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DIY Solar General Discussion

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Show and Tell

Post your DIY solar power system! Pictures or it didn't happen :)
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Beginners Corner

Embarrassed to ask a question in the other boards? New to solar? This is your spot :)
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Newcomers

Introduce yourself here! And welcome new members
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Danger Zone! (Advanced Users Only)

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Solar Systems

Vehicle Mounted Systems

RV's, Vans, Trucks and More! Typically 12v, and 100-1000w, but the limits are endless!
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Cabin or Tiny Home

Power your tiny abode with solar power!
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Shed or Shipping Container Mounted Systems

Building an Off-grid System in your Backyard? Stick it in a shed! Or a shipping container if you have the space. Affordable and Easy
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Marine

Building a system that can withstand a marine environment is difficult! Talk about it here
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Harsh Environment

Extreme Temperatures? Advanced Autonomy Systems? Talk about it here!
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Off-grid Living Advice

Cooking tools, heating and cooling, dealing with winter sunshine and more!
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Residential Solar

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Solar Water Pumps

Need to move water with some sunshine? Talk about it here!
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Solar Water Heating

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Energy Storage Are you a battery addict? Same here. You can NEVER have too many batteries!

General Battery Discussion

Anything and everything batteries!
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Lead Acid Batteries

Good ol' fashion lead acid!
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Beginner Friendly "Plug-n-Play" Lithium Batteries

Battleborn, Ruixu, Simpliphi, Kilovault, Trillium, Renogy and more!
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DIY LiFePO4 Battery Banks

Advanced user discussion on BMS/ Cell Configurations/ Temperature Regulation/ Cell Sources and more
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BMS (Battery Managment Systems)

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Second Life Lithium Batteries

Found a Lithium Battery in a Tesla/Nissan Leaf or Electric Bus and want to use it for solar? Post about it here.
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DIY Powerwalls

Grid-tie battery systems for energy independence
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Uncommon Batteries: LTO/ NCA/ NMC/ Li-Poly

Not recommended for solar, but still an option. See what others are doing and post questions here
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Back-up Generators

Backup petroleum energy storage for off-grid solar systems
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Everything Else Storage

Using an EV car for Storage? Tell us about it!
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Solar Equipment Reviews and Technical Support Trying to program an inverter? Need to post your thoughts on a solar panel? Post it here :)

Solar Panels

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Solar Charge Controllers

MPPT/PWM/Converters without batteries and anything else you find! Discuss it here :)
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Off-grid Inverters

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Grid-tie Inverters

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All-in-One Systems

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Solar Generator and Micro Systems

A battery/inverter/charge controller setup for mobile or stationary application. They are usually ready built or "plug-n-play".
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Wire/Connectors/Junction Boxes

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Home Brew Solar Electronics

General Discussion and Brainstorming

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PCBs, Prototyping, Casing

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Software

Microcontrollers, Microcomputers, Cloud software, Embedded
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Troubleshooting Circuits

Built an MPPT and not getting maximum output? Probing a circuit and need help? Post it here
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Tool Section High quality solar installation tools will make your life 1000x easier! Discuss your favorite tools here

Bench Top Tools and Testing Equipment

Scopes, Meters, Capacity Testers and More!
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Hand Tools

Wire strippers, cable cutters, crimpers and more
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Power Tools and Soldering Irons

Large Power Strippers, Impact guns, Soldering Irons and more
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Favorite Tool Show and Tell

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Learning and Help Center

Safety Check Section

Post pictures of your DIY system, and have other people check for safety issues
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Sizing and Planning

Energy Audits, Roof Planning, TOU Plans and more!
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Troubleshooting Help

Dealing with a frustrating problem with your system? Post it here!
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Solar Array Mounting Methods and Advice

Tips and tricks for mounting solar panels to different roof materials and environments
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Codes and Regulations

Need help following local laws when installing your system? Not sure if what you are doing will land you in jail or with a hefty fine?
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Electrical Safety Gear

Did a pair of safety glasses save your vision? Did soldering smoke hurt your lungs and you found a product to fix it? Post it here!
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Complaint Corner

Dislike something about this forum? Want to add a discussion topic? Talk about it here and it will get fixed!
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DIY Solar Marketplace: Sell your own stuff!

Solar Panels for Sale

Have some spare panels laying around? Sell them here!
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Batteries for Sale

Not using an old set of batteries? Sell them here!
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Inverters and All-in-One Units For Sale

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Group Buy Club

Buying multiple units of a single solar product is MUCH cheaper. Post it here and do a group buy with other members of this group.
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Wire/ Tools/ Accessories For Sale

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Online Deals to Share with Others

Found a cheap price on some batteries? Share it here!
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Other Renewable Energy Sources

Hydroelectric

Have a small stream in your backyard and wish to create free power from it? Check out what others have done here!
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Wind Turbines

Discuss and build wind turbine systems! Check out what other people have built and share your own
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Corporate Corner Blatant advertising is not allowed on this forum, but we have created a special place for businesses to post whatever they wish. If a member wishes to browse this area, that will be up to them.

Corporate Corner General Discussion

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Corporate Deals Section

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New Product Announcements

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Off-topic Discussion

Chit Chat

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Humor

Everyone loves a good meme!
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Other Websites

Found an awesome resource for solar? Or something unrelated but still amazing? Post it here
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Planning on doing an AMA live stream tonight at 6pm PST, if you are interested tune in at www.youtube.com/HighTechLab . Ask me anything you want, it's a perfect chance for you guys to get to know us a bit better.
jpierce wrote on Will Prowse's profile.
i need help got the 4 batt daly bms with blue tooth and would like to get blue tooth or app ?
Want to build a 48 volt system for powering our recreation site on the river. Got Will's book and been watching utube videos I want to start purchasing parts for the system.

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