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RE: Hey Jim in Denver! (Megawatt)

Thank you scvjeff, for slobbering a bunch of heat sink paste on my MegaWatt where the walls sit up against the transistors, when putting in the 1k ohm pot. Hopefully that will prevent it from embowelling it's electrical guts out in a heated poof of blue sparks and ionized air smells.
NinerBikes 06/13/16 06:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Anybody want to borrow some large AGMs?

Naio It doesn't take much to damage a battery, even unintentionally. Add in it takes someone that understands the care and feeding of your AGMs which are different from my AGMs. I'd be upset if I damaged yours and also if mine came back damaged. I'd rather let them sit and give them the boost charge every so often. my thoughts exactly.
NinerBikes 06/12/16 10:30am Tech Issues
RE: Hey Jim in Denver! (Megawatt)

Jim, what was the torture test that emitted the blue smoke aroma?
NinerBikes 06/12/16 10:29am Tech Issues
RE: Anybody want to borrow some large AGMs?

Do you mean borrow, or store them and maintain them for you? When would you pick them up? AGM's require little maintenance or charging if stored properly. You could go 3 months easily between top charging at 14.4V. Maybe you should consider selling them instead?
NinerBikes 06/11/16 11:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Wet cell battery maintenance

I don't know how many cells in each battery were bubbling. I only noticed that 1 battery had very small bubbles and the other battery had none. Don't know if it matters but the one that was bubbling had the neg wire and the non-bubbler had the pos wire?? Keep observing, take notes, and learn. Cells should bubble like champagne that's gone semi flat. This indicates they are getting closer to being fully recharged. The closer they get to a full charge, the more bubbles and perhaps slightly larger bubbles you will see in each cell chamber.
NinerBikes 06/10/16 10:55am Tech Issues
RE: Wet cell battery maintenance

If only 2 cells are bubbling, keep charging, until all of them are just barely popping champagne sized bubbles at the surface. The 2 that are bubbling are nearing full charge, they could be the strong brothers, opposite the weak sister.
NinerBikes 06/10/16 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Need new converter: 14.4v or 14.8v?

I, for one, would like to learn how to desolder and solder sensitive electronic components on a circuit board. Anyone willing to teach me? I do remember having to heat sink a few components before soldering, clamping a big metal object to a leg to be soldered to take the heat away from the component, but that was back in electric shop in Jr high school, 7th grade, in 1971... I might be very rusty, components have changed some. We are not talking chips here, just capacitors, right?
NinerBikes 06/10/16 09:15am Tech Issues
RE: When the battery runs dead....

Should the battery run down after a few days of dry camping, and the power awning and power slide are fully extended...will plugging into my running truck offer the necessary power supply to retract the awning and retract the slide? I may face this situation this weekend, and want to ensure I am prepared. Thank you. Yes, if you let the alternator charge for probably a half an hour or more, with jumper cables. As to the unasked question... These are not like flashlight batteries, you don't run them lower than 50 to 60% state of charge remaining. Lower than that shortens their life dramatically. Recharge them daily. Will it probably destroy the battery running it all the way down from 3 days of camping? Yes, it will most likely do so. It will dramatically shorten the life of the battery, if not altogether kill it.
NinerBikes 06/08/16 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: Portable solar panel

Battery needs to be connected to the controller first, so the controller knows whether to provide 12v or 24v charge voltages to your battery arrangement.
NinerBikes 06/08/16 09:16am Tech Issues
RE: Portable solar panel

We have a Chinese no-name 120 watt portable suitcase thing -- it is wonderful. Free juice from the sky! Yes, we have to deploy it and store it -- but it means we can park in the shade and put the panel in the sun. If you decide to use a longer cable, get a thick one -- a thin cable will have a lot of resistance and will cause a voltage drop over a longer run. I pretty much knew, Dan, when I sold you that portable panel, that it would be a very good fit for your usage levels. Dan's energy audits were spot on for this size solar panel for his batteries. Chase the sun aiming the panel at it on short winter days, and you should still have enough to meet your needs on most sunny days. No one should knock people that buy and use portable solar panels, they are very practical and have their place in smaller applications and setting camp in shaded areas. They provide added versatility.
NinerBikes 06/07/16 10:09pm Tech Issues
RE: When the battery runs dead....

