I just picked up that kit also. I was about to start a thread and ask some questions myself - thanks! (I hope you don't mind me jumping on)
I've been experimenting with what this kit can do for me.
It ran my Dillon case cleaner (1.6 amps) for three hours before the inverter's low voltage cut-off kicked in. That was plenty of time to clean load of 5.56mm brass.
I've also run a laptop and my dremel tool on it for short periods. Recently, I picked up a 1000 watt inverter (still need to wire it up) to run some small power tools.
For those of you who have more experience with solar than I do (I'm a noob), please comment on the following:
- If I add another battery in parallel, I can increase the run time?
- If I add more panels, the batteries will charge faster?
I'm having difficulty finding any information about how many of these solar panels I can connect to this single charge controller. Is there a rule of thumb for this?
When connecting batteries, is it best to use large wires? For example, would it be harmful to salvage an old set of jumper cables and cut them to fit between batteries?
How does this effect the wire size between the batteries and the charge controller?
How does this effect the size of the wires between the batteries and the inverter?
In my picture above, the panels are oriented directly south. Mid afternoon, they become covered by shade from trees (which are not on my property). Would it be beneficial to adjust the angle more toward the east in order to take advantage of more sun during the morning / early afternoon?