Harbor Freight Tools 5 Watt Foldable Solar Panel Charger Product manual

WARNING SYMBOLS AND DEFINITIONS
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to
potential personal injury hazards. Obey all safety messages
that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in minor or moderate injury.
Addresses practices not related to personal injury.
Important Safety Information
WARNING Read all safety warnings and instructions. Failure to follow the
warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference. The warnings,
precautions, and instructions discussed in this instruction manual cannot
cover all possible conditions and situations that may occur. It must be
understood by the operator that common sense and caution are factors which
cannot be built into this product, but must be supplied by the operator.
Installation Precautions
1. Install all sensitive electrical
components (including wiring
connections, regulator, and battery)
inside a weatherproof enclosure
to prevent electric shock.
2. Do not wire multiple panels in series.
If you need to connect two or more solar
panels together, this work must be done
by a qualified electrician unless they
are connected through a regulator.
standards established by the area power
company. Improper grid tie-in can result
in electrocution, fire, and other serious
personal injury and property damage.
An incorrectly installed grid tie-in system
can cause feedback voltage, resulting in
electrocution of electrical utility workers.
4. Do not apply pressure or press down
on the Solar Charger when it is folded.
5. Do not focus light on panel.
3. This solar panel kit is not designed for tie6. This product may occasionally
in to a grid. Only a licensed electrician
produce more current and/or voltage
and a licensed building contractor can
than its rated output. Increase
safely design and implement a grid
output ratings by 25% when
tie-in system. Any grid tie-in system
determining component required
must meet all applicable building
voltage and amperage ratings.
and electrical codes, and must meet
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Refer to Section 690-8 of the National
Electrical Code for an additional
multiplying factor of 125 percent (80
percent derating) which may apply.
7. Do not attach to battery or power
grid without proper regulator,
inverter, and/or charge controller.
8. Install and use according to
applicable National Electrical
Code (NEC) standards.
9. Verify that installation surface
has no hidden utility lines before
drilling or driving screws.
10.Install only according to these
instructions. Improper installation
can create hazards.
11.Wear ANSI-approved safety goggles
and heavy‑duty work gloves during
installation. Do not wear jewelry or
metal watches when working near
solar panels, wiring or batteries.
12.Keep installation area clean and well lit.
13.Keep out of reach of children.
14.Keep bystanders out of the
area during installation.
15.Do not install when tired or when under
the influence of drugs or medication.
Service Precautions
1. Disconnect items being
charged before cleaning.
2. Do not allow children to play with or
near this item or electrical components.
3. Inspect before each use; do not
use if damaged, parts are loose,
water is found inside the housing,
electrical insulation is cracked or
damaged, or connections are loose.
4. Maintain product labels and nameplates.
These carry important safety information.
If unreadable or missing, contact Harbor
Freight Tools for a replacement.
5. WARNING: Handling the cord on this
product will expose you to lead, a
chemical known to the State of California
to cause cancer, and birth defects or
other reproductive harm. Wash hands
after handling. (California Health &
Safety Code § 25249.5, et seq.)
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
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Specifications
Peak Output
Panel Size
5 V / 5 W
18-1/2" L x 12-3/4" W
x 9-3/16" H (open) –
10-1/2" x 5" (folded)
Note: Output will decrease as the panel
gets hotter than room temperature (~70° F).
Angle, solar intensity, cloud cover and
other factors will effect output.
Installation
Read the ENTIRE IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION section
at the beginning of this manual including all text under
subheadings therein before set up or use of this product.
Note: For additional information regarding the parts listed in the
following pages, refer to Parts List and Diagram on page 7.
Setup
1. Select a location for the Solar Charger
where the Solar Panels face the sun
and are not blocked by shadows.
Choose a location that protects the
Panels from accidental damage.
2. To hang the Solar Charger, if desired,
thread rope (not included) through the
Grommets. CAUTION! When hanging
unit, secure so that it cannot move
and hit anything in windy conditions.
WARNING! Verify that whatever
rope is hung from can support weight
of the Foldable Solar Charger.
3. The Grommets may also be used
to hang the Foldable Solar Charger
from nails fastened to a wall.
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4. Before charging, remove protective
PE covering from each Solar Panel.
5. Angle face of Solar Charger toward true
south according to chart that follows:
Latitude
0-4°
5-20°
21-45°
46-64°
65° or more
Solar Panel Angle
10°
Latitude + 5°
Latitude + 10°
Latitude + 15°
80°
Note: Angle towards true north if
installed in southern hemisphere.
6. Once proper location and angle have
been reached, the Solar Panels
will begin generating electricity.
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Operation
The Foldable Solar Charger may be used to charge Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Handheld
GPS devices, and portable game consoles. It can also power some 'AA' battery chargers.
