A separate charger and inverter or a Combi device: what do you choose?
In the old days, when the range of available battery chargers and inverters was limited, it wasn't so complicated to make a choice: if you had sufficient budget, you'd buy a charger and later an inverter. Nowadays that's different: battery charger and inverter combinations have become attractive price wise and the quality is in general good. In the WhisperPower catalogue (the Marine or Mobile PowerBook) and on this website, you will find different types of combi’s but also individual chargers and inverters. When to choose what? We help you out.
That is convenient because it’s all possible with the whisper power solar panels and accessories.
The solar panels in our range can be used for various applications to charge battery sets using solar energy. For example, solar panels for the boat, caravan, camper van or truck but also for remote locations such as a beach house, log cabin or in the garden, we can offer a solution for every situation. If you would like to read more about what is the most suitable solution for you and how you can generate energy in the right way, take a look at our Whisper Solar Panels and Inverters.
Designing a battery based “hybrid” style energy system
Understanding the design process:
Make a plan before buying and installing your battery based hybrid energy system. If you don’t plan the design process of your energy system carefully, your investment may turn out to be sub-optimal and more expensive than intended!
The following steps should be followed to design your hybrid energy system.This is valid either for mobile, marine, off-grid or other energy systems including solar PV.
It all sounds self-evident. The battery is empty, just turn on a battery charger, or turn off the engine of your car or boat and within a few hours the battery will be charged again. So that there is plenty of energy available again. A simple process and effective, but not always fast in case a lead-acid battery is installed, advantage is that standard charging equipment can be used. In 9 out of 10 cases you do not have to look at your battery and they are full again after a night's sleep. With Lithium batteries this story does not apply and you will have to pay extra attention to the charging installation and the 12 or 24 VDC system in general. Because a Lithium battery can be dangerous when used incorrectly (read charging and discharging).