6.1 Power Sources and Antennas

Solar Panels

Note:

The external 12V battery should have a minimum 60 Amp-hour rating. It is recommended you have a higher Amp-hour rating if you have a high report rate, or if your station is in a very remote location and you are not able to replace the battery easily.

  1. Using the Solinst-supplied Solar/12 Volt Cable Assembly (pt# 109452), shown in Figure 6-5, to connect to a user-supplied external 12V lead-acid battery (minimum 60 Amp-hour). See connection diagram in Figure 6-6.

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Figure 6-5
Solar/12B Cable Assembly (pt# 1094523)

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Figure 6-6
External 12V Lead-Acid Battery Connection

  1. Using the Solar/12 Volt Cable Assembly (pt# 109452) to connect to a user-supplied Solar Panel (minimum 15 watt) with a built-in regulator for 12V. See Figure 6-7 for the connection diagrams.

Note:

Solar panel power will not be available at night or during very cloudy conditions. If Reporting sessions are scheduled for these times, the internal batteries will be used.

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Figure 6-7
External Solar Panel Connection

  1. Using the Solar/12 Volt Cable Assembly (pt# 109452) to connect to an external user-supplied 12V lead-acid battery (minimum 12 Amp-hour rating), trickle charged with a Solar Panel (minimum 15 W with a regulator for 12V). See connection diagram in Figure 6-8.

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Figure 6-8
External 12V Lead-Acid BAttery with Solar Panel Connection

Note:

For more information on installing Leveloggers in the field, see the Levelogger User Guide or STS Gold User Guide.

 

Solar Panels

A solar panel is connected to a RRL station using the Solar/12 Volt Cable Assembly (see Figure 6-7). The solar panel is user-supplied. The panel should output a minimum of 13V open circuit in order to effectively re-charge the batteries. As a guideline, the solar panel should be at least 15 Watts. Higher wattage panels are also suitable. The solar panel must also include a regulator to handle external battery charging cycle.