If you have electronic devices of any kind, you probably are familiar with the concept of a battery powering the device. The battery is how your device is able to work, after all, and if something goes wrong with it- or if it simply gets too old and dies- your device will not work.
Of course, solar batteries work a little differently than the battery in your smartphone. A solar panel isn’t something you walk around with and use wherever you go; it sits in one place and gets most of its energy directly from the sun’s rays. The problem is that the sun will not be shining on your solar panel all the time, and that’s where a solar panel battery comes in.
Solar panel batteries are essentially backup plans
On a sunny day, your solar panels will receive rays of sunshine, and that will be enough to power your home. But what about on a cloudy day? What about at nighttime?
A solar panel battery will step in when the sun isn’t shining and have the same effect as the sunshine: powering your home. The solar panel battery will receive the rays of sunshine that aren’t necessary to power the home, and then stow away that excess energy for immediate use when the sun is no longer beaming down on the solar panels.
It’s important to note, however, that solar panel batteries are usually not anywhere close to as powerful as a fully operational solar panel during the daytime. They’ll generally work to power essential items at nighttime, but unless they either come with especially large capacities and have an enormous amount of energy stored in them or are installed with a smart electrical panel, they’ll just do enough for you to have your necessary appliances continue to run. You can usually control what these are when you install the solar panel battery.
Solar panel batteries are your best friend during a power outage
Even if your house operates on solar energy, it’s still not safe from widespread power outages unless you have a battery. Your solar panel will stop powering your house even if the sun is shining down on it because that generation of electricity would spread to the nearby power lines as the town’s utility workers are trying to get them back up and running. That’s a major safety hazard for them, so solar panels are designed not to work during power outages for that purpose.
However, if you have a battery to go with your solar panel, you should be able to have functioning electricity for hours or even days after the power outage begins. At some point, the stored energy in your battery will run out, but in most cases you should be able to keep the lights on long enough for the town’s utility workers to get the power back.
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