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  • Re: Frigidaire on modified sine power

    Estragon said:
    In a sense, the fridge may be "weaker". The compressor just moves heat from inside the fridge to outside. The compressor itself is likely not affected by the MSW, but the motor, generally packaged with/near the compressor, will likely be heating more. Depending on how and where the compressor disipates heat, the extra heat from the motor may also have to be overcome.

    Good to know you don't have to lug the thing in for repair. My cabin is also water/ice access, and I know how much of a PITA that can be.
    FWIW and more technically speaking.....refrigeration compressors are "removing energy". Heat is energy. 

    Speaking of which, I have to go look at my BP panels before they have absorbed too much energy.
  • Re: Cable Connections: Battery Bank

    mike95490 said:
    Isn't everything SUPPOSED to be big in Texas ?  Big Freezers.  Big Solar Arrays
    I'll not forget the time I celebrated two birthdays while crossing Texas.

    Houston is hot and humid. West Texas is hot and dry. El Paso and San Antonio are slightly more than hot.

    You really have to live there to understand Texas pride.
  • Re: Help me fix this blokes jerry rigged system?

    This may work:
    400 watt panel = 40 volts
    4 x 150 watt panels into parallel and serial so = 40 volts
    3 x 100 watt panels all paralleled so = 20 volts
    Total voltage = 100 volts

    Why not?
  • Re: 36 volt Forklift battery

    BB. said:

    Also, some (few, many, all?) forklift batteries may need the metal case/support for their cases (relatively thin wall).

    Duct tape

    Seriously....hardware store carry 250' rolls of 3/4" thin steel for hanging conduit etc.

    I'd make a 24 volt and a 12 volt battery out of it.
  • Re: Security system for an off-grid cabin?

    "free" mmkay

    Interesting how things often sort out. The best locations, in many respects, often have the worst people. Less enticing locations such as Norway or western Nebraska, for example, may have the best people.

    Norway is "less enticing" because the winters are long, harsh, cold, and dark. Beautiful country. Great people....