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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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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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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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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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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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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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Other Websites

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New to this forum, and looking for help from those in the know. Just received my new pure sine inverter 24v 3000w and reading the manual; it states "It is recommended the inverter connect after the battery directly. Do not connect it to the SOLAR CONTROLLER." All my research indicates connecting battery to CC and CC to the inverter.
Does this mean not using a CC?
If CC is used, how is it wired?
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Hi everyone. I subscribed to Will Prouse's YouTube channel and I've learned so much in a week. I had a 32 panel array, net metering system installed on my house in 2019 and now im looking to build a small battery bank-solar charger for travel, camping and small loads in my house.
Bobs RV 36' wrote on mmcalli's profile.
Hi I saw you got your 272s
Did you get those from Michael?
I want to put in an order for 8- 272s +2 150ah BMS to make 2- 12v batts for my RV but i am wondering about the ordering and payment process. im expecting a long shipping time. I'm new here and don't know what the protocol is
Thank you!

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