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Is there a minimum operating temperature for this unit?
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If this panel puts out 7 watts, would it be able to turn a 1.5 watt dc fan (like found in a computer).
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Can I extend the charge cords to reach inside a building?

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NPower Amorphous Solar Panel Battery Maintainer Kit - 2.5 Watts

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"The NPower Amorphous Solar Panel Battery Maintainer Kit allows you to use the power of the sun to charge cars, ATVs, personal watercraft, light-duty trucks, SUVs, boats, RVs, tractors, pumps and more. Ideal for use with all 12V batteries. An effective way to replenish your batteries and keep them ready for quick starts. Includes Alligator clamps, 12V DC plug, wire, suction cups, Material ABS plastic, Panels qty. 1, Battery Included No, Watts 2.5, Product Style Maintainer, Temperature Range F -40-176, Dimensions L x W x H in. 13 3/4 x 5 x 1/2, LED Light No. 2.5 Watt, 167 MAh maximum power output Durable ABS plastic construction is maintenance-free No installation required 13 3/4in.L x 5in.W x 1/2in.D amorphous solar panel even works in low light and cloudy conditions Self-regulated, will never overcharge your batteries Simply plug it in and it begins working immediately Includes 12V power source adapter, alligator battery clamps and suction cups to allow window mounting"
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Questions & Answers for NPower Amorphous Solar Panel Battery Maintainer Kit - 2.5 Watts

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Diode protection

Does this product have a diode to prevent discharge back through the panel at night?
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
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spencer2043
 - Willis,TX
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NPower Expert
The NPower Battery Maintainer Kit does have a blocking diode included that will stop any reverse current.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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NPower12
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answer 2
Yes, it does. I always check the battery voltage when I hook it up & again a couple of days later to make sure the voltage has increased.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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CincyMark
 - Cincinnati, OH
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answer 3
Yes it does.
answered 11 months ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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answer 4
yes it has a 12.5 volt blocking diode..
answered 7 months ago
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cp4747
 - Arkansas
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answer 5
Yes it has a one way diode,it states so in the specs on the page. I always buy one's with one way diode in it as not to drain power during night.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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jharvey46
 - okeechobee,florida
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Can I leave it connected to the battery indefinitely without overcharching?

asked 1 year, 7 months ago
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Anonymous
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NPower Expert
This Maintainer is self-regulated, will never overcharge your battery.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
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NPower13
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answer 2
I have used both of mine for at least a year & have not seen the connected battery voltage go over 12.6 VDC yet.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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CincyMark
 - Cincinnati, OH
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answer 3
Short answer - Yes. This would constantly feed power into the battery but not enough to harm it. Batteries always have a certain amount of self-discharge. The older the battery, the more and faster it will self-discharge. There is also a small drain from most modern car batteries to power clocks, sensors and other discharges - even when the ignition is off. This panel will mostly offset that loss. It really does not put out enough to "charge" the battery.
answered 11 months ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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answer 4
You can leave it connected forever,mine has been hooked to my battery on my boat for about a year,won't over charge it. It is always fully charged. No more pulling and cords out to charge it. Them days are over. I love it.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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jharvey46
 - okeechobee,florida
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does this have a reverse current diode?

asked 1 year, 7 months ago
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racquet
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answer 1
NPower Expert
The Solar Battery Maintainer does include a blocking diode that will stop any reverse current traveling from the battery.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
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NPower12
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answer 2
Yes, be sure to check your battery voltage before and after use to make sure the charger is working.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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CincyMark
 - Cincinnati, OH
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answer 3
Yes it does.
answered 11 months ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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answer 4
yes
answered 7 months ago
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cp4747
 - Arkansas
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Which outlet should you plug it into?

Which outlet should I plug it into? The one that is live when the engine is off and the key is out of the ignition or the one that is not live?
asked 11 months ago
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Anonymous
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NPower Expert
You would plug it into the live outlet in order for it to charge the battery.
answered 11 months ago
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NPower6
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answer 2
The one that provides power when key is off & removed will allow the panel to do its job. If the 12v outlet doesn't work without the key turned on in the ignition switch, the current will never get from the solar panel to your battery either.
answered 11 months ago
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Rambohunter
 - St. Bernard,LA
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answer 3
i have mine plugged in the cig lighter all the time it is hot with out the key on, and i drive it that way also..
answered 7 months ago
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cp4747
 - Arkansas
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answer 4
Put it in cigarette lighter adapter in your car when switch is on. But it will hook to battery with the alligator clips that come with it. Remember,some cig- adapters in car is on even with car switch off. You will just have to check yours,again,this works great.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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jharvey46
 - okeechobee,florida
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More details about panel location

