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  1. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Sad seeing 148 unanswered threads in last month

    One thing missing in this forum is a "sticky" mechanism? Currently, good FAQ answers fall to the bottom, never to be seen again ... For each category, one or more sticky posts answering the basics might head off many repetitive posts, for those that are search-challenged ...
  2. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Sad seeing 148 unanswered threads in last month

    Forums are a form of self-help helpdesk ... you have to know how to search, or at least read the bottom 5 suggested "solutions" or similar posts to the one where you asked for help. This forum is full of the exact same answer to 10,000 posts, and has many critical resources in the aptly titled...
  3. 50ShadesOfDirt

    DJI drone charging

    Consider adding a receiver hitch trailer, and a portable inverter-gen (your choice of fuels). In the field, fire up the gen and support any array of drone battery chargers (no inverter needed at this stage). These hitch frames hold upwards of 500lbs, and you can build a secure frame around them...
  4. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Decentralized design?

    If I understand OP correctly, this is a "solar generator" design (without the panels). Just build your own, put it on a hand-truck (or rolling dolly), and size the battery to your needs. Recharge when the grid comes back up. If you get fancy, you can swap battery-banks, almost on the fly, for...
  5. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Certain Systems/Sizes = Too Much Purchase Risk ...

    An AIO *should* be replaced/repaired/refunded when it breaks ... as fast as possible ... but threads seem to indicate this won't happen in a day or even a week, and could be weeks/months. High-end AIO's features & complexity goes up, repair-ability goes down. Warranties are iffy at best; the...
  6. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Certain Systems/Sizes = Too Much Purchase Risk ...

    We have "right-to-repair" taking shape in EU ... afaik, it is not taking shape here in the USA ... being talked about at times, but that's it. We let businesses "decide" what is right for us, and us repairing (or even looking under the covers) is generally frowned upon. That doesn't stop most...
  7. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Certain Systems/Sizes = Too Much Purchase Risk ...

    ... as in, the only way the system should be purchased is if you have an "authorized installer" with a *service contract* to support it. Even this is tricky, because the burden is upon you to evaluate the installer as well as the product. This might be getting beyond the capabilities of a mere...
  8. 50ShadesOfDirt

    EP Cube Review

    Generac's (whole home generators) are installed only by authorized dealers; any attempt to deviate from their installation guide, and warranty is lost. Any weird issues at the site, and warranty is lost. Units don't "complete" installation until the "owner/site" is registered. All adds up to...
  9. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Solar has been hijacked/co opted. A wakeup?

    I see OP's argument as more of a location-based issue. If you are in the city (or highly populated area), and exploring solar, you are causing grief to the local grid, because you're going off-grid or hybrid. Thus, in the city, grid/regulatory folks are doing all they can to keep you "tied in"...
  10. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Is it possible to harvest and store enough solar in summer to carry you through winter?

    I think anything is possible, but it has to be done with the individual's (or family's) choices and tradeoffs in mind. If you have a Caviar lifestyle, it won't be as easy. What we noticed is that, when we went rural and off-grid, all service requirements plummeted, as in, we used less water...
  11. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Is it practical for me to live off grid with no electricity and with that internet?

    We are rural and off-grid, and adding to our self-sufficiency every day (becoming more self-sufficient in all areas of homesteading). So, yes, keep working towards getting some land (as unrestricted as possible), even though that might be harder for you in the UK vs. us in the USA. Yes, you can...
  12. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Consumer Nuclear Batteries Goodbye Solar and Lithium?

    I'd want double-use out of it, for the expected high price ... in addition to electricity, I'd pull a "Martian" (Hot Stuff, Baby), and warm the car space with it. Void your warranty ... open it up!
  13. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Community Solar power.

    I'd tack against the wind (along w/ DiyRich) and make this more a collection of independent diy off-grid homesteads: - 100 acres is divvied up into tracts for each home, and one or more common areas, all part of the trust. needs a great design to get into the 100-acre parcel, and then into each...
  14. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Beginner home backup

    You could go with an inverter/charger/battery-bank, coupled with recharge from the grid or from your generator. This will cover you for outages, and you should get by with the existing generator, if it plays well with the charger (or an inverter-charger). This should come in at less cost than a...
  15. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Is the power company just biding time?

    If off-grid, then there are no issues with all the grid madness. Leave the grid insanity for the grid providers, big business (grid consumers), and anyone else not looking to join into the disruptive power of off-grid solutions (the masses who can't/won't figure out how to cut all or some of the...
  16. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Need recommendations or outright tutorial please!

    As you have an existing AC300 (w/ a battery expansion pack), you have all the components needed inside the AC300 (inverter, mppt, etc.), so there's no need for external inverters, mppt charge controllers, etc. It takes various charging sources and does the right thing inside the AC300. Only...
  17. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Be wary of SOK

    I still think SOK makes the best "infinitely repairable" battery out there ... I can't imagine a scenario where something can't be fixed yourself. Given the weights of batteries/assemblies these days, I am starting to think that warrany "swaps" are out of the question if going above 12v sizes...
  18. 50ShadesOfDirt

    AIO vs separate components

    I'd tend to go with a component strategy ... and use an LF inverter, Tier-1 specs (Magnum, etc.) ... I'd estimate you'll get 5+ years of life easily out of the arrangement. Some folks sport longevity of 10+ years ... I'm over 5 on mine, and it's still going strong. If you go with the HF...
  19. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Is there any Privacy Respecting/Ethical hardware out there?

