# Reduce Solar Panel Current

The specifiation of my solar panel are:

Power = 80W
Voltage = 5V
Current = 16A


How can I reduce the current to 8A by using resistor, what must be the value of my resistor?

• The current value specified is load dependent. If no load is connected there is no current. – Andy aka Jul 26 '20 at 9:18
• solare panels have variable output depending on how much light they receive. – Jasen Jul 26 '20 at 9:21
• Tell us what kind of load you want to connect to your cell, this will help to give reasonable advice. – jusaca Jul 26 '20 at 9:59
• It's not possible to answer your question without you telling us what load is. It may well be that the answer is not a resistor. – Neil_UK Jul 26 '20 at 11:00

## 1 Answer

Solar panels are not current rated by what they DO output but by the maximum current they CAN output if you provide the correct load.

It would be extremely rare to have a 5V, 80 W panel.
Panels of that wattage are almost invariable of a higher rated voltage.

However, if we assume that you do then the 5V would probably be 5V Vmp = voltage at maximum power in full rated insolation (solar illumination).
The maximum current it COULD output at rated voltage would then be
I = P/V = 80/5 = 16A.
This corresponds to a load of R = V/I = 5/16 = 0.375 Ohms. To draw only 8A at 5V the load would need to be R = V/I = 5/8 = 0.625 Ohms.

Note that this does NOT entail adding a resistor in series with the load but changing the load resistor.

If the panel is operated at lower than its rated load in full sun the voltage will rise to slightly above 5V.

It is likely that this does not cover your real question. If you explain in more detail what you are trying to achieve it will help us to help you.