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DIY emergency preparedness solar power system

A Small, Inexpensive DIY Solar Powered Emergency Backup System

Winter is Coming, Solar to the Rescue. You know what winter means for those of us in non-tropical locations. Power lines downed by snow and ice can wreak havoc on the power grid, knocking out power for days or even…
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Pure Sine Wave vs. Modified Sine Wave - What's the Difference?

Pure Sine Wave vs. Modified Sine Wave Inverters – What’s the Difference?

Inverter The primary job of an inverter is to convert the DC (Direct Current) power from the battery bank or solar panels to AC (Alternating Current) power needed for most appliances. To do that, it must take the constant DC…
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Deep Cycle Batteries - Part 2

Understanding Deep Cycle Batteries – Part 2

We went over the basics of deep cycle batteries in an earlier blog, Understanding Deep Cycle Batteries – Part 1. Now let’s go a little deeper into understanding the terms used when describing actually using the batteries, charging and discharging…
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How do Solar Panels Work?

How do Solar Panels Work?

Photovoltaic Effect of Solar Panels Solar panels generate DC electricity when exposed to sunlight via the Photovoltaic Effect, first observed by a French physicist in 1839. A simple explanation is that the photons from sunlight are absorbed by a semiconductor…
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Deep Cycle Batteries Part 1

Understanding Deep Cycle Batteries – Part 1

Deep cycle batteries  are a critical component in off-grid solar or hybrid grid tie solar power systems. We thought we’d go over some of the common terms with you to help wade through all of the information. It is possible…
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New Samlex EVO Inverter Charger

The New Samlex EVO Inverter/Charger and Its Benefits

Samlex has recently released a new inverter/charger called the Samlex Evolution, or EVO for short. Let’s take a closer look to see what’s new. The EVO is an all in one solution – a pure sine wave inverter, multi-stage battery…
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First Steps For Planning An Off The Grid Solar Power System

First Steps for planning an Off The Grid Solar Power System

There are several reasons why people consider installing an off grid solar system. Most often, it is because it is in a remote location that would either costs tens of thousands of dollars to install the grid, or connecting to…
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altE at Solar Power International 2015

altE Visits Solar Power International 2015

As Product Manager here at altE, I had a chance to walk Solar Power International 2015 trade show with our CEO, Sascha Deri. The event was held out in Anaheim, California this year, so since we were traveling from Massachusetts…
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OutBack's New FXR Inverter/Chargers

Outback’s New FXR Power Inverter/Chargers

We recently sat down with John Webber from Outback Power and talked about their new next generation hybrid inverter/charger now available, the Outback Power FXR. It combines the history of reliability from their FX inverters, with many of the new…
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What is an inverter/charger?

What is an Inverter/Charger?

What is it inverting and what is it charging? We get a lot of calls for power inverters, inverter/chargers, and hybrid inverters, so we thought we’d quickly go over a few of the terms.