Meet Solarcon – India’s first solar conversion kit. It can convert any ordinary inverter and battery setup into off-grid/hybrid solar power system. It is so much more than just a solar charge controller.
IS SOLARCON A SOLAR CHARGE CONTROLLER?
Well yes. And no. Solarcon is essentially a solar charge controller but with some added features. Features that you will not find in a regular solar charge controller. Before understanding these advanced features let us understand what a solar charge controller is.
What Does Solar Charge Controller Do:
If your home has an existing inverter and a battery bank and you wish to convert this system into a solar system, then you will need to connect your solar panels to a solar charge controller that will charge your batteries through solar power. A solar charge controller basically controls the uncontrolled power coming from solar panels and efficiently charges your batteries.
See the connection diagram below. Here the solar panels are connected to solar charge controller and the output of a SCC is connected to batteries. So the only role of a solar charge controller is to charge your batteries with solar.
Now let us understand how Solarcon was designed-
Do you see this connection diagram. Here solar panels and mains are connected to solarcon and the output of solarcon is connected to inverter and batteries. So you see there are two input sources here and two outputs.
By this simple connection we can understand that solarcon doesn’t only charge the batteries with solar but also controls the mains according to the battery voltage that is user settable. Why was this done exactly? When solar charge controllers were introduced in the market there were queries raised that how and when will mains charge the batteries. And so we introduced solarcon. Solarcon has a smart LCD display on its front panel and also a dip switch. With this dip switch you can set your desired battery voltage were you want mains to get connected and charge your batteries and also see your current battery voltage on the LCD display.
This is one main feature that was in built in solarcon that greatly helped the customers.
FEATURES OF SOLARCON THAT YOU WON’T FIND IN ANY SOLAR CHARGE CONTROLLER
1. KNOW YOUR RUPEES SAVING-
Solarcon has a smart feature, that enables you to see the amount of rupees that solarcon has saved by calculating the number of solar units generated.
2. FREEDOM TO CHOOSE BATTERY
Interestingly solarcon has the capability to perfectly charge the battery you have connected with it. Simple move dip switch number 2 and choose LA or Tubular battery. According to the battery selected solarcon will set a boost voltage that is the voltage after which solarcon will stop charging your battery. This feature greatly helps in preventing overcharging or undercharging thereby increasing your battery life.
3. CONVERT ANY EXISTING INVERTER INTO A SOLAR INVERTER
A solar charge controller will just be an addition to your existing system. It will charge the batteries on solar and your inverter will run the load through the solar charged batteries. But solarcon will convert your existing inverter into a solar inverter as it now it will have the power to control mains giving maximum priority to solar thereby greatly reducing your monthly electricity bills!
Watch this video to understand how Solarcon works: