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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have this solar panel ordered - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017GQ7OEA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3GMRWNJ2V9TRM It has usb ports and I would like to convert them to 12 volt dc to charge a deep cell marine battery. I see people going to a battery pack, then using the...
  2. DIY - Do It Yourself
    The new chicken house is getting close to being finished. The next phase is a lean-to and solar power. The solar panel will go in top of the lean-to. I want something that can provide lights, and maybe run a skilsaw or drill. What size solar cell, how many batteries, what size inverter should...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone have experience with the Sunforce 50048 60W Solar Charging Kit? Amazon has it on sale for $199 with free shipping. I have a 1/2 horse power jet pump that supplies water to my house. I would like some kind of solar system that could run the water, or maybe run the fridge to keep the...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Does anyone have a solar powered chicken coop led light, or a 12 volt solar powered light in their chicken coop? After I build the rest of the chicken coop and enclose the run, I am thinking about putting a solar power / battery powered hotwire around the edge of the run. Since the coop is...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Any problems, downsides, alternatives?
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I was at my local Costco (Torrance, Ca) and came across these Goal Zero Nomad 7M Sherpa Portable Solar Power units... comes with a bunch of accessories- they are only $99 bucks. I bought one. Curious, I looked these up on Costco's website and they show $139.00. Couldn't find them cheaper on...
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have been a major proponent of Solar power all of my life, but knew well the realities and limitations he had. But I have hoped for a major break thru to take the efficiency beyond where it is today and beyond the 50% point. This may be it...lets all hope so as it will usher in a new era in...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have searched the post and couldnt find much on this. What is a good solar battery charger. Would like to charge AA, C and D. I see them for sale but some of the reviews are not good. Would like yalls input from experience. Thanks
  9. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    does anyone else have these Silva Tech4o compact solar panels like the ones shown here? mine actually only have the two small banks of panels not the 4 panel design as shown. ive had mine for about 6-7 years but havent really used them/needed them. as i recall, i got them for about $40 each...
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I recently installed a new bimodal solar system (grid tie, and non grid tie with battery backup). I have 33 X 230 watt solar panels. For a total system of 7.5 Kwatts. The problem is that I'm not generating the power I expected. In a weeks time (of relatively good weather, two mornings of...
  11. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I am looking at getting a chest freezer. The tag on the back says it draws 1.7 amps. So running wattage would be 1.7x120 = 204 watts....right? The tag didn't say anything about starting amps. Does anyone have a guess about what the starting wattage would be so I can make sure I have an...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So for solar u need panels batterys and inverter,correct?? Curious about the inverter if someone could explain. Also where can I get em? Tryin to get a rig for my fridge
  13. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Thinking of buying some solar panels. Would like to generate enough to run a normal size deep freezer. Don't need to run the whole house, AC, lights, etc. Just want to keep my food frozen. How much power would I need? What kind of cost am I looking at?
  14. Urban Survival
    Anyone have,or heard any reports on the solar powered generators you see advertised everywhere?
  15. Urban Survival
    Just a few questions about some small scale solar set-up. Yesterday i came across a solar panel and and inveter at a flea market they are brandnew still in the packaging. All together they cost me 90$. Basically all i want to do is be able to charge my small electronics...I-phone,computer...
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hi, new here - the name's Michael and I'm a recording engineer and UNIX systems guy. I've been browsing the forums seeing what others are doing as far as "getting ready" goes and lots of good ideas here. I apologize for the long first post also... I'm currently prepping my houses basement as...
  17. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    There has been a lot of talk on emergency power,these systems will run small appliances,laptops,radios,etc.this is just one of the backpack solar units. http://www.ctsolar.com/ Cheaper source...
  18. Urban Survival
    I recently bought one of these online. I haven't recieved it yet but i think it's pretty awesome. For the people who can't survive without their electronics haha :D or maybe you really need your cell phone for a emergency call? otherwise a very useful tool that is small portable and has its...
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Recently there was a thread about turn key solar setups. Nobody had much input. I (and I think many others) want something that can be ordered and setup without multiple orders or trips to the store...something for the Layman that is EASY and idiot proof. I ran across this company advertising...
  20. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    hello all, I have this idea to use a Solio charger such as the one pictured below to charge my electronics. I have not purchased it yet but I believe it will charge my Blackberry just fine. I do not have a rechargeable battery settup. I realize the benefits of rechargeable batteries and would...
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