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So, living in Oregon has it's drawbacks when it comes to solar. We have more rain and clouds than anything else. On those cloudy days panels make a small charge but not a ton.
So, if you were strictly using solar to power your things and your battery bank is running close to 50% what do you? Do you fire up the generator for a while and charge your batteries up while running your things? Turn everything off and hope you get enough charge to last you until the next good day of sun? Go out and buy a few more HF kits? Add a few more batteries to the battery bank? What are your thoughts on this?
Stupid Oregon weather.
For me the obvious answer is more amourphous [Harbor Freight, Sunforce etc.] panels. Every system deserves some mono crystalline panels but don't forget, our inexpensive amourphous panels do better in cloudy condition then their more expensive mono counterparts.
Larger system seems like the answer!
I am gonna have to look at the adds, thats a smokin great deal. Thanks Don..
If it's an off the grid thing, and you're not too limited on space, I'd just go with a bigger battery bank. Whenever you get bored and have the money, go buy a new battery. More panels doesn't hurt, either. If you also want a little project and have an old car sitting in your yard, yank the alternator and make a little windmill, for day and night charging. If it comes down to it, you could always do what Don said and grab yourself a little generator. Just some ideas, there are plenty of alternatives.
Of course, if it's an urgent thing, you could always get a good set of jumper cables and charge 'em up with your car. Just don't do it too often or you'll fry your alternator.
I just grabbed the HF ad and that generator is smack dab right on the front page on sale 89.99 just like Don said. So this is a two stroke generator. I have neighbors on each side of me, would you say that it's quiet enough to not bother the neighbors?
My goal right now is to purchase another three kits, couple of extra batteries and maybe that generator. Looks like a lot of folks are saying to go out and buy a better spark plug and thats pretty much the only complaint they have, cant complain.
It would be nice to have a setup where I can run my electronics even on cloudy days and not really worry about the battery bank. Thats the dream here. Enough to power things, charge and store.
@Christoper - don't own one, (mine is the model 66603), but here is a Youtube video - sounds about like a 2 cycle lawnmower to me. There are a surprising number of videos on them, search for "Harbor Freight Generator". ;)