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Solar around the home
« on: September 18, 2008, 12:49:43 PM »
I have a small (5 watt) panel that is used to keep my battery topped off and a solio thats used to keep the ipod charged and the phones topped off.




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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008, 12:55:21 PM »
Very cool, I plan to start doing some investing in some small scale solar stuff this winter.

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008, 03:09:21 PM »
That small solar unit is something I want to get for my BOB.  A bit pricey and lower on my priorities list at the moment.

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2008, 01:14:11 AM »
I was recently in west Africa. Notorious for its poor power. Using a small cam corder bag i place in there a rechargeable 12v battery (similar to the ones you get on children's electric cars from toys r us), i bought mine from maplins.  A solar charge regulation, a 12v cigarette lighter socket and a mini inverter (about the size of a light bulb), completed the kit.  I added a 10w high efficiency (small size to power ratio) panel and had the ability to run my laptop, charge my phone (sat and GSM) permanently.


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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2008, 01:20:50 AM »
Solar set up complete with asus solid state laptop (low power) and sat data terminal

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2008, 01:22:21 AM »
bag and panel

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2008, 07:44:52 AM »
Steve,

That is an awesome little set up!

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2008, 10:25:49 AM »
That small solar unit is something I want to get for my BOB.  A bit pricey and lower on my priorities list at the moment.

This solio normaly goes for $99 but samsclub had it for $89 so I grabbed one. It's really very handy and small when folded.

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2008, 02:54:07 AM »
Steve,

That is an awesome little set up!

It was a cost effective investment which enabled me to be off grid permanently whilst on my travels.

Bag £20 (new)
Inverter £20 had already
Battery £30 new
Ancillary bits £10 (cabled 12v connector)had already
Low battery cut off (stoops battery being killed by running it all the way down £10. Had already
10w high efficiency solar panel £70, new

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2008, 11:57:04 AM »
That small solar unit is something I want to get for my BOB.  A bit pricey and lower on my priorities list at the moment.

This solio normaly goes for $99 but samsclub had it for $89 so I grabbed one. It's really very handy and small when folded.

Where else can these be found?

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2008, 12:06:08 PM »

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2008, 07:39:23 PM »
I posted this before on the ZS forums. I will provide a link to it. It is about the solar battery charger I own, and I really like it. Free energy is always the best kind.

http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=33405

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2008, 01:39:41 PM »
My total solar setup  ;D

It's small but works in an emergency





Its a gel deep cycle battery and a 400 watt inverter built into one unit. I use it for my BIPap when ever we get bad weather. Made it several years ago and never had a problem with it.

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2008, 10:33:05 AM »
*Drools*. So the panel hooks right into the battery to charge it? Thats pretty cool. I have thought about buying solar panels like that but was not sure how to hook one up to a deep-cycle battery like that, and even if I did, what things could I run off of it? I will have to do some more research into it.

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2008, 11:14:26 AM »
One of the coolest posts I've ever seen (and most likely the setup I'll end up getting) was on ZS...

http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=32103

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2008, 06:54:23 AM »
My total solar setup  ;D

It's small but works in an emergency





Its a gel deep cycle battery and a 400 watt inverter built into one unit. I use it for my BIPap when ever we get bad weather. Made it several years ago and never had a problem with it.

excellent set up!

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2008, 11:50:12 AM »
*Drools*. So the panel hooks right into the battery to charge it? Thats pretty cool. I have thought about buying solar panels like that but was not sure how to hook one up to a deep-cycle battery like that, and even if I did, what things could I run off of it? I will have to do some more research into it.

