Solar Panel Modifications
Recently I purchased a new 40 watt 12 volt Crystalline Solar Panel with the kick stand as seen here.
Upon un-packing it and taking my first look at it, I didn't like how the stand was attached to the panel, as it limited the angles in which you could place the panel, in relation to the sun.
Now I realize through experience that solar panels function in all sorts of lighting conditions, however I have found they perform optimally when facing directly into the sun.
After looking at how the panel and the stand were fastened together, I realized that I could easily improve on the way they were assembled, therefore changing the angles that the panel would adjust through.
By removing the bracket, and with the panel flipped 180 degrees, and repositioning the bracket on the panel as shown with the bottom of the stand positioned to just clear the rubber feet on the panel.
It was then as simple as marking the new locations for the original machine screws provided, and drilling new holes in either side of the panel.
With the stand bolted back in place on the solar panel, I now have a far greater range of angles that the panel will adjust through in relation to the sun.
For those of you wishing to make this modification to your panel, but not having access to a drill-press, the holes may be drilled quite easily with a cordless drill, taking care to not damage the panel itself when drilling through the frame on either side.
Click on the photo for a closer look......
Here is another look at the panel with the included accessories that came with the panel......