Offgrid system not powering up -- batteries too cold?

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  • PorkChopsMmmPorkChopsMmm Solar Expert Posts: 189 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Offgrid system not powering up -- batteries too cold?

    Now I know why you guys always recommend a set of "starter" batteries. Well, these are mine. I wanted to double my bank this summer... looks like I will need to use all new batteries.
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Offgrid system not powering up -- batteries too cold?

    you better figure out what dragged those batteries down like that in the first place or you could repeat this exercise in battery replacing.
  • westbranchwestbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,176 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Offgrid system not powering up -- batteries too cold?

    they may be down,...and possibly out,.... yet they have told you a good story... but there is also more to learn..
    if you haven't, please read this thread...http://forum.solar-electric.com/showthread.php?14333-Specific-Gravity

    You will need a few tools to start .. Hydrometer, DVM, clamp meter, back-up charger

    HTH
     
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  • CariboocootCariboocoot Banned Posts: 17,615 ✭✭
    Re: Offgrid system not powering up -- batteries too cold?

    And as a precaution, I note you describe this as a "temporary install". Beware temporary installs as they often have less-than-perfect aspects, such as wiring sizing/connections that have too much resistance. You'd be amazed at just how much trouble one "slightly loose" battery connection can be; works fine, until it's under load.
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