by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 13, 2014 - 7 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SOLAR, WRETHA
A while back my current deep cycle batteries began to get weak, they would charge up quickly and not hold much of a charge, unfortunately the batteries are the part of the off grid system that need to be replaced on a semi-regular basis. I am hard on my batteries, that has never been a secret. This next week I plan on buying four 6-volt deep cycle golf cart batteries. In the past I have used marine type deep cycle batteries, they are more heavy duty than regular automotive batteries, but aren’t near as hearty as golf cart batteries.
As my current batteries began getting weaker and weaker, it began creating problems with my inverter, causing it to go into fault mode for a few seconds, meaning it would cut off the power during that time, it only did it during the day when the batteries were charging or fully charged, never at night, it took me a while to figure out where the problem was.
At the same time this was happening, my freezer (to fridge conversion) smoked on me, fortunately I was home and awake, I could hear popping and snapping, when I went to investigate that sound I saw smoke coming out of the back of the freezer unit, I immediately cut off the power to the freezer, it no longer works. I have no way of knowing if this happened as a result of what was happening with my inverter seeming to act up, or if it was just the freezer was old (it was well used when we got it) and it was just its time to die.
We did get another chest freezer, but I cannot risk hooking it up until I get those new batteries. Next week after I have the batteries and get them hooked up and running, I’ll post an update about all of this.
Here are the links to the chest freezer to fridge conversion