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Oct 5, 2022 - 4:50:18 PM
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STUD

USA

36755 posts since 3/5/2008

me solar generator set up...

Bluetti 2200w with a 350 what solar panel..
N...a..
Vl 60 dude zone 12v fridge from iceco..
Fridge is here now just ordered the generator set...

Ecoflow was the runner up..fer the generator....

Oct 5, 2022 - 5:24:42 PM

59681 posts since 12/14/2005
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Hope the grid never goes so bad that you NEED it, but, as with many other things:

"Better to HAVE it and not NEED it, than to NEED it and not HAVE it!"
As far as "pulling the Trigger"- - - -

"Let GO of my HORSE!"

-R. Rogers-

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Oct 5, 2022 - 6:14:04 PM
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222 posts since 3/25/2016

"R. Rogers?"  Could that be ol' Leonard Slye from Ohio?  Yay!

Oct 5, 2022 - 7:55:41 PM

2158 posts since 11/17/2018

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Originally posted by banjo5280

"R. Rogers?"  Could that be ol' Leonard Slye from Ohio?  Yay!


Yep...born in Cincinnati

Oct 5, 2022 - 8:05:17 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

67019 posts since 10/5/2013

Bob Nolan, founding member of “The Sons of the Pioneers” (of which Lenny Slye was a member) and composer of “Cool Water” and “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds”, was a Canadian born in Winnipeg.


 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 10/05/2022 20:06:58

Oct 5, 2022 - 9:01:59 PM
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Brian T

Canada

19501 posts since 6/5/2008

Great news! The day the grid fails and you can turn on lights and make hot food, the entire rig will mentally pay for itself.
Up here, my system was driving the house heating system (pellet stove) and fans. Back to bed, snuggle down and wait it out. Mid winter, it was essential.

Sold the pellet stove. Now the system can do most kitchen things and lights and TV.

Oct 5, 2022 - 9:08:41 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26476 posts since 6/25/2005

What I want to know is when you pulled the triigger, did the shot fall over into Mexico?

Oct 5, 2022 - 9:33:16 PM

Paul R

Canada

16235 posts since 1/28/2010

Why, Bill, you salty dog, you.

Oct 5, 2022 - 9:58:53 PM

chuckv97

Canada

67019 posts since 10/5/2013

Look here, Sal, I know you

Oct 6, 2022 - 5:12:24 AM

heavy5

USA

2478 posts since 11/3/2016

Run down stockins & worn out shoes

Oct 6, 2022 - 6:21:21 AM

159 posts since 1/28/2017

Stud, explain to me is this just emergency on the solar panel or true solar that feeds back into the grid. Bluetti 2200w with a 350 what solar panel. I've looked at adding solar panels to our home and I'm getting prices from $25,000 to over $30,000. I do not think that kind of investment makes since when our high electric bill is about $220 after the new rates. A guy I know put in solar panels system and his electric is about $11-15 a month, you still have the payments on the solar.

Oct 6, 2022 - 6:34:39 AM
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STUD

USA

36755 posts since 3/5/2008

I would put this unit as a top camping or emergency unit...
It is mobile...

Me life styal is that of a person onthe miminalist styal..
Pretty much when we loose power from the grid ..not to much changes here..

Once a Combat Engineer...always a..Combat Engineer...

At some point.. I may build meself a solararay that is capable to do all of it..
More on a permanent side of things..

I am not Interested in back feeding to the grid..

Edited by - STUD on 10/06/2022 06:37:56

Oct 6, 2022 - 6:57:41 AM

RB3

USA

1490 posts since 4/12/2004

When Mr. Slye was born, he lived in a house at a location that later was the location of second base at the old Riverfront Stadium on the banks of the Ohio.

Oct 6, 2022 - 7:15:30 AM

STUD

USA

36755 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

Great news! The day the grid fails and you can turn on lights and make hot food, the entire rig will mentally pay for itself.
Up here, my system was driving the house heating system (pellet stove) and fans. Back to bed, snuggle down and wait it out. Mid winter, it was essential.

Sold the pellet stove. Now the system can do most kitchen things and lights and TV.


We have a diverse  selection for our energy needs..

Solar is the latest..

When I was on the LVAD to keep me alive...

No power ment no life...

 

Tis one reason I built n set up the bus the way I did..

Recharging the LVAD... batteries had to happen...

So I started learning about solar power..n..its pitfalls..as well as its benefits...

Oct 6, 2022 - 7:53:15 AM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

12586 posts since 2/22/2007

Thanks for update and please let us know how it works in the real world, what you can power and for how long. I am trying to put together an emergency system and my head is spinning from reading all about it. I need to know what all I have to have in order to run:
two small table fans all night, a coffee maker for 15 minutes, minimal lighting, and just keep phones charged---that is all that I need for one day. Then figure out how many days I can afford.
Because if we each have a fan then we can get at least get some sleep, and if I can make coffee then I won't kill anyone.
Solar is problematic for me as my house is very shady, which otherwise is a very good thing.

