When dealing with solar cells, is a charge indicator the same as a charge regulator?

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When dealing with solar cells, is a charge indicator the same as a charge regulator?
I am looking at buying a solar cell kit. It says it comes with a charge indicator. Is this the same thing as a charge regulator, or do I need to buy a regulator as well? Thanks

Best answer:

Answer by Tyler Merle
A charge indicator only notifies you when your solar cell(s) is charged, and a charge regulator controls the flow and amount of solar energy your cell(s) will collect from the sun.

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One Response to When dealing with solar cells, is a charge indicator the same as a charge regulator?

  1. roderick_young

    With a small kit, it’s likely that the solar cells connect directly to the battery, and no regulator is needed. With low-powered cells, there’s little danger of overcharging the battery.

    In fact, I wonder too about the meaning of “charge indicator” in such a kit. It could mean something to detect how much charge is on the battery, but if the kit is inexpensive, it could simply be a light that indicates that the battery is charging, period.

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