I am very pleased with our Sunking Home 60, 2 years after we started using it. I completed repayments sometime back in 2018 and now 100% owner of the system.
Today I would like to talk about our experience with the two LED indicators on the “Energy Hub” that we found to be very useful in this product.
On the left hand side of the Hub is the LED scale to indicate strength of sunshine on the surface of the solar panel. In order to achieve fast charging the indicator should be on the topmost position, bar no 5 from the bottom. This is what guides us in placing the solar panel every time we want to charge the Hub. Everyone at home knows the spots in house where the panel can receive the maximum sunshine. This product design allows user to move the panel to different locations in the house, thanks to the 5 meters long cable connecting the solar panel and the Hub and the possibility to move the Hub if disconnected from the loads i.e. the lights and others that have been connected on the 12V DC outputs. With this meter we can avoid mistakes of placing the panel where there is no enough sunshine which is the main cause of slow charging of the Hub.
On the right hand side is the battery charge which indicates the amount of energy available in the battery. At full charge capacity, top most level, this Hub keeps 6,000 mAh of energy.
The two intuitive meters are very useful to avoid users mistakes and maximize performance of the system and increasing users satisfaction. With the meters it means we can avoid slow charging as a result of wrong placement of the solar panel and over-discharging battery in the Hub. These are the most common problems that causes users dissatisfaction from my experience of using many solar lanterns and home systems.
In addition to the Sunking Home 60, we also have a collection of other solar lanterns and radios that I purchased for use and others that I received for reviewing.
Apart from the direct benefits of good quality light, phone charging and radio, my daughter (10 years) and son (8) can confidently explain how solar technology works which I think is a wealthy of knowledge as they grow and getting to know more about renewable energy and its importance in our lives.