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Step 5: Soldering Bus Wire

Next, after hooking all 3 strings of solar cells up in series, I was ready to get my 22 gauge wires (red and black) ready for soldering. On the ends of my leads from my gauge wires, I connected some connectors to make the process of soldering them down to the bus wire a lot easier. Watch Part 7 of the video to see how I went about doing that.



To help give the inside of the solar panel a nicer look, I used 2 strips of wiremold and ran the wires inside those. This is also seen in Part 7 and Part 8 of the video. Afterward, I took the panel outside in the sun to test the voltage/current of the whole panel to make sure I was getting 18 volts and 3.5 amps in an open circuit and short circuit.


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<p>I made my first solar panel 2 weeks ago. I used 'inplix' plans to make it. Working well. I can recommend it</p>
<p>inplix is amazing. I took that and just made it :D </p>
<p>yea</p>
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<p>I am sure you'll learn how to make it if you'll read INPLIX HANDBOOKS from cover to cover :)</p>
<p>I heard that there is Mercury in solar panels and that is a fact.</p>
<p>Please do not chew, ingest, or otherwise insert the solar panels into your body. </p>
<p>So true xD</p>
<p>Depends on what panel you are making; many are Hg free</p>
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<p>Because in most cases, (depending on what/where/how your going to be using it) You won't be covered by insurances or your municipality will not allow its installation unless it has been built, installed and certified by a pro... Especially if it were to be tied into the grid. (Which by the sound of it you wouldn't be doing) Unless you're putting it in a cabin up in the woods or some place remote.. Fine.. </p>
How long would it take for someone to make one once they got the hang of it? Do you know about how heavy it was?
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Which solar cell and Amt of solar cell needed to run a room
What's an Amazon video tutorial.
Doesn't plexiglass discolor over a fairly short period of time being exposed to the elements ? Thanks.
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<p>That is absolutely right. gogreen inplix !</p>
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So, I'm building a panel, what should I use as a front glass please? Thanks a lot. Robert
i'm not quite sure how you're getting your tabbing wire to stick; i've been using solder on mind - front and back of the cells - and its not only coming off but it's tearing off the contact on the negative side and not sicking when i try to reapply it. did you get pre-tinned tabbing wire? am i just stupid? i cant get it it work (or at least stay on). bty - you're videos are amazing. i really appreciate the hard work :)
<p>no your not stupid i made this mistake and you need a rosin flux pen, it cleans the surface of the area were you are trying to solder. look up #186 flux pen on ebay</p>
<p>Flux pens are used to aid the situation not a permanent fix, solder, rods, iron still need to be cleaned with alcohol. Want to be #1......want to be successful, i'll tell you a secret that nobody will figure out till i open my mouth. What the heck i'm an educator.</p>ER209 stainless steel solder wire. It uses chromium
<p>Not bad, not bad mate. I made my solar panel too. check for http://inplix.com if you want to know more</p>
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Well sometimes it can be a result of the type of tabbing wire you have and the type of soldering iron you have. I noticed one time when I bought some tabbing wire off eBay from a seller, the tabbing wire was a lot thicker than the tabbing wire that came with my solar cells (bundle purchase). And I too noticed it was harder to solder that thicker tabbing wire onto the solar cells and I was forced to put some solder onto the tabbing wire and then solder the tabbing wire down. But I had a basic soldering iron too, so the heat required to solder that thicker tabbing wire down could have played a factor, I'm not sure, but I'd recommend to you just to ask the person or company you buy it from next time what type of soldering iron do they recommend and is the tabbing wire made for the type of solar cells you wish to solder it too.
<p>cool work</p>
<p>hi u soldered the bus but u did not tell us why the bus is different on both ends, and I did not see were the negative wire is soldered to !</p>
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<p>I want to build my own solar panel. inplix is useful I think</p>
<p>I want to build my own solar panel. inplix is useful I think</p>
<p>Why pay a huge amount like $1000's for utilization of solar or wind power when you can have the opportunity to build your own home made solar system for less than $200. You can Learn more on http://inplix.com</p>
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<p>excellent tip for me. inplix make my solar dream real</p>
where can i get solar cells ????? pls reply i need the answer please:(
<p>ebay is the best place probly ms solar</p>
You can get them from ebay. Just type in solar cells and you will be on your way.
thanx a lot dude...:)
They are easy to find and buy, I have had great success building my own solar panels for my house, there is so much great info on this site for you to apply.
<p>Hello Robert thank you for this article,I'm really interested and God bless you for sharing to us,i will try and build my own.Thank you</p>
Thanks for making this site <br>I was wondering do you have to paint it white and do you have to use the pegboard bored
<p>how much di you pay for just the Solar cells? I already have a couple of SLA batteries, an inverter, and a controller. I want to make a ~50 watt panel, what is the estimated cost?</p>
<p>The link to your site seems to be a dead link, where can I find the video series you mentioned?</p>
<p>hi, it's very interesting project. Just wondering where you bought your solar cells from? </p>
I bought them off of eBay. This was 4 or so years ago, but you should be able to still find them. Just type in Solar Cells in the search field, and you should get quick a few results.
<p>thank you very much, sir. This definitely is going to help me on building one of these solar panels. I am in Canada. Do you remember you paid any import duties on this?</p>

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