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  1. AlaskanNoob

    Off-Grid Victron 450/200 Charge Controller

    I should be getting ours here soon and I'll take some pictures. Replacing those plastic connections should be a positive development I would think. Outside of spacing considerations and having to wire up MC4 connections, I can't imagine there is a downside. Those chincy plastic connections...
  2. AlaskanNoob

    Think I'm gonna buy this Perkins 8.5KW diesel generator

    Alright, so here are the output lugs. The cable I have connected to the current generator (Honda 7000) to the EG4 is a 30A-120V/240V NMEAL14-30 and if I remember correctly, I think I wired only three of the pins up (two hots and a single neutral). I'll confirm that, but then I suppose I'll...
  3. AlaskanNoob

    PV connection torque for Victron MPPT RS 450/200 not specified?

    I suppose they did it to improve those cheap plastic connectors. I can't think of a downside to these connectors but I guess we'll see.
  4. AlaskanNoob

    PV connection torque for Victron MPPT RS 450/200 not specified?

    Victron is taking back the unit with three trackers and they're sending us a new unit with one slight difference. The PV inputs on the MPPT are now MC4 connectors. That should solve the torque issue so it seems a net positive. Anybody have one of these new units?
  5. AlaskanNoob

    Off-Grid Victron 450/200 Charge Controller

    Victron is replacing an MPPT 450/200 for us due to one of the tracker inputs being damaged due to wrong torque specified (which they have since fixed). But we were told the new MPPT has replaced the four trackers with four MC4 connectors. I can't imagine that being an issue over the old...
  6. AlaskanNoob

    Think I'm gonna buy this Perkins 8.5KW diesel generator

    Same cable I'm using right now. Just need to figure out how to connect it to this new generator since it doesn't have a receptacle.
  7. AlaskanNoob

    Think I'm gonna buy this Perkins 8.5KW diesel generator

    I've got to figure out how I'm going to connect this generator to the EG4 chargeverter though, and to 12V power. Company said: I was hoping I could just take my 30A-120V/240V NMEAL14-30 cable (220V) that I have plugged into the output receptacle of the Honda EU7000 generator (which then plugs...
  8. AlaskanNoob

    All Electric Tractor

    Nah, haven't done so yet.
  9. AlaskanNoob

    All Electric Tractor

    Yeah, for sure. With solar flares and such, would need to build a faraday garage for this thing.
  10. AlaskanNoob

    All Electric Tractor

    This one looks cheaper...
  11. AlaskanNoob

    Think I'm gonna buy this Perkins 8.5KW diesel generator

    Don't have a tractor, just a Kubota track loader and a Kubota excavator. We are considering selling one or both once we get our dirt work done and maybe picking up an electric tractor for chores around the place once the construction is done. But I don't know how much it costs, so might be...
  12. AlaskanNoob

    Think I'm gonna buy this Perkins 8.5KW diesel generator

    The wife and I will have to learn how to service it out in the bush.
  13. AlaskanNoob

    Think I'm gonna buy this Perkins 8.5KW diesel generator

    Biggest reason for diesel is because it stores longer and we can use it on our heavy equipment and also in our diesel heaters. Like to buy it in bulk but need ti to store as long as possible, and need options to use it in case we get too much. This way, if I'm coming up on its expiration and...
  14. AlaskanNoob

    Think I'm gonna buy this Perkins 8.5KW diesel generator

    Pour a little slab, build a little shed over it, and plumb a 500 gallon diesel tank into it. Maybe have the big diesel tank gravity feed into a smaller buried tank so that the earth warms it up or something. Probably won't do that initially and we'll see how it goes. Only gets to about -10F...
  15. AlaskanNoob

    48VDC Heater mats

    Interesting. Do you set the temperature you want, and it then opens/closes when it gets 5C off that temp?
  16. AlaskanNoob

    DC generator tied into DC bus...will batteries demand more current than the generator can deliver?

    Apparently my assumption that generators were default DC and needed extra equipment to become AC was incorrect. So apparently the loss in efficiency isn't much if anything by going with an AC generator, so we're going to pursue the diesel AC generator route like most others do and just keep...
  17. AlaskanNoob

    48VDC Heater mats

    Seems like we have both come to the same relative plan. Do you use your Pi to control everything, or is that in addition to a Venus GX device (like a Cerbo)?
  18. AlaskanNoob

    48VDC Heater mats

    We got some off Amazon but I haven't wired them up yet. I'm going to be moving all the batteries down into the root cellar and building a super insulated new rack for them, then I'll install 4 of these 12V mats on some metal under the 8 batteries. We got an Orion to step down our 48V to a 12V...
  19. AlaskanNoob

    DC generator tied into DC bus...will batteries demand more current than the generator can deliver?

