I already know what a MPPT is supposed to do. It's basically a buck/boost converter connected to a solar panel that finds the ideal power output by changing (boosting or lowering) the voltage of the panel. That's all well and good, however, this is where I get confused.
Once you connect the load to the MPPT, let's say our solar panel voltage gets boosted to 50V, and we then want to charge a car battery with it, which is currently at 12V.
Once we connect the MPPT to the battery, the voltage will drop to the battery's 12V...so...why did we boost the voltage in the first place? Is there now more current available now that we're using MPPT since there's more power? Is it the same as just connecting the solar panel directly to the battery?