1. How does solar energy work with my lawn equipment?
Solar takes the sun’s energy and converts it into DC battery power to charge auxiliary power batteries. It is a battery charger that works anytime the sun is out, regardless of what season it is.
2. What is the difference between DC and AC power?
DC (direct current) power is drawn from a battery and will run several types of power tools, like trimmers and mowers. AC (alternating current), which is drawn out of the wall at home, is replicated in a truck by using an inverter to convert your DC battery power into AC household power. This is important if you wish to run AC-powered devices such as battery chargers rated for AC power.
3. What is the difference between a pure sine wave and a modified sine wave inverter?
All AC devices are made to run off of pure sine wave power. Modified sine wave is a version of AC power that is trying to replicate AC power, but does not achieve an exact replica of it. Modified sine wave inverters are much less expensive. However, many sensitive electronic devices require the exact replica of AC power that a pure sine wave inverter produces. Examples of devices running poorly on modified sine wave include portable tool chargers, high-end TVs and stereos, CPAP machines, and microwaves. Lithium ion batteries require pure sine wave electricity for a long life. SLT only uses pure sine wave inverters in our Mobile Solar Charging Station.
4. What is the difference between amps, watts and volts?
A gas station is a great analogy to use when talking about Watts, Amps and Volts. Amps are like gallons of gas that fill your battery and Volts can be compared to the pressure at the gas pump – you require a certain volt “pressure” to fill your battery “gas tank.” Watts are simply the amps multiplied by the volts.
5. What is the difference between a solar kit and a solar system?
Low-cost solar kits contain a solar panel, solar controller, and cables, and are ideal for simply charging one auxiliary battery. The Mobile Solar Charging Station includes more accessories such as an inverter, transfer switch, battery charger, and fuse block, which will allow you to run AC appliances/electronics, charge your battery, and connect both shore and solar power to your AC accessory breaker panel. This is a robust mobile charging system designed to help you power your tools all day long.
6. Why do I need a solar controller/regulator?
The solar controller prevents the solar panel from overcharging your batteries.
7. Do I need to install an inverter if I only want to charge my auxiliary battery with a solar panel?
No, you only require an inverter if you need to convert DC battery power to AC household power to run devices like TVs, battery chargers, and microwaves. However, all battery chargers are AC power. So, if your goal is to charge batteries using the manufacturer’s charger, you will need an inverter.
8. How long can I run my equipment on solar power?
This all depends on how many amps your load consumes per hour and how large your battery bank is. The goal for the Mobile Solar Charging Station is to provide enough power to run a 3-man crew a full day.
9. Will solar work in the winter in my state or province?
Solar will work anytime it is light out and sunlight is shining on the panel. If there is an accumulation of snow or dust on the panel, it will not work.
10. Do I have to penetrate my roof to install a solar panel system?
In many applications, we permanently mount the panels to the roof of your truck body without any issue when the proper sealant is used.
11. How many lawn equipment batteries will the Super Mobile Charging Station be able to recharge in an 8-hour shift?
This depends on the size of batteries you will recharge. For example, you can recharge (10) 2.5Ah and (5) 5.0Ah batteries for use during the day. Best practices will require the operator to recharge (plug in your Mobile Solar Charging Station overnight) all batteries overnight using grid power.
12. Who is the target customer for the new Greenworks commercial line?
The Greenworks Commercial tools are designed for landscaping professionals who count on their equipment to earn a living. Whether these professionals are working in residential, industrial or institutional environments, these tools afford greater efficiency, productivity and cost savings.
13. What makes the Greenworks commercial line especially well-suited for professional landscapers?
Greenworks Commercial tools are powered by best-in-class 82-volt battery technology that delivers power and run-time equivalent to comparable gas-powered models. These professional-grade tools utilize brushless, electric motors that deliver all the necessary power and performance to get the job done, while also reducing noise and vibration, and completely eliminating emissions.
14. Do Greenworks products come with a warranty?
Yes, all Greenworks Commercial tools come with a 2-year tool and 2-year battery warranty.
15. Where can landscaping professionals buy Greenworks commercial tools?
The Commercial Line is available nationwide at SiteOne Landscape Supply locations, through independent dealer networks, and online at http://greenworkscommercial.com/
16. Are battery-powered tools powerful enough for professional landscapers who are accustomed to gas-powered tools?
Extensive field-testing has demonstrated that Greenworks Commercial tools have all the necessary power and performance to get the job done.
17. How do landscape professionals handle the recharging of batteries? Is re-charging batteries easy?
Battery management is simple and efficient with Greenworks Commercial tools and the Mobile Solar Charging Station by Super Lawn Trucks. Not only do the 82-volt battery systems provide long run times, but also they recharge quickly: a 40-minute charge per 2.5Ah. This “rapid charge” equates to about 5-cents ($0.05) per charge or about $4.00/year per battery. Greenworks also offers a backpack battery that compactly provides the equivalent power and run-time of (5) 2.5Ah batteries for extended use. Landscaping professionals find that battery management is easy and cost-effective.
18. Are Greenworks batteries safe?
Yes, our customers continue to embrace our 82-volt battery technology and value the extensive testing and certifications that we have in place to ensure the safety and performance of our products.
19. Will the solar panels fully recharge my battery bank each day?
The solar panels are installed to assist in recharging your battery bank when the sunlight hits them while you are parked or traveling down the road. We recommend daily re-charging overnight using grid power will be required for commercial operators using commercial hand-held power equipment.
20. How long will it take to recharge a depleted battery bank on the Super Mobile Solar Powered Charging System?
The system is designed to be recharged overnight using grid power for best results. The recharge time will depend on how many batteries you have charging at once. At minimum, it will take 5-8 hours of recharge time per full day of use.
21. What maintenance is required for the Super Mobile Solar Powered Charging System?
You will need to re-charge the battery bank using grid power on a daily basis. The built-in battery charger simply plugs into a 120-volt household receptacle. You must keep the electrical components clean for easy air flow during charging operations. Maintenance free battery life is determined by the amount of charges you use each year.
22. How much does the Mobile Solar Charging Station cost?
Payback for this system on display at the Green Industry Expo event, Oct 2017, is 2 to 4 years. Estimates indicate a contractor will reduce their annual gasoline bill by $2000 to $2500 per year per 3-man crew. Current tax policy allows for 30% of the costs of the solar system to be claimed as a tax credit.
Retail Cost of Super Mobile Solar Powered Charging System: $9995
Less 30% solar energy tax credit: $2999
Less 3 years gasoline spend reduction: $6000
Your actual cost of system: $996