Oct 6, 2022 - 9:03:11 AM

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At one point in U.S. history, Ohio WAS "the western frontier".

My union newsletter informed me that Leonard Sly was brought in as a strikebreaker by Hollywood, when the actors who had actually WORKED as cowboys were demanding better pay.

Oct 6, 2022 - 11:28:28 AM

5985 posts since 12/20/2005
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How many square feet are in a second base ?
I thought my house was pretty tight

Oct 6, 2022 - 12:22:17 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26476 posts since 6/25/2005

Well, more next year than this year.

Oct 6, 2022 - 1:47:07 PM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

12586 posts since 2/22/2007

The grid-tied systems being pushed by energy companies are useless when the grid goes down. They only help lower your power bills but do nothing for emergency outages. And the salesmen do not exactly broadcast that fact, so beware.

Oct 6, 2022 - 2:50:04 PM
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Brian T

Canada

19501 posts since 6/5/2008

I've had a solar power system in my house for the past 15 years or so. A delight and a relief when there's a total power failure of unknown length. It was very simple to put together and functions very well.

Solar panels outside, high up on a south wall. They need light, does NOT have to be direct sunlight.
#6 black and red wire into the house to the charge controller module, keeps the batteries from being overcharged. Next connection is to the battery bank of pairs of 6VDC deep cycle storage batteries. Plate area determines storage and 2 x 6 VDC have more plate than 1 x 12VDC.
Last is the pure sine wave inverter (there are 3 kinds) as I want to run electric motors. That's all there is to it.

The inverter has 2 USB charging ports. The inverter has two typical 117VAC plug-in ports. One of those is dedicated to drive the 3 motors in the pellet stove. I need about 500 watts for that. I have no idea what the power demand is from the oil-fired central heating furnace (sold the pellet stove).
The other one is connected to a line up into the upstairs kitchen to a quad receptacle box.

Power failure: Get downstairs, start the inverter, used to pull the wall plug on the pellet stove and plug that into the inverter. Took maybe 30 seconds for the smoldering pellets to light up again.
Go upstairs and plug in the 9 watt ( I might go 14W) LED light to illuminate most of the upstairs.

Got heat again.
Got all kinds of cheap bright LED lights.
Hot food and hot water? I already had an assortment of butane and propane camping stoves in a kitchen cupboard and camping gear plus several gasser grills outside the doors.

I'm not worried about the freezers. I'll guess that they can go 12+ hours if I never open the doors.

Cool huh? I find everything, get all set to camp in my own house and the (*&^&% grid comes on again.

Oct 6, 2022 - 3:09:13 PM

STUD

USA

36755 posts since 3/5/2008

Yeah Brian t..
Kinda what i am planning..

But i want to run a few fridges..n..a freezer..too..

Fridges n freezers ar not all that bad...becose thy do not run all the time ..
I just need nuff if all the morors come on at once..
Unlikely but could happen.

I have a 6k watt inverter n 4.. 6 volt deep cycle batteries in the big bus n a 1.5k one in the little bus..

Oct 6, 2022 - 4:01:46 PM
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I’m sure glad you are one of the good guys.

Oct 6, 2022 - 4:13:54 PM

Brian T

Canada

19501 posts since 6/5/2008

Batteries. They are the key juice storage item in the whole system. Does not matter how you charge them up. Obviously the solar panels do nothing in the long winter nights we have here.
More and more batteries, just something to always work towards.

STUD, in your case, they are a critical investment.
Big batteries like HD CAT equipment batteries.
Friend runs his log cabin retreat with a dozen of those.

I bought a big fancy battery charger that operates off the grid. Even tells me how long to full charge! Say the power comes back on at 5 PM. At the solstice here, the sun sets in the west at 1:52PM. Yeah, no kidding. I'll push a button and the charger can go all night long to jack up my batteries. Don't need to disconnect anything except attached appliances. The inverters require a NO-LOAD start or they cook.

If the blasted power went off again the next day, I would be Ska-Rewed because the solar panels did diddly squat to load the batteries in the night.

Oct 7, 2022 - 6:16:29 AM

STUD

USA

36755 posts since 3/5/2008

Oct 7, 2022 - 6:48:42 AM

STUD

USA

36755 posts since 3/5/2008

Me hide outs...
Big bus n...condo...




 

Oct 7, 2022 - 6:55:48 AM

STUD

USA

36755 posts since 3/5/2008

the big bus was me LVAD COMAND CENTER...
2 FLEXABLE SOLOAR...100 watt panels. mounted on the roof....
They died.. in about 4 years from install...

It dose pay to research manyoufractures..before buying...

The portable panels work pretty good tho..n..are getting much better..

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