Hi, everyone. marker buoy with you, again, out in the woods, off grid. today, i’d like to chat a little about solar panels and batteries. Many of you preppers, offgridders and survivalists may be considering a solar power installation. In this tutorial I’m going to give you a brief tour of my system, such as it is, and offer a few thoughts based on my experience over the years. As always, your own needs and your mileage will vary. This is about what I have done to solve my own electrical needs. Enjoy the tour.
Behind me you can see my solar panel array. my panels are a motley assemblage of salvaged, donated and yes, even purchased equipment. Not like the beautiful, orderly and rather expensive examples you’re likely to see as you research your own installation. I’m not actually sure, but in the height of summer on a sunny day, they may deliver a 10 amp charge. All I know is this. That this is enough to meet my needs. Years ago before YouTube was invented when I started to formulate ideas on what shape my system would take, I often.
Saw elaborate plans well beyond what i was able to afford. i decided to keep my needs and wants modest in order to keep things simple and avoid unnecessary monitoring and maintenance. Just like the panels you see here, my storage batteries are not perfect, either. We’ll take a look at them soon. Also what I discovered was that at the heart of even the most expensive and sophisticated systems, there was always a sturdy generator to handle large loads and/or cloudy days. The panels are hooked up in parallel, and the electricity generated is conducted.
Along a 6 gauge wire down the outside wall, underneath the cabin to the charged controller. Originally, I had a very basic sealed, made in America charge controller. It worked just fine until a number of panels started to exceed its amperage rating. I acquired one of the panels through points on my credit card. And along with it came this controller good for 30 amps. The price was right, but eventually this second controller went screwilly and ultimately died. Don’t pay good money for a controller if it looks like this. My third.
Generation charge controller employs what i understand to be sophisticated electrical technology called, maximum power point tracking or MPPT for short. It’s a micro processor based system designed to maximize the power generated by the panels. And that’s all I know. With this new charge controller, that’s about as sophisticated as things get around here. I have no other bells and whistle to monitor and drive me crazy. Guys with too many dials.
And levers tend to obsess over minutiae, and i fear i would be no exception. i do employ a volt meter for troubleshooting purposes whenever it becomes necessary, and occasionally, it is indispensable. But that’s about as far as I go with extra equipment. Now for the batteries. Talking about my proposed system, I was lucky enough to be offered these rather large 2 volt cells by a friendly neighbor, who had access to surplus telephone company equipment. Originally these batteries were used as a backup in a remote station, and.
They were retired after 10 years of light service, never seeing heavy use. that was 10 years ago, and they’ve served well for my purposes ever since. My purpose, your purpose is important. We’re not interested in generating power to run washers, dryers and the electric cook stoves; neither am I interested in running power tools with these batteries through a heavy duty inverter. One of the reasons we enjoy life here is to escape the high voltage city lifestyle and.
Ramp down our energy needs. this modest system is entirely sufficient for powering lighting, computers, charging phones and other devices running a sound system. We use propane for cooking and refrigeration and burn wood to keep us cozy in winter. Anyway, back to the batteries. There are 12 of them in operation wired in two banks of 6 to deliver 12 volts with, in theory at least, approximately 900 amp hours of capacity. Almost any type of lead acid batteries will perform just as well, given the lifeuse I just described. Golf.
Coca Cola propane Mega ROCKET
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