How To Hook Up Solar Panels (With Optional Battery Bank) To Run Your Home Power Station

There a lot of buzz on the internet about various DIY solar projects such as air conditioners/coolers, however they leave you hanging when it comes to hooking up the solar panels.

We thought you would get a lot out of this video as it shows you step by step how to hook up your solar panels. What’s more, is you will learn how to connect it all to a battery bank.

If you go this route of connecting to a battery bank you will need  an inverter, and charge controller.  Harbor Freight Tools Google it) carries solar panels that are reasonably priced should you need them. Please see our notes below the video that will give you some more helpful information.

Notes From The Video


The video details how to hook up solar panels (with a battery bank). simple instructions. home solar power station. very easy to put together. all you need is 1 or more batteries, an inverter, charge controller and a solar panel or panels. the following is for a 12 volt system.

Use one ‘deep cycle’ battery for every 2 to 6 amps your panels generate. (batteries like to be charged at this rate). a 12 volt 1 amp panel generates about 15 watts. you can use any solar panels. if you can’t get the smaller panels then buy one larger one. (Kyocera sells an inexpensive 7-8 amp solar panel (135 watter)).

It would go perfect with 2 deep cycle batteries. the six panels in the video are from harbor freight tools. i bought 2 three panel sets. They sell the panels in sets of three or individually. Coleman sells similar panels. the batteries are from Walmart. they are ‘deep cycle’ batteries.

The charge controller is from Fry’s electronics. The inverter is from harbor freight tools. this system will provide all the ‘free’ power you will need to run tons of things around your house. This is a great little system to start with.

Try ‘powering up’ one room in your house. you now have a solar assisted house. as one example; this could easily run a light, laptop computer, fan and small tv for several hours every day. Also great in an emergency, power outage, remote and rural off-grid living.


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  • Josh

    How many batteries and solar panels would it take to be completely solar powered in a home? All electricity. I would LOVE to get off the grid and rely only on the sun.

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