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Harbor Freight Battery Holding Up Through it's First Real Abuse

Started Nov 2, 2015 0 Replies

We still really enjoy using this portable solar generator we built. It's handy for lighting and charging devices on our mountain property. And great set up at home where we can show newbies how solar…Continue

Tags: generator, solar, Freight, Harbor

Long Distance Wifi and our 12 Volt Solar System

Started this discussion. Last reply by John J. Jul 17, 2015. 14 Replies

I am not qualified to do this on my own, but I know a lot of you are. And I think this will prove very valuable for so many forum members since a lot of us are using our solar set ups as a "rural…Continue

Tags: internet, Amazon, antenna, solar, wifi

Survey.....What Inverter Really Has Held Up the Longest?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Carrier Jul 15, 2015. 20 Replies

I want to put it out there, what inverter really is holding up the best? I know it's impossible to compare since most of us are not using our inverters around the clock. But I bet after everybody…Continue

Remembering Denise McCracken

Started Jan 7, 2015 0 Replies

It dawned on me today that we have a lot of new members here that probably don't know who Denise McCracken is....or was. Our old timers remember her all to well. This lady was really something…Continue

Tags: solar, crane, mini, McCracken, Denise

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Renewable Ray replied to dave simmon's discussion Harbor Freight Well Pump For Solar
"I have not, being in Southern Arizona this is not a common project you might say. "
Feb 5
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The Tiny House Group

What better use for solar energy then on your "tiny house". Let's share ideas on building our own tiny houses and how best to power them with solar energy.See More
Jan 29
Renewable Ray replied to dave simmon's discussion Harbor Freight Well Pump For Solar
"What inverter are you going to use? 4.5 amps at 120 volts is what, over 50 amps at 12 volts?"
Jan 27
Renewable Ray replied to B Maverick's discussion What End is Up with Your Panels?
"Looks great Maverick, thanks for sharing!"
Jan 10
Renewable Ray replied to jpf's discussion Scratchin My Head?
"Great idea Randall, love it."
Jan 4
Renewable Ray replied to Gary's discussion replace glass
"I have never heard of a member here trying, curious to see if anybody jumps in on this one."
Dec 30, 2015
Renewable Ray replied to patrick callender's discussion RV Solar Panels
"@ Patrick....I have to agree with Randall. If you are in extreme winter a 110 volt battery tender of some kind makes a lot more sense if you have grid power available to the RV where it's parked. But if you don't have that and you have any…"
Dec 29, 2015
Renewable Ray replied to dave simmon's discussion Bad Battery Question
"I would get into Sam's asap and take advantage of that warranty for your "Golf Cart Batteries"....right? No reason to mention that you are using them for solar. Could raise an eye brow. Tell them that the other battery is just…"
Dec 29, 2015
Renewable Ray replied to Johann's discussion Solar powered fire wood storage area.
"Thanks for the update Johann, I love the idea of multiple small systems that have a task of their own. Great way to put DIY solar to work without waiting for funds or work involved in one large system. And reliable as heck from the preppers aspect.…"
Dec 29, 2015
Renewable Ray replied to Johann's discussion Merry christmas and a happy new year.
"Thanks Johann, same to you and yours. RR"
Dec 27, 2015
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Installing your new Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit

You bought the Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit, now what? This is the place to come and get help setting up that new kit and taking the next step. No question is to basic, our great members will help you get started!See More
Dec 24, 2015
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Installing your new Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit

You bought the Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit, now what? This is the place to come and get help setting up that new kit and taking the next step. No question is to basic, our great members will help you get started!See More
Dec 19, 2015
Renewable Ray replied to Tim J's discussion Solar system finely coming together..............
"@ Tim J....The smaller panels were bought as 18 volt or they are 18 volt when putting a voltmeter to them?"
Dec 15, 2015
Renewable Ray commented on Randall's photo
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charge controller X two

"Wow, solar porn for sure. Good job Randall."
Dec 15, 2015
Renewable Ray replied to Us Offgridgeeks's discussion Sudden battery voltage drop off
"In my experience the curve goes out the window as soon as you drop below the critical 11.9 area. Even without anything trying to use power the batteries are trying to "give it up". Kinda like leaving an uncharged car battery alone in the…"
Dec 2, 2015
Renewable Ray replied to sl dl's discussion How do they last
"Kinda laughable to me sl dl, the old style with metal frames are well built and will hold up for....well, decades if the parts on the back don't rot in the heat. I pretty much ignore any bad press I see about them since it's just not cool…"
Dec 2, 2015

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Is Elon Musk the "Übermensch"

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 4:46pm 2 Comments

By Jared Dillian

Elon Musk just…
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Beyond Tesla: The Huge Profit Potential of Lithium

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 7:38am 0 Comments

By Tony Sagami

One of the stocks that I get the most questions about is Tesla. I’m not sure whether investor interest is due to the gorgeous lines of the Tesla Model S, its amazing high performance engine, the high flying stock, or the energy saving nature of all electric vehicles….. but Tesla is a very popular subject.…



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Thomas Edison’s Dream Smashed

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 9:59am 2 Comments

Agree or disagree....but I couldn't resist sharing......

By Adam J. Crawford,…

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Are You Sure You Want The Economy to get Better?

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 2:21pm 6 Comments

I think if you ask the general public who the average "do it yourself solar energy enthusiast" is they would say he or she is someone who is trying to save some money. And sure, that's true for a lot of us. Including me! 

But that is just part of what motivates most of us, I think most of our members are motivated by what I call "fear of being plunged into darkness". And no matter how small your system is you will avoid that when Mr. Big Grid decides it's your "brown out day"…

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Comment Wall (58 comments)

At 8:16pm on February 20, 2010, tagger gave Renewable Ray a gift
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this is for for setting this blog great work and HF panels are a way to get started tagger
At 9:48am on March 15, 2010, Stosh Mankiewicz said…
Thanks Ray. I posted a simple question yesterday. I just set this thing up.
Steve
At 12:52pm on April 01, 2010, Aaron Johnson gave Renewable Ray a gift
At 12:53pm on April 01, 2010, Aaron Johnson gave Renewable Ray a gift
At 9:03am on April 16, 2010, Tre' Ridings said…
Thanks Ray! I've been following the forum for awhile now and finally picked up a couple of the HF kits and ready go!
At 8:17am on June 15, 2010, carl b gave Renewable Ray a gift
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Thanks Ray
At 11:12am on June 26, 2010, sikes mccord said…
Has anyone used an MPPT controller with the Harbor Freight 45 watt kit?
At 12:07pm on June 26, 2010, sikes mccord said…
Discount Solar lists an MPPT controller(250 watts) at $109. I wonder how that might work with the Harbor Freight kit.
At 1:50pm on July 27, 2010, MAZY said…
Thank you. This is a nice entry level sight.
At 7:26am on September 1, 2010, Bill Van Datta said…
Kinda interesting place here. I'm just beginning my quest into solar power and in the process of learning. The HF set-up is really a great way to do it. Its perhaps not the "best" machine but its low price and availability will launch many DIY folks into the quest to instal and become familiar with this technology. I'll visit and post here when I have some questions and have something to report.

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