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  1. You can also prematurely kill a middle aged...

    You can also prematurely kill a middle aged battery by letting the guy at the auto parts store hit it with a carbon pile tester. They always seem perfectly happy to sell you a new one after that.
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    Perfect.

    Perfect.
  3. The 50% rule is based on deep cycle battery life...

    The 50% rule is based on deep cycle battery life span.

    Most deep cycle batteries are rated to last for 1000 repeated cycles if drained to 50% and then fully recharged ASAP. Drain them only 20%...
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    Yup.

    Yup.
  5. You could also use new jumper cables. 4 gauge can...

    You could also use new jumper cables. 4 gauge can be had pretty cheap. Old cables are not required :)

    Sounds like you are on the right track.

    Yes, the batteries will be isolated when the...
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    No...seriously...it's a land yacht: ...

    No...seriously...it's a land yacht:



    http://www.mol-maritime.com/55ft-1.jpg



    Probably built to match some guy's blue water yacht.
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    It's not rocket science. Or magic. Nothing wrong...

    It's not rocket science. Or magic. Nothing wrong with refilled tank if it's done right. Just as "safe" as a factory filled propane bomb.

    Blah blah blah.

    Where's the pics of the new stove?...
  8. In a hurry, so just a hit and run reply... 5w...

    In a hurry, so just a hit and run reply...

    5w of solar is nothing. Want to run a fridge? - figure on 50w minimum. Want to run a fridge and a laptop and charge your phone AND still charge your big...
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    Land yacht.

    Land yacht.
  10. Wothehellizat? THAT is one lucky dude.

    Wothehellizat?

    THAT is one lucky dude.
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    How about just adding a meter? ...

    How about just adding a meter?

    http://www.amazon.com/Watts-Meter-Analyzer-WU100-Version/dp/B001B6N2WK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1425051940&sr=8-2&keywords=watts+up
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    When the picture upload box comes up, click the...

    When the picture upload box comes up, click the "basic uploader" option at the bottom right and use that, it works.
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    Sorry, but no you can't be Loki. Or Kokopelli,...

    Sorry, but no you can't be Loki. Or Kokopelli, who is the same guy just using an alias while on tour.

    You can be Ptah or Heh - I don't think those are taken.
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    NFPA is over 100 years old and are the authors...

    NFPA is over 100 years old and are the authors and maintainers of more than 300 sets of codes - including the National Electrical Code.

    It's not a "trade association".
  15. From 4.5 sixteenths to 6 sixteenths. If the...

    From 4.5 sixteenths to 6 sixteenths. If the surrounding meat of the terminal is still fairly thick I wouldn't worry about it. Also you can tin them yourself.
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    Ahh. I see. Yea, true dat - where you put the...

    Ahh. I see. Yea, true dat - where you put the disconnect (and the meter) is generally up to the utility's spotter.
  17. Thread: Project Casita #2

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    Boats take a beating too, and fiberglass works...

    Boats take a beating too, and fiberglass works pretty well in that application.
  18. That *I* linked to? After looking at the...

    That *I* linked to?

    After looking at the manual from some link someone posted, I went to the Renogy site and noticed that the charge controller I was reading about , was not the same as the...
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    No, Voc can't be ignored. The greater the load,...

    No, Voc can't be ignored. The greater the load, the lower the voltage will be, so when operating (loaded up charging a battery) the Vmp is the important number. But when the charge controller just...
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    Theoretically. But if there is no conductive...

    Theoretically. But if there is no conductive path, then the voltage is only a *potential* and does nothing.
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    NEC 2014: "705.21 Disconnecting Means,...

    NEC 2014:

    "705.21 Disconnecting Means, Equipment.

    Means shall be provided to disconnect power production equipment, such as utility interactive inverters or transformers associated with a...
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    Unless you do something to run it down, the truck...

    Unless you do something to run it down, the truck battery is pretty much always full. An intelligent relay is just a computer controlled solenoid (split-charge relay) that will wait until the truck...
  23. Yea, 2 hour timer on the absorb stage. That's not...

    Yea, 2 hour timer on the absorb stage. That's not optimal, but not as bad as it sounds - there are only so many hours of good sun per day to begin with.

    Being temperature compensated also makes...
  24. Thanks for the link. Fully programmable and...

    Thanks for the link. Fully programmable and temperature compensated. Looks like a pretty good charge controller to me.
  25. The controller won't see 14.4v on the charging...

    The controller won't see 14.4v on the charging loop until the battery has reached 14.4v. This would appear to mean that the battery is full. It's not. It will be at a 14.4v "surface charge" which...
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