Can the panel be outdoors, under a plexiglass-lexan cover.
I want to keep one on my SkidSteer, but it is exposed to the elements. I can build an enclosure to keep it dry, but temps at winter are below freezing. If the solarpanel and controller are covered will it be ok.
Thanks,
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
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Mustang445Sally
 - North Carolina
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answer 1
NPower Expert
This solar panel battery maintainer kit functions in the temperature range of -40 to 176 degrees F. When protected from the elements(rain, snow, etc.), it will function properly.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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NPower11
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answer 2
I live in Wyoming where it can get quite cold. We recently had a day at -23 degrees F and it did not seem to bother this charger. I would make sure it is not allowed to get wet though.
answered 10 months ago
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hookjockey
 - Fayetteville, NC
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answer 3
It could be under a cover,but just watch for condensation,you don't want that. Other than that it would be ok in the outdoors.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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jharvey46
 - okeechobee,florida
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WATERPROOF ??

Just bought this charger for my boat. My concern is just how water/weather proof is it ? Should I take steps to protect it from rain as an example ?
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
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smokey5x5
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answer 1
NPower Expert
The NPower Battery Maintainer Kit is not waterproof. The solar panel will need to be protected from rain or water.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
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NPower12
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answer 2
It is not completely waterproof-I put both of mine on the inside of the windshield on both of my diesel trucks & they work fine (actually sitting on top of the dash because the suction cups fall off the glass). If your boat has a full cover-you might want to tuck it under an eave of your garage, going to try to use one to keep 2 SeaDoos charged for the winter that way.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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CincyMark
 - Cincinnati, OH
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answer 3
This is not waterproof but there is little to damage since it has no real circuitry - however, water, and especially salty water, conducts electricity and shorting out the solar cells can damage them. Also letting it get wet and then freeze will probably crack it. At a minimum, wrap it in plastic kitchen wrap or use a zip-lock bag.
answered 11 months ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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Where can I get a replacement alligator clip harness?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
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CaptKirk59
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NPower Expert
You would contact our parts department at 1.800.222.5381, option #3 for replacement parts.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
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NPower6
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answer 2
The easiest and cheapest is to buy individual alligator clips and wire it yourself. It is easy to do and it will cost you about $3.
answered 11 months ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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answer 3
You can order them right here. Northern Tools
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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jharvey46
 - okeechobee,florida
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Hook up details?

What does the connection consist of? Just to a lighter outlet or do you have to direct wire to battery?
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
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Anonymous
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NPower Expert
This solar maintainer kit includes connections to charge the battery both ways. The kit includes alligator clamps for connecting it directly to the battery. Also, a DC lighter plug is also included for charging your vehicle's battery through its lighter receptacle.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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NPower11
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answer 2
It comes with both.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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CincyMark
 - Cincinnati, OH
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answer 3
You can do both.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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jharvey46
 - okeechobee,florida
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What is the warranty for the NPower 2.5W Solar Panel Battery Maintainer?

asked 10 months ago
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Anonymous
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NPower Expert
The NPower Solar Panel Battery Maintainer has a 5 year manufacturer's warranty.
answered 10 months ago
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NPower12
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I believe its 5 years.
answered 5 months ago
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Kuhldog
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Can you lengthen the cable?

In our application, we're going to need about 12' of cable (3' more than current length). Can we lengthen the cable + how?
asked 4 weeks, 1 day ago
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DesertedArizonan
 - AZ
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NPower Expert
The length of the cable can be increased with 12 volt wire and 12 volt plugs.
answered 4 weeks ago
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NPower13
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answer 2
Yes, you can definitely lengthen the cable on this panel, as long as you use a suitable size wire. If you use the same size wire as what it comes with, or larger, you can extend it much longer than what you need. So an extra three feet is no problem at all. I would use 22 AWG gauge wire, which is pretty common. It is used for doorbell wire, speaker wire, etc. You can also use 18 AWG, which is also common, and is larger than 22 AWG. The smaller the number, the larger the diameter of the wire.
answered 3 weeks, 2 days ago
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RRRancher
 - Texas
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