    Seems it would be an issue with over voltage. So we're gonna: look into another model diesel DC generator that we think has a controller that will limit current output look into using a Victron SmartSolar MPPT to take in DC power from the generator to supply to the bus this seems like it...
  20. AlaskanNoob

    DC generator tied into DC bus...will batteries demand more current than the generator can deliver?

    Right now I have an AC generator powering an EG4 chargeverter which is wired into the DC bus. The chargeverter allows setting the voltage and amperage. I'm thinking about replacing this with a DC generator tied directly into the DC bus. The load on it (outside the inverter demand) will be 8 x...
  21. AlaskanNoob

    Making a Faraday Cage Room out of 12'D Steel Culvert

    Our walls are the culvert as shown in the picture above. The floor and "roof" won't be load bearing. Yeah, I'm too dumb to know what "experts" to believe on YouTube. That's why I posted here, because I know that I can trust EVERY SINGLE THING you people say. Especially when it comes to how...
  22. AlaskanNoob

    Making a Faraday Cage Room out of 12'D Steel Culvert

    Yeah, but apparently there are cycles of the sun and we're getting into a cycle where the flares will be more intense. Maybe so intense nothing I do matters, or maybe so intense that my stuff works while others stuff doesn't work. Plan for the worst, hope for the best. And if a solar flare...
  23. AlaskanNoob

    Making a Faraday Cage Room out of 12'D Steel Culvert

    Me too. I think there is some question as to how much of a Faraday Cage those meshes actually are. Depending on the size of the metal, and the size of the gaps, it's a faraday cage for *some* frequencies but not all, from the little that I understand. Apparently the best is to make the gaps...
  24. AlaskanNoob

    Making a Faraday Cage Room out of 12'D Steel Culvert

    Would this work to protect (fingers crossed) against solar flares and EMPs? I know it's not guaranteed and lots of variables, but the increased sun activity and the chance of solar flares knocking everything out has me a bit concerned given that we off grid solar types are so dependent on our...
  25. AlaskanNoob

    California proposes “blatant seizure of property” in solar ruling

    I doubt there is much of a way to hide solar from satellites. Low earth, angles, they'll know. It's not like Enemy of the State (great and prescient movie) where they have to look straight down. Not anymore anyway. And they have other sensors that will see the electrical activity, heat, etc.
  26. AlaskanNoob

    Anybody own a diesel PHEV in the USA?

    Just looked at that. Heard the 2024 has 80 miles of EV range. Solid. And affordable. But only 2WD which makes it a no go for us. Plus it doesn't tow anything. But definitely worth looking into.
  27. AlaskanNoob

    Electric tracked ATV

    Mattracks does sell tracks that will fit the Polaris Ranger Kinetic. $12,900 for their M3-UR PLUS is what we were quoted, without shipping.
  28. AlaskanNoob

    Anybody own a diesel PHEV in the USA?

    Just rented a BMW 330E PHEV, first time I've ever driven an electric vehicle of any kind. Since we don't have any diesel PHEVs in the U.S., might look into picking up a gas PHEV. Probably a RAV4 Prime.
  29. AlaskanNoob

    Anybody own a diesel PHEV in the USA?

    Plenty for our needs. Except perhaps in winter. But we don't leave the homestead much, so the solar has an opportunity to charge the battery even in winter. Still, that's why we want a PHEV, for those dark winter days when diesel makes more sense or when we travel outside our local area.
  30. AlaskanNoob

    Anybody own a diesel PHEV in the USA?

    I have a team currently working around the clock to crunch the numbers to, at the soonest, ensure you know exactly how much money I can afford to spend. Please bear with us!
  31. AlaskanNoob

    Anybody own a diesel PHEV in the USA?

    You will be the first person I will inform when I get around to deciding that.
  32. AlaskanNoob

    Anybody own a diesel PHEV in the USA?

    Asking me my budget for such a vehicle is and was irrelevant to the discussion. Yes, I told you I have two tanks. Gas with fuel stablizer, at least in my experience, is only rated to store for a year. You can find people saying "it works fine" but I'd rather have diesel with stabilizer rated...
  33. AlaskanNoob

    Anybody own a diesel PHEV in the USA?

    I don't know why you keep beating this drum. Saying that "nobody" would buy it, and there is "absolutely no benefit" to be had in a thread that is started by somebody wanting to buy one and listing benefits in doing so. You don't have to want one, but to suggest that nobody else should is a...
  34. AlaskanNoob

    Anybody own a diesel PHEV in the USA?

    Since I can't find one, I really haven't gotten to that part yet.
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