If I have a Solar panel, a charge controller, and a Battery, can I hook up devices to use the battery, even when its charging in the day?
I'm asking because with regular WALL battery chargers, I've been told the following:
"You can destroy the battery if the charger is not a "smart" charger (meaning microprocessor controlled) to avoid getting into a situation where the charger locks up in absorption mode and overcharges the battery. The standard 3 mode charger can not tell the difference between battery charging current and external load current and will tend to lock up in absorption mode when current is going to an external load."
So does this apply to Charge Controllers also? EDIT: The Charge controllers have a LOAD connection. Does this take care of the problem? What if I needed to hook up an Inverter directly on the battery?
Basically, I want a simple system where I can charge the battery and use the energy as needed without anything sophisticated. Can this be done?
I have an ASC 12V 16A charge controller.