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Anyone else doing this? I've been tinkering with a solar trickle charger to charge 2 deep cycle batteries that I keep in my radio room to power my cb and amp. Works pretty good. I've been thinking about picking up 6 big deep cycle batteries and storing them in the crawl space and keeping them charged off the solar charger and building a windmill to turn and alternator/generator off a car to also keep them charged. I live in the Midwest so wind is ever abundant. I saw this on The Colony Season 2 when they built the one on top of the apartment complex to charge their battery bank. I know there's plenty of store bought windmill options, but whats the fun in that? lol.

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i have dreams of living off grid. Passive solar heating, wind power and solar power are great ways to get there. There is a magazine called "Home Power". Good stuff in there for those that wish to get their power from mother nature. Loved the link.

 

if you are wondering what you can do will passive solar heating check out what they can do in the Himalayas.

http://www.ashden.org/winners/GERES09

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i have dreams of living off grid. Passive solar heating, wind power and solar power are great ways to get there. There is a magazine called "Home Power". Good stuff in there for those that wish to get their power from mother nature. Loved the link.

 

if you are wondering what you can do will passive solar heating check out what they can do in the Himalayas.

http://www.ashden.org/winners/GERES09

 

Great Idea for yourself

 

overseas this creates a 2 edge sword more food more children less food more innovative ways to

produce food and more children eventually everything falters and problems arise sad

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I wish I could get a handle on this solar / wind stuff all the electrical parts intmidate the crap out of me. I would love to use some solar stuff though.

 

I hear ya there. I'd be building all kinds of crap if I understood electricity. lol.

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yes wiring and electrical can be intimidating if your not familiar stay with a 12 volt system

 

you can download a chart of how to connect batteries to store power and stick with

optima batteries as they last longer and can be mounted even upside down

due to being a sealed gel /mat battery

 

and solar panels mixed with a generator and wind is made a bit easier, get a charge controller that allows

for these to be added.

 

the sail boat type wind power generators 400 watt or very good for an area that gets wind regularly

and they are not that expensive.

I would rather have many 15 watt panels than 1 large panel as if it goes bad your sunk

and if you want or need to split your system you can

 

I would use a different color + wire for wind turbine standard black and white for solar panels

red and black for battery leads to inverter

and mark your panel and note book so when your looking at it you know what your dealing with.

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yes wiring and electrical can be intimidating if your not familiar stay with a 12 volt system

 

you can download a chart of how to connect batteries to store power and stick with

optima batteries as they last longer and can be mounted even upside down

due to being a sealed gel /mat battery

 

and solar panels mixed with a generator and wind is made a bit easier, get a charge controller that allows

for these to be added.

 

the sail boat type wind power generators 400 watt or very good for an area that gets wind regularly

and they are not that expensive.

I would rather have many 15 watt panels than 1 large panel as if it goes bad your sunk

and if you want or need to split your system you can

 

I would use a different color + wire for wind turbine standard black and white for solar panels

red and black for battery leads to inverter

and mark your panel and note book so when your looking at it you know what your dealing with.

 

Snake, guys like you and Capt Bart never cease to amaze me. I could start reading manuals etc. until my dying day and never possess half of the practical information that you guys do. This has made me wonder about a possible cottage business...I think guys like ya'll should hire yourselves out as consultants. I know there are some corps out there that do "security" etc, but you guys could make a killing and probably have a great time doing on site prep "consulting"

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I sent in my resume

 

and a photo spread and a few head shots and an in depth list of my experience

to the porn channel but I have not heard back.

 

OH I see now, well hummm yes I do this occasionally by word of mouth.

I install small security systems and install anything I can get paid for.

complicated systems need a small crew to run wiring and climbing into attics crawl spaces or mechanical

rooms and making up conduit and digging trenches.

wireless is not really wireless unless you own a battery company as it still requires power for the cameras

even though the camera signal is wireless hence I don't see how they get away with false advertising.

 

and then if you read my post on dealing with others now you know why I hate people LOL

maybe it was all the computer systems and networks I set up, I also have learned to hate technology.

 

harbor freight has a couple of solar panel systems that are easy to assemble and all connections

are marked one is for 179.99 for 3 - 15 watt panels and it comes with a couple

of lights and a controller a good start it needs a battery to store power and an inverter to convert

12 volt DC to 120 volt AC harbor freight also sells inverter's it states a 300 watt inverter for the

3 panel system

 

http://www.harborfreight.com/45-watt-solar-panel-kit-90599.html

 

and here is the file / instruction manual shows what you get and how to assemble it a

good starter project.

 

http://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/90000-90999/90599.pdf

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wardog513

 

they system i mentioned is for small comforts like a 12 volt fan {i use scavenged computer fans}

 

for hot or still nights sleeping in a mosquito net air does not circulate well and some 12 volt led lights

 

and it can run small devices like nebulizers for asthma patients radios and small tv's i have a small

 

5 inch tv and i have a digital converter to analog antenna so if there is a signal i can get news and

 

weather .battery recharging if your vehicle is operational a inverter will power some items and charge

 

a separate battery for use at night i ran a computer fan all night off a small lawn tractor battery

 

during Katrina and Rita plug multiplexer or three way adapters from dollar stores allow battery

 

charging and running other items at once from a power cord just make sure the cord is short and heavy.

 

a solar hot water heater is a box with a clear cover and some mirror bubble wrap windshield sun screens

 

for showers and cooking you can download a plan from the internet a damp towel spray bottle and a

 

fan is heaven the heat wave after a hurricane very refreshing as a cool bath from a drum of water

 

when power is out unless your on a water tower system and even then it may be turned off to stop

 

drainage from damaged or open lines in a power outage situation.

 

I understand cost is a factor as many have stated make a list and buy as each goes on sale

or as you can afford.

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