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ZimSolar Explorer ZE50-DC-12V Solar Power System

This page provides the detailed specification of the ZimSolar Explorer ZE50 Off-Grid 12V DC Solar Electric Power System. For Pricing Information, click here Get a Quote and FREE Consultation from ZimSolar. We will do our best to respond promptly to your enquiries.

For information about the ZimSolar Explorer ZE series packages, click here.

For information about other ZimSolar 230V/50Hz AC Solar Power packages, go to the ZimSolar Essentials ZES series page or the ZimSolar Autonomy ZA series page or the ZimSolar Navigator ZN series page.


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Explorer ZE50
 
Starter Package
 
Model: ZE50-DC-12V
Power: 250Wh-350Wh

 
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Off-Grid 12V DC Solar Electric Power System

ZimSolar Explorer DC Solar Power Systems

Suitable for 12V DC appliances only


Application
  • rural home
  • rural store
  • urban home - no mains grid
  • farm house
  • safari game lodge
  • rural clinic- nurse home
  • rural school - teacher home
  • cell phone charging business
  • security lights
Typical Usage
  • Home Lighting (5 rooms)
  • Cell Phone Charging
  • Audio Entertainment
  • Rechargeable Lantern
Off-Grid 12Vdc Solar Home System (SHS)

This is the starter solar electric power system for those with a small budget. The system has been designed to provide basic lighting at 12Vdc plus additional power for small DC operated appliances. The system includes one solar panel, the mounting kit, charge controller, battery, cables, connectors and accessories.

The system has been optimised to operate the appliances below for the durations specified on a daily basis whilst using less than half of the total available battery capacity.

Optimum Power Consumption Table for the ZimSolar Explorer ZE50-DC-12V
Location Qnty Power Drawn Appliance Type Duration of Use Comment
Lounge/Dining 1 11W CFL Light 4 hours Same as 60W bulb
1st Bedroom 1 9W CFL Light 2 hours Same as 60W bulb. Based on one hour each morning and night
2nd Bedroom 1 9W CFL Light 2 hours Same as 40W bulb. Based on one hour each morning and night
3rd Bedroom 1 9W CFL Light 2 hours Same as 40W bulb. Based on one hour each morning and night
Passage 1 9W CFL Light 2 hours Same as 40W bulb Based on one hour each morning and night
Roundeval Kitchen 1 3W Rechargeable Solar Lantern 6 hours For use in the rural rondeval kitchen or to visit the outdoor Blair toilet.
      Total Lamp Hours 16 Hours If you reduce your light usage in some rooms, you can use this power for other appliances instead (e.g. small TV)
Additional Appliances 1 5W Cell Phone Charger 2 hours Can be any other small appliance such as a portable TV
  1 10W Radio 3 hours Can be any other small appliance such as a portable DVD player
           
           

This starter solar power system has been designed to cope with a total daily consumption of 100Wh-140Wh per day.Your battery will last many years if you operate the system without exceeding the above optimum usage guidelines.

The system uses energy efficient 9Watt Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs equivalent in brightness to the commonly used 40Watt incandescent light bulbs. The 11W CFLs are equivalent to the 60W bulbs

The size and number of solar panels and batteries in this system dictates the maximum power available and how long this power will be available.

If this ZE50-DC-12V package is not adequate for your needs, then have a look at the bigger 12V DC packages below. ZimSolar can also customise the ZE50-DC-12V package by adding more solar panels and batteries and other components.


Do you need a More Powerful System ?


Larger ZimSolar Explorer Off-Grid 12Vdc Packages


If this ZE50-DC-12V starter package is not adequate for your needs and you have a bigger budget, then have a look at the more powerful alternatives below.

ZimSolarExplorer-50ZimSolar Explorer-ZE50: 250Wh/day
ZimSolarExplorer-70ZimSolar Explorer-ZE70: 350Wh/day
ZimSolarExplorer-95ZimSolar Explorer-ZE95: 450Wh/day
ZimSolarExplorer-135ZimSolar Explorer-ZE135: 650Wh/day

How to Upgrade the ZimSolar Explorer packagesExpandability: Each of the above systems can be easily upgraded at a later stage by:
  • adding more solar panels (within design limits)
  • or adding more solar batteries(of same size and batch)
  • or adding an inverter and addional safety components.
If you wish to provide power to appliances that operate on 230V/50Hz AC voltage, then click here.


