Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Battery Update

I think I get to learn the other side of the 'overkill' equation...  before, I was running a small battery bank, and an overkill on the solar panels for that size bank.. frequently my batteries werent able to accept all that my controller could send them during the day.

well, since the new bank installation, I have yet to see the 'Float' light on the controller come on!  they are getting a good charge, and pulling in the power at 14.4v, which is great, but they are taking all that it puts out.. when you look at the numbers, thats not suprising, but I never considered that.  8 batteries taking in 16amp at the end of the day is only 2 amps per battery, and with a charge of 2 amps coming in, it can take a long time before they will stop accepting that charge.  Slow charge is great for them, so not worried about that, but sure have to change my expectations :)

At this point, my past power issues are gone.. I can kick on the pc and radio first thing in the morning, run all day and into the night if I choose, and never run low on power, in fact, I've not been able to drop them to even half at this point, and it should only get better as the sun continues to rise with the coming summer.  A well spent 400$

Friday, January 27, 2012

A thing of beauty :)

to some of you it might not look like much.. but to me.. it's wonderful! ok.. ignore the mismarked terminals.. but I got it right in the long run!

Not pulling power off them yet, gonna switch over the solar tonight after the sun goes down and isnt power in the circuit, then will give them a full days charge before they become my workhorses!  Right now, they havent recieved a charge in a couple weeks, and are still showing at 12.59 on the meter, thinking they be in good shape for used batteries

Mornin folks :)

well, it seems that bloggin isnt something that I do well   but gonna try to make myself more accountable to myself for a bit and at least put something up.. problem I run into, nothing in my life seems worthy of sharing at least at that moment, Or, it's not something that I'm ready to share with others.

The past year has been filled with good and bad, I've gotten a bit more comfortable with who I am as a person, and am learning to accept a lifestyle that I feel is necessary for me to be content.  I also lost my Sister over the past year, and that was something that I was in no way prepared for.. so it's been a hard year if one with redeeming aspects.

As to the land.  Over the past year I managed to dig a shelter into the side of a hill for winter protection.  Last winter, I had a string of days where my high was in single digits, and the truck just wasnt warm enough to hang out in all day with it that cold.. and Tori couldnt deal with that cold well when we went walking, so we pretty much sat in the truck and froze for a while.. my lowest night was 15 below... It's good to know I can handle it, but not something I wish to repeat often.  Sooo.. dug into the side of a hill, got some OSB sheathing at 8$ a sheet, and built a shelter!  thats been my primary focus when I was on the land, digging and creating, it's not pretty, but it works (will add a pic later).

Managed to make it to the RTR this year down in Quartzsite, where I was honored to meet quite a few fellow travellers and rubber tramps :)(Shout out to Squire!)  I have missed being in touch, and I think I'm gonna find a way to return every year, even though I am mostly stationary. 

for now, back in the shelter, and upgrading my battery bank to give myself a bit more computer time at night.  I was going to buy a bank of Trojans at Quartzsite, but they wanted to much for both the batteries and the core charge since I had no turn ins.. so said forget that!  On the way back to the property, made a few phone calls and found someone with some used Crown 305's that I could take for 60 each.... I picked up 8 of em   so my battery bank is going from 110ah usable to 610ah usable.. I think I'll not have a problem in the near future!  I havent used Crown batteries before, nor have I purchased used batteries, but at the price, even if they only last 2 years I made out like a bandit compared to a new set.  Have an email in to the Crown folks to get specifics on the charging and equalizing charge values.

This morning, I'm building the bank itself, have the wires all cut and ends on, it's just carrying these beasts in and down the hill... heck of a workout!

Thank you to all the folks I met at the RTR, showed me once again how wonderful the vandwelling family is!