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Old 09-18-2015, 12:22 PM   #1
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Upgrading singular solar panel to a larger one

I was just wandering if this would be a good idea. I have the factory Lance (85w) panel and was wondering if a larger panel would be a fairly easy upgrade.

Anyone else just upgraded a small panel to a larger single panel?

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Old 09-18-2015, 12:35 PM   #2
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It's not too difficult as long as the controller and wiring will handing the higher amperage.

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Old 09-18-2015, 12:48 PM   #3
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You can probably find info about this on the LOA forum'
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You can probably find info about this on the LOA forum'
I'm going to do that now. Thank you guys.

I'll be moving on.
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:37 PM   #5
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You should be able to do it, but you will need to determine that the wire size is adequate for both the increased amperage and the increased voltage drop that comes with it. You will also need to determine whether the charge controller can handle the additional amperage. One limiting factor with doing a swap-out is that 12V solar modules don't go much higher than 140 Watts, which means that it might make more sense to add a module instead of replacing the original.
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