icarus wrote: »
"Propane 'friges don't work that well in hot temps. Something else to consider."
I don't quite know what you mean, and I have to disagree. Most LP fridge installations that I have seen that people complain about is traceable to poor installation, specificallly poor ventilation. Efficient cooling of the condenser is essential for good operation, so simply adding a baffle to create a natural convection, and adding a low fresh air intake makes a absorption fridge work better. Adding a tstat controlled fan on the condenser makes it work even better, and finally adding insulation to the case (and th door!) makes it work even better still.
I have used LP fridges in temps well into the 30s C with high humidity (90F or hotter) and they keep ice cream hard as a brick.
backroad wrote: »
On cloudy days the battery tends to do the 50% thing when I'm not paying attention. I always charge it fully to 100%.
backroad wrote: »
I'm told the the generator is only efficient when charging up to 80% or a little higher.I'm to understand that the rest of the charging needs to come from PV to be efficient.
If my autonomy is just over a day, am I correct to understand that I can only gain autonomy from a larger storage? I have tried to bring the battery up to 80-90 % in the morning and let the panels "top" the battery off which does not happen.
I do understand that more panels will enable me to top off the battery with other that the generator. Now then, what happens on that particularly cloudy/stormy when the batteries go down and and the generator is not running?
At his point I believe that the only way to gain autonomy would be conservation, get rid of something that uses enough power, or a larger battery bank.
I don't see enough conservation happening to make enough difference and with the battery being over two years old I'd really need to replace the battery already in use which would be about $6500 plus another $6500 to upgrade from the "old" battery totaling $13,000. I can"t see that happening. I truly hope that I'm missing something in all this as the only realistic way for me to increase my autonomy would be going back to the idea of the propane refrigerator. This is being a a troubling little circle.
THANX from confused again.........................