Solar panels for sunless setting
by NICK ROSEN on AUGUST 12, 2012 - 0 Comments in energy

A hunting lodge in Maine with two small solar panels, some old used car batteries,a quarter mile of wire and careful management. An old-timer explains how he does it in this video.

The old batteries are important – recycled from the owners car once he buys a new one. The Deep cycle batteries which we are told are the right product for this environment, in reality do not hold a charge over the winter when not in use.

The wire is because the panels have to be placed a quarter mile from the house in order to catch the sun in winter. But they still charge the battery about 0.2 volts per day. This means you can take a battery from dead, when it reads 11.7 volts, to fully charged – when it reads about 12.7 volts – in just 4-5 days.

The other vital ingredient is being really stingy with usage.

Tags: , , , ,


There are no comments yet...

Kick things off by filling out the form below.

Leave a Comment


Creative Commons license, which allows you to utilise all the information on this site for non-commercial purposes, providing you credit the information with the word '', which should be written as one word and accompanied by a link to our web site.
View our creative commons license. View our Privacy Policy.

Vivum Intelligent Media Ltd. 2009
17 Scawfell Street
London E2 8NG

email nick (at),
call US office:
toll-free 1-877-706-7423
UK +44 207 729 2749