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Archive for the 'Equipment' Category

This category contains product recommendations and other equipment you'll need to get your hands dirty with your own do it yourself projects.

Deep Cycle Battery Charger Reviews

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Although most off-the-shelf 12v chargers today are designed to respect deep cycle battery charging rules, it always helps to know what to look for when buying a deep cycle battery charger. This post will point out the important features to look for in a battery charger to ensure you get the longest life from your 12v deep cycle battery. I will also recommend a charger that I have personally used for years. Weather your a solar enthusiast or not, a good, quality battery charger is an essential tool to have around the house.

Using The Gel Car Battery and Marine Gel Batteries In Solar Applications

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Gel cell batteries are suburb batteries for solar, marine, and automotive applications. The gel car battery as well as marine gel batteries are excellent choices for use in a solar system. This article covers maintenance and installation of the gel cell battery in order to get the longest lifetime out of them.

Wind Turbines Prices for Proven Wind Turbines

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Wind turbines only pay for themselves if they last long enough to recoup the investment. It’s important to buy wind turbines proven to withstand the test of time. This post reviews personal windmills, provides windmill information and prices, and tries to answer the question of how much energy does a wind turbine produce.

Different Types of Fuses For Solar Systems

Friday, August 19th, 2011

The fuse is your friend.” That’s just as true for solar systems as it is for electric bicycles, automobiles, or any electric circuit for that matter. A fuse is essentially a precisely sized wire that ‘blows’ or melts when the current running through it exceeds the fuses rating. It’s an intentionally designed weak link in your circuit, so that if any problems occur, the fuse will sacrifice itself to protect the rest of your circuit elements.

Enphase Energy Grid Tie Micro Inverter

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Enphase Energy makes a range of micro inverters and energy management products for consumer solar products. This article introduces their products lines, how they work together, and how they help people adopt the advantages of solar energy.

Choosing a Battery Disconnect Switch

Friday, July 8th, 2011

A common component that DIY solar builders often forget to include is a battery disconnect switch. These electrical switches are specially designed for switching large currents and are frequently used in 12 volt power systems such as boats, heavy duty trucks, and solar systems.

How to Wire Solar Panels

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Properly sizing the wire for your solar panels will play large role in the efficiency of your overall system. This article will help you select the right wire gauge for your solar project.

BP7-12 12V 7AH Battery – A Battery For Many Needs

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Having a battery for backup power storage is extremely useful as it can be used for other purposes and experiments when the power is not being generated. One of the batteries that will serve many purposes is the BP7-12 12V 7Ah battery.

Universal Battery Charger

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

While no truly universal battery charger exists – i.e. a battery charger capable of charging any battery, no matter it’s size, voltage, or form factor – there does exist several ‘universal’ battery chargers that charge common form factors of a certain chemistry. This article covers three such universal battery chargers that have well used and […]

Solar Panel Review 2011

Friday, May 20th, 2011

My original post on solar panel reviews received so much positive feedback, I’ve decided to expand my reviews in this solar panel reviews 2011 post to some of the products sold by my favorite online solar retailer, GoGreenSolar.