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    Re: testing Camping PV setup

    With the batteries connected you would still see a low current to the batteries even if they are full. If discharged by measuring the current as Nico indicated you will get an idea of SOC of the...
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    Re: Planning to go off grid on electricity

    Thanks a lot. So that means if I have a cottage in Bloem with tracking I can have supply for myself, my neighbour and his/her neighbour with a 4.5kW PV installation :)
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    Re: License and towing a caravan

    We just need to look at how Jurgens CI gave Tare figures for their caravans without a lot of standard items like battery, filled gas bottle, food and clothing and you are over the GVM. Then add the...
  4. Re: 12v Charging of Snomaster Battery Box or Similar

    There are cheaper option if you only want to keep the battery full for a fridge if you start with a fully charged battery.

    How about a cheap R200 booster to boost the main battery to say 16V. Use...
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    Re: Planning to go off grid on electricity

    If we look at the true results with tracking at the CSIR we see that you can get more than a 40% increase with dual tracking. If we apply the regular 6kWh/kW installed that Faniedup gets we can get...
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    Re: Planning to go off grid on electricity

    The only problem I see is you assume other people are using power to your lifestyle. This more than doubles your price per unit. We have seen members here using less than 4 units per day so they...
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    Surge protection - S20 275V MOV's

    With our summer approaching - any inputs around using say 4 MOV's in parallel per polarity and placing it close to the source - e.g. close to the panels and connected to the same earth wire that goes...
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    Ford & Mazda Re: Load Bin Power Advice

    Using an adaptor again introduces a loose fit. Rather cut the lighter connection off and fit a Hella. Any of the sockets should be fused so it is no train smash if the connector is not fused.
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    Re: Camp near Nelspruit

    You can also try the Malelane golf club. I don't know what the condition is but locals might give an input. This will be on your way to Krokkies.
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    Re: Warning battery charger cables

    Here is a picture of the EC3 and XT60. The EC3 is used on the lithium car jump starter and good for over 100A. Both good connectors for panels, fridges and compressors.
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    Re: License and towing a caravan

    Adding these items as a payload would mean any Jurgens/Sprite/Gypsey would exceed the GVM and also a sin. Very easy to exceed 750kg even with a camping trailer. Thus even with the EB1/EC1 not inside...
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    Re: Camp near Nelspruit

    You will enjoy the Hippo Waterfront Lodge about 12km before Nelspruit. As there are only a few camping sites one can always stay over in the economy Buffalo chalets that are 60m away from the river....
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    Ford & Mazda Re: Load Bin Power Advice

    I would firstly stay away from cigarette lighter sockets. Rather wire from the main battery 2 Hella sockets for the fridge and a second one for the lights. You can decide if you only want these...
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    Re: The Theory, The Practise & the Bank Balance

    I would not have thought you will ever allow a 24V bank to drop to 11-13V even in bad times for solar. :) :)
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    Re: The Theory, The Practise & the Bank Balance

    Thanks for sharing your stats. It shown the plus side of big battery banks and always at a high level SOC.

    Why did your 24V bank suffer so badly in the middle of Oct 2018?
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    At each BMS on the website there is a detail picture how to connect the cells and BMS and the load/charger connections.
    Full marks for the information provided.
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    Re: Planning to go off grid on electricity

    Looking forward to your feedback on this unit. At least you have 1st hand knowledge of these units
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    Re: Axpert King vs MKS II

    With cloud about 40% of the time you don't have access to PV.

    The fact that the Solis (or pure grid tied only) cannot generate during times that the grid is off makes a good forum negative point....
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    Re: Induction plate not running off inverter

    So for now we have a number of guys that reported the Good feature of the 1200W Snappy that does not run on 200V. Also it cycles at full power to give a low average power used. The 1200W has thus...
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    Re: National Luna 25A DC to DC charger

    With all the current coming from the main battery the new one should take long if at all.

    No clear answer as the 2nd bat will charge well as it is but the new one not well as indicated. Total...
  21. Re: "Seuntjie" .... very impressed with my Jimny!!

    Veral as Nico agter die stuur is :)
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    Re: Struggling Solar panels - Pretoria/Gauteng

    Nico it seems like you have to add on ALL the building blocks on the Victron and a hobby to keep you busy :)

    Thanks for sharing the building of your system and experience as you go along.
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    Re: Warning battery charger cables

    Yes these are good for about 25A. Not many goodies use more current. Then if one need more power I like the EC3 EC5 plug and socket that can handle 100A plus. Once again a solder only connection in a...
  24. Re: Elon Musk - Tesla Battery Day - what to watch for

    It seems like some sources indicate that Tesla have failed to show the new cell and also no performance figures. This could be just hype as has been the case with most of Tesla's media statements. I...
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    Re: License and towing a caravan

    This seems to be in the right direction of how the law is implimented.

    The quick test of tare of towing vehicle below the GVM of trailer/caravan could fail the weight test as used by the...
  26. Re: Tires on your trailer / caravan - Best before date?

    There is no law about 5year old and it is also not looked at during RWC. With a claim the assessor also does not look for a date and only if the thread depth is legal. Even if you are stationary and...
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    Gerlach jou info is nou presies die teenoorgestelde wat Mecer mens wil wys maak soos op my foto wat geplaas is.
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    Re: Warning battery charger cables

    Point 3 refers to soldered connections. LOL. The strands don't just break off all at once. I have been using these connectors on all portable goodies like chargers, solar controllers, camp lights,...
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    Thanks for the link. Of interest is the last point i.r.o. inverters to be in parallel and not the batteries.
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    A point to take note of is the 0.5C max discharge current for the Mecer 200Ah....
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    Re: Solar geyser _Pool pump- which solar way

    Willem the Solis could not be used as a hybrid. It is a pure grid tied. What is great is you only connect your panels to it and then the 3 AC wires to the DB. No setup or splitting of a DB. You can...
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    Re: Solar geyser _Pool pump- which solar way

    Yes your point of reference is to not draw from Eskom. Mine was based on OP to save not to use nothing from the grid. Unless one used all the hot water in the morning you will heat the geyser in 1...
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    Re: Struggling Solar panels - Pretoria/Gauteng

    Pretty normal day in Pta with clouds. If you go outside right now you will see no sun.Between 9h and 10h there were also some clouds.

    My peak value on the graph is when the sun broke through some...
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    Re: Solar geyser _Pool pump- which solar way

    My call would be a Solis 4G grid tied inverter with panels. This way you can produce power from PV for the whole house. No matter what is using it. You can set a geyser timer to only come on at the...
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    Axpert 4kW 5kVA special deal

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    Re: Designing a caravan hit a snag.

    My idea would be a spring loaded pin. 2 pipes that you move in each other to select the 2 positions for the bed/table. Something like the gazebo legs that you adjust.
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