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RE: Battery Trojan vs. LIfeline

So Lifeline wasn't BSing on the 80% DOD's. And thick plates too. Thanks for the info MEX.
mena661 03/25/15 06:05pm Tech Issues
RE: 750w of solar for $525 in Denver.

You are the solar deal king!
mena661 03/22/15 10:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Trojan vs. LIfeline

Thanks very much for that reasoned post MEX!
mena661 03/22/15 10:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter recommendations

But the Keurig and expresso makers are between 1200-1500 wattsThe Keurig's also use about 800W to keep the water at their specified temp.
mena661 03/22/15 10:24pm Tech Issues
RE: GFCI Risks? Update

I had a similar problem (ie. the same problem) and it turned out to be my converter.
mena661 03/22/15 10:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Lugs on #4 battery wire?

Wow! Can you get out of that?
mena661 03/15/15 10:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Low OCV on Full Batts???

But, can allowing stratification to occur over the winter months, be detrimental to my bank?Yes, but I don't think the effects of stratification will show themselves that quickly. Over time, yes, but not over a winter. Besides, with GC's there isn't THAT much stratification to begin with. There's quite a bit with mine, so much so that MEX recommended that procedure I mentioned before. MEX does say that proper float increases battery life by quite a bit. I'd concentrate on getting that float fairly close to ideal. And I believe getting the float right is as simple as setting a voltage and checking SG a month later to see if it's at baseline. If it is, good, if not, up the voltage some. On stratification, you should see a higher SG when that's happening (not sure how much higher on GC's and marine hybrids). When my batts water levels start to decrease, my SG goes up from 1.285 to as high as 1.300. I know when it goes up I have a higher concentration of acid. When I add water and apply a "stirring" charge, the SG goes right back down to normal.
mena661 02/19/15 10:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Low OCV on Full Batts???

I'm wondering if it's something that occurs in all temperatures, or just in very cold temps?The resting voltage on my batts (12.82) has not changed but the coldest I've ever checked them was 47F/8C (this was battery temp not ambient). I top charge once a month. EDIT: Let me correct the top charge. That should say, I perform a de-stratification charge once a month (tall batteries require this...you guys don't have to do that).
mena661 02/17/15 10:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Low OCV on Full Batts???

Are you talking about lower resting voltages in cold temps or just in general?
mena661 02/17/15 04:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium based batteries cycle v/s life

I've heard for years now that top charging li ion to 4.2 volts is a lot harder on the life of the battery than to 4.1V per cell.I've read the same.
mena661 02/17/15 01:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Low OCV on Full Batts???

My batts self discharge about 1% per week so don't be alarmed if your SG is lower. For now, you're just concerned with voltage.
mena661 02/15/15 10:03pm Tech Issues
RE: 2000 Watt Invertor Issues, Need Help

This is now page 3 of people suggesting that you measure the voltage at the inverter input and it's the one suggestion that's being completely ignored.. Is there a reason for that? A simple measurement will tell you everything you need to knowX2 and this thread is now closed until you check the voltage.
mena661 02/14/15 12:06am Tech Issues
RE: Very Low OCV on Full Batts???

I could see the voltages changing a little after the recabling while they "equalize" themselves, that's happened to mine before but not that large of a drop. Anyways, keep us posted.
mena661 02/10/15 02:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Running fridge Norcold N611 off inverter?

Indefinite? You would need 6 to 8 of those batteries and a thousand watts of solar. Maybe more. Easier to carry extra propane.X2
mena661 02/10/15 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: Very Low OCV on Full Batts???

Could the unequal series vs. parallel cable lengths be part of the problem?No, that won't do it. Sounds like you have a shorted cell and, yes, it can show up all of a sudden. I had a 12V sitting in my garage just pop up one day with a shorted cell. Separate the batts and check voltages over the next few days to see if one drops. My guess is you have one pulling the rest down.
mena661 02/09/15 10:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Can you walk on your solar panels?...Drive on them?

Good info thanks!
mena661 02/06/15 11:55am Tech Issues
RE: Unisolar 24V 136W Panels $99

Too long for my rig but these seem to work for most people.
mena661 02/06/15 10:45am Tech Issues
Unisolar 24V 136W Panels $99

Looks like Solarblvd has some Unisolar panels in stock. https://www.solarblvd.com/product_info.php?cPath=1_270&products_id=2962
mena661 02/06/15 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: Can you walk on your solar panels?...Drive on them?

Solarblvd.com has some SolarWorld panels in stock. They also have something else there that I'll post in another thread.
mena661 02/06/15 09:18am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for a 40 amp MPPT solar charge controller

4 panels wouldn't replace 30+Ah a day even in winter?
mena661 02/05/15 08:55am Tech Issues
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