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You are probably here because you have decided that an Optimate solar charger is the best way to keep your vehicle battery charged when not in use so that it's ready for starting duties when you need it.

Good decision! Keeping your battery charged with an Optimate solar charger has the following advantages:

  • Never be dissapointed by a flat battery again!
  • Keeping your battery fully charged will extend battery life and save you the cost of premature replacement
  • Optimate solar chargers have a charge controller included
  • The charge controller will prevent battery overcharging, prevent battery discharge at night and increase...

If you love your motorcycle but get to use it less often than you would like, the last thing you want to find when you do get a chance is that the battery is flat and it wont start!

No Mains Power? Use Solar!

Maybe your motorbike is stored in a garage, shed or passageway with no mains power or maybe it's just on the drive. Getting power to a normal mains powered battery charger / trickle charger in these circumstances can be difficult and messy with trailed cables and the problem of weatherproofing 230V electrical equipment.

So the obvious answer is to use solar power - but what size solar charger do you need and how do you know...

Up until recently here at Willgen we were putting together and selling our own 12V solar battery chargers as we didn't feel anything else on the market was good enough for us to re-sell.

That has now changed as, having tried and tested the OptiMate range of solar chargers, I am very pleased to give them a wholehearted Willgen seal of approval!

The reasons I am so impressed with the OptiMate Solar Charger range are:

  • Correctly sized solar panel (smallest being 10W) - smaller solar trickle chargers are often underpowered
  • Excellent quality materials and build quality
  • In-line solar charge controller (regulator) that is...

Posted by in Solar Lights and Chargers on Nov 24, 2014 .

The Evo SMD solar security light is the latest in our range of solar security lights. A quality LED floodlight coupled with an integral battery, PIR motion sensor and solar panel the Evo SMD provides an unparalleled amount of light and reliability.

If you need an outdoor, motion activated light in a location that has no mains power, or you simply want an easy DIY installation without the need for an electrician the Evo SMD is the solution!

This light has excellent water resistance being IP56 rated and is suitable for use in even the most exposed outdoor positions.

The PIR motion sensor can be adjusted to activate the light for...

Posted by in Solar Lights and Chargers on Mar 25, 2014 .

Solar garden lights are a great way to bring your garden to life at night. They can add an instant magical feel to outdoor spaces and are relatively cheap and simple to install. 

Mains powered garden lights on the other hand require significant disruption and expense to install with cables to bury and electricians to pay!

So, if you have decided that solar garden lights are the way forward for you, here are a few simple tips to help you get the most from your solar garden lights.

  1. Position your solar garden light so that they can benefit from the most sunshine possible. It is not always possible to get the ideal position for...

We have just added a new Solar Security Light to our range and it is already proving extremely popular! The big selling point for the Eye Solar Security Light is it's high level of protection from water ingress allowing it to be installed in even the most exposed positions in these (often) wet and windy isles. 

The Evo36 and Evo56 are great solar security lights but it is recommended that they are installed in sheltered positions to ensure long term outdoor performance. The Eye boasts IP56 rating which means it is one of the most waterproof solar lights available today. IP56 means that it is fully protected against ingress of dust...

Posted by in Solar Lights and Chargers on Jun 03, 2013 .

At last! Summer sunshine is here! If you want to add some sparkle to summer parties, weddings and al fresco entertaining why not take a look at our fab outdoor solar fairy lights? Our solar fairy lights are designed sepcifically for the UK so will keep on shining even if the sun doesn't! 

Available in various set sizes and colours and with the option of adding simple push on attachments such as butterflies and stars they can transform any night time scene. Super bright and super reliable we guarantee you will not be dissapointed. If you want to use the lights inside or need to charge them in a hurry ahead of a party these solar fairy...

Putting a motorcycle, car, vehicle, caravan or boat away for winter or have a vehicle that is not used for long periods of time? 12V solar chargers are perfect for year around maintenance of 12V vehicle starting and caravan/boat (leisure) batteries. But which is best for you?

There are numerous 12V solar trickle chargers available and choosing the right one can be difficult. Cheap is tempting but not always cheerful and who should you believe when it comes to performance and quality?!

Well worry no more. Here is Willgen's definitive guide to choosing the right 12V solar battery charger for winter battery maintenance.

What size...

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