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Forum: Conservation 09-09-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 36,099
Posted By Robaroni
They're just trying to slow down the inevitable....

They're just trying to slow down the inevitable. Renewables are the future, now I'm seeing pros going to fully electric yard maintenance equipment and major auto manufacturers like VW and GM, that...
Forum: Conservation 09-05-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 36,099
Posted By Robaroni
The grid or your provider? Is it a technical...

The grid or your provider? Is it a technical problem or a political one?
Forum: Conservation 09-05-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 36,099
Posted By Robaroni
The best current battery for backup is LiFePo4....

The best current battery for backup is LiFePo4. They generally last about 2k to 2.5k cycles. If you cycle those batteries 50% everyday they will last ~7 years. It's your choice but they are...
Forum: Conservation 09-04-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 36,099
Posted By Robaroni
Off grid is not ideal if you don't have to. The...

Off grid is not ideal if you don't have to. The best solution is to have an intertie/backup system where the batteries are kept charged by the grid and they don't cycle up and down on a daily basis....
Forum: Solar Power 08-05-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 741
Views: 175,057
Posted By Robaroni
PB, Nice with the Plasma CNC. I thought about...

PB,
Nice with the Plasma CNC. I thought about building one for my Plasma but wound up building jigs to cut straight lines and arcs because I didn't plan on going commercial and I was in them middle...
Forum: Product Reviews 05-17-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,191
Posted By Robaroni
We got a special deal from GM on the 2017 we had...

We got a special deal from GM on the 2017 we had leased. We now have a 2020 Premier with the longer range.
I know there's a lot of talk about the Tesla Model Y but it doesn't fit us. First with the...
Forum: Solar Power 05-07-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 741
Views: 175,057
Posted By Robaroni
Good to hear. I just found out that when my...

Good to hear.
I just found out that when my contract runs out with my rural electric coop that my payback will be at the rate they now pay for electricity. This means I will go from getting 10.5...
Forum: Solar Power 01-07-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,731
Posted By Robaroni
In AC capacitance circuits current lags voltage.

In AC capacitance circuits current lags voltage.
Forum: Conservation 12-22-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 36,099
Posted By Robaroni
Randen - thanks! I'm also at the point where...

Randen - thanks!
I'm also at the point where I'm ready to install wind. I've been monitoring my Davis station for years now and I have enough good wind on my front acreage. Many years ago I bought a...
Forum: Solar Power 12-20-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,731
Posted By Robaroni
Logan thanks for the input. I originally...

Logan thanks for the input.
I originally designed the system with BMS in mind but the Outbacks are so good that I don't need it. I cycled through a few charges running all my critical loads. with no...
Forum: Solar Power 12-20-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,731
Posted By Robaroni
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Solar Power 12-20-19, 04:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,731
Posted By Robaroni
Haven't bought gas in 23k miles. All my...

Haven't bought gas in 23k miles.

All my critical loads are backed up. Well pump, fridge, freezer, phones, lighting, computers.
Forum: Solar Power 12-20-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,731
Posted By Robaroni
thanks. Two Outback GVX4836 ; 7.2Kw total ...

thanks.
Two Outback GVX4836 ; 7.2Kw total
Flex 80 Charge controller
Flex 60 Charge controller
Forum: Solar Power 11-30-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,731
Posted By Robaroni
I initially set up the system with a BMS system...

I initially set up the system with a BMS system but after exhaustive testing
I found the best solution was to charge the bank to 3.4V (each cell 54.4V for the bank) max which, according to the data...
Forum: Solar Power 11-30-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,731
Posted By Robaroni
Thanks Daox! I haven't posted in awhile, been...

Thanks Daox!
I haven't posted in awhile, been busy with projects but I thought you guys would like to see what I've been up too.

I'm using two Outback GFX3648 inverters for a total of 7.2Kw with...
Forum: Conservation 11-29-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 36,099
Posted By Robaroni
Randen, See my latest post on a LiFeP04 backup...

Randen,
See my latest post on a LiFeP04 backup battery bank in the "Solar Power" section
Rob
Forum: Solar Power 11-29-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,731
Posted By Robaroni
A 10Kw LiFeP04 battery bank

About 2 years ago, before LIFEP04 batteries became the backup standard, I scored 640 new Tenergy 32700 LiFeP04 batteries for about $900 USD including shipping. These were purchased to replace my 13...
Forum: Lighting 02-19-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,723
Posted By Robaroni
I didn't, I linked a 12V example. He doesn't take...

I didn't, I linked a 12V example. He doesn't take anything apart. The original bulb runs to an E26 socket which is 120V, so you need to include an inverter to 120v for your total cost.

NREL shows...
Forum: Lighting 02-18-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,723
Posted By Robaroni
141/60=2.35 hours of sun. He lives in Ca. I took...

141/60=2.35 hours of sun. He lives in Ca. I took the cap. Sacramento because it is further north. Even if there data is wrong at 9 plus hours it will never be 2.35 hours. What is the US location of...
Forum: Lighting 02-17-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,723
Posted By Robaroni
(12*30)*0.25=90 "There is an average of 3470...

(12*30)*0.25=90

"There is an average of 3470 hours of sunlight per year (of a possible 4383) with an average of 9:30 of sunlight per day."

http://www.sacramento.climatemps.com/sunlight.php
...
Forum: Lighting 02-16-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,723
Posted By Robaroni
First off, he lives in Ca, a very sunny place. ...

First off, he lives in Ca, a very sunny place.

Secondly, I have no idea how big or small your array is. My systems, I have two, an intertie/off line that sends excess to the grid and backs up the...
Forum: Lighting 02-16-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,723
Posted By Robaroni
Poor Man, Here's a small cheap circuit that...

Poor Man,
Here's a small cheap circuit that should turn off your LED during the day. All the parts are inexpensive and easy to get.

How it works:
The "ts3702" is a comparator, it compares the...
Forum: Lighting 02-16-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,723
Posted By Robaroni
Bill, a 100 watt module for 2.5 hours (this is...

Bill, a 100 watt module for 2.5 hours (this is low, I believe the average for the US is 3 to 4 hours of maximum module output per day), gives 100 x 2.5 = 250 watts. A 5 watt source quadrupling the...
Forum: Lighting 02-15-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,723
Posted By Robaroni
Hi Poor Man, I love these kinds of projects,...

Hi Poor Man,
I love these kinds of projects, they're so much fun!
OK, if the light is 5 watts that means the current it draws is 5 watts divided by 120 volts or 0.042 amps. BUT LEDs don't run on...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 11-06-18, 04:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,450
Posted By Robaroni
PB, Good luck with the new machine, it looks...

PB,
Good luck with the new machine, it looks like a honey!
I remember my first tractor and BH, what fun and the great amount of work these guys can do.
One thing, since it only has 85 hours on it...
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