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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    You were lucky. When I ordered mine I had free shipping but only if I took 1. The moment it was more than 1 the shipping/price went up a lot. I ended up doing 3 orders but they were shipped at the...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Ek het vir jou inligting gestuur per PM asook met watsaap.
  3. Re: Good quality portable 12v pure sine wave inverter

    It is very easy to reduce the speed of the fans but then one must check that the components inside(FETS) don't overheat. On the Changi the fans only come on over 300W. Should one not load the...
  4. Re: Good quality portable 12v pure sine wave inverter

    Although these are great the OP mentioned 1000 to 2000W. A expensive boo-boo if one assumes 400W will do and having to buy a 2nd time.
  5. Thread: Inverters

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    Re: Inverters

    It seems like my phone can't open these files.
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    Re: Caravan repairers

    Sean at Caravan Clinic in Machine Str Elsburg did my caravan's roof wood rot. Pay him a visit. He also came to Centurion with a new axle to fit before a Caravan could be towed to repair wheel arch...
  7. Thread: Inverters

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    Re: Inverters

    Gavin indicate what make of inverter is it?
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery

    At least one guy that feels like I do. Not worth the risk and effort to get a refund.
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    Re: Solar system for off grid camping

    Normally close to the source. On long runs one tends to use a fuse on either end of the cable.

    It would be interesting to hear some other views on this topic.
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    Re: Private Ablutions Camping List

    Hartbeeshoek. Just across the road from Dube outside Brits in NW. There are only a few with private ablution. Self drive game viewing. Nice and quiet place.
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery

    The GEL is also a lead acid battery. Only use GEL instead of normal acid plus water.
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    My battery box is done for now. I have managed to find the 2xUSB socket which was quite a battle. Just as I thought to blank the hole I found one. Inside I just need to fit extra fuses for each aux...
  13. Thread: Camp shower

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    Re: Camp shower

    My idea would be to use the blue submercible pumps to feed a cold water line as to not reduce the flow through the gas geyser. You then have cold and hot water to a mixer and you can adjust the temp...
  14. Re: Where do I take an old dead battery for recycling

    I work on the eastern side op Pta. Pass me you cell no via the PM I sent you.
  15. Re: Where do I take an old dead battery for recycling

    I can take it in and use it as a trade in when the next member buys a SMF100 from me without a scrap trade in.
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    Re: Inverter price difference

    I would put it down to volume and perhaps copies of other makes as well as different tech used and cheaper labor. Better rated components are more expensive.

    My choice 8 China inverters than 1 gr8...
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    Re: Camp shower

    Are you using a mixer to add cold water to the hot water from the geyser?
  18. Thread: 12v water pump

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    Re: 12v water pump

    What type of geyser are you using?
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    Re: Trailer Solar Options

    25V safety margin from 50 to 75V for 2 panels seems very good with the controller mentioned.
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery

    Yes and then bought a SMF100 which gave me 5 times the capacity of the returned one. At the time we discussed the testing etc. It turned out the figures by the Victron Smart controller showing the...
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery

    lol
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery

    Checks and balances by them with the pictures and returns is the method to know what action to take. A number of posts here have pointed to the risks when buying a battery.

    In this case the seller...
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery

    This looks as if it could be a battery :)
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery

    When you get a battery with a shiney top full of scratch marks, less than half capacity and multiple spring washers on each pole in a new box then for sure it is not new.
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    Re: Solar system for off grid camping

    As you are getting a smartsolar 75/15 you can do all the settings and monitoring via Bluetooth on your phone. No need for the extras for USB cable. As indicated all settings can be done to suit the...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    In a way if you run 500mm long leads of about 16sq mm the difference in volt drop for a 12 vs 24V to inverter can be discarded. Yes higher volts does look better when you do a calculation.

    2x12V...
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    Re: Taking our SOHO off grid

    Please expand on why one should never use 3 5 or 7 panels in series per string?
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    Re: Taking our SOHO off grid

    Don't have the specs for the Victron but the smaller Solis 4G's can kick in from about 60V which is 2 x 270W and higher panels.
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery

    This can be a risky buy. Can be cleaned and look good but 2ndhand!!!
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    Re: Digitale battery tester

    I voltmeter permanently on at R50 that indicates the cranking volts IS a good tester. As long as the reading is above about 9.5V the battery is sound. Any deviation from the normal reading would tell...
  31. Re: Good quality portable 12v pure sine wave inverter

    The China imported 1500/3000W now sells for about R1550 plus taxes. As you want to buy locally Electroman sells a China 2000/4000W unit in 24V using the very same components as the one a lot of us...
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    Re: Panels, too many choices

    2 to 3 of 80W with the 3rd one a portable panel. Canadian seems to be a good choice but a number of makes that are good. Just stay away from the real cheapies.
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    Re: Panel Configuration

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    Good that we and Victron seem to be on the same page. :)

    This is why I mentioned it in post #18. If a cheap controller ignited the smoke bomb it does not mean all MPPTs do it. Many...
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    Re: Panel Configuration

    I agree. It is amazing how many posts we see with respect to the max amps. This does not normally fry a controller as the voltage does if the max is exceeded. Also a number of inverters can accept...
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    Re: Panel Configuration

    Can also work :)
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