Solar Panel Installation Tips

BatteryStuff Solar Panels use high quality Poly-Crystalline solar cells. Diodes contained within the junction box insure reliable operation and no drain during low light conditions. Anodized aluminum frames add strength and durability to the modules. Includes pre-drilled mounting holes. The modules have a 20-year, 80% power output warranty.

Your solar panel will have a long black cable extending from the panel, holding both the positive and negative cables. This cable can be spliced and separated as needed by your application. The black cable is negative, and the white cable is positive. In the cases where there is a black and red cable, the black is still negative and the red is positive.

The positive and negative cables can be connected directly to your application, battery, or charge controller. We highly recommend the use of a charge controller, especially when installing large panels. This will ensure longer battery life.

Solar Panel Installation Tips:

  • Solar Panels are most efficient when they are mounted in a location where they can receive the most sunlight. Typically, they are mounted on roof tops, poles, or stand alone structures.
  • Any angle or position is acceptable, but try to find a location where the panel will receive the most sunlight all year around.
  • In the Northern Hemisphere, Solar Panel should face south, and in the Southern Hemisphere, Solar Panel should face north. For angle, the simplest method is to have your panel face the sun directly at Noon.
  •  You can mount your solar panel to nearly any surface, leaving approximately a 1” gap behind the panel for air circulation.
  • Avoid shaded areas and trees, which will reduce efficiency and shorten panel life. Even partial shade will greatly reduce your panels effectiveness
  •  If mounting on land, avoid corrosive salt and sulfurous areas.
  • Solar panels will not properly produce power under fluorescent lights. It may be able to produce some voltage, but not enough current to power or charge anything.
  • Modules connected in series should be installed at same orientation and angle.
  • Do not install panel near any open flames, or flammable materials.

For more information, check out our Solar Tutorials

Or call 541-474-4421 for Tech Help.


About BatteryStuff is the leading provider of Motorcycle batteries, off-road battery products, car and marine battery chargers, solar battery chargers, AGM and Gel batteries. No one in the industry can match our wide selection and superior customer service. Whatever your battery need, we have a product that will meet your expectations. We have tutorials for battery maintenance, solar chargers battery charging, fuel, cooling and lubrication. We have a complete learning center on our site.
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