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Member Challenge....Converting Microwave to DC

Started this discussion. Last reply by Johann Mar 24, 2013. 6 Replies

So many of our members [myself included] are using solar as a portable energy source. And in this day and age the small 750 watt microwave is a fixture in camp. Sometimes I go a couple of days and…Continue

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They're back....Tiger Claw 1500/3000 Pure Sine Wave Inverter only $199.00

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RIP Denise McCracken

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After managing this forum for 3 years this is a first for us. It's with great sadness that we have to let everyone know of the passing of one of our favorite members,…Continue

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"Thomas Edison....Leonardo DaVinci [he didn't create all those drawings either]....same thing. History has a tendency to do that."
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Thomas Edison’s Dream Smashed

Agree or disagree....but I couldn't resist sharing......By Adam J. Crawford, Analyst The incandescent light bulb was invented in the very early 1800s, but at that time was a device too crude and impractical for mass adoption. Over the next 80 years, at least 20 inventors contributed to its improvement, until, in 1880,…See More
Jun 28
Ryan Paul Romero commented on Renewable Ray's group Installing your new Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit
"Mine from Sams are 232 amp hours. Which cost 115 dollars each. There is another 6 volt Sams has which is much less, 208 amp hours I believe for 85 dollars.  If I would do it again, I would purchase the slightly smaller batteries.  The ones…"
Jun 26
robert stanley commented on Renewable Ray's group Installing your new Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit
"I'd have to agree with Ryan on the 6vt vs 12vt batteries.  I have 6vt golf cart batteries that I got from my country club's cart shop.  They were being thrown away because they were not holding a charge for as long as they wanted…"
Jun 26
Ryan Paul Romero commented on Renewable Ray's group Installing your new Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit
"Do it right First time! so you don't have to pay a second time, I learned this lesson....I got 10 / 6 volts from Sams."
Jun 25
Ryan Paul Romero commented on Renewable Ray's group Installing your new Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit
"Compare the size of two 6 Volts put together and one 12 Volt. The 6 volts double in size : It can simply handle more because there is double the amount of plates on the inside (Total) Go with 6 Volts. Not to mention Golf Cart Batteries are True Deep…"
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Renewable Ray replied to jpf's discussion Hey Ray, about your Harbor Freight Battery?
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Renewable Ray replied to jpf's discussion hey ray, about your harbor freight battery?
"LOL.....At the price we paid for it I don't care if it needs some water in it. I don't want to fool with it to be honest with you. And it is still doing 14.5 everyday with 3 Harbor Freight panels connected to it. We use it everyday for…"
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Thomas Edison’s Dream Smashed

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Are You Sure You Want The Economy to get Better?

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 2:21pm 6 Comments

I think if you ask the general public who the average "do it yourself solar energy enthusiast" is they would say he or she is someone who is trying to save some money. And sure, that's true for a lot of us. Including me! 

But that is just part of what motivates most of us, I think most of our members are motivated by what I call "fear of being plunged into darkness". And no matter how small your system is you will avoid that when Mr. Big Grid decides it's your "brown out day"…

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To Ban or Not to Ban, that is the question!

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 11:57am 0 Comments

Renewable Ray here, site administrator for the Harbor Freight 45 Watt Solar Panel Kit Community.

I have been getting a lot of private messages from members about a few things and I thought I would create a blog post to touch on a few of those.

Probably the biggest complaint I have been getting is that myself or another administrator [oh yes, they are lurking out there] has edited a members post. Well, sorry but that won't change for so many reasons. One of them…

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Day One.....The Water Saving Bucket Garden is Up and Growing!

Posted on March 28, 2011 at 10:51am 2 Comments

I was hoping that some of my good friends here on the Harbor Freight Solar Kit Forum were doing some gardening and would visit our newest site The Tucson Bucket Garden and share some input on what we are doing with our water saving gardening technique.

Our first six buckets are in the ground and our adventure with growing veggies in bottomless buckets is happening! Not only does it appear to be saving a TON of water…

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Comment Wall (56 comments)

At 8:16pm on February 20, 2010, tagger gave Renewable Ray a gift
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this is for for setting this blog great work and HF panels are a way to get started tagger
At 9:48am on March 15, 2010, Stosh Mankiewicz said…
Thanks Ray. I posted a simple question yesterday. I just set this thing up.
Steve
At 12:52pm on April 01, 2010, Aaron Johnson gave Renewable Ray a gift
At 12:53pm on April 01, 2010, Aaron Johnson gave Renewable Ray a gift
At 9:03am on April 16, 2010, Tre' Ridings said…
Thanks Ray! I've been following the forum for awhile now and finally picked up a couple of the HF kits and ready go!
At 8:17am on June 15, 2010, carl b gave Renewable Ray a gift
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Thanks Ray
At 11:12am on June 26, 2010, sikes mccord said…
Has anyone used an MPPT controller with the Harbor Freight 45 watt kit?
At 12:07pm on June 26, 2010, sikes mccord said…
Discount Solar lists an MPPT controller(250 watts) at $109. I wonder how that might work with the Harbor Freight kit.
At 1:50pm on July 27, 2010, MAZY said…
Thank you. This is a nice entry level sight.
At 7:26am on September 1, 2010, Bill Van Datta said…
Kinda interesting place here. I'm just beginning my quest into solar power and in the process of learning. The HF set-up is really a great way to do it. Its perhaps not the "best" machine but its low price and availability will launch many DIY folks into the quest to instal and become familiar with this technology. I'll visit and post here when I have some questions and have something to report.

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