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Wanted : DM Solar 145's

Started this discussion. Last reply by ladyhawk Apr 3. 6 Replies

Hello,I'm on the hunt for some more of the DM Solar 145w panels.  I can still buy them from DM Solar, but I am checking to see if anyone here bought some that they are no longer in need of.I am…Continue

The panels have sold.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Big Moe Mar 25. 3 Replies

Thank you to everyone on the board.  All of our systems have changed together. The final panels ship tomorrow, they all have been purchased at this point. I have deleted the original thread so that…Continue

Spring time = Battery Check

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale Marshall May 28, 2013. 1 Reply

Hello All,Just a reminder.. or information in case you didn't know.  It is time to check acid level in your battery's cells. Acid will boil off as you charge the batteries, as you hear them bubbling…Continue

Tags: PM, levels, battery

Not Solar... But it is Electric! The Lectric Leopard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Big Moe Jul 22, 2013. 86 Replies

This is a side note.  It is not solar, but I am going to use my array to keep it charged. It is my newest toy ( I've not said that outloud around my wife yet but we know it is)  It is called Lectric…Continue

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Big Moe replied to Ryan Paul Romero's discussion 100 Watt Panels of different Brands at 12 volts Same Price?
"Hey there, If you have a Menards in your area.. they have Grape solar discounted for "Earth Day".. so for the next few weeks it is an even better deal.   $119 for the 100w panel    or  $127 for the 105w…"
Tuesday
Big Moe replied to Bill Tomlinson's discussion Will UV rays damage solar panel wiring?
"Hello Ryan, No issue with the 25' runs... When you switch to MPPT and up the voltage the loss is managed much easier.   Moe"
Monday
Big Moe replied to Ryan Paul Romero's discussion 100 Watt Panels of different Brands at 12 volts Same Price?
"I am correcting my first post... I did not mean that they need to sync up.. I meant that you needed to set the charge/float voltages to be the same.   My outbacks are not connected to each other.. but they are all set the same with no…"
Apr 14
Big Moe replied to ART SMITH's discussion Thank each and every one of you who had a say in getting me accepted on this solar forum.
"Hello Art,   Generators are moving a bit out of my area. I do have a few of them but none that run on propane. I can throw out a few questions and a comment or two.   The first thing that stands out to me is the weight of the unit.…"
Apr 12
Big Moe replied to ART SMITH's discussion Thank each and every one of you who had a say in getting me accepted on this solar forum.
"Hello Art, Welcome to the adventure.  It looks like you are planning your own adventures. Without getting extremely detailed I will start with.... The generator is your best purchase. Solar will be a great addition for running the lights and…"
Apr 11
Big Moe replied to Ryan Paul Romero's discussion 100 Watt Panels of different Brands at 12 volts Same Price?
"The addition of multiple controllers on a bank requires that you are able to sync of their float charge settings. Otherwise lets say one is set to 12.8v  and another is set to 13.2v... once your bank reaches 12.8v the first array will shut down…"
Apr 11
Big Moe replied to Ryan Paul Romero's discussion 100 Watt Panels of different Brands at 12 volts Same Price?
"Hello, Are the physical diminsions the same for the three panels?  That will tell you how efficient the panels are. If the 72 cells take up more area... then they are putting out less per sq. inch.   So , for me... I had to change to…"
Apr 11
Big Moe replied to ladyhawk's discussion Let's talk air conditioning!
"I have been waiting to install for awhile. I have been very excited, but my schedule is not allowing me the time as of yet.   It will happen for sure.  After talking to someone that has a Klimaire unit installed, I think it will be a…"
Apr 9
Big Moe replied to ladyhawk's discussion Let's talk air conditioning!
"It's not running yet.. I have not unboxed it.   Unfortunately my life is full of work.... I have not gotten to this part yet.  I'm still building the section of house that will have this unit.  So as of now.. there…"
Apr 8
Big Moe replied to ladyhawk's discussion Let's talk air conditioning!
"Hello,   I bought the 12,000 btu pioneer 15 seer with the DC inverter. Mine is also 110v with the 16' installation. it was $781.. but as I see it now...$811.   You can get the 12,000 13 seer for $657 on Amazon with this…"
Apr 8
ladyhawk replied to Big Moe's discussion Wanted : DM Solar 145's
"That is right.  You have to buy 2.  I wanted just one to match up.  Remembered that there was something holding me back, just couldn't remember."
Apr 3
Big Moe replied to Big Moe's discussion Wanted : DM Solar 145's
"Well.. when I go to their website it allows me to add them to my cart.. and then tells me the shipping cost and such. So I figure if I click the checkout button it will work. I will find out soon enough... if not.. then I will be changing the last…"
Apr 3
ladyhawk replied to Big Moe's discussion Wanted : DM Solar 145's
"They still make the DM145?  Hmm, I wouldn't mind another to match the one I have.  Yet, the hubby is still processing the panels that I just got fro you Moe ;)"
Apr 3
Big Moe replied to Big Moe's discussion Wanted : DM Solar 145's
"Cool... I will have pictures pretty soon.  I have just completed the install for 3.2kw of the panels... only 2.6kw left to go. The weather is not going to cooperate for the next few days... I figure next week I should have it all…"
Apr 2
Johann replied to Big Moe's discussion Wanted : DM Solar 145's
"Before I was going to order my panels I had a few question I wanted to be answered about the DM158. DM answered my questions right away a few weeks ago about the DM 158's, but I was not comfortable to order from them. Now they do not sell them…"
Apr 2
Dale Marshall replied to Big Moe's discussion Wanted : DM Solar 145's
"Good luck with finding them. I hate when they sell a certain Branded Panel and then turn around and not make/sale them anymore. Hopefully within the next month I can get all my new panels installed also. I should be around 3.6 Kw when done. Doing a…"
Mar 31

