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  • hkalan
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    Hello Grapefruitmoon,

    It is more important to calculate the power you will use !

    Once you know your power needs, you begin to put together a solar, wind, generator backup system to meet your needs.

    I have absolutely every modern convieniance as living attached to the grid, but ZERO wires connected to me. This is done with planning.

    Use the link below to begin your Power planning !!!!

    https://www.affordable-solar.com/Learning-Center/Solar-Tools/Off-Grid-Load-Estimator

     

    Alan

    in reply to: tankless water heaters #68377
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    I am curious… how many litres or gallons per minute does a $400 USD tankless water heater buy in the USA ?

    Mine is 12L per minute (3.1 gallon) that is 24v DC powered for off grid use, and I paid around the same price many years ago when off grid was not popular.

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="768"]12L Tankless Water Heater Stainless Steel 24v DC blower and ignition LPG Tankless Water Heater.[/caption]

     

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="683"]Tankless Water Heater - Inside The inside components of the Stainless Steel 24v exhaust and ignition of the LPG tankless Water Heater[/caption]

    Alan

     

    in reply to: tankless water heaters #68376
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    I have a 12L (12 litters per minute) tankless water heater. Uses 24v for exhaust blower and ignition… all from the power I make with my solar panels. I have had mine for over 6 years and with proper care will last me double that.

    I can not say enough good things about Tankless water heaters ! It is tucked behind the refrigerator and you would never know its there !

    Being in the sub-tropics, we shower 2 times a day (water is from my 24v desalination unit that converts sea water into fresh water), as well as cook with LPG on my 54 foot boat. A 20 pound tai lasts us nearly 3 months for cooking and heating water.

    Alan

    in reply to: suitable generator for washing machines #68345
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    This may interest you !

     

    in reply to: Battery Monitor with generator start #68333
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    I use MorningStar TS-60 MPPT and have the network hub, that can connect their relay. I am able to set the parameters for the MorningStar start my generator when the battery voltage falls before a set point.

    Although I live on a boat, I use Victron Energy battery monitoring that has a system called VE.Net that has an alarm, that can also be connected to the start relay of the generator.

    Alan

    in reply to: NiFe cells #68334
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    I am using LifePO4 !

    I have 8 CALB 3.2v in series for a 25.6v bank. I have four 300w 36v panels that keep them very happy using a Morningstar TS-60 MPPT

    One thing about LifePO4 is that they are most happy at 28.0v. Make sure that the controller is able to custom the setting. The Battery Monitor System is very important. Here is the basic outline of my BMS system and what is going on for me to live completely off-grid !

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="830"]Alan's LifePO4 Alan’s LifePO4 BMS and Charging[/caption]

    in reply to: Inverter & battery setup for small cabin #68335
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    Just my 2 cents… Stay with DC.

    A simple battery bank, Solar Panels, LED lights, a DC fridge.

    No worries !

    Alan

    in reply to: simple off grid water heater #68336
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    I recommend a tankless LPG water heater !

    I use one with a DC fresh water pump. The ignition is also DC powered from the battery bank. Some are using 2 D size batteries. Very simple !

    This is how they work.

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="496"]Tankless LPG water heater How a Tankless LPG Water Heater Works[/caption]

    in reply to: additives or gadgets to fix or renew batteries #68337
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    You can make your own “De-Sulfating” device. My friend has made a solid-state model that works perfectly. Have a watch… He is now a member here as well !

    Alan

    in reply to: Compact Fluorescent lamps and Inverters #68339
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    Forget about an inverter and use DC powered LED lights !

    Alan

    in reply to: suitable generator for washing machines #68340
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    The easy and very quiet Honda EU2000 generator is great.

    It will supply 1,200W of a load very comfortably. and it is able to have 2 connected in parallel.

    Very popular, and the generator motor uses a fuel pump, so you can modify the fuel supply line to suck fuel from a larger portable tank if you need to run for long periods while under a load.

    Alan

     

    in reply to: additives or gadgets to fix or renew batteries #68341
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    Actually it is a “Pulse” circuit using the Badini circuit.

    The “Air Coil” is a Solid-State type has a trigger coil, and run coil.  The coils will oscillate creating high voltage spikes that will pulse the plates of the charging battery, that actually pulse off the sulphur layering the plates, that then return the sulphur into the battery fluid.

    The Badini circuit is a patented Open-Source circuit. It is not able to be sold, but a DIY project that can easily be made at home.

    You can also make a rotor type pulse motor using electromagnet coils and magnets on a spinning rotor. They both do the same thing.

    NOTE: The type of transistor and diodes used, as well as numbers or run coils will greatly increase the de-sulfating effect and intensity.

    If you follow some of his other video’s, you will see how you can make one for yourself. It is a good tool to have before you equalise any Lead Acid Battery !

    Alan

    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    perhaps a blog is a better way to start your concept.

    Gather the information, organize it, and put it online to see the responses you get first.

    I can see your intentions for assisting in sourcing supplies from China, but there are so many already doing that, and it is best to know the technologies, and the differences in good and bad products… Stick with the gathering of information to share with the world.

    Alan

    in reply to: Money money money money, MONEY! #68344
    hkalan
    Participant

    Hello,

    Even when I was working a 9 to 5 career, I still lived off grid… I would go to the office every day.

    Home is always off grid, but there is the necessary facts that money makes things possible !!!

    Alan

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