Recharge the batteries for the awning daily, before they get low, in charge, let alone go dead, usually first thing in the morning.
NinerBikes 06/07/16 10:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Need new converter: 14.4v or 14.8v?

Seems strange that an IOTA would fail. First time I've read about it here, but I've only been here 4 or 5 years.
NinerBikes 06/06/16 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Generator selection

I own a Honda Eu1000i for around the house emergencies, and I've owned two Honda EU2000i's and paired them. Much, much easier to lift a 48# Honda Eu2000i and get a pairing cable for the second Honda Eu2000i. They will loaf in eco mode, nice and quiet, once the AC is started up and running. Honda motors have a lot of overhead... starting a heavy load won't make them stop running. Typical quality Honda product.
NinerBikes 06/05/16 06:54pm Tech Issues
RE: AC starts and runs on its own, won't turn off

deleted, not familiar with Coleman thermostats.
NinerBikes 06/05/16 10:12am Tech Issues
RE: Low amps from solar panels

I have 2 Renogy 100 watt solar panels flat mounted on my motor home. 19.9 volts from panels to charge controller with a 30 amp inline fuse between panels and CC. Charge controller is a 30 amp PWM. My question is.....the panels can produce up to 5.62 amps each, but are now only producing between 2-4 amps in mid day full sun. Any suggestions on what can be done short of getting on the roof? The volts coming from the panels seem OK, but the amps are way low. Up until a few days ago I was getting between 9-10 amps. Panels are in parallel. When I remove the inline fuse my amp meter will read the same as the CC. You might get 5.5 amps from panel if the panel was portable, and aimed directly at the sun. Laying it flat on the roof, where it can get dusty and dirty, will not produce anywhere near the rated amperage. Clean panel with windex and aim directly and the sun, and see if in the late morning you are getting rated amps, when battery charge is low. 100w is nowhere near enough for 4 batteries.
NinerBikes 06/04/16 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: What do I do with a 12v plug that won't fit in the socket?

Go with small inverter. I've tried what you're trying with computer, and it doesn't work well, or for long.
NinerBikes 06/04/16 08:58am Tech Issues
RE: Testing AGM batteries?

I bought 'new to me' Service swap out agm UPS telecom batteries in 2011 Five years of hard use and they still do a nights work, Just not as much reserve left in the morning now as then IMO one of the very best bargains available There are a number of members on here that have these batteries Sometimes they call then surplus batteries Where's the "like" button. I've saved a fortune on no more "acid wash" Levi 550's and T shirts. The savings have MORE than paid for the newer AGM battery. Don't bother testing, when an AGM no longer covers your electrical needs, trade it in on a newer one and be done with it. Of course, don't abuse it either, keep it fully charged when not in use, and use it when you need it. If it's running out of power too soon for you, time for a newer battery or a capacity test.
NinerBikes 06/03/16 11:05am Tech Issues
RE: Testing AGM batteries?

In all honesty, I don't think too many of us buy used batteries. At least I've never seen anyone mention "new to me" batteries. I bought a "new to me" AGM battery. It was 274 days old. It has a date of manufacture molded right into the case lip. It was a used DEKA telecom AGM 158AH at 20 hour rating. It was $125 with a core charge. They got my old T-1275. Best part, no fricken 9 1/4% sales tax. That made me fee great! :B
NinerBikes 06/03/16 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: tv signal finder app

Thank you for taking the time to respond. My apologies for not supplying the type of device I needed the app for. Android. Gonna check out everyone's recommendations. Thanks again. dt Back up all your apps to Google next time on your phone.... they will all be there then, for your next phone, they will get imported. Do a search on Google on how to do so.
NinerBikes 06/02/16 06:55pm Technology Corner
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

That's the part people on here don't get. I have been saying for years that Ram does not play the in-between game that Ford and GM play. Unfortunately for Ram there are people that don't understand that they are buying a half ton on steroids but paying for a 250/2500 weakling. If you have to add HD payload and HD tow packages to get you wannabe 250/2500 then buy the correct tool for the job. You will be a lot happier in the long run trust me. Don This is 100% correct... don't send a boys truck out to do a man sized job. Get the right tool for the job... a 3/4 ton.
NinerBikes 06/02/16 11:17am Tow Vehicles
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