PRE RELEASE. Unlike many opinionated reviews, the Solar Review Inverter Assessment Criteria compares the SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 against the industries best known specifications.  The result, an inverter review with no room for discretionary bias and the transparency you desire.  

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Make and model:  SMA Sunny Boy VL-40.

Variants:  1.5 | 2.5 kW.

  Features, Software.

  Design.

GREATER THAN 3.3 IS A VERY GOOD SCORE. The following content for the SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 should be used as a guide only. Individual circumstances and compatibilities should always be taken into account when selecting the right inverter for any given installation. The below SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 content has been built using the Solar Review Inverter Assessment Criteria 2.0 and above based on available product specifications at the time of writing. 

Design.

Design is what defines a particular solar inverters ability to meet end-user expectation from modern appeal, future integrations and versatile installation locations.

SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 data sheet >

SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 Inverter

SMA

Sunny Boy VL-40 - Design
  • AC & DC coupled battery compatibility with selected battery technologies.
  • New release.
  • Fanless.
  • No awards listed.
  • Bureau Vertias certified.
  • Inspiring.
  • IP 65.

Features.

As the heart of your new self sufficient power supply, the features of an inverter define the opportunity for diverse interaction, variable installation design methods and defined asset management opportunities.

SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 Inverter

SMA

Sunny Boy VL-40 - Features.
  • 1 MPPTS.
  • LED & Local App connectivity.
  • WiFi & Ethernet inbuilt.
  • Manufacturer supplied module-level optimisation options.
  • Manufacturer supplied module-level rapid shutdown options.
  • Manufacturer supplied expanded monitoring options.
  • Nominated shadow management protocol onboard.
  • Installer remote access support is rated at - Operational parameter adjustments.

Performance.

Performance in more ways than just efficiency alone. How does a solar inverter perform within its intended environment and in adverse conditions? The key specifications not often at first thought.

SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 Inverter

SMA

Sunny Boy VL-40 - Performance
  • 96.7% European efficiency.
  • Min temperature range of -40°C (-40°F).
  • Max temperature range of +60°C (-140°F).
  • Temperature derating not listed.
  • Weighs 9.2 kg (20.3lbs).
  • Noise emission of 25 dB (A).

Guarantee.

Manufacturer guarantees are interesting when selecting an inverter technology. More commonly is a complimentary extension to base guarantee options in recent years. As guarantee obligations can often be shielded by installer incompetence, should a manufacturer define an adequately trained installer network with a complimentary warranty extension (added end-user benefit), such guarantee has been considered as a base warranty more likely of adhering manufacturer installation specifications.

Important: A manufacturers obligations under guarantee will be obsolete if the inverter is not installed to manufacturer specifications. Use an authorised installer.

SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 Inverter

SMA

Sunny Boy VL-40 - Guarantee
  • 10-year parts warranty.
  • 5-year service warranty.
  • Authorised installer network with additional end-user benefits.

Software.

In a modern world, software is how you interact with your self generated power supply. More than just a monitoring portal, inverter software is evolving to become the entire energy management protocol as the new standard.

SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 Inverter

SMA

Sunny Boy VL-40 - Software
  • SMA Sunny Portal.
  • iOS & Android app.
  • Alerts & fault diagnosis.

Affordability.

All well and good having the greatest technology, but what if that technology is simply out of reach for most? Adversely, the cheapest product may lack essential technology requirements expected by many end-users. Put price into perspective. Affordability is where price and technology come together to help determine value.

SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 Inverter

SMA

Sunny Boy VL-40 - Affordability
  • Superior technology score.
  • 1.5kW approx for $1000 USD ex.

OVERALL.

The below overall assessment for the SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 is broken up into two final scores.

  • Overall technology ranking; the average of design, features, performance, guarantee and software (for those less concerned about price).
  • Overall ranking; the average of design, features, performance, guarantee, software and affordability.  

SMA

Sunny Boy VL-40 - Overall
  • Design 3.8
  • Features 4.5
  • Performance 3.8
  • Guarantee 4.2
  • Software 4.5
  • Technology 4.2
  • Affordability 4.1

Insight:

How is the SMA Sunny Boy VL-40 score calculated? By utilising the Solar Review Inverter Assessment Criteria V2.3 >

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