# Posted: 8 Jun 2019 18:37
We just got a 100 Watt solar panel kit for our cabin--we went the noob route and got the kit from Harbor freight, since it seems like it is plug and play. Our needs are really pretty small, everything we run is dc, couple pumps, recharge cell phones, etc. Question is, can we charge directly (during daytime) off the charge controller connected to the solar cells, or does the controller always need to be connected to a battery? I read another thread here that said you could "cook" a controller w/o having it connected to a battery. Thanks!