Battery box

garynappigarynappi Registered Users Posts: 95 ✭✭
I'm looking for a water resistant floor mountable battery box / cabinet for outdoor use preferably made of UV stabilized plastic or aluminum for 1-2 group 27 batteries but perhaps 4 at most. Plans / parts that are generally available DIY in the U.S would be excellent also.

I found the Ameresco BBA-2 but it's wall mounted and too pricey. 




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  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 4,482 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Some sort of plastic deck or dock box might work well as long as the bottom is well supported.  I've stored my bikes in the backyard in one for ~30yrs, and it still does the job.

    Personally, I'd stay away from metal, mainly because I'm a klutz.
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    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,191 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Have you looked at the boating battery boxes, usually group size 24 & 27.
    here's a list of them:

    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
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  • SpongologySpongology Registered Users, Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 3
    Dock Box or Plastic Desk works well.
  • garynappigarynappi Registered Users Posts: 95 ✭✭
    Thx Mike, I am currently using one of the Minn Kota boat battery boxes but it's visually unappealing on my patio and two would be worse :-)

    I'm leaning toward some sort of dock box now. 
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,191 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Rubbermaid has a plastic patio bench seat, with storage underneath
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

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