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Buying Batteries

Anytime I can find a good lead in solar equipment I try and pass it on to others. Like the Xantrex Inverters in the classified ads. I belie…

Started by randall

3 Apr 21
Reply by David T

Grounding DC Solar Equipment

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…

Started by Frank S.

25 Jan 31, 2015
Reply by B Maverick

Idea for Winter Battery Box Heater

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…

Started by John J.

15 Jan 28, 2015
Reply by B Maverick

Video: Heat Water Off Grid Using Solar Power (photovoltaics)

I know people have asked questions about using Solar excess to heat hot water. Here is a video from a YouTube channel I follow that talks a…

Started by Raymond Dias

4 Jan 7, 2015
Reply by Johann

web based monitoring system

I have started a blog on the hackaday site to show off the arduino powered web based monitoring system for my offgrid system. Not complete…

Started by Gary

0 Jun 1, 2014

Making a cheap timer

     I have two 50-watt solar panels up, in the DC part of my system.  I was thinking about putting in a timer to control the outdoor light…

Started by Denise McCracken

33 Feb 8, 2014
Reply by Don Abel

Modified HF Inverter/External Fuses

I was disgusted that the HF inverter had safety fuses that were not easily replaceable. Well, bite the bullet and de-solder and replace....…

Started by Thomas Matica

2 May 8, 2013
Reply by Big Moe

Reducing Power Usage

When we first started this forum a big part of the discussion seemed to be about reducing power usage. I want to take us back there not jus…

Started by Renewable Ray

31 Mar 3, 2013
Reply by Renewable Ray

Solar panel mounting angle

Hello, Guys, I am sure this has been discussed before.  I am taking the lazy approach of asking this question, rather going through pages a…

Started by Luby Missov

14 Nov 17, 2012
Reply by Robert DeMartino

Using Thunderbolt Frame for DM 145w panels.. mods with pictures..

Since I got 8 panels and am pretty low on funds I decided to try something. I found HF sells Thunderbolt Magnum Solar panel frames for $10…

Started by B. Kelly

2 Sep 11, 2012
Reply by george appel


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