Step 3: The Battery Box

Now I am just goint to attach a lot of pictures of the box that I made to hold my battery and hopefully most of it is self explanitory.
The box is made out of old scrap wood I got from the back of our kitchen cabinets when we remodeled our kitchen.
Everything on top of the battery box is labeled so hopefully you will be able to understand what it does.
And sorry but for some reason my image notes arent working at all so I will have to explain the pictures here.

In the first 3 pictures you can see the top of the battery box. It is hinged and the lid houses all of the switches. plug-ins, and some wiring. The rest of the wiring is tucked behind the battery inside the box. On the top of the lid you can see the switch labeled "battery" which completely disconnects the battery from the charge controller. Beside that is two plug-ins that are 12v and the switch under them turns both of them off. And the small red dots indicate the (+) positive terminal. The same thing happens to the two RCA plugs, they are 5v and the switch shuts both of them off. But with the RCA pluge, the center is the (+) positive terminal and the outside is (-) negative. The small toggle switch to the left of the meter controls what the meter reads.
If you were wondering what the flexible dryer vent is for, it is to help vent the battery in order to get rid of the gasses it produces. There is a fan inside the vent and you can see the switch that turns it on and off right below the 12v cigarette lighter socket.
<p>cool use of technology </p>
Cool way to mount the solar panel
I found a tripod to a satalitte dish and used it and the 50' coaxial on my latest windgenerator.
Thanks! The cool thing about it is that I can adjust the angle of the panel simply by turning a screw
check out the charge my 15 watt solar panel is putting out.
<p>Cost,Please!! ! If I may thank you very much</p>
Hi ! <br> <br>It looks cool, what size/power is your solar panel and where did you get the charge controller from !? <br> <br>Cheers' <br>Dave
Hey, I got the solar panel and the charge controller off of Amazon.com and both were bundled together as one item. The panel is a 5 Watt which is small but works VERY well and is sold by the company Instapark.<br><br>Thanks!<br><br>Electronics Man
The solar panel is a small, but effective 5 Watts and its the same size as a sheet of printer paper. I bought it along with the charge controller off of Amazon.com<br><br>Thanks for your interest!<br><br>Electronics Man
Hey triumphman, what you see in the first picture on step one is not actually a circuit board. As explained in the instructable, the solar panel is attached onto a TV satellite dish mount which I had to weld a piece of tin onto, so what you see that looks like a circuit board is actually the spatter from the welding. I hope that makes since to you. And for your other comment about the wiring, No I never did fry any components and it wasnt trial and error. But your right there is a lot of wires (There is actually more but you cant see them in the pictures) and I had an idea of what I wanted it to do so it made it much easier to build. And finally for your question about the cost, the only things that I bought was the solar panel and the battery. Everything else I recycled to make this setup.<br><br>Thanks for the comments and feel free to ask more questions!!!
How did you figure all this wiring stuff out ? Trial and error ? I would be concerned that I would fry too many components by the trial and error method! Can get expensive, Yes ?
In step one picture I can see a printed circuit board, is it exposed to the weather ?
Although 15W is not much, if you use LED's for localised lighting,&nbsp; like lighting up ONLY the working area or keyboard etc., you can get quite a lot of hours of excellent quality vision.<br> <br> I am using 1 x 10mm 3.2V 35000mca LED over my keyboard and at night time, it's enough... 3 or 4 would be better.<br> <br> And I have a similar setup for a little 4W amplifier, that I use for my speaker recordings of meetings etc.<br> <br> I intend to slowly build up to an 1100W system, so I can run my fridge, evaporative air cooler, welder, lathe, and PC during the day... with the batteries only there to compensate for passing clouds etc..and some night lighting, like for studying and reading and maybe some educational vids on my laptop.<br> <br> Of course that would only be about 4 so hours of PC use, 20 minutes total of welding per day, and the fridge would be stuck on REAL COLD and DEEP FREEZE during the day and be left off over night...<br> <br> I will clad it with more insulation tho....<br> <br> I am mainly capitalising on what sunshine is available and using that, as the supply of BIG batteries is expensive, so the smaller set up will be a get going operation, rather than using the PC all night and the fridge going as well.<br> <br> I really just want to reduce my electricity bill to almost nothing, and have the mains as a backup - just in case.<br> <br> You can build upon what you have there....<br>
This is totally awesome! Well done on using green energy!

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