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Blue Sky Energy SB-RVK(-S) MPPT Charge Controller and Remote Display Kit
Blue Sky's SB-RVK-S Kit is a great all-in-one fully programmable controller and monitoring solution for mid-sized solar systems. The SB-RVK kit includes a SB3024iL solar charge controller with MPPT technology and an IPN ProRemote. The SB-RVK-S kit also includes a current shunt for monitoring and programming your system. This kit is ideal for RV or campervan applications and can manage up to a 20A load output for off-grid electrification or telecommunication systems. There is also an auxiliary output for charging a second battery.
Why You Need an MPPT Controller for Your Van's Solar System
The purpose of a solar charger is to collect energy from the solar panels and store it in the batteries. There are two types of solar charge controllers on the market: MPPT (maximum power point tracking) and PWM (pulse-width modulation). The type of charge controller you need depends on the prevailing solar conditions you expect to encounter. MPPT controllers convert more energy into useable electricity and are best suited for areas where seasonal, weather, and shading conditions can cause significant variations in solar harvesting. MPPT controllers are ideal for mobile or off-grid solar applications such as on a campervan, RV, remote cabin, or tiny houses.
PWM controllers are less efficient than MPPTs and are best suited for large stationary systems with consistent sunlight, minimal shading, and no physical space limitations. PWM controllers are not generally a great fit for campervans or RVs. So for your van conversion we recommend an MPPT charge controller. Below is a diagram showing an example layout.
Specifications and Certifications
|SB3024iL MPPT Controller
|Battery Temperature Sensor