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Lead-Acid vs Lithium Batteries: Which Are Best For Solar?

Welcome to our Solar 101 series! This article goes over a choice you’ll need to make if you buy a battery-based solar system, either to move off the grid or to add energy storage to your grid-connected home. Specifically, we’re going to look at lead-acid vs. lithium-ion batteries — the two main battery types used for solar. Here’s the … Continued

Best Batteries for Solar: Choose the Best for Your System

Solar batteries are a smart investment for energy storage. Without a battery bank, you won’t be able to store energy generated by your system for later use. If you’re tied to the grid, no battery means no backup power when the utility grid suffers an outage. If you live off-grid, your system simply won’t work at … Continued

Is Backup Power Right For You?

Lately, we’ve received a spike in the number of calls from people who are curious about pairing backup power to their solar system. There’s quite a lot to cover on this topic, and we realized we didn’t have a good resource that goes over the most frequently asked questions about backup power. So we’re here … Continued

Crown Battery Review: CR-430 Pros & Cons, Pricing and Specs

Crown is our best-selling battery brand, accounting for more than 45% of all battery sales here at Wholesale Solar. In this Crown battery review, we’re going to look at what makes their flooded lead-acid line such an appealing option—especially for off-grid homes where the battery bank will see heavy daily usage. Specifically, we’ll take a … Continued

Fullriver Battery Review: DC400-6 Sealed AGM Battery [Updated 2020]

Fullriver makes our favorite Sealed AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery on the market: the DC400-6, a 6V battery with 415 ah of capacity. This battery is ideal in situations where the battery bank may go an extended period of time between charge cycles, like at a vacation cabin or a remote telecom site. It’s also … Continued

Battery Maintenance Tips: How To Care For Your Deep-Cycle Batteries

Solar batteries are the most costly component of any off-grid solar system. It’s important to program them properly and stick to a regular battery maintenance schedule to keep them running efficiently for years. Neglecting the proper setup and maintenance routine can shorten the lifespan of your batteries and void the product warranty. Some battery types, … Continued

AGM Battery vs. Lead Acid: Pros and Cons of Solar Batteries

Batteries come in many shapes and sizes. In the solar industry, two battery chemistries work well for our purposes: lead-acid and lithium. We’ve written an in-depth comparison of lead-acid vs. lithium batteries previously on this blog, but here are the Cliff’s Notes: lithium is the premium option, with a longer lifespan and fewer maintenance requirements. … Continued

Discover vs. SimpliPhi: What’s the best lithium battery for solar energy storage?

When we design off-grid solar systems with lithium batteries, we work with two main brands: Discover and SimpliPhi. These two manufacturers are major players in the lithium battery market, which is the premium option for solar storage. In this article, we’ll compare Discover AES vs. SimpliPhi Lithium batteries and give our honest opinion on when you might … Continued

Going Off-Grid? Please Don’t Make the Same Battery Mistake I Did.

I have always been interested in renewable energy, but when I moved into my grandma’s old cabin in Mendocino, CA, it was the last thing on my mind. Yes, with the cabin came a small off-grid solar setup, but I was more concerned with abstract concepts like “peace” and “beauty.” So at first, I was … Continued

SolarTech TV: How to Program Your Power Center

SolarTech TV is back, ya’ll! If you missed Josh the Tech Guy’s how-tos that make some of the most complex solar tech look easy, you’re in luck! Making complex tech look simple is his specialty: if you call in for our solar tech support, it’s Josh you’re going to be talking to. And if you’ve talked … Continued