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OPE Support topics featured below:

  • Why & how to calculate daily loads
  • Solbian solar deck installation by Paul Cronin
  • Solar panel and controller wiring by Paul Cronin
  • Multi-meter 101
  • Battery troubleshooting
  • Panel troubleshooting
  • Advanced Troubleshooting
  • Lithionics BMS Network Configuration
  • Lithium Installation Overview by Bruce & ABYC

Why & How to Calculate Daily Loads

The first step for assessing how to improve your energy storage and charging system is to figure out how much power you use per day & how much power you can generate from your various sources per day.  This can be done in a number of ways.  The easiest way is if you have a battery monitor that tracks and logs all the amps in and out of your battery.  In this case, simply read your battery monitor to get the desired information.   Of course, much of the time, it is not that simple.  In many cases it is necessary to identify and calculate what each individual load & charge source consumes or generates over the course of the day and add it all up.  We have a few tools to help you do that.  Check out our Energy Calculator page for more information. Regardless of how you come up with the numbers, having a rough estimate of your power usage will help to determine what size battery bank you need and how much solar (or other charge sources) you need to cover your loads.




How-to videos by Paul Cronin Studios for Solbian solar panel deck installations and wiring

You can check out the Paul Cronin Studios blog here to see all episodes of “In the Boat Shop”.

How-to videos by Blue Sky Energy & Genasun

Lithionics Videos

General Info from Bruce, Nigel & the Team