I currently have 4 Kyocera 130 panels tied in series to an Outback MX60. I am producing somewhere over 200 ah/day. I put out about 208 a few weeks ago from the hook. THat is all solar.
When I bought the solar setup, I also opted for a wind generator. However, I could not find a suitable place to mount it where it would not interfere with the solar panels at some point during the day. As such, I returned it and they would only give me a credit toward other products. I elected for two more 130 watt panels.
I am going to go ahead and hook up the other two panels. They have been sitting in the box for about a year now (unused) since I pretty much am off the grid with what I have. However, I have noticed that on very nasty/rainy/cloudy days, the output of the panels is pretty poor. As such, maybe installing the other two panels will not be such a waste.
But what I want to do is to have the ability to bring them into and out of a series circut with the switch of a button. My thought is a "temporary mount" for the panels such that when I am at anchor or sailing in light to moderate conditions, I leave them out and use them in the circut. When not (like when making a crossing or heavy weather sailing), I can pull them down and stowe them (but still leaving the other four panels).
My question is how you would wire these to make it easy to bring them in/out in a series circut. Remember, when they are out, I will still be using the other four panels. They will always be on.
My thought was to terminate the pos lead onto a block. From there, two more leads would go out - each to a on/off switch. One switch would lead striaght to the charger (ie, the four panels only being used) while the other would redirect to the other two panels, then back to the charger. I was going to use a third on/off simply for safety so that there would not be an open hot lead. I guess I could use a diode for that? Also, what about using a 1/2/both switch in place of the first block and two switches??