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  • St8kout. commented on Home Build Solar System's instructable Home Made Solar Panel1 month ago
    Home Made Solar Panel

    For those new to solar:-Your battery bank is the very heart of an off-grid system. All the panels do are recharge the batteries.-You need a charge controller between your battery bank and the panels. If you buy a PWM controller, you MUST match the panel voltage to your battery bank voltage. If you want to pay more you can get an MPPT controller and mix/match voltages.-You need TRUE deep cycle batteries, NOT Marine batteries, which are a compromise and a waste of money as they will not last. Golf Cart batteries have long been the best bang for the buck.-For an Inverter, don't waste your money on MSW (modified sine wave) as you will encounter all kinds of problems down the line. Some TV's will have shorter lifespans, motors run hotter, digital clocks and timers won't work right, fans will...see more »For those new to solar:-Your battery bank is the very heart of an off-grid system. All the panels do are recharge the batteries.-You need a charge controller between your battery bank and the panels. If you buy a PWM controller, you MUST match the panel voltage to your battery bank voltage. If you want to pay more you can get an MPPT controller and mix/match voltages.-You need TRUE deep cycle batteries, NOT Marine batteries, which are a compromise and a waste of money as they will not last. Golf Cart batteries have long been the best bang for the buck.-For an Inverter, don't waste your money on MSW (modified sine wave) as you will encounter all kinds of problems down the line. Some TV's will have shorter lifespans, motors run hotter, digital clocks and timers won't work right, fans will make funny noises and run hotter, things like that. Bite the bullet and get a good pure sign wave inverter. -Don't try to use AC switches and circuit breakers with DC current. Arcing is a real problem with DC and you need switches and breakers designed for DC. Not kidding! (As AC cycles it reaches a 0 voltage point. With DC, it stays 'ON' and will arc when trying to switch it off. With high enough DC power, it may never turn off and just keep arcing until something burns/melts.)

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  • St8kout. commented on Superben51's instructable How to hack/RHG your Xbox 3606 months ago
    How to hack/RHG your Xbox 360

    Not sure why you mention "flux" at the end, unless you are using the wrong type of solder. There's basically two types of solder:-Rosin core, for electronics. Already has flux in it. Nothing else to add.-Acid core, for plumbing, NOT for electronics. Often the paste comes separately from the solder. This kind likes to eat circuit boards. Again, NOT for electronics.

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