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Solar Installation Guide

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This tutorial covers the installation process for QuantAQ's Solar+Battery add-on for the MODULAIR product line.

Specifications

Battery Capacity

25,600 mAh, 94 Watt Hours

Output

5V, 2A

Battery Type

Lithium Ion

Solar Panels

2 x 10W Panels for 20W total

Installation

Tools Required

  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench

Mounting Considerations

The Solar+Battery kit includes 1" and 2" u-bolts for mounting both the battery and solar panel brackets to a pole or post, but you can/should use whatever suits your specific mounting needs. The Solar+Battery kit can be easily mounted to fence posts, poles, tri-pods, etc. Mounting the Solar Panels in an orientation that observes the most sunlight is recommended to keep the battery's charged.

Dimensions

Solar Panel Bracket

The mounting area of the solar panel bracket is designed to fit as many possible mounting configurations as possible. Each slot is 10MM in diameter and range from 21MM to 29MM in width from center-point to center-point. There are also two mounting holes for screws that are each 5MM in diameter and located 38MM apart from one another vertically. The two slots in the vertical center of the bracket are each 29MM by 10MM and fit u-bolts that can range from 27MM to 85MM in width. The four vertical slots are each 21MM x 10MM and are placed 75MM apart horizontally and will fit u-bolts between 25MM and 67MM.

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Battery Bracket

Dimensions for this bracket are in mm. There are three sets of mounting slots for the u-bolts and/or hose clamps to go through. They are centered at 1", 2", and 3.5" apart from one another. They are 0.55" tall, so hose clamps that have a width of 0.5" or less will work easily.

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What's Included?

The Solar+Battery kit includes the following:

  1. Battery 🔋 contained in a waterproof Hammond case
  2. Solar Panel Mounting Bracket for 2x 10W Panels
  3. Battery box mounting bracket
  4. 4' extension cable for the Solar panels
  5. 1xMale to 2xFemale cable adapter for Solar Panels
  6. 2x 10W, 6V Solar Panels
  7. Hardware
    1. 4x 8-32 screws with nuts to mount the battery box to the battery box mounting bracket
    2. 6x panel screw and washer sets
    3. 2x 2" u-bolts with mounting plates & 2x 1" u-bolts with mounting plates
Figure 1. Included components.
Figure 1. Included components.

Guide

Step 1 | Mount the Panels

The first step is to mount the two black 10W solar panels to the Solar Panel Bracket. Remove the plastic covering from the face of each solar panel and align them so that three mounting holes align with the holes in the bracket. Use the panel mounting screws (Bag 2) to secure the solar panels to the bracket.

Figure 2. Mounting the Solar Panels to the Solar Panel Bracket.
Figure 2. Mounting the Solar Panels to the Solar Panel Bracket.

Step 2 | Mount the Battery Bracket

Use the four 8-32 screws and nuts (Bag 1) to secure the battery box bracket to the battery box (see Figure 3).

Figure 3. Mount the Battery Box Bracket to the Battery Box using the 4x 8-32 screws and nuts.
Figure 3. Mount the Battery Box Bracket to the Battery Box using the 4x 8-32 screws and nuts.
Figure 4. Top-down view of the mounted Battery Box.
Figure 4. Top-down view of the mounted Battery Box.

Step 3 | Attach the Solar Panel Cables

Attach the orange 2x1 cable adapter to the cables extending from the back of each individual solar panel. Add the 4' extension cable as necessary and then attach the end of that cable to the available power input connection on the left-hand side of the base of the Battery Box. At this point, the Solar Panels are connected to the Battery and are ready to mount.

Step 4 | Mount the Battery and Solar Panels

The final step is to mount the Battery Box and Solar Panels to a pole, fence post, or other physical infrastructure. The 1" and 2" u-bolts provided in the shipment are one option (esp. in the case of mounting to railings). If these are not compatible for your specific mounting scenario, additional u-bolts or ring clamps should be obtained.

Reference the bracket dimensions above to choose the best mounting hardware for your use case.

Upon mounting, orient the Solar Panels such that their sun exposure is maximized (i.e. South facing if in the Northern Hemisphere). Double check that the solar panel power cable connections are secure and connect the USB-C power cable on the right hand side of the battery box to your MODULAIR or MODULAIR-PM system. Flip the power switch on the node and you should be up and running!

Solar Panel Mounting Examples

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