Started by MountainDon, January 13, 2009, 02:18:39 AM
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Quote from: MountainDon on August 19, 2011, 12:07:23 PMAm I correct in taking the 65% to mean you drew the batteries down to have 65% capacity remaining? That's not bad but doesn't give much wiggle room for clouds if that was a typical single day. Regarding the refrigerator. One thing I've noticed with our propane fridge is that while we are using the cabin the fridge maintains 35 to 40 F on our number 5.5, but when we leave the cabin for several days the fridge will freeze some things. So then our number 4.5 seems to work best. It would be interesting to see how the temperature in yours runs.
Quote from: MountainDon on August 23, 2011, 07:23:44 PM12.2 is about 50% with a big BUT.... but that can be thrown off by recent battery charges or discharges and needs temperature correction. Hydrometer is best, but needs temp correction too. As far as fridge temperature, leaving a few gallons in it if there is not much food is a good idea; helps keep the cool working right. 40 degrees or lower is needed for best food preservation, BTW.
Quote from: Dave Sparks on September 16, 2011, 03:04:05 PM... XW gear that I only install these days. Their 600V controller has really made my long distance array runs easy.
Quote from: PorkChopsMmm on September 29, 2011, 09:31:13 AMSquirl, thank you for the links. Getting a pole mount up and running before the winter is looking like less of a possibility. I think I will buy a frame out of PT lumber for my 3 new panels, similar to what is already built for the other 3 panels, and attempt to raise and anchor them. I want a pretty aggressive angle, 85 degrees or so, to dump snow in the winter time.
Quote from: OlJarhead on September 29, 2011, 09:44:13 AMThe angle of the panels should match your latitude or +/- 15% of said latitude. IN the winter my panels will be set to 63 degrees (90 being straight up and down and 0 being parallel to the deck), in the fall and spring 48 degrees and summer 33 degrees.You can use a 4" sch40 pole sunk 3' into the ground and concreted there with a 1 1/2" angle iron frame like I did and it won't blow over easily! My neighbor built mine for under $400!