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What inverter should I use to tie in 3 60 watt panels into an outlet? Answered

I am trying to find a fairly cheap inverter to tie my panels into my home. I am planning to add a few more panels in the future. I am not going to add a battery bank. Thank you.

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frollard

Best Answer 9 years ago

for remotely reliable operation, you want even a small battery (1 or 2 car batteries would work awesome) 160 watts is pretty small - most all even cheap inverters can handle that as a continuous load - just don't be fooled by the 1000 watt 'peak' 150 watt inverters.

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pokey02frollard

Answer 9 years ago

Cool, thanks for the input, I live in Arizona and will have to figure out how to keep a battery cool in 115+ degree heat. Also will have to look for a charge controller, any advice on what to look for?

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frollardpokey02

Answer 9 years ago

for something that small - its 'almost' moot - but at the same time you want some protection. Here in Canada, the only obvious retailer of that stuff is 'canadian tire' - a large chain of hardware stores. They come rated in their wattage - so nothing too huge. As for inverter,using a battery allows you to use much larger wattages, for shorter periods when you need.