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Solar Charging FAQ

Blinded by the facts?

Ever get so much information, often competing with itself, that you cannot seem to sort up from down? Without wholly setting aside scientific data, we can sometimes use common sense and logic to study a product. What are the claims made by the product? Could it possibly do what the manufacturer claims?

What about solar?  This is a hot topic, and one we deal with every day. Here is a simple starting point. If we could recharge a trolling motor size battery in a few hours with a small panel, we would all be driving solar powered cars.  But we don't drive solar powered cars, because you cannot charge that quickly with solar. Well, not in a portable fashion anyways. It would take many Amps and much $$$ to do this, and is usually cheaper to buy a generator. In any portable application, or low draw setup solar is great, but it is not ready for the 'Big time.' Hey, we wish it was. We do offer solar, but we want you to be aware of it’s limitations before you become an unsatisfied customer. Truth be told, our online techs probably spend more time ‘un-selling’ solar than selling it. Customer service is very important to us, and we are willing to take the bet that you’d rather be told the truth than buy something that you cannot use.

At BatteryStuff.com, wee do our best to ferret out the facts, myths and misunderstandings regarding the products we carry so you don't have to worry. Ask us, and buy with confidence!


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