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Regular Car Battery connected to a 45 watt Harbor Freight solar panel setup

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Westerfield Nov 11, 2012. 7 Replies

I wanted to ask a very basic question and hopefully shed some LIGHT on a dull subject. If I was to use my 45 watt Harbor Freight setup to float a standard battery. (Car battery, not a deep cycle…Continue

Its time to pull out the battery charger and juice it up!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale Marshall Feb 1, 2012. 3 Replies

I was just thinking about the ball of fire (SUN) in the lower part of the sky and  it might be a good idea to charge up my battery bank. When was the last time you did this?  A little…Continue

Does anyone keep their inverter running all the time?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Nov 3, 2011. 5 Replies

I was just wondering if anyone ever keeps their inverter running all the time.  When I first started working with solar and HF kits this was the biggest bummer for me..  I was under the impression…Continue

Tags: sustaining, solar, systems, bank, battery

To Connect or not to Connect is the Question...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill K May 30, 2011. 8 Replies

I have a general question.Here is the setup: 1 - 12 Volt 1  Harbor Freight Charger1  InverterUsing one set of…Continue

Tags: inverter, Freight, Harbor, controller, charge

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Solar Sunday harbor freight 12v kit

Don't pitch those burned out CFL's. In just a few minutes you can convert them into something useful. I found a couple 12v car tail light LED's. wired them i...
Apr 13
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Tom95076's Solar Sunday. 12V harbor freight kit and more.

Take a few minutes to see my Solar Sunday projects. If your looking for ideas then maybe I can start you off. Not every solar project has a $200 dollar bubge...
Mar 17
Tom95076 replied to Ronald Rice's discussion New Guy Needs Help with......
"Don't worry about it. Your now in the company of people who take an idea, bend it , tweak it, modify it to get free energy from the Yellow glowing ball in the sky.  Its best to learn from this group that your HF kit was a stepping stone…"
Sep 11, 2013
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Battery terminal corrosion kills solar input.

"Vinegar!  That makes way more sense now that I think about it.  Thanks for comments and I will give it a try next time."
Aug 18, 2013
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Battery terminal corrosion kills solar input.

"My friends dad had a trucking company and those mechanics used to use baking soda and vinegar. They would mix it together which will bubble up like a volcano in a kids experimental set, and while still bubbling they would pour it over the corroded…"
Aug 17, 2013
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Battery terminal corrosion kills solar input.

"Thanks I wasn't sure what to use. As you can see it works but not as well as you might have seen with baking power."
Aug 16, 2013
Johann commented on Tom95076's video
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Battery terminal corrosion kills solar input.

"Baking powder and baking soda are 2 different things. Baking soda is what you want to clean or neutralize battery acids, not baking powder. I tried many brands of battery post corrosion protectors, but Vaseline or  automotive grease was the…"
Aug 15, 2013
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12v terminals

Another fine video of 12v preventive maintenance. Charge controller wasn't getting a good contact to the battery causing a drop in charging output. Baking po...
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Gary Hongista replied to Tom95076's discussion Keep blowing fuse on controller. 1/4" mono light jack.
"Thank you for this thread! I was using a nail gun that shook the shed violently.  I had two of the 5watt lights on and it blew.  I thought maybe the vibration from the nail gun caused the fuse to blow.  Well, I took a fuse from…"
Mar 10, 2013
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"Added a female cigarette lighter adapter to a sunforce 12v 15w single panel. they only provided a male which means I would have had to cut my wires....  now I can still use my inverter for other projects if need be."
Jan 20, 2013
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"Used all the parts from a broken telescope tripod to mount the panel. "
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"My son picked up a 12v 15w single sunforce solar panel kit for me over the holidays. I couldn't stand seeing it in a box anymore. I had to do something!!!  since the weather has been so nice in Watsonville Ca.  Using an old Tripod…"
Jan 20, 2013
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