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Help with the plan for my electric system on my boat

Hello, I'm customizing my boat and one of the main things I"m doing is installing a new 24V electrical system...
Brett Williams 6

Off Grid Propane Fired Radiant Heat

Hello All, I'm in the process of hooking up my radiant heat system for my off grid home and had a couple of questions.&...
Dave C 5

Powering devices on a sailboat

Hello all, I'm starting to do some research about adding solar and/or wind power generators to my sailboat.  Tryi...
Bran Erdelyi 1

Noob and Golf Cart --- Again!

I read many of the forums posts on golf carts. And frankly it confuses me more than helps me decide on what to do. So I am posti...
Ed Selkov 2

Batteries don't seem to hold a charge

Early this summer, I came across 6 Caterpillar Batteries. They are all 12v Deep Cell 100Ah 750ccA batteries. I already had 4...
Steven Messer 3

Lithium a better performance per $ than lead?

Let met start by saying that I built my own off-grid 400 watt solar PV system with 6 of 100AH @ 12V lead acid batteries.  M...
Alan Dennis 7


I have an opportunity to purchase 20-KC120's fom an estate sale. I know that there were issues with panels built between 20...
Don Abel 3

Using Ultra Capacitors To Extend Battery Life

I ran across an article in my travels (see link below) detailing the use of ultra capacitors in forklifts to extend the battery ...
Travis A 15

Energy draw switch

I own a small island in Canada that isn't connected to the grid. About 3 years ago we got our first renewable power, a simp...
Steven Messer 11

wiring a hybrid off grid ssytem

does anyone have a schematic with AWG for a 12vdc 200watt turbine and a 10 watt 12vdc solar panel.  the turbine puts out a ...
Pat Bissen 1

Three phase Solar Power for commercial use

Hey everyone, I'm currently designing a three phase solar power system for commercial use. I've pretty much d...
Adam Cu 8

Trace C40 Controller

Where may I locate a schematic for a Trace C40 Controller?  I have one and it is malfunctioning.  Xantrax will not sen...
Jack Williams 6

Leave Batteries connected or disconnect when not in use?

I have a 12 volt solar system on a second home that is in use 4 months of the year (Dec. thru April). Is it best to disconnect t...
Al Jolley 1

Adding a battery bank

I have a bank of six Surrette 4-CS-17PS 546Ah batteries in series for 24V, installed in 2008.  I would like to now double m...
Thomas Anderson 8

Help!!!! Wire crimping or soldering?

OK....I'm starting to wire the DC box BUT...the Outback breakers have nuts on them and it looks like I"ll either have ...
Ann Byers 10

Eco-friendly Travel Tips

The number of people who travel for business or pleasure is increasing every year. It is important that people are aware of Eco ...
Robert Mathew 0

Eco-friendly Birthdays Tips

It’s your kid’s birthday and you must celebrate it in an eco-friendly way. Know how to celebrate eco-friendly birthdays so t...
Robert Mathew 0

Detecting and Remedying a Phantom Load on Battery Bank

I have a 48V battery bank of 16 Trojan L16s (2 banks of 8 batteries connected in parallel), off-grid, serviced by 3600W solar an...
Dave B 7

Beat Global Warming with Artificial Trees

Artificial trees can be used to cut down carbon dioxide emission and helps to maintain stable green environment. It is necessary...
Robert Mathew 2

Inexpensive battery bank charging ....

My system... 300 watts of solar panels, Solar boost 2512x controller, 14 deep-cycle 220 amp/hr batteries wired in series for 12 ...
Tim Dederick 0

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