Charge controllers come in various types. Solar Charge Controllers regulate the charge from a solar panel array to a battery bank. Solar lighting controllers allow you to control DC lights while simultaneously charging a battery bank from solar panels. AC charge controllers allow you to charge your battery bank from an AC source (e.g.household current). Diversion load controllers are often used with wind turbines and microhydro systems to regulate battery charging. altE also offers some unique DC voltage regulators for original DIY projects. Be sure to add in the appropriate temperature sensor for you charge controller for optimal performance!Read more +
Charge Controllers can have quite a few different applications. We've tried to categorize them for better understanding. Check out the brief descriptions for each:
Since renewable energy power systems almost always gather power and store it in batteries, almost every system requires a charge controller. A solar charge controller will protect your batteries from being overcharged by your solar panels and it will block any reverse current (from the batteries) as well. Solar charge controllers will actually protect every aspect of your solar power system from your batteries to your solar panels. Temperature sensors are an inexpensive addition that help the charge controller more accurately regulate the charge of the battery bank.