Going Solar with Harbor Freight

Summer is upon us and you know what that means—sun! So while you’re working on your tan, why not put the sun to work for you to get free energy? You can do just that when you go solar with Harbor Freight!

One of Harbor Freight’s most popular solar items is the 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit 10 Pc.


45 Watt Solar Panel Kit 10 Pc – stand assembled

The kit includes three 15 watt solar panels, voltage regulator, mounting hardware and the basic connections you need to efficiently generate solar power. A 12 volt storage battery and power inverter are also required and sold separately through Harbor Freight. Optional accessories include a 30 Amp Solar Charge Controller which will help protect and prolong the life of your battery, and the 8 Panel Universal Solar Connector which allows you to connect up to 8 panels to one power output. Individual solar panels are also sold separately.

Check out this video on how to assemble the 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit.

Do a search on YouTube and you’ll find numerous videos of the kit in action. Here are just a few you may want to check out:

Ol’ Chet (he’s actually not that old) puts the solar panel kit to the test during a five-day camping trip. You can view his video here.

2012Solarful provides a short video on several different devices he runs using his Harbor Freight 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit 10 Pc. In another video, he even runs a power-hungry blender using the kit!

Ryan Romero shot a video about his first solar set up using the Harbor Freight solar kit plus extra panels and some additional equipment. While this might be his first solar set up, he obviously has some expertise in this arena, evidenced by the picture below. Please note that any modifications should only be performed by a licensed electrician knowledgeable of solar power.


Ryan Romero’s Harbor Freight solar set-up

Harbor Freight’s solar kit is ideal for those who want to have a portable power source during camping/RVing, provide power during a power outage or simply save money by harnessing free power from the sun. Check out these reviews from customers who have entered the solar array:

Great kit for our off grid cabin! Assembles quick, charged a new battery fast, was able to use right away. It ran 7 LED lights and a blower fan without the inverter cooling fan coming on at all. It’s working well for us. Thanks Harbor Freight. – 48 Farmall, St. Lawrence, NY

Purchased one of these units two years ago to use on our pop-up camper and it works great. In fact, it works so well that I just bought a second one, just to have. We tend do weekend trips in the mountains (no hookups). We run the fridge on propane but run lights, fans, and heater fan through the night. The panels charge the batteries through the day and we are full power come night time … – Wilson, Colorado

I have wanted to play around with solar for a while now and this kit on sale was at a price I felt was worth the investment. It was easy to put together and right away I was charging a spare battery I kept on a trickle charger in my workshop. I am so impressed with the performance that I can see purchasing more items very soon, i.e. more panels, batteries, etc. – KAB66, Cambridge, Ontario Canada

I have these panels on my deck (waiting for good weather to move to roof). And they are working very well. They keep the battery charged and have operated the included 2 cfl 12 volt lamps … about a 60 watt equivalent each. I am going to try my 400 watt inverter soon to power a small TV and am cabling a 12 volt line into my den that I am going to use the lamp to light the room. Excellent value. The panels are well encased for outside weather. The whole package is excellent. – Bob, sub of Chicago

The 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit 10 Pc is just one of several solar items available through Harbor Freight Tools.

Here are some other great items to consider:

13 Watt Briefcase Solar Charger

No, it’s not something out of a James Bond film … This device provides portable solar power to charge a variety of batteries for power tools, trolling motors and even CPAP machines. Features include an LED charging indicator, male and female cigarette lighter adapters, battery terminal clamps, 12VDC outlet, and battery shoe for cordless tools. The built-in handle makes transport and storage easy. Works even in cloudy conditions.

60 LED Solar Security Light

This security light features 60 bright LED lamps you can adjust to stay on from 5 seconds to 2 minutes when motion is detected up to 50 ft. away at a range of 180 degrees! Easy to install, it’s ideal for places where an outlet is inaccessible, such as a shed, pool area or backyard.

Solar Rope Light

Line walkways and patios or accent railings and outdoor decks with one or multiple sets of the Solar Rope Light. The weatherproof sleeve is 22 feet long (16 feet of lights) and contains 50 long-life LED lamps. The polycrystalline silicon solar panel recharges with just 6 to 8 hours of sunlight, providing up to 8 hours of illumination. The lights come on automatically at dusk. A ground spike and mounting hardware are included.

Solar Decorative LED Lights – 3 Pc

This 3-piece set of decorative lights is a favorite among customers who often buy multiple sets to decorate their gardens and lawns. A 1-3/4 in.-square solar panel hangs on each stake and charges the built-in AA NiCd battery in direct sunlight. The transparent hummingbird, butterfly and dragonfly each contain a color-changing LED (sequences red, green. blue). Once dusk comes, the lights illuminate for up to 8 hours on a full day’s charge!

For the full array of solar items available at Harbor Freight, click here!

Solar is both environmentally friendly and economically beneficial. You simply can’t go wrong when you go solar—and shopping at Harbor Freight for your solar needs is nothing less than a bright idea!

 

 

 

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