How to Wire 32 Batteries (12v each) to make a 48V Bank.
I understand parallel connections are less ideal however, this isn't an 8 year solution as I need need to get things up and working so 24-36 months would be fine for me. I'm willing to accept slightly shortening their life in a less than ideal application until I can get a Lifepo4 bank going. They're AGM batteries and I of course know that I will end up with 8 banks consisting of 4 batteries in series paralleled.
My question is really if I can I wire this the same way I would if I were making the bank up with 8 batteries and just use the negative from the first bank and positive from the last? Is there anything else I should factor in when making it?
Additionally, do you have thoughts on connecting the cells? I had a 1" wide 1/4" thick copper bar so I used pieces from that for my current bank with 4 cells. But is solid bar better than wire for something like this? Any other protections I will want like a fuse on each bank or anything like that?
Thanks for the help, I have done a lot with solar but never anything this large and given the massive amount of energy in this bank I want to make sure it's done well and as safely as possible.
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