Solar Panels | TJack Survival



In this video, Tyler talks about the importance and functionality of having a solar panel in a survival situation.

When the sun’s energy is channeled through solar panels, it’s almost like storing rainwater in a water reservoir. The greater the amount of space available, the greater the amount of rain is available. In turn, the greater the amount of light there is, the more power you can get.
However, it is possible that the amount of electricity you receive will surpass the capacity of your reservoir, just as it would with rain.

If your solar panel generates more electricity than your battery can hold, you will either need a smaller solar panel or a larger battery to accommodate the excess electricity. For example, even if I have an enormous battery and only a tiny amount of sunlight, the reservoir will still store electricity. Still, it will do so over an extended period (hint: it’s going to be a long time).
Usually, when a shadow falls on a specific part of the solar panel, the whole thing shorts out. A certain kind of solar panel generates a little more electricity, even if a shadow falls on it. As a result, it is more effective, and you can still leave it unattended and position it in an imperfect location without worrying about your battery corroding.

The weight of a tiny 60-watt solar panel system is only a few pounds heavier than the battery it is replacing, despite its size. This remote system is lighter in weight than a typical pair of hiking boots. Those searching for smaller, more portable options can choose a 15-watt or 20-watt solar panel if they will just be using the panel to charge a cell phone or ham radio or something similar, and will only be out for a few days.

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31 comments

  1. I need to invest more into non grid power. Our texas power was out for 2 weeks and there have been no grid updates since.

  2. If you're panel was series any shadow would shut it down.. parallel wiring still makes electricity in partial shade

  3. I'm glad he did this video, but I'm 4 minutes into it and it doesn't take that long to explain capacity of a battery. Give us the info one time not four, if we don't 'get it' we can go over that information again by ourselves. Sounds snarky, but people already have the attention spans of butterflies, don't let the synapsis get lost in there, buddy.

  4. 3:25…I dont think that 60W solar film panel is going to be doing ANY battery charging at night. Lol.
    Carry on.

  5. Wired in parallel if they can bypass each other. Think christmas lights, in series one bulb takes the whole strand; parallel you just lose the one bad bulb

  6. There’s some clipping to the audio. If you can, find something with 32 bit float recording to avoid that.

    But great information!

  7. I was looking for the most energy dense small battery and found this. Anker PowerCore 26800
    96.48wh 17.5oz
    What is the power density of your best battery that fits in your backpack.

  8. 10:10 I think you mean 13Watt? Edit…I see, the controller shows 13Volts, but that does not tell you how much Energy it puts into the battery. You need to see the current (Ampere) too to see the actual charging rate. Great video anyway!

  9. I don't see the folding 60-watt panel listed where to find it. I'd like it for my daughter's medical equipment.

  10. Helpful considerations. I'm certain many are trying to figure out exactly what kind of setup to plan. We don't have enough money to buy everything and experiment.

  11. The solar panels that shut down completely when any shadow hits them are monocrystalline panels and the ones that don't are called "amorphous" (polycrystalline) solar panels. I do believe the difference is that monocrystalline are wired in series whereas the polycrystalline panels are wired in series/parallel

  12. Great video. I actually learned a few things. That Powerfilm solar panel is pretty awesome, but expensive as hell.

  13. Probably best tip I've seen on prepping , solar could be used to charge a electric chainsaw , subbed

  14. Ive been testing a few different ones out and from what i can tell theres not much difference in a name. The watt matter to a point but your paying extra for a name. Great addition to any kit.

  15. I do like the rain analogy! I have a 30 Watt power film. They aren’t cheap but as quality as it gets. I had the honor of speaking to an engineer from power film while calling out technical questions. They were super helpful and encouraged calling back if I had more questions.

  16. Batteries… one is none 2 is one…
    The idea of multiple smaller in series ( up to dump load concept ) = faster charging, portion-ing ability, more importantly multiple power locations and users ability etc.

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