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smallboatlover 08-15-2012 08:34 PM

solar help
my panel read 3.5-4 volt but only .1 amps is it charging or is it junk?

sawingknots 08-15-2012 09:06 PM

Re: solar help
kindof sounds like junk

smallboatlover 08-15-2012 09:10 PM

Re: solar help
ok thanks

fmueller 08-15-2012 09:38 PM

Re: solar help
What kind of panel?
Under what conditions?
and how are you measuring the amperage? under load? shorted?

The voltage sounds awfully low for an open circuit voltage for pretty much any panel you'd buy so either the panel is junk, or more likely, you might be reading it wrong.


Cruiser2B 08-15-2012 09:41 PM

Re: solar help

Originally Posted by smallboatlover (Post 910135)
my panel read 3.5-4 volt but only .1 amps is it charging or is it junk?

before totally writing off the panel as junk, check all the connections for corrosion. And i know this may seem stupid and obvious but you did check output in direct sunlight?....had to ask

smallboatlover 08-15-2012 09:44 PM

Re: solar help
yes i was holding it in direct sunlight

mdbee 08-16-2012 01:59 AM

Re: solar help
Was the panel disconnected from your charging system?

wnvvea 08-16-2012 04:20 AM

Re: solar help
What kind of panel?

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