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RE: Battery Hold Down & Tray Group 31?

I've been taking a couple of 3 foot scrap pieces of Romex 14-2 and I twist them tight to hold my 150 ah AGM battery in place. Fabricated a box to house it out of scrap 3/4" plywood and drywall screws.
NinerBikes 06/21/16 03:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Yo Mex, How you holding out down south?

I guess I'm lucky with 2.4 kWh daily usage. I'm eager to drive by the doubled-in-size solar voltaic field on 2 August. It is providing 3.1 Megawatts of power. Jeez that mirror steam turbine solar unit near Las Vegas otter be producing Gigawatts of power this last weak. Lucky employees get to go out after sundown and pluck dropped ducks, pheasants and chukkar as an employee benefit. Spotted owls, vultures, ravens, hawks and eagles is more likely.
NinerBikes 06/21/16 03:41pm Tech Issues
RE: New ! Improved ! CheapoWatt Under $20.00*

For the un initiated... MeanWell is the maker of the power supply unit, and Bourns makes the 500 or 1000 ohm 10 turn screw potentiometer that gets retrofitted for fine tuning the adjustable V out from this power supply unit. Landy forgot to also mention smearing some Artic silver thermo paste goo on a couple of transistors that mount to the side of the external case for heat dissipation. All these little touches add up to a fully adjustable manual recharger for people that recharge with a generator while self sufficient dry camping or boondocking, not the power pedestal crowd at RV parks.
NinerBikes 06/20/16 10:16pm Tech Issues
RE: converter-charger

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NinerBikes 06/18/16 02:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Yo Mex, How you holding out down south?

Rumor has it the Salmon Flys are popping downstream in Ennis. Foam sandwich Pteronarcys slapped down hard against the banks brings the brown meatheads out of their lairs for a steak dinner.
NinerBikes 06/18/16 02:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Hey Jim in Denver! (Megawatt)

A little bit of work but I'll try. I sure like silver based thermal grease. I'll need to shop eBray for links and wipe the camera lens. YES NINER! PANORAMIC VIEW! :) Good boy! Do not shoot pictures with camera looking straight down on the subject... there are gps and gravity sensors in that camera, they have to know what is up or down, doesn't work if you take pics from directly above the subject matter.
NinerBikes 06/18/16 01:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Yo Mex, How you holding out down south?

Isnt that the place in Agua Dulce ? That was the MegaWatt importer. I'm stuck in Yellowstone Nat'l park with all the tourons, blowholes, and beautiful fish, this week. Nothing but splatted bugs all over the front of the vehicle. Rode my mtn bike,, was breathing through my mouth and got a few stuck between my teeth. Midges. I can spit those out, it's the ones that get you mouth breathing and go down into your lungs that make you gag in a coughing fit. Great way to crash gracefully in a coughing spell. But the fish love 'em!
NinerBikes 06/18/16 01:27pm Tech Issues
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
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