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  • Re: Looking for small inverter with low stand-by current

    Re: Looking for small inverter with low stand-by current

    Different CFL's may behave differently too... I installed a lighted wall switch (little 1/8 watt neon bulb)--and we had a couple CFL's that would flicker once every 5-10 seconds as the accumulated charge from the neon bulb leakage current. I had to remove the lighted switch as it was so irritating.

  • Why I always suggest that wind turbines should be located away from people/properties

    Don't put wind turbines next to where people will congregate/buildings. This one was rebuilt just last year:

    The windmill on Dennys restaurant collapsed and fell on the roof of the restaurant Friday Dec 29 2017 in Arcadia Calif No injuries were reported after the windmill fell Friday morning Its not clear how much damage occurred inside but the restaurant in Arcadia was shut down for maintenance at noon with no word on when it would reopen Walt ManciniLos Angeles Daily News via AP Photo Walt Mancini AP  Los Angeles Daily News

    -Bill :p

  • Re: The future demise of lead acid batteries

    With a hole saw--One method is to take a piece of hardwood (or similar) and drill a hole through it will a hole saw (and backing board).

    Then take the hardwood and clamp to the surface you want to hole saw. Now you can (pretty easily) drill the hole through the guide without a pilot drill (if you don't want the pilot).

    Regards to finding a partner... I would suggest that getting that partner will add a whole 'nother layer of bumps and twists to said road (no matter how compatible they may be).

    I am married with kids--But my suggestion to anyone who has asked--It is better to be alone than to wish you were. Think twice about taking that step.

    Hmmm turns out that was an Ann Landers quote:
    • It is far better to be alone than to wish you were.

    -Bill "back to your normal programming" B.
  • Re: Bottom For Solar Prices

    Green Clean. Biodegradable.

    Next time, will try BleachBit or like with a cloth.

    - Bill
  • Re: off grid cabin

    I am sorry to hear that your place has been used for target practice (too many stupid people out there these days).

    Yes, you can put your two solar panels in parallel--They should have Vmp~17.5 volts or so... If they have way different voltages, that could be an issue (less power from your MPPT controller).

    13.6 volts for float is fine (if you have find a manual/settings for your battery, you can confirm or adjust as needed).

    For fulling recharging your battery bank, if flooded cell you want around 14.5 to 14.8 volts held for ~2 hours (if batteries are not discharged too much) or 4-6 hours if batteries are well discharged.

    So, take a good DMM and see what your battery charger is doing for "bulk" charge voltage (i.e., 14.5 volts or so) and how long is holds that voltage.

    A hydrometer is a great tool for understanding how well your batteries are charging. A good glass hydrometer is nice... Or you can get one of these newfangled devices (very nice). Make sure you have distilled water so you can rinse out the hydrometer after you are done (they will get sticky over time if you don't clean them... And glass hydrometers are very easy to break).

    mnhydrometer-web.jpg [h=2]MidNite Solar Hydrovolt Battery Hydrometer[/h] -Bill