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    I have a small {lol} question in which way is the best/better way to wire panels. I'll use 4 panels, each 65watt x 3.5 amp x 18vdc. I guess im trying to get more amp's. I now have them all in parallel. Should I take Two and wire them in parallel and then take those and connect them to the other Two in Series. It would them be 36 vdc, ...BUT would it be 3.5 +3.5= 7AMPS, Then going through the Two in series 7 + 3.5 =10.5 amps at 36 vdc.
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    watts=voltage x ampers

    watts is fixed

    so the lower the voltage, then the higher the amperage. So wire them in series to keep the voltage down....if this is what you really want to do.

    EDIT: parallel...not series. + to + to + to + - to - to - to -

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    If you really have a MPPT controller you want the amperage to be as low as possible, and the voltage as high as possible. You would want to wire all 4 panels in series which would give you 72 volts @ 3.5 amps.

    If you have a PWM controller then you only have one lousy option to wire all 4 of them in parallel assuming you are operating a 12 volt battery which gives you 18 volts @ 14 amps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmaru77 View Post
    So wire them in series to keep the voltage down....if this is what you really want to do.
    Incorrect answer. Wire them in series and the voltage adds. Wire them in parallel current adds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunking View Post
    Incorrect answer. Wire them in series and the voltage adds. Wire them in parallel current adds.
    Did I screw up again? series parallel series parallel.......I better stick to +'s and -'s. I always get it backwards except when actually wiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmaru77 View Post
    Did I screw up again?
    Yeah you did.

    Series Circuits Vt = V1 + V2 + V3... I1 = I2 = I3...
    Parallel Circuits It = I1 + I2 + I3... V1 = V2 = V3....

    So with the example given of 4 panels with 18 volts @ 3.5 amps:

    Series = 18 + 18 + 18 + 18 = 4 x 18 = 72 volts @ 3.5 amps = 252 watts
    Parallel = 3.5 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 3.5 = 4 x 3.5 = 14 amps @ 18 volts = 252 watts
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    ok. so I'll wire the in series up to the voltage of the grid tie inverter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conntaxman View Post
    ok. so I'll wire the in series up to the voltage of the grid tie inverter.
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    I thought you wanted max amps? then parallel
    max voltage ...then series.

    I think you want max voltage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmaru77 View Post
    I thought you wanted max amps? then parallel
    max voltage ...then series.

    I think you want max voltage.
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    Guess i was tring to get both. From four panels now im only drawing 8 amps at about 25 volts.

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    This forum has been very informative to me since im just getting into solar power.

    I just want to share my experience with this mppt controller, it came in an unlabaled box.

    My system at first setup was 2 x120w parallel conection mono panel, a china 600w inverter and locally produced 100ah flooded battery that is connected with the zlpower sl-40a.

    Max charging amp from 2 parallel 120w panel was 11amp. So no big increase even with mppt

    When i connected the panels as series, i got 14amp. So i do think this mppt really works.
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