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Forum: Solar Power 08-21-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,233
Posted By jjackstone
It finally happened. The grid went down over...

It finally happened. The grid went down over about a ten square mile area this morning. However my fridge continued humming away using the battery pack and I could still make a fresh pot of coffee...
Forum: Solar Power 08-10-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,233
Posted By jjackstone
https://ecorenovator.org/forum/picture.php?albumid...

https://ecorenovator.org/forum/picture.php?albumid=56&pictureid=374

Hey! I'm back. Well screwed around taking my time on this for months and finally got it more or less done. Installed the panels...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 08-02-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,206
Posted By jjackstone
https://www.google.com/search?q=555+timer+charger+...

https://www.google.com/search?q=555+timer+charger+circuit&oq=555+timer+charger+circuit&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.13925j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Lots of ckts.
Forum: Solar Power 06-13-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,233
Posted By jjackstone
Yep, I'm still slowly working on this project. I...

Yep, I'm still slowly working on this project. I bought a super cheap Chinese 3Kw inverter just to play with until I decide to buy enough equipment to be able to go off grid completely. Found an old...
Forum: Lighting 01-05-19, 12:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,447
Posted By jjackstone
Yes, the box is more for weather/rain protection...

Yes, the box is more for weather/rain protection than heat. The best thing you can do for heat(or cold) is to run the wires from the solar panel into the house and connect all your electronics there....
Forum: Lighting 01-04-19, 01:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,447
Posted By jjackstone
The light you linked to is a motion sensor light....

The light you linked to is a motion sensor light. Neil has pretty much got you lined out. That bulb runs on AC. As he said you would need a very small inverter to turn the DC from the batteries into...
Forum: Lighting 01-03-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,447
Posted By jjackstone
Other pertinent questions. Is it being used for...

Other pertinent questions. Is it being used for security? How many hours per night does it need to be on(battery size)? How much space do you have for a solar panel before the condo people get upset?...
Forum: Solar Power 12-09-18, 10:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 555
Posted By jjackstone
Shouldn't be a problem. My company used to use...

Shouldn't be a problem. My company used to use small gel cells all the time as backup power for small electronic systems. If there was out gassing from the battery it would more likely come from...
Forum: Solar Power 11-08-18, 04:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 465
Posted By jjackstone
Bench testing Enphase microinverters

Checked the search engine and didn't see a thread for this. Has anyone here figured out a simple way to bench test microinverters? I'm sure a battery or power supply could be connected as a DC input,...
Forum: Conservation 11-06-18, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,217
Posted By jjackstone
I believe oilpan's assessment is correct at least...

I believe oilpan's assessment is correct at least for now. However as costs associated with panels, storage and installation continue to decrease I expect solar will displace fossil fuels as the main...
Forum: Solar Power 10-11-18, 11:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,233
Posted By jjackstone
Finally getting ready to do something with all...

Finally getting ready to do something with all the clutter laying around. I talked about the Volt battery I bought in a different post. Now I have separated it into 8 x 48 volt, 2 kwh battery packs....
Forum: Solar Power 09-08-18, 10:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 404
Posted By jjackstone
Build your frame on wheels. Tie it down with...

Build your frame on wheels. Tie it down with mobile home tie downs. Make sure all your grounding is done properly. Now it is a mobile unit as opposed to a permanent fixture. In many states there is...
Forum: Conservation 08-24-18, 10:43 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,623
Posted By jjackstone
Looks like a kit for a Chevy Volt battery so it...

Looks like a kit for a Chevy Volt battery so it wouldn't need to be modified. If so would you have it designed to kick on the appropriate relays so that the cover wouldn't even need to be removed...
Forum: Solar Power 07-26-18, 02:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 763
Posted By jjackstone
So sorry you had to do that. Most of the solar...

So sorry you had to do that. Most of the solar sales people are gone from the area now but I must say I used to have fun with them. I'd ask them questions that I was pretty sure they couldn't answer...
Forum: Solar Power 07-24-18, 04:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Posted By jjackstone
Ok I couldn't wait. Pulled the cover off the pack...

Ok I couldn't wait. Pulled the cover off the pack and the meter reads 384 volts. That sounds like a win to me.
JJ
Forum: Conservation 07-24-18, 10:37 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,623
Posted By jjackstone
Thanks for the cost breakdown. Great price on the...

Thanks for the cost breakdown. Great price on the battery pack. Mine was $1800 US.

I know a number of people think it's silly to go offgrid when there is a perfectly good grid already attached...
Forum: Conservation 07-24-18, 02:09 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,623
Posted By jjackstone
Randen, Do you have a ballpark figure of how...

Randen,
Do you have a ballpark figure of how much money you invested in your system?
JJ
Forum: Solar Power 07-23-18, 10:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Posted By jjackstone
The seller had a 2014 Volt with a wrecked front...

The seller had a 2014 Volt with a wrecked front end. He bought the 2013 model with a wrecked rear end to replace the front end on his vehicle. He said he used to work as an auto mechanic and from the...
Forum: Solar Power 07-16-18, 10:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Posted By jjackstone
8325 This one is the front end of the pack....

8325

This one is the front end of the pack. The area circled in red has the date code. I am guessing that it is the build date, but it is actually stamped into the metal so it could just be the...
Forum: Solar Power 07-14-18, 03:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Posted By jjackstone
Ok. No takers. Well, I got a pack and there is a...

Ok. No takers. Well, I got a pack and there is a plate at the business end(electrical connectors) of the pack that has a date that says 07-09-12. While it doesn't specifically say that is the build...
Forum: Solar Power 07-02-18, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Posted By jjackstone
Electric vehicle battery age

I'm looking into Leaf or Volt battery packs for solar storage. I have a question. Is there a way to verify what the age is for a pack that has already been removed from a vehicle? Maybe stamped...
Forum: Solar Power 06-29-18, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,233
Posted By jjackstone
Yes. Very fortunate on this buy. That's why I...

Yes. Very fortunate on this buy. That's why I bought before I was really ready for them.

"Solar is great but it makes a few dollars a day and it just takes time to add up.
The sooner they start...
Forum: Solar Power 06-26-18, 01:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,233
Posted By jjackstone
Best price ever.

After searching CL for a couple years I finally found the deal that hit my price criteria. They don't get much less expensive than this. Bought 10 JinKo solar 310 watt panels for $500. So 3100 watts....
Forum: Conservation 06-13-18, 10:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 850
Posted By jjackstone
Don't know if this will help but there are a...

Don't know if this will help but there are a number of tracking ideas at this website.
Red Rock Energy Heliostats (http://www.redrok.com/main.htm)

JJ
Forum: Solar Power 06-05-18, 09:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,093
Posted By jjackstone
Don't know how many kw's you need or if it would...

Don't know how many kw's you need or if it would be worth a trip to California, but there are a number of good deals in the San Francisco bay area right now. Granted some of these panels are used but...
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