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Forum: Solar 11-02-2015, 01:32 PM
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Posted By JeepHammer
Spent 16 years off grid, Spent 10 years owning...

Spent 16 years off grid,
Spent 10 years owning a starter/alternator rebuilding/battery shop.
Been fiddling with 'Renewable Energy' before they had a name for it...
(Early 70's).

The most...
Forum: Solar 10-25-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
BATTERIES, CARE & FEEDING, 1. BATTERIES...

BATTERIES, CARE & FEEDING,

1. BATTERIES HATE HEAT!
You see insulated battery boxes with batteries stuffed in as close as they can get them...
This is fine if you live someplace that is...
Forum: Solar 10-25-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
BATTERIES... 1. NEVER, UNDER ANY...

BATTERIES...

1. NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PUT ANYTHING INTO A BATTERY BUT DISTILLED WATER!
The FASTEST way to kill battery longevity is to use 'Tap Water', 'Softened Water', 'Drinking...
Forum: Solar 10-25-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
Terminal Ends for high CONTINOUS Amperage,...

Terminal Ends for high CONTINOUS Amperage, Particularly in battery strings/banks...

Some people don't recommend this,
But I've found it VERY handy in my battery string connections...
I will...
Forum: Solar 10-25-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
"Miserable" as in needed an inverter with HUGE...

"Miserable" as in needed an inverter with HUGE cables to get a Pop-Tart heated in the microwave...

Miserable as in waiting an HOUR for a 12 volt 'Cooker' to warm up a can of soup...

Most...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 10:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
No Matter How Small The System, Anything Grid...

No Matter How Small The System,
Anything Grid Inter-Tied will need to have NEMA (National Electrical Code) rated equipment.
Your inspector simply will NOT pass it for use if every single...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
The NEXT thing that is NEVER covered, CABLES... ...

The NEXT thing that is NEVER covered, CABLES...

If nothing else, Efficiency should be the name of the game when you consider wire/cable.

USE NOTHING BUT VIRGIN COPPER!
Alloys increase...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
Once you get a HARD CRIMP, THEN ELECTRICAL...

Once you get a HARD CRIMP,
THEN ELECTRICAL SOLDER,
You would spend a little more time and ENVIORNMENTALLY SEAL the terminal ends.

HARD CRIMP, GOOD TERMINAL ENDS...
...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
In Industrial, High Amperage Situations, I...

In Industrial, High Amperage Situations,
I spend half my life cutting off terminal ends,
Replacing them with something that actually works for the application.

Terminals are NOT created equal!
...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
Cable Size, and Terminal CAPACITY, are the two...

Cable Size, and Terminal CAPACITY, are the two most common problems with battery/inverter connections, bar none.

Too small of a cable WILL NOT transmit the power the inverter needs,

Even if...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
NOW! Same 'Example' 4,500 Watt Inverter, But...

NOW!
Same 'Example' 4,500 Watt Inverter, But powered by 48 Volts battery strings...

When voltage INCREASES, Amperage demand decreases.

Remember, you are working with TOTAL WATTS,
When...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
Hit the 'Enter' button by mistake... Can't seem...

Hit the 'Enter' button by mistake... Can't seem to get the Brown & Sharp scale to display, probably because I'm new,
And I can't get the 'Edit' button to show me the post,
So here we go again......
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
Now I send the last 0.01% fleeing for the door! ...

Now I send the last 0.01% fleeing for the door!

INVERTER SIZING, BATTERY CABLE SIZING, BATTERY STRINGS & BANK SIZING...

OK, we will stick with that Example 4,500 Watt OUTPUT inverter,
...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
REDUCE YOUR CONSUMPTION, Insulate, use energy...

REDUCE YOUR CONSUMPTION,
Insulate, use energy efficient lighting & appliances,
Then TRACK your energy usage.
Your meter displays the daily usage and compiles it.

Your energy provider will...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 02:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
OK, Now that we have that out of the way, And...

OK, Now that we have that out of the way,
And 95% of readers are bored to tears and have fled... :p

This is where it gets interesting!

EVERY INVERTER WILL HAVE AN OUTPUT RATING.
Usually...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
The biggest bit of advise I can give anyone that...

The biggest bit of advise I can give anyone that is thinking 'Off Grid' is to get a yard barn...
Or if you are out in the country and want something the termites/carpenter ants/wood rot can't eat,...
Forum: Solar 10-24-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,204
Posted By JeepHammer
Solar Power For Beginners, A Tutorial...

I can't be real specific about brands, part numbers, ect. since they change all the time with new models, improvements, ect.,
And that would be getting WAY to specific anyway...

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