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Most Recent Questions
Recent Question:
If this panel puts out 7 watts, would it be able to turn a 1.5 watt dc fan (like found in a computer).
Recent Question:
Can I put 2 of them together on one battery to charge ?
Recent Question:
Can I run a DC fan directly from this panel?
Recent Question:
can one use two in series to maintain a 24 volt battery?
Questions with Most Recent Answers
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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 have 3 sets of alligator clips connected to solar panel output and charge/maintain 3 seperate batteries in my boat?
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can one use two in series to maintain a 24 volt battery?

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NPower Amorphous Solar Panel Battery Maintainer Kit - 2.5 Watts

Item# 27921
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, Panels qty. 1, Material ABS plastic, Product Style Maintainer, Dimensions L x W x H in. 19 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2, Watts 2.5, Temperature Range F -40-176, LED Light Yes, Battery Included No. 2.5 Watt, 167 MAh maximum power output Durable ABS plastic construction is maintenance-free No installation required 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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Can I leave it connected to the battery indefinitely without overcharching?

asked 10 months ago
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Anonymous
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answer 1
NPower Expert
This Maintainer is self-regulated, will never overcharge your battery.
answered 10 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 4 months, 3 weeks 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 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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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 9 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 9 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 4 months, 3 weeks 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 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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does this have a reverse current diode?

asked 9 months ago
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racquet
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NPower Expert
The Solar Battery Maintainer does include a blocking diode that will stop any reverse current traveling from the battery.
answered 9 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 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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CincyMark
 - Cincinnati, OH
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answer 3
Yes it does.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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PaxTerra
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Diode protection

Does this product have a diode to prevent discharge back through the panel at night?
asked 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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spencer2043
 - Willis,TX
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answer 1
NPower Expert
The NPower Battery Maintainer Kit does have a blocking diode included that will stop any reverse current.
answered 4 months, 3 weeks 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 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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CincyMark
 - Cincinnati, OH
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answer 3
Yes it does.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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What does the flashing blue light mean?

When I plug it in to my 4 wheelers 12V assc outlet sometimes the light flashes and sometimes it does not. If I jiggle it some it will start to flash. Does this mean it is working or not?
asked 11 months ago
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stevoo
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answer 1
NPower Expert
This NPower Amorphous Solar Panel Battery Maintainer has a LED light that when flashing blue indicates the presence of current.
answered 11 months ago
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NPower13
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answer 2
If everything is properly connected, the light flashes in low light, comes on solid in bright sunlight.
answered 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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CincyMark
 - Cincinnati, OH
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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 5 months, 2 weeks ago
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Anonymous
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answer 1
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 5 months, 2 weeks ago
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NPower11
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answer 2
It comes with both.
answered 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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CincyMark
 - Cincinnati, OH
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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 1 year, 4 months 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 1 year, 4 months 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 1 month, 1 week ago
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hookjockey
 - Fayetteville, NC
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Where can I get a replacement alligator clip harness?

asked 9 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 9 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 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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I have a diesel truck with two batteries. Will this unit charge both batteries and does it do it through the cigarette lighter

asked 6 months ago
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Anonymous
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NPower Expert
This unit will only maintain the batteries. It would not charge them. It will do both batteries if they are connected in parallel. With the 2 batteries it would be best to go to the 7 watt charger #27923. This unit would maintain as well as trickle charge the batteries. It can be done through the cigarette lighter as long as it is live when the vehicle is turned off. If it is not then you would need to connect it direct to the battery.
answered 6 months ago
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NPower6
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answer 2
Short answer is NO. This panel puts out about 20% of one amp - meaning it is much too low to charge any vehicle size battery. Most batteries have a certain amount of self-discharge - the older the battery the shorter its shelf life, the faster it self-discharges. This panel will offset that loss. It will also help if you park a vehicle for more than a few days and on cold winter days.

The 7 Watt panel would be the smallest you should use for your truck and then it will only be effective with good access to full sunlight.

Some vehicles shut off all power but If your cigarette lighter works with the ignition off, then you can plug this in.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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PaxTerra
 - Vermont
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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 2 months, 2 weeks 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 2 months, 2 weeks 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 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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Rambohunter
 - St. Bernard,LA
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