Panels will gather lots of particulates and you will probably need to clean more often. A damp cloth will do the trick.

 

 

2. How to clean your solar panels? First, never use an abrasive soap or cleaning sponge - the goal is to get the glass clean and clear as possible so you don't want to scratch it. A quick wipe down with some water and a soft sponge will get the glass clean. This will give your Solar Panel the chance to produce its maximum output and help keep your batteries charged.

3. Keep them out of the shade. All iTechworld Solar Panels are monocrystalline, meaning they will still produce some sort of power in the shade, however if you want to get the full power from your Solar Panel then it is important to keep them in full sunlight. Different parts of Australia get longer sunlight hours. Check the map below to see how many hours of sunlight you will receive.

4. Monitor the panels. Monitoring your solar panel performance is key in understanding the power you are producing. There are two ways you can monitor your solar panel performance. Firstly you can buy an inline Amp Meter, this device goes inline between your solar panel and your battery. It will accurately tell you how many Amps your Solar Panel  is producing.

The other way to monitor your solar panel performance is to upgrade your regulator to an Intelligent Regulator. Using the iTechworld Intelligent Regulator gives you access to a full Battery management system with a digital screen which gives you a read out on Volts being produced, Volts being used, temperature and how many Volts are left in the battery.

5. Keep a record of your panels' performance day-to-day. If you want to take it one step further, write down what your system has produced for the day (at roughly the same time each day). Make a note or asterisk for days that are particularly overcast because those will throw off your results and don't necessarily mean that there is a problem with your system. Keeping daily accounting will help you determine if your system is still coping with your load. If your current system is not coping with your load, it could be time to update.

 

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Worlds first Solar Powered Sports Car

 

Can a road-legal car be powered by the Sun alone? One Australian company believe so and they’re planning to unveil a scaled-down version of their proposal later this year.

Called “The Immortus,” the two-person vehicle is the work of EVX Ventures an electric vehicle technology startup based in Melbourne, Australia. The car is decked out in solar panels, covering up to eight square meters (86 square feet), and also has a battery to store energy, between five and 10 kilowatt-hours. So light is the car though, 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) when empty and 700 kilograms (1,550 pounds) when fully laden, it is able to run on just solar power alone. 

This is all possible thanks to the low mass-to-power ratio of the car. It is also extremely aerodynamic while still looking “compelling and stylish,” EVX co-founder and CEO Barry Nguyen said to IFLScience. The car also doesn’t use normal road tires, but rather tires specially designed for so-called solar races – cars that are powered by the Sun. 

Using a combination of battery and solar power, the car will apparently be capable of reaching up to 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour. On solar power alone, it can reach up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour.

And perhaps most interestingly, Nguyen said that the car would be able to run perpetually on just solar power, giving it an infinite range, in theory, so long as it didn’t exceed 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour and the Sun was continuously shining. Still, that's pretty impressive. However, Nguyen stressed that the idea of the technology was to use solar cells in tandem with existing vehicles.

“We see the solar cells as a range extender technology in everyday driving, rather than the solar cells capturing more energy than it consumes for practical use,” he said. “However, uniquely, the range is infinite when there is consistent sunshine cruising at 60 km/h.”

EVX plans to unveil a one-quarter scaled version of their car at the SEMA show 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in November. A leading electric vehicle research and development group at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is also involved in the project.

When it is eventually released, Nguyen said the car is expected to retail for about $370,000 (£240,000), and sales of more than 100 are not expected. The car will be road legal “under individually constructed vehicle regulations” in Australia and the U.S., according to Nguyen. 

The team plans to test a full-scale version of the car by the end of 2016, providing they can raise enough money for a working prototype.

 

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iTechworld 12 Volt Flexible LED Light

iTechworld 12 Volt Flexible LED Light.

 

iTechworld's 12 Volt Flexible LED Camp light could be regarded as one of the most versatile light sources available for the Australian outdoor recreation market today. Its minimal power draw allows it to be used for camping, 4x4, motor homes, caravans and boats without putting a strain onto your power supply.

We have taken great pride in producing a product that has the beautiful yet harsh Australian market in mind. This enables you to have the confidence knowing that whatever the conditions, wherever you are you will have a light source to suit your needs.

 

Specs & info 

  • Aussie tough.
  • 1.1m long light strip.
  • 5m long cable.
  • Waterproof control switch.
  • Heavy duty carry bag.
  • It plugs straight into a 12v cigarette socket.
  • Low amperage draw.
  • Produces a bright white light. 

 

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There are “experts” everywhere!

There are “experts” everywhere!

 

Hi, i am the head technician at iTechworld. I spend a lot of time helping people get their satellite TV systems working.
Doing technical support for iTechworld means I get to see all manner of different problems.  Some are really complex and challenging, others are as simple as telling someone that their Vast Smartcard is already inside the set top box.  The one problem however that keeps coming around and around over and over again is the local “expert” at the caravan park who has “been doing this for years”.  They have “experience doing it with all different equipment” changing the settings in other peoples equipment when there is no need to do so.  To be fair usually these people have the best intentions at heart and are genuinely trying to help however in a lot of cases it’s not actually helping at all.  It’s making it worse.

 

Vast boxes are pre-set! It does not matter if you have an Altech or a Satking Vast box they are all pre-set and ready to use.  There is absolutely no need what so ever to go in and change the LNB settings, the frequencies or any other setting in there.  The LNB is set to 10700 that means the Vast box will only work using a 10700 LNB, if you do not have a 10700 LNB then you will have to get one, changing the setting in the Vast box to suit your LNB will not work.

 

The iTechworld D3 and D4 satellite finders are pre-set by iTechworld technicians before they leave the shop.  They are ready to use right out of the box and will lock onto the Optus C1/D3 satellite.  If you change the setting in the D3 or D4 satellite finder it will not work.

 

If you think that someone has changed your settings, altered your box or done anything you aren’t sure about then please call me,  08 9472 7200 or 1300 483 249.  I will be more than happy to help you.  I can talk you through how to set your Vast box or Satellite finder back to the correct settings.

 

Read how Generator Inverters work HERE

Read iTechworld Generator Reviews HERE

Read how to use a Generator Inverter HERE

Read how to avoid a drained battery HERE

Read about light weight Solar Panels HERE

Read 5 great tips to get the most out of your Solar Panels HERE

Read our comprehensive guide on Inverters HERE

Read about the benefits of travelling with Solar Power HERE

 

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