Preparing to put together your first off-grid or on-grid system can seem especially daunting. Though we can’t build the system for you, we are standing by to help you select the perfect system for your needs. Here at Renogy Solar, we have a team of trained technical support specialists, many of whom are engineers. These specialists are trained experts in Renogy Solar products., so they know exactly what to expect when putting together a system. First time users are typically unfamiliar with the installation process, so they sometimes overlook tools that are specifically designed to make the process easier. Though our support specialists will usually recommend these tools, new users that are committed to installing without assistance may overlook them when shopping for panels and accessories.
Take for example, the Renogy MC4 Assembly Tool. Retailing at only $6.99, this tool is useful for anyone installing panels- on or off-grid. To connect the panels to a charge controller and/or battery bank, MC4 Connectors are a must. However, these connectors snap together very tightly for obvious safety and quality purposes and become difficult to disconnect. The MC4 Assembly Tool is perfectly shaped to match the contours of the hard plastic ends of the MC4 Connectors, making it easier for new and veteran users to quickly and easily take apart the connectors.
If you’re installing an on-grid system, you’ll likely be using an Enphase Inverter. Enphase Inverters deliver greater energy harvest, faster installation, and reliable production. The Enphase Accessory Cable Disconnect Tool is a multi-function PV tool designed to make removing AC connectors possible. The Enphase AC connectors are currently tool-removable only. This tool can be used for unplugging drop cables and removing M215 from connectors. Aren’t you glad we told you about it?
Lastly, Renogy carries four tracer meters that are intended to be used in conjunction with the different types of charge controllers: (1) the Renogy 150A High-Precision Watt Meter and Power Analyzer; (2) the Renogy MT-5 Tracer Meter For MPPT Charge Controller; (3) Tracer Meter MT-1 For Duo Battery Charge Controller; and (4) Tracer Meter MT-50 For Viewstar Charge Controller. You’ll notice from the product titles that each Tracer (except the first) must be used with only one type of charge controller. These meters are used to analyze how effective your solar panel system is working. The 150A High-Precision Watt Meter can monitor eight electrical parameters that are essential to power safety and performance, including: amps, volts, watts, amp-hours, watt-hours, peak amps, minimum volts (sag) and peak watts. The other tracer meters mentioned above are capable of monitoring and displaying the solar system’s voltage and current, as well as amp-hour and watt-hour charge levels. The tracer meters are especially useful for newer solar users, who have little experience using their systems.
In short, Renogy has a lot of great products that are designed to make your new solar system easier to put together and use. Although we’d love to walk you through the purchasing process, if you insist on going alone, the above-mentioned products are worth checking out. Visit Renogy-Store.com for more information.