1. Unfold the Foldable Solar Charger,
allowing the Solar Panels to have
full, unobstructed sunlight.
Note: The Foldable Solar Charger must
have at least four hours of direct sunlight
to fully charge a small electronic device.
2. Insert the device’s charging cord into the
Foldable Solar Charger’s USB Output.
4. After use, untie the Foldable Solar
Charger (if it is hanging). Then
fold the Solar Charger, keeping it
closed with the hook and loop tab.
5. Keep the Foldable Solar Charger
closed when not in use.
WARNING! Do not apply pressure or
press down on the folded Solar Charger.
3. Once the device is recharged,
remove the charging cord.
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Servicing
Procedures not specifically explained in this manual must
be performed only by a qualified technician.
TO PREVENT INJURY FROM ELECTRIC SHOCK:
Before service, maintenance or cleaning:
Disconnect solar panel.
TO PREVENT INJURY FROM ELECTRIC SHOCK OR CUTS:
Do not use damaged solar panel. If wiring insulation is damaged or
weathered, glass is cracked, or housing is opened, have the problem
corrected before further use.
Note: It is normal to see up to 20% degradation in amorphous silicon solar panel
performance within the first 6 months before the amorphous coating stabilizes.
Cleaning
Clean and inspect the Foldable Solar
Charger MONTHLY, or more frequently
to maintain peak efficiency.
1. Wear electrically insulated
gloves and ANSI-approved
safety goggles. Dry solar panels
and outdoor wiring thoroughly.
2. Disconnect batteries and any items
being charged before cleaning.
3. Clean solar panels one at a time with
mild, non-abrasive cleanser and soft
cloth and paper towels. Do not clean
with brushes or abrasive cleaners.
4. Inspect the general condition of the
Foldable Solar Charger. Check
for wiring insulation damage or
weathering, cracked glass, cracked
or broken parts, loose or corroded
contacts, and any other condition
that may affect its safe operation.
Adjustment
To increase efficiency:
1. In the Winter, increase the
panels’ angle by 10°.
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2. In the Summer, decrease
the angle by up to 10°.
3. In the Spring and Fall, keep the panels
at the angle recommended on page 4.
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Parts List and Diagram
Part
1
2
3
4
5
Description
Grommet
Fabric
USB Output Base
Screw
USB Output
Qty.
4
1
1
4
1
Record Serial Number Here:
Note: If product has no serial number,
record month and year of purchase instead.
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Part
6
7
8
9
Description
Screw
USB Output Cover
Solar Panel 2.5 W, 5 V
Connecting Wire
Qty.
1
1
2
1
Note: Some parts are listed and shown
for illustration purposes only, and are not
available individually as replacement parts.
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PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY
THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR HAS PROVIDED THE PARTS LIST AND
ASSEMBLY DIAGRAM IN THIS MANUAL AS A REFERENCE TOOL ONLY. NEITHER THE
MANUFACTURER OR DISTRIBUTOR MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY
OF ANY KIND TO THE BUYER THAT HE OR SHE IS QUALIFIED TO MAKE ANY REPAIRS
TO THE PRODUCT, OR THAT HE OR SHE IS QUALIFIED TO REPLACE ANY PARTS OF
THE PRODUCT. IN FACT, THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR EXPRESSLY
STATES THAT ALL REPAIRS AND PARTS REPLACEMENTS SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN
BY CERTIFIED AND LICENSED TECHNICIANS, AND NOT BY THE BUYER. THE
BUYER ASSUMES ALL RISK AND LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF HIS OR HER REPAIRS
TO THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT OR REPLACEMENT PARTS THERETO, OR ARISING
OUT OF HIS OR HER INSTALLATION OF REPLACEMENT PARTS THERETO.
Limited 90 Day Warranty
Harbor Freight Tools Co. makes every effort to assure that its products meet high quality
and durability standards, and warrants to the original purchaser that this product is free from
defects in materials and workmanship for the period of 90 days from the date of purchase. This
warranty does not apply to damage due directly or indirectly, to misuse, abuse, negligence or
accidents, repairs or alterations outside our facilities, criminal activity, improper installation,
normal wear and tear, or to lack of maintenance. We shall in no event be liable for death,
injuries to persons or property, or for incidental, contingent, special or consequential damages
arising from the use of our product. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of
incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation of exclusion may not apply to
you. THIS WARRANTY IS EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS.
To take advantage of this warranty, the product or part must be returned to us with
transportation charges prepaid. Proof of purchase date and an explanation of the complaint
must accompany the merchandise. If our inspection verifies the defect, we will either repair or
replace the product at our election or we may elect to refund the purchase price if we cannot
readily and quickly provide you with a replacement. We will return repaired products at our
expense, but if we determine there is no defect, or that the defect resulted from causes not
within the scope of our warranty, then you must bear the cost of returning the product.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state.
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