What can the Tiny House Kit run?
With 1,380W of panels and a 2000W inverter, this solar package is designed for tiny house owners. It will give you the comforts of a home and allow you to run a selection of household appliances - a small efficient refrigerator, stereo, laptop, lights and a TV. In the peak of summer most places of New Zealand get between 6-8 sunlight hours, which equates to around 9,240Wh of generated power. In winter you get less sunlight hours normally between 3-4. Below we have calculated roughly how much you can run if you generate 3,960Wh, which is just over 3 sunlight hours. This list is a quick guide to the types of things you might run in a day, but can easily be swapped out to suit your needs, provided you stay within the daily Watt hour estimations. Please note, you'll get a lot of power from these panels, but the battery capacity will limit what you can run overnight.
25W LED Lighting
6 hours a day (150Wh)
2 hours a day (120Wh)
3 hours a day (300Wh)
10 Minutes (340Wh)
24 hours a day (1000Wh)
25W Phone Charger
6 hours a day (150Wh)
15 Minutes (300Wh)
- Trina 345W PERC Mono Half-Cell Datasheet
- GridFree 200Ah 12V Deep Cycle Battery Datasheet
- EPEVER 2000W Inverter Datasheet
- EPEVER 50A Controller Manual
- Installation Instructions + Wiring Diagram
- Chiko Roof Mount Installation Instructions
- Chiko Ground Mount Installation Instructions
Hybrid Inverter or Standalone Inverter?
The hybrid inverter is an all in one unit. It combines a solar MPPT charge controller, an inverter and a battery charger all in one unit.
- Electrician required for installation of the hybrid unit
- Installation cost is greater
- Allows for grid or generator input
- The 3kW hybrid requires at least a 3.5kVA Generator
The standalone inverter is an inverter that does not have a built-in charger. It does have a standard house wall outlet socket.
- Can be installed completely DIY
- Less expensive
- Installation is simpler
- You will need a separate battery charger to charge batteries from a generator
The Best Solar Panels
Trina Perc Mono solar panels are our panel of choice.
Trina Solar’s products have always maintained high reliability and solid performance based on their commitment to their quality-first policy. They tightly control quality over every step of the manufacturing process, from silicon crystallization to module deployment in the field, and guarantee the quality of their products with an industry-leading 25-year lifetime warranty.
This panel integrates various technologies like half-cut and multi busbar (MBB) cells. MBB can shorten over 50% of the current conduction distance and thus lower the internal ribbon resistance loss. With finer and narrower busbars, more sunlight can be reflected back to the round ribbon, thus increasing energy efficiency.
These panels also use half-cell technology. Two pieces of half cells are connected in series, so the power loss caused by ribbon resistance is reduced to 1/4 of that in full cell, which results in decreased electrical resistance within the ribbon which improves the overall efficiency of module by more than 2%.
Using the latest PERC technology, an extra layer is added to every cell which helps reflect sunlight back into the cell to capture more photons to convert into energy. This gives the panel extremely high power output, especially in low light conditions.
It's these features that mean our solar panels produce 330W+ from a size where most panels only produce 270W at the best of times.
Batteries Specifically Designed for Solar
All our kits come with our now famous 200Ah 12V battery.
We have specifically engineered this battery for solar usage. This battery has incredible cycle life for a price well below competing batteries. The only downside is that at 60kg, this battery is HEAVY! Don't be fooled by other deep cycle batteries claiming to be 200Ah and being easy for a single person to carry!
Because of its plate design it is much faster to charge to 100%. We use calcium instead of antimony in the lead plates, so this battery draws a high charge current right up to 100%. While most other lead acid batteries need hours of trickle charging to reach a true 100% charged, which is impossible in a solar situation.
We are so confident in this battery we offer our warranty based on a 50% Depth of Discharge (DoD), while most companies only warranty a 20% DoD. Why get a battery you can only use 20% of?
All Hardware Included
This kit is a complete solar package that comes with every component needed to get up and running.
All cabling, crimp connections, circuit breakers, mounting hardware are included in the kit. We also offer the tools required if you wish to make any changes or alterations to the base kit.
This kit comes with a choice between a 4 panel ground mount and a 4 panel roof mount. We use the highest quality Chiko equipment for our mount kits.
Depending on your setup you may need to buy conduit to run the wire through, which is not included in the kit, as this will vary for every install.
Feature Rich Equipment
We supply our kits with EPEVER charge controllers and inverters. EPEVER equipment offers features to match the most expensive equipment in the game, at a price people can actually afford.
The standalone inverter comes with a universal wall outlet, which means you can run any standard household appliances off it, without having to wire it into a switch board.
Both the charge controller and the inverter can be connected to a WiFi or bluetooth module, which allows more detailed configuration and monitoring.