I meant to show you something I got a walmart many years ago that I use to run several devices off of 12vdc. When I'm not running several thing off it I plan to use it to hook several panels into it and charge the battery back up



Things you can run off 12v.....just about anything you want (within reason). I have 2 fans and an emergency radio that I run off it at the same time. Shop around you will find a ton of 12v items. Watch anything that has a heating element in it (coffee pot/heater and so on) it will suck a large battery dry in no time.
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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2008, 01:17:18 PM »
*Drools*. So the panel hooks right into the battery to charge it? Thats pretty cool. I have thought about buying solar panels like that but was not sure how to hook one up to a deep-cycle battery like that, and even if I did, what things could I run off of it? I will have to do some more research into it.

Hi, if you are using a solar panel you need to get a charge regulator (say $20) rated to match the max output of your panel(s). Go for a larger size as this will allow you to add panels later.  This device smooths the charge to your batteries and stops reverse charging when the panel voltage is lower that the batter (i.e. at night).  More expensive units can also take another feed from say a small wind generator and will give various reading, panel output voltage, charge current, battery voltage.  Cheaper/smaller units will typically have 2 LED's "charging" and "battery full".

There are several sources of lists of what power an item will take. To work out how many watts an item uses you need to apply the following formula I x V = W.

I = current (look at the power supply it should tell you or else you can measure the actual current draw, but you may need an additional multi meter if you do not own one).

V = Voltage, mains (ac) or DC, i.e. UK is 230v (From 1 January 2004 the mains supply should be 230V)


W = Watts, this is the rating you will see on your solar panels and voltage regulator.


You need to work out your power budget in watts. what are you trying to power, and then size your system accordingly. The other way round is bye what you can afford and that will dictate what you can run/charge at any given time.

if any of this is not clear just ask.

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2008, 07:40:57 AM »
Solar power is something that fascinates me, but as of yet, I haven't done much research on.  Mostly because it seems complicated to me, with having to figure out what's compatible with what it all tends to run together when I start reading about it.  I'd love to provide a portion of my own power & cut the bill costs. I'd also love to stick it to the power company.

Anybody have any down & dirty basic language sites that might help an electrically challenged fella out?

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #20 on: September 29, 2008, 11:30:49 AM »
I did a podcast on basic solar/12V stuff.
Check it out.

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2008, 12:08:20 PM »
I did a podcast on basic solar/12V stuff.
Check it out.

How can I download this to my iPod?

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2008, 01:36:03 PM »
Solar power is something that fascinates me, but as of yet, I haven't done much research on.  Mostly because it seems complicated to me, with having to figure out what's compatible with what it all tends to run together when I start reading about it.  I'd love to provide a portion of my own power & cut the bill costs. I'd also love to stick it to the power company.

Anybody have any down & dirty basic language sites that might help an electrically challenged fella out?

try this. I am happy to email you a better quality document,if you want to email me at sdbaem@hotmail.com
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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #23 on: September 29, 2008, 08:06:46 PM »
Hey Steve, thanks.

I'll shoot you an e-mail in the morning when I get off work. 

Thanks again,
Shane

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2008, 10:11:48 PM »
I did a podcast on basic solar/12V stuff.
Check it out.

How can I download this to my iPod?

Steve- Sorry man. My iPod kungfu is very weak. Do iPods do a standard Mp3 format? I claim total ignoarance on this one.  ???
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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2008, 12:29:56 AM »
yes an ipod will "manually" take an MP3. br steve

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« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2008, 08:22:29 PM »

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How can I download this to my iPod?

You can download a standard MP3 file to your harddrive.  Then use the Itunes File menu (or use the hotkey Ctrl-o) and select Add File to Library.  Point to the MP3 you downloaded and it should be added to your Music Library.  You can then find the MP3 in your music library and drag it to your iPod (or sync your music) and it should be added to your iPod.  This will add it to your music though, not the Podcast selection of the newer iPods.  I can update this when I have a bit more time to figure out how to put downloaded MP3s in the Podcast section.

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Re: Solar around the home
« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2008, 07:19:18 AM »
Hey Steve, thanks.

I'll shoot you an e-mail in the morning when I get off work. 

Thanks again,
Shane

hi Shane, send the email via my mail on this site.  BR  steve