14 years ago
Victore Beltran

How do I convert electricity form a 12V battery array to regular 110V AC?

Hi: I have a solar panel for charging a 12V battery, and a power inverter to convert this electricity to 110V AC. I wanted to storage more electricity so I added another battery and connected serial to the first one and the solar panel. The problem is that now I have a 24V array and the inverter turns the red led (fault) as soon as I connect it. What should I do? Connect the batteries in parallel instead of serial? Would this affect in other way (or damage the equipment)? What else should I buy? THANKS
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14 years ago
Bare B
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If you wire in series, pos to neg to pos to neg, you will double the voltage, which is your problem. If you wire in parallel, pos to pos/neg to neg, you will double the amperage, which will give you a longer run time and the correct 12 volts you need. This is the way you should do it. You can add more batteries to give you a longer run time if you always wire in parallel.
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14 years ago
NeWoj
You must connect the batteries in parallel,AND the solar panel must be connected ONLY to such a 12 volt assembly. If you decide to add another solar panel, this must also be connected in parallel. You can get an inverter which will convert 24 volt, but these are usually large units.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
Batteries need to be connected in parallel.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
Keep the batteries as they are, just connect your inverter to one set....not across both..this should work.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
If you hook your two batteries pos, to pos, and likewise neg to neg, you should still have a 12 volt system, not 24 volts.
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