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I think I posted his in the wrong place earlier. Sorry for the duplication.Hello to all. I just bought a good radio with SW and Weather capabilities as well as am/fm. It takes 4 D cell batteries to make 6V or runs on 120 which I only have through an…Continue
We run our off-grid home on 12 volts DC. All our lighting, fans, pumps, TV, DVD, laptops etc. Our batteries recommend that the absorb phase be 2.5 volts per cell, so that equals 15 volts. Equalize is recommended at 2.6 volts per cell, equaling 15.6…Continue
Greetings All, My good friend David Dobrinski (832)655-0986 in the Dallas / Fort Worth area has somehow came up with more of the Xantrex Inverter's - pure sign wave. Check them out on line, they sell for at least $1000. each. He can also be reached…Continue
Hello Everyone,I am interested in building a solar set up for my sons boy scout troop. Every year we go to summer camp for 10 days. At our camp site there is no electricity, so after dark all light comes from propane lanterns. We use BBQ grill size…Continue
I've been a lurker here for quite a while. I've played with my Harbor Freight kits and have learned quite a bit. I've used the HF lights and charged devices during power outages. I'm finally ready to move up. I have accumulated 5 DM 145 panels,…Continue
I want to add a couple of panels to my system.Total watts: 540Voltage: 24 voltsNominal current: 22.5 ampsCan I get some comments on using a 20 amp MPPT controller, assuming 85% efficiency to the power bus?? So usable current would be about 19.15…Continue
I am finishing up my Harbor Freight solar system and I need to ground my equipment. I have a copper water pipe nearby and I am thinking of grounding to the water pipe. I would think this would be a good ground, but I am not sure about grounding DC…Continue
I got this idea to get a little warmth into the battery box just through winter. Not looking to 'heat' the bank so much but just to try and take the edge off. Using two sealed bulbs, similar to how the h/f bulbs are encased they would be located in…Continue
It just poppedin my head and now to the Users here. Dumb but going to ask it anyway.HF and Sunforce Kits the panels. If you have either of the panels up and using them How long have you had them up and Running?If you replaced them. They went BAD for…Continue
I need to make a new solar panel frame for my older style Harbor Freight panels. I don't want to go the same route as my first frame (pictured). I was wondering if my older style panels would fit on the HF new style frame?Continue
Hello to all.
I just bought a good radio with SW and Weather capabilities as well as am fm. It takes 4 D cell batteries to make 6V. I think I should be able to hook up the HF D Box to the without having to buy D Cells whenever they go. The radio has no 12V connection. Can I just hook the 6V output to the pos and neg sides of the battery compartment or is there some circuitry required.
I was just a typical Joe doing the life thing as most everyone else does. Work a job, acquire things, get married and attempt to build a life. I was in my late 20's and things were going well, at least I thought they were..
A couple of years later, me and the wife parted trails over stupid stuff. I've been in relationships prior to getting married and all fell through because of stupid, silly stuff. After my divorce, I became bitter about life in general and I wanted to make a drastic…Continue