How do I reattach the black cover on the back of the solar panel after attaching cables?
If the back panel does not slide easily back into place, we recommend sculpting the wires into place and applying moderate pressure to get it back on.
I’d like to deploy a FieldKit station with solar power, but I’m not sure it’ll get enough light to keep the station powered. Is there a way to find out?
As a rule of thumb 6-8 hours of full sun a day is ample power to charge a FieldKit station. Any spot with enough sun for a vegetable garden will be good for your station. In general, solar panels being used in the Northern Hemisphere should face ...
Is there documentation on the solar option, such as where to connect and what voltages are allowed?
We don't offer technical support for third-party panels, but we've tested a wide variety of "nominal 12V" panels without issues. In theory, anything up to 20V should function. The connector is a JST-PH header marked "Solar" on the Lower board.
Can I connect multiple solar panels to a single FieldKit?
No. FieldKit’s charging rate is fixed regardless of how many panels are connected, so adding additional panels will not make it charge faster, and in many configurations it could damage the hardware. If you have a speciality application where ...
What are the best charging options for charging my FieldKit station?
All USB cables are not created equal. It’s best to use the cable provided with your FieldKit. Failing that, use a heavy duty cable made for high current charging to reduce voltage drop. If you’re having trouble getting your FieldKit to charge over ...
Does FieldKit offer different cable lengths?
No, we do not. But it is possible to increase the length with extension cables. SMA extension cables, if properly sealed against the elements, should be good to at least thirty feet for extension with no more than a 0.1% voltage drop. However, note ...