Design Specification


The ZE50-DC-12V system has been designed to the following specification:

  • Maximum Generated Output: 250Wh - 350Wh per day
  • Insolation (available sunlight): 5 - 7 hours of peak sunlight
  • Optimum Consumption Limit:100Wh-140Wh per day total
  • Optimum Depth of Discharge:
  • Days of Autonomy:
  • Panel Orientation:
  • Panel Mount Inclination
  • Expandability - add more more batteries and/or one more solar panels
System Components

This system will be installed using the components below. The components that are labeled as optional are additional to the standard installed components and incur a separate, additional charge if required.

  • A- Solar Panel; Very efficient, 25-year output warranty
    • plus Solar Array Mounting Kit (roof or pole);
    • plus Array Earth Bonding Kit (if roof mounted)
    • plus Anti-theft bolts (optional)
    • plus DC Lightning Arrestor (optional)
  • B - Solar Charge Controller
    • plus Battery Remote Temperature Sensor (optional)
    • plus DC Enclosure (optional)
    • plus Battery Disconnect DC Breaker (optional)
  • C- Solar Battery; deep-cycle, sealed, vented, maintenance free.
    • plus Battery to Charge Controller cables
    • plus Battery Terminal Clips
    • plus Battery Storage Box (optional)
  • D- Array PV Circuit and Combiner Box
    • Cabling and MC-type connectors
    • Solar Array Combiner Box (optional)
    • Solar Array DC Breaker (optional
  • E - Electrical Load Panel/Enclosure (optional)
    • plus Load Circuit Disconnect DC Breaker (optional)
    • plus DC Load Circuit Fuse (optional)
    • plus 12Vdc Cigarette Socket Adaptor (optional)
    • plus 12Vdc DC-to-DC Converter for 9Vdc, 6Vdc voltages (optional)
  • Cabling, Conduits and Accessories (e.g. for roof mounting )

Associated Services


The following services are available with this package.

  • Design of this Solar Power System (i.e. Explorer ZE-50) (included)
  • Equipment Supply and Installation of this Solar Power System (included)
  • Site Visit Inspection and Report (optional but usually necessary)
  • Home and System Security (Optional)
    • Anti-theft bolts (optional)
    • Motion Sensor PIR Security Lights (optional)
    • CCTV Security Camera systems (optional)
  • Home Electrical Wiring (optional)
  • Post-Installation Maintenance and Support (optional)

Installation ServiceEach package comes complete with the installation service from ZimSolar.
Maintenace ServiceZimSolar also offer a post-installation maintenance service if required.
Wiring Installation ServiceZimSolar provide an Electrical Wiring Installation service for homes or buildings in rural or urban locations if required.


Do you want to buy or to upgrade to an AC Solar Home System?

Solar PV panels produce Direct Current (DC) electricity. Direct current is the type of electricity that is stored in or produced from a battery. On the other hand, Alternating Current (AC) is the type of electricity supplied by the mains grid (e.g. ZESA, Eskom).

The majority of residential and commercial appliances and equipment use AC current. An inverter is the key component is a solar PV system that is used to convert DC current to AC current

If you wish to provide power to appliances that operate on 230V/50Hz AC voltage, then choose the right package from the ZimSolar Essentials ZES series page or the ZimSolar Autonomy ZA series page or the ZimSolar Navigator ZN series page or upgrade this package by adding a 100W to 300W inverter plus safety components.










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The Combiner is designed to survive outdoor environments. Its rainproof, UL type 3R powder coated aluminium chassis can be mounted on a wall, sloped roof or pole.

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  • Parallel for up to 300 amps
  • Temperature compensated charging
  • Tropicalization
  • No switching or measurement in the grounded leg
  • 100% solid state
  • Very low voltage drops
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  • Capable of 25% overloads
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