    If you buy into the modern HF inverters, there's all kinds of electronics in there ... monitoring over various networking schemes is built in, and who knows what back doors are present. By the time we figure out there is a back door in there, vendors have moved on, in firmware, software, new...
  20. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Home Insurance & Non UL Approved Equipment

    There was a guy (engineer type) on the hurricane coast (florida?, gulf coast?) who built his home entirely out of concrete. Not as a dome, but as straight walls & such. I believe he had been hit, and what happened was some doors/windows blew out, but the structure was not affected in the least...
  21. 50ShadesOfDirt

    New Li Time battery put on charger overnight and voltage dropped

    Not familiar with that charger, so I'll hazard a guess that Victron charging setup effort for your battery type isn't finished yet. When I hook up a "smart charger" (LiFePO4) to a set of new LiTime batteries, they'll increase in charge up to near what the vendor says they should hold. I have...
  22. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Signature Solar said "Will Prowse setup is wrong and dangerous"

    Power strip = test/project work, not production. At some reasonable point in time, turn your test/project *into* production work. Integrate (the world's smallest/cheapest) circuit-breaker panel in the mix. Run real wiring, suitably sized, to outlets. Ground the system correctly. From that...
  23. 50ShadesOfDirt

    NEC/Insurance/NFPA

    Rule #1: where possible, you should build to code ... whether or not you pull a permit Rule #2: these are "pirate guidelines", not absolute law. Rule #3: WTF ... What am I trying to achieve. What is the intent of the code (if you can even determine that). What is actually available for me to...
  24. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Finally bought my first Bluetti (AC200P)!

    IMHO, "solar generators" are basically the mythological "sirens" of the industry ... very few can initially resist their call. The things are sleek, small, sexy ... lots of ports and flashing lights, etc. What you can't see is that very small, low-capacity battery hiding behind the...
  25. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Newbies in this field of solar, read it before you even start a new solar project.

    I built my system from components ... not knowing anything, other than I couldn't have and didn't want a grid connection where I was. I did a bunch of research. Started out with a Magnum 4024 (tier-1, LF), and RTFM'd more than a few manuals, but we got it done. The complete system...
  26. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Tiny home needs some solar please advise

    In a cold environment such as yours, I'd add the following: 1. a portable generator (propane, auto-start, etc) and fuel system (bottles, or site fuel or equivalent if available in your area) 2. heated space (propane, heater w/ thermostat) for area holding solar gear 3. monitoring/automation...
  27. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Batteries continually die

    OP inherited a solar gear setup from someone else, with the skoolie purchase. In these cases, it would be a great idea to start documenting/tracing the entire wiring system & solar gear (house wiring, not automotive side, other than grounding), and see how things were done. There could be all...
  28. 50ShadesOfDirt

    What can we do for heat?

    A simple propane floor- or wall-mounted blue-flame heater (Mr. Heater, many other models) *with an integrated thermostat* might work well for you; get the version that is safe for indoor use, and/or vent it directly to the outside. We have one in each major area, and have used these for years...
  29. 50ShadesOfDirt

    New system pros and cons

    If off-grid, one of the elements of keeping a system running as long and as well as the grid folks is to have a backup generator. This kicks in, manually or automatically, to refill the batteries in scenarios where solar is running short (extended bad weather, etc.). It can also serve the...
  30. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Any one maintaining a 48v LiFePO4 battery system made from four 12v 200A wired in series?

    I'm at 24v ... I have AmpereTime (now LiTime) 12v batteries in series for my simple battery-bank needs. IIRC, they have both large AH batteries, and large BMS in/out amp boards (200amp or more), depending on the models you look at. Once you get above the 100ah models, the bms's are more...
  31. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Off grid home building project - PV as necessity to reduce run time on diesel generator

    I'm at 7400', and I have mostly given up on getting service folks of any kind to that elevation. I can imagine the $400/sq-ft number for house construction by a GC, trying to get trades and services to 9000'. Build it at *that* price, and they will (possibly) come ... I'd suggest, as the diesel...
  32. 50ShadesOfDirt

    Rack Mount 12v Inverter

    Can't recall a purpose-built rack-form 12 AIO ... I recall seeing one 48v so far, and would have to dig for that name. What you can possibly do is get a rack-mount "tray" (stationary or sliding), and mount any 12v AIO to it. Will need to fiddle with cabling, clearances and such if on a sliding...
  33. 50ShadesOfDirt

    General discussion about my dream solar project

    Conceptually, block level diagram is fine ... it gets you thinking about everything, and starting to know what you don't know. Now, produce the "requirements" (along with your constraints/trade-off's, etc.) document. In the diagram, I see: - a Generac 24kw, which I'd assume you mean to be a...
  34. 50ShadesOfDirt

    How to get warranty help for an SOK 48V100 battery?

    ALL CAPS aside, it still sounds more like a dealer problem than a warranty problem ... that aspect will be interesting to see shake out. I, too, would be interested in knowing how the "SOK, master distributor, other sellers, customers" thing plays out ... only CC can write up some kind of...
  35. 50ShadesOfDirt

    How to get warranty help for an SOK 48V100 battery?

    So, the title should really be edited to reflect dealing with Inverters-R-US's warranty efforts, wrt OP's initial post, vs blaming SOK? I haven't had problems with my SOK batteries (12v100ah units for many small solar projects), and still admire them for their repairability. If and when I move...
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