Estimate your power usage & what you need.
To help you plan what size solar rig you need to build we have built this handy calculator for you. Simply add each thing that you will be running, how many Watts it is, and how long you expect to run it each day. You can then email what you've spec'd to yourself. The item field has auto complete with suggested wattage to help guide you.
If you need help working out what power your items are using you can get our Plug In Power Meter to help work out your usage
Lights x 5 - 5W each running for 8 hrs per day
TV x 1 - 100W running for 2 hrs per day
Sound system x 1 - 80W running for 6 hrs per day
Start typing the item and it will suggest an item, wattage and hours. (you can then adjust before pressing the Add button)
|Example: Light||x 1||20 W||10 Hrs||200 Wh|
|Total Watt Hours||
|Item||Quantity||Watts Per Item||Hours Used Per Day|
Start Typing for suggested wattages and hrs
|Average Hrs of Peak Sun
UK Winter: 2-3 hrs, UK Summer: 5-6 hrs
|Amp Hrs of Batteries||
|Solar Panels - Watts||
|Solar Panels - Kw||
Please bare in mind you should always over spec by a lot to cater for english winters. We would advise 50%-100% over if you plan to run entirely from solar over winter months, and ensuring you have a very large battery bank as well.
This is just a simple Calculator to help you estimate the solar you need. This is not a guarantee that the solar you calculate will be perfect for your situation.