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Random Ramblings

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 1:49pm 9 Comments

Hello All,

 

I decided I would try out the blog section. This is just a bunch of random thoughts I'm tossing out in the form of a letter. I've learned a bit this week and thought I would share.

 

First... I had my battery bank setup with bus bars. A guy in our maint. shop at work cut me some bars out of stainless bar stock. I drilled the needed holes at my shop at home and installed the bars. I thought it all was working very well. I was talking to another maint.…

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Comment Wall (12 comments)

At 3:38pm on July 6, 2011, larry isaacs said…

Big Moe, welcome to the forum. We welcome new ideas and projects. Pull up a chair and tell us your solar/wind plan(s).

 

Good Luck

 

Larry

At 8:22pm on July 9, 2011, RedZone133 said…

Thanks for the comment about the combiner box.Your set up is awesome,I wouldn't have enough space on my little house to put up that many panels.HF must love to see you walk

in the door.LOL

At 7:37pm on July 16, 2011, RedZone133 said…
The panels are on sale again in Orlando...149.00  I'll have to wait until the next sale.Let us all know how the change over goes and give us some good details.Right now I'm happy w/ 12v system,but I'd like to see your results.
At 9:15am on January 24, 2012, Bill Van Datta said…

Wow, Those are some serious batteries.  Must have cost a small fortune. Nice set-up and installation.  Have thought about wind turbine but don't think I am in a location that will ever produce enough power to make it worthwhile.   Wind only blows less than (est) 10% that would make any turbine spin.

At 11:40am on January 24, 2012, Big Moe said…

Hello and thank you Bill,  I do love the batteries... It is hard to keep them full in the winter.  I'm hoping the wind turbine will help in this area.  We don't get massive wind, but I have a large open field behind my barn that funnels it in. If all works out I will be adding another 6 cells to the battery bank by the end of spring.

At 9:13pm on July 14, 2012, Dorothy James Wesley said…

Moe, I just read:  Topic 'Power questions from a Noob...' Yes... keep feeding us your experience, I for one need all the knowledge i can get...  thanks

At 1:47pm on August 12, 2012, jpf said…

hey Moe,

just wanting to check and see if you have any more controllers for sale?

it looks like mine has bit the dust and I need to replace it and I thought if you had anymore I would get a few.

thanks,

jpf

At 6:21am on August 21, 2012, dave tedder said…

Hey Big Moe! Harbor Freight posted the blog article on Facebook and it's getting a lot of attention!

At 7:00am on August 21, 2012, Renewable Ray said…

Hey Dave, do you have a link for that Facebook page so that members can find it a bit easier.

Thanks for posting!

At 10:47am on August 21, 2012, Big Moe said…

Hello David,

 

That is great news... hopefully I don't have to be on Facebook to see it.

 

Moe

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