What can this kit run in a day?
With 2680W of panels in this solar package and a 3000W inverter, the Freedom Kit is capable of running a lot of appliances. In the peak of summer most places in New Zealand get between 6-8 sunlight hours, which equates to around 18,760Wh 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 8,040Wh, 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 Watt hour estimations.
6 hours a day (1,440Wh)
8 hours a day (400Wh)
2000W Coffee Maker
20 Minutes (600Wh)
20W Wireless Router
24 hours a day (480Wh)
600W Water Pump
2 hours a day (1200Wh)
20 Minutes (600Wh)
24 hours a day (1000Wh)
12 hours a day (720Wh)
7 hours a day (700Wh)
25W Phone Charger
12 hours a day (300Wh)
20 Minutes (540Wh)
2000W 4 Slice Toaster
12 Minutes (400Wh)
500W Washing Machine
Four Times a Week Average (250Wh)
- Trina 335W PERC Mono Half-Cell Datasheet
- GridFree 200Ah 12V Deep Cycle Battery Datasheet
- EPEVER 3000W Inverter Datasheet
- EPEVER 100A 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.
- An electrician is required for installation of the hybrid unit
- The installation cost is greater
- Allows Grid or generator input
- The 5kW hybrid requires at least a 7kVA 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 335W 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.
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 8 panel ground mount and a 8 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 controller and inverters. EPEVER equipment offers features to match the most expensive equipment in the game, but at a price people can actually afford.
The inverter comes with a universal wall outlet, which means you can run any standard devices 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.