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  • GeneB21 commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave4 months ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    Is what worth the extra cost? I have done two write up for you and lost them both. Posting here sucks! I am tired of writing so may try later, or not but here is a picture of my retirement set up at the curb. I have found an off grid spot where I can park, gathered, bought, bartered and scrounged everything I thought I would need over a three year period and will move in to start assembling it all soon as the weather breaks

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  • GeneB21 commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave4 months ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    Ivila all solar panels work without direct sunlight only with greatly reduced outputs. Efficiency is the key. I do not think you are getting any magic solar panels. What they are probably using are monocrystalline panels in series for high voltage into a MPPT type controller. This is a very efficant set up and a soon as the horizon lights up in the mornings, my system is charging.

    Eric you have to be very careful charging batteries in today's tools and devices so kuldging together a cheater cord to directly charge say a lithium battery could get you hurt or worse. Burn down that shack in the woods, then maybe the woods just because that is what fire does. Nothing says that if your device has a charger cord for your car that you couldn't do that though,

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  • GeneB21 commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave4 months ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    John that is why you put a battery controller on there. These systems are pretty much made for your scenario as is. Also remember that you do not want let your lead acid battery's ever drop under 50% and if you want them to last you will keep them above 70%. There are so many things to consider when wanting to have a system that you can live with rather than camping..such as PWM controller or MPPT, three stage or 4 stage etc etc. Now that being said your write up on this basic system is awesome, it is a great start as this is a pretty steep, and expensive learning curve to grid independance. I have been at it over 3 years and have close to $3k so far into it and I am a good scrounger. I had to stop because I started obsessing on my electrical system redundancy. Also understand I have a ...

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    John that is why you put a battery controller on there. These systems are pretty much made for your scenario as is. Also remember that you do not want let your lead acid battery's ever drop under 50% and if you want them to last you will keep them above 70%. There are so many things to consider when wanting to have a system that you can live with rather than camping..such as PWM controller or MPPT, three stage or 4 stage etc etc. Now that being said your write up on this basic system is awesome, it is a great start as this is a pretty steep, and expensive learning curve to grid independance. I have been at it over 3 years and have close to $3k so far into it and I am a good scrounger. I had to stop because I started obsessing on my electrical system redundancy. Also understand I have a 10kw generator as my supplemental/shop power because you absolutely have to keep your batteries charged up rain or shine, using or idle. It has been a lot of fun so far and a great learning experience like a hobby. Right now everything is packed up and unfinished but once I move back into the bus and get back to work on it I will write it all up with photos the works...so much

    I actully have ended up with two complete systems. PWM Bogart 12 volt with a 1k full sign inverter on the bus integrated with the buses electrical system for mobility. That was my starter system also That way if shadows fall across the 2 panels mounted in parallel on the roof I still can get output. Then in my 16ft Hallmark trailer/shop/moto hauler I have MPPT 24 volt system with 4 230 AH Everyready deep cycle 6 volt in series and 5000w continuous, 20,000 peak full sign 110vac inverter/80 amp 24vdc 4 stage battery charger/ups unit. As I said, I got a little out of hand on redundancy...bring on the apcolipse I am close to ready

    Be sure and bring your wallet full of cash for gels or AGM's that size. They are lighter, need no maintenance but they only last half as long, need higher voltages to charge and actully do not pencil anywhere near as well when figuring cost per hour of power over the stretch. I was not going to get into this yet. Besides I got to get out to the bus and work on it today (:

    Shoot we haven't even gotten into monocrystalline or polycrystalline panels. Thats a biggie!!!

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  • GeneB21 commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave4 months ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    John I can help you with that answer...NO! This system is so small it will barely run anything other than your phone and laptop chargers on your weekend trips to the cabin. As far as gaming you would only be able to play in the full sun maybe an hour AFTER you let those tiny little batteries charge fully. You only have 100w of generating power panels before you even minus your electrical losses in the system. Barely enough to shock a piss ant.Here is a calculator you so can get a rough idea what you need to get to create what you want. https://solarcalculator.com.au/off-grid-calculator... .It ain't that cheap to get into all that free power trust me, I just went through the process myself for my off grid mobile retirement living set up. Maybe I should do me a write up.

    I want to add whatever amperage the panels put out at 12 volts has to be divided by 10 when you boost the voltage to 120. So say the panel puts out 10 amps in full sun, after losses and voltage boost you get less than 1 amp of usable delivered to your 120 device.

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  • GeneB21 commented on Paige Russell's instructable 10 Unusual Uses for Pencils10 months ago
    10 Unusual Uses for Pencils

    You forgot the most important side use of a pencil eraser and that is cleaning gold electrical contacts

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  • Making Your Mini Laser Engraver Safer And Better

    Kudos to you for bringing up laser safety! I have been cringing looking at some of these DIY laser projects because even though safety is mentioned it never seems to be stressed. ANY exposure of laser light to the retina causes damage be it direct or reflected, high powered or low powered. The small laser pointers, small little bit of damage but the kicker is it is permanent damage and accumulates over time. It may take a hundred hits to the eyeball to notice, but it is still there.

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  • Bicycle Cell Phone Charger (Wind Turbine with build in Battery)

    I see the "know it alls that do nothing's" are out in force on this one. I have actually seen these work. Pretty cool and given enough time and wind they will charge a cell battery. Even though these days there are much better,more efficient, low cost ways to charge things this is still gold if you have access to old muffin fans along with other old computer guts and you are in a pinch....the more you know the better off you will be in any situation, GOOD STUFF!

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  • GeneB21 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 unusual uses for straws1 year ago
    11 unusual uses for straws

    Another use I found was on my old Datsun 510. The red metal pointing needle on the speedometer metal fatigued and broke after a million years so I could not see how fast I was going. Rather than trying to find a whole new speedometer (do not exist) then tearing the dash out to R&R, I took a skinny red coffee stirring straw slicing it in half lengthwise then carefully glued one of the red straw halves to the rotating speedo indicator post the old needle broke off of making sure not to drip any glue into the rotating post. The speedo worked better with the light weight pointer than it did with the heavy old metal one

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  • Poor-Mans Smart-Grid - Blackout Protection by UPS and Electric Motorcycle

    You had me @both AC AND DC power, at potentially LETHAL voltages. Let me change my underwear now Keymoslobie, my sloppy liTTle friend! Awesome apocalypse survival technique, seriously good stuff

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