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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm currently need some ideas for let just say rural power generation that is based in solar PV to generate up to 5 kW of power and operating in wet-humid tropical climate. Furthermore I'm also looking for any information / recommendation regarding LPG fuel generator with similar power output to...
  2. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hi there Had a small Eton wind-up /solar emergency radio/ usb-charger and after a month of being in almost full sun, the battery still did not charge up. Not sure if this unit was just defective, or if they simply don't work well. Just wondering, what brands you have tried and would...
  3. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to solar charging batteries. I know what I want to be able to charge, but I don't understand where to start or what to purchase in order to do that. I visited a few websites on it and got lost. Specifically I am interested in charging...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    In building some small/medium solar applications, I've been surprised at how much equipment, specifically-sized to the job, is required to make solar power happen. For example, solar charge controllers are cheap-as-dirt (in the lower amp ranges) but they're absolutely necessary for most...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    In my last thread, Nomad, 2nd said I need to make it a little longer, so here I go. For April 2017 I decided to focus on rechargeable USB devices. Rather than going with a large 12 volt panel, to a charge controller, and then to a battery, I decided to go dabble in a solar panel that has USB...
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I finally bought a solar panel. In all honest, I do not know why I waited so long for. It is a Nekteck 20 watt solar panel. Before I bought the panel I asked myself, what purpose will the panel serve? I decided to go with a foldable solar panel with USB outlets for recharging flashlights, AA...
  7. 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...
  8. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Sharing this with the community. Supply List: 2x Square Milk Crates (Free-$5ea) SigmasTek SP12-100 12v 100aH Deep Cycle SLA ($200 Shipped) Genasun GV-10 MPPT Solar Controller ($110) KingSolar 50W Semi Flexible Solar Panel ($99) Xantrex 450W Inverter 851-0451 ($35 Used) 4.2A Dual Port USB...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    EDIT: This thread has become long and unwieldy. That's okay, there is a lot of good info here. But to make it easier to navigate to the most important parts, I've created a clickable Table of Contents. The INTRODUCTION & and PART I: DETERMINE ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS are this post. PART II...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    We got a new camera, began testing it, and decided to share a few photos. Here are 4400 watts of PV panels: :)
  11. 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...
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    And so it begins again, +95% of the seeds are sorted into their correct shoe boxes, a planting plan is in Excel, dreams of Spring grow stronger, even though the main garden looks like this: The homemade rack has been upgraded to include heat mats It's made of PVC pipe and fittings. Once we...
  13. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Any reviews or recommendations on a backpacking solar charger? I have heard mixed reviews on ALL of them. I once had a crank radio that could "charge" through USB, but nothing ever really retained a charge. To make a phone call I would have to crank the phone to life then pass the charger...
  14. 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...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I got my sump pump in today, its a Superior Pump 91330 1/3 HP. The next step is to get the solar panels, charge controller, battery and inverter. To prevent damage to the motor, I would like to install a Low Voltage Disconnect (LVD) that will kill the power going to the inverter. The main...
  16. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have a tool shed that I would like to have power to. It is about 100 feet from the house, all I need is something for 12 volt lights at night. The shed measures 10X8. I am thinking about adding an overhang for the lawnmower and tiller. So that would be one light inside and one light in the...
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A buddy of mine and I were talking about the water setup I want to build for my chickens. I want to pump water from a creek using a solar powered system. Use 2 X 55 gallon plastic drums for water storage, then an automatic watering system for the chickens, something like PVC pipe with nipples...
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Has anyone used a solar powered hot wire for livestock? I am thinking about putting one around my chicken yard. The solar hot wire I am looking at is a Zareba, .04 joule rating. They sale for $99 at the local Tractor Supply store. I need to keep out dogs, coyotes, bobcats,,, typical southern...
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