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SP30 30 W Solar Panel


The SP30 is a 30 W solar panel. It is often used for system configurations that have higher-than-average power requirements, or in higher elevation and latitude locations. It connects to Campbell Scientific power supplies and battery bases to recharge the battery, and it allows unattended operation of systems in remote locations that are far from ac electrical sources.

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Benefits and Features

  • Supplies electrical power in locations where ac power is unreliable, expensive, or not available


SP20 with attached 31108 extended mounting kit (sold separately)

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Technical Description

The SP30 uses the regulator in the PS150, PS200, CR3000, CR6 to recharge their batteries. The SP30 has a 5 m cable with stripped leads that connect to the power supply or datalogger battery base.

The SP30R is supplied with a regulator. It can recharge a user-supplied deep-cycle battery. This solar panel has a 5 m cable with stripped leads that connect to the battery. Please note that, the SP30R draws a continuous 5 mA current drain.


The SP30 and larger standard panels are supplied with a Solar Panel Multi-Fit bracket (Part number 006607). This is a substantial bracket that fits many different sizes of panels by simply clamping under the rear lip of the frame at either side of the panel (it works with panels up to 500 mm internal width). This allows easy exchange of the panel in the field, e.g. to upgrade to a larger size panel.


-NOTE- Solar panel characteristics assume 1 kW m-2 illumination and 25°C solar panel temperature. Individual panels may vary up to 10%. The output panel voltage increases as the panel temperature decreases.
Cable Description 20 AWG, 1-twisted pair
Maximum Peak Power 20 W
Maximum Allowable Wind Gust Speed
  • Note: The wind ratings are for solar panels with the indicated mounts and do not account for strength of tower or tripod.
  • 44 m s-1 (99 mph) Standard mount
  • 58 m s-1 (130 mph) Extended mount
Guaranteed Minimum Peak Power 18 W
Current at Peak 1.19 A
Voltage at Peak 16.8 V
On-board Regulator Included No
Cable Length 4.572 m (15 ft)
Dimensions 50.0 x 42.2 x 5.1 cm (19.7 x 16.6 x 2 in.)
Weight 4.4 kg (9.6 lb)



The SP30 is compatible with the CH150; the CH200; or the regulator built into the PS150, PS200, CR6, CR3000, CR300 series, or CRVW3.


The SP30 is compatible with the EnerSys Genesis NP series (such as PS200, BP12, BP24), EnerSys Cyclone series, or Concorde Sun Xtender series (such as BP84) batteries.

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