The Tiny House Kit
The Tiny House Kit
The Tiny House Kit
The Tiny House Kit
The Tiny House Kit

The Tiny House Kit

$6,000.00
Upgrades:

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The Tiny House Solar Kit is a complete DIY off-grid solar kit, designed for tiny house owners needing to optimise power with space restraints. Tested by our solar experts and customers, it's proven to be the ultimate choice for tiny homes, with enough solar panels for tiny house owners to get the power they need. 

Kit Contents, Specs, and Manuals can all be found below.

The Tiny House Kit Standard comes with a Standalone Inverter

A Standalone Inverter has a standard 3-pin plug point, but requires a separate charge controller(incl.), and a battery charger(not incl.) for generator input. 

Change ‘upgrade’ selection above to see differences. Full kit contents are below.

Need Help Buying a Kit?

Want to chat? Call 09 218 5533, or email info@gridfree.store.

Download the information on this page here.

Find shipping rates here, or at the bottom of the page. 

Information about upgrades can be found lower down the page.

Installation: The solar panels and their cables are the only parts in these kits that are okay outside. The charge controller, inverter, and hybrid inverter are not IP rated and should be kept away from moisture including condensation.

DoD: Depth of Discharge. Refers to what percentage of the total battery capacity can be used regularly without damaging the battery. For example, with a Lead Acid battery, a 50% voltage reading should be considered 0% power left, and you should stop using power. 

What are peak sun hours? Read this article.

How do you know how much power you need? Read this article.

What not to run on solar? Read this article.

 

The Tiny House Kit is a complete DIY off-grid solar kit, designed for tiny house owners needing to optimise power with space restraints. Tested by our solar experts and customers, it's proven to be the ultimate choice for tiny homes, with enough solar panels for tiny house owners to get the power they need.

Got questions, or want to customise this kit? Get in touch with one of our friendly solar experts to talk about your solar options. Shipping rates are linked at the bottom of this page.
You can find all contents, specs, and downloads further down the page!

What can the Tiny House Kit run?

Below is an example of one day's total power usage, if you're getting at least 3 sun hours - this is ~4,500Wh of energy per day and can be expected for >80% of the year. (Learn more.) These items are a guide to what you might run over one day, and they can be swapped out to suit your needs within the generation estimate. (Read more.) We highly recommend having a back-up generator with these kits if you won't be able to conserve power during low-sun periods.
(Need a jargon breakdown?)

25W Phone Charger

6 hours a day (150wh)

50W Fan

4 hours a day (200wh)

Efficient Fridge/Freezer

24 hours a day (1000wh)

1800W Kettle

14 minutes a day (300wh)

20W Wireless Router

24 hours a day (480wh)

100W Television

2 hours a day (200wh)

25W Lighting

6 hours a day (150wh)

300W Water Pump

2 hours a day (600wh)

1500W Coffee Maker

4 minutes (70wh)

1000W Microwave

10 minutes (170wh)

Not sure how much power you need? Read this article to learn how to calculate your needs.

This example doesn't account for days when you may have to cut back on power use (or supplement with a generator) due to several days of poor weather preventing your batteries from fully recharging each day. Learn more here. Our kits should not be used for vital or life-supporting systems, and we recommend finding alternative solutions for Water/Space Heating, Cooking, or EV charging to maximise your budget - Why?

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Includes everything you need to get up and running.

Includes all the cables, crimp connections, circuit breakers, and mounting hardware required. (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). We also offer the tools required if you wish to make any changes or alterations to the base kit, and a number of related accessories. Product contents not showing? You can also download the installation instructions to see the list.

Change 'Upgrades' option at the top of the page to see different kit contents.

Tiny House Kit Specifications

Total Weight: 230 kg

Panels: 20kg each
Batteries: 60kg each

Dimensions

Panels: 1100x1750x30mm
Batteries: 522x224x240mm

Daily Expected Output

Array: 4 x 385-395W
Winter: 4.5 kWh
Summer: 10.5 kWh

Inverter Output

Standard: 2kW, 4kW Surge
Hybrid: 2kW, 4kW Surge

Storage Capacity

Gel: 4.8kWh (2.4kWh Usable)

Charge Controller

Standalone: 60A, up to 4 panels
Hybrid: 50A, up to 4 panels

Choose your inverter

Standalone or Hybrid

Standalone (Standard)

The standalone inverter acts only as an inverter, requiring a separate charge controller (incl.) and optional battery charger (for generator input) to work in an off-grid system. This battery charger will need to be manually started each time it’s needed. The standalone inverter comes with a standard 3-pin outlet for immediate power use, and only requires an electrician if it will be wired into a switchboard. 

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Hybrid (Upgrade)

The hybrid inverter is a more expensive unit. It combines the 3 components in one, and this allows you to connect a generator that will kick in when your batteries hit a specified percentage. However, it lacks a 3-pin outlet and must be wired into a switchboard, so an electrician is required, resulting in a higher installation cost. A hybrid unit is required for Lithium batteries.

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How to choose

Solar Panel Mounts

Universal

The Universal Roof Mount allows you to mount your panels flat on any type of roof along a pair of rails. The rails are attached to the roof with L-shaped brackets, and the panels are clamped to the rails, making it much easier to mount four or more panels on your roof.

Corrugated

The Corrugated Iron Roof mount performs similarly to the universal roof mount, but it is a rail-free option that sits in the grooves of corrugated iron. The mounts are secured to the roof and then the panels are clamped onto them directly instead of rails.  

Ground

The Ground mount allows you to mount your panels on the ground along a pair of rails attached to a triangular frame, and the panels are clamped to the rails. The frame is mounted on something secured in the ground, and the angle can only be adjusted during the install.

Tilt

The Tilt mount allows you to mount your panels on a flat/low pitch roof at an angle to maximise solar energy, adjustable by up to 15 degrees after the initial install. The rails are attached to a triangular frame mounted to the roof, and the panels are clamped to the rails.

How many solar panels for tiny house power?

For 1-2 people living in a tiny house in New Zealand, 4 390W PERC Mono Solar Panels should give you enough power throughout the year, even the less sunny days of a New Zealand winter. You can always upgrade to a hybrid inverter to allow for generator input as a back-up. 

Trina Perc Mono panels are excellent solar panels for tiny house installs, and are our panel of choice in all kits. They use the latest technology to ensure their panels are as efficient as possible, meaning they produce 330W+ from a size where most panels only produce 270W at the best of times.

All our kits come with our 200Ah 12V battery, specifically designed for solar usage - no trickle charging needed. 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.

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