A new device for inserting an absorber plate to divide a flat-plate channel into two parts with fins attached by baffles and external recycling at the ends is presented. The proposed device substantially improves the heat-transfer efficiency. Experimental and theoretical investigations into the device efficiency are presented. The theoretical prediction agreement with the measured values from the experimental results is good. The experimental and theoretical results are represented graphically and compared with data from the downward-type single-pass solar air heaters of the same size without recycling. Considerable heat-transfer improvement is obtained by employing baffled double-pass operations with external recycling and fin attached over and under the absorber plate. The recycle ratio and absorber plate location influences on the heat-transfer efficiency and on the power consumption increment are also discussed.