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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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3.6 kw Installed Final Stage Done

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"I don't quite understand the question. Attic fans set up in the attic vents should not be able to draw air from the house. Please give us a few more details Dave."
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"I totally agree with Randy. Good rule of thumb.....batteries need to match in every way shape and form. Right down to their age."
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"We all have a different definition of "work". Sure, these panels will work if you toss them in a corner and they only get a little bit of sun. But if you are really going to use the power for anything accept charging cell phones etc. you…"
Mar 27
Renewable Ray replied to Charles Yost's discussion HF 45 watts + different panels. in the group Installing your new Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit
"Can be done....but I wouldn't. You would be further ahead to just run the Renology 100 watt panel by itself."
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Installing your new Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit

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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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Investing in the Smart Grid: Debunking the Three Biggest Myths About This Energy Industry

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 9:38am 0 Comments

After all, the messy dotcom boom to bust of 10 years ago is a stark

reminder of what can happen when too much money chases after an industry

that can’t keep up. Today, investment capital money is consistently

flowing to another hot area. In fact, companies within this segment of

the energy sector received more than half of all venture capital money

in 2009.



I’m talking about “Smart Grid” companies, that is, those helping to beef

up the U.S. power grid… Continue

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
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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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