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  • Rob Patterson commented on Rob Patterson's instructable D.I.Y. Solar Setup.4 weeks ago
    D.I.Y. Solar Setup.

    Yes, it was an awesome deal on the panels and batteries... auctions can be a great place to buy when random stuff like that pops up. I'm just a bit angry at myself for not buying the other 30 or so batteries that were on offer.Those panels are (from memory) 260 watts each and gave me a total, with the panels I built, of around 1.2 kw peak output.The panel splitting proved to be very easy... a heat gun was enough to melt the stuff on the back of the panel to allow access to the tab wires. Then it was just a matter of testing with my multimeter to make sure my calculations were right before rewiring.As with the batteries, make sure you connect the panels in parallel rather than in series.Cheers.Rob.

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  • Rob Patterson commented on Rob Patterson's instructable D.I.Y. Solar Setup.4 weeks ago
    D.I.Y. Solar Setup.

    Thank you ArduinoMaker;I have recently expanded my use of solar with the addition of 3 x 108 volt panels (bought second hand for $145au the lot) that I split into 6 x 18 volt 'panels' each by delving into the back of them and cutting the tab wires at the ends of each of the 6 pairs of strings of cells and rewiring them as individual panels.This effectively gave me a total of 18 individual 18 volt panels.These charge an extra 12 x 100 amp hour batteries (also bought second hand for $250 the lot) through an inverter/charger (bought new for $350) and the system runs fridges, freezers and entertainment unit.The inverter/charger also connects to the mains electricity ensuring continued supply to the appliances if the batteries run low.Because of the potential danger of the higher voltages in...

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    Thank you ArduinoMaker;I have recently expanded my use of solar with the addition of 3 x 108 volt panels (bought second hand for $145au the lot) that I split into 6 x 18 volt 'panels' each by delving into the back of them and cutting the tab wires at the ends of each of the 6 pairs of strings of cells and rewiring them as individual panels.This effectively gave me a total of 18 individual 18 volt panels.These charge an extra 12 x 100 amp hour batteries (also bought second hand for $250 the lot) through an inverter/charger (bought new for $350) and the system runs fridges, freezers and entertainment unit.The inverter/charger also connects to the mains electricity ensuring continued supply to the appliances if the batteries run low.Because of the potential danger of the higher voltages involved I most likely won't be adding this setup to my Instractables.If you want any more detailed information please feel free to ask.Best regards.Rob.

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