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    Re: Grid-tied or off-grid. Please consider ...

    Badly put
    The idea is to bring them all to a box within 1m from the MPPT
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    Lithiumbatteriessa is great.

    Looked at building my own 48v battery bank, but after considering the convenience of having it placed in a housing, plus bms, breaker, meter plus warranty the...
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    Re: Grid-tied or off-grid. Please consider ...

    Last design issue

    If I want to change the Axpert in the future, I would most likely want to change the series/parallel panel configuration as well. With the Axpert, strings are mostly parallel...
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    Re: Grid-tied or off-grid. Please consider ...

    Tks to everyone for the great input

    So my answers to issues raised:



    Two points:
    Investment is actually lower than what it seems. I was lucky enough to be given the...
  5. Re: Intra Provincial travel NOW ALLOWED for holidays and Camping

    Had to travel from western cape to eastern cape for business 2 weeks ago.
    Was stopped on both sides of Tsitsikama toll gate and had to present permits..

    However, never got stopped in either...
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    Grid-tied or off-grid. Please consider ...

    I need some advice on whether to go off-grid or grid-tied. I know conventional wisdom says grid-tied in municipal areas, but based on our equipment what would you do? (I do not want to argue the...
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    Re: Do I replace my Axpert 5k

    So I can have my existing Axpert still charging my FLBs and the new Axpert doing the Li?

    According to Rectron I cannot parallel and RCT-Axpert 5k with an RCT-Axpert 5K MKII. Any comment on this?
    ...
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    Re: Do I replace my Axpert 5k

    My question now is which dual MPPT (400V+ / 80A+) should I look at
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    Re: Do I replace my Axpert 5k

    Thanks for all the input

    Batteries coming from https://lithiumbatteriessa.co.za/

    Quick question,
    1. is there value in keeping the existing 4 x 100Ah FLB's that is currently connected to the...
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    Do I replace my Axpert 5k

    Hi

    Busy placing my order for 12 x Canadian 410W high efficiency panels and 2 x LifePO4 6Kwh battery banks. My 12 panels will be strung in the following configuration:
    String 1: 4 panels...
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    Re: Time to invest in Solar Panels

    Tks for all the good info
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    Re: Time to invest in Solar Panels

    Tks

    Pm sent
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    Re: Time to invest in Solar Panels

    My understanding of grid-tied is that you seldom save money due to connection fees

    Also does it work with prepaid meters?
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    Re: Time to invest in Solar Panels

    Tks for all the input

    Still interested in panel brands, sizes, efficiencies and lastly installers near CT

    It has been 2 days since I asked our local installers to contact me, but all i have had...
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    Time to invest in Solar Panels

    With all the shenanigans taking place at ESKOM and our need to become more independent and go off grid we are ready to move to the next phase of our electricity generation


    Background:
    ...
  16. Re: Good Year Wranglers - I am more than a little worried....

    So I am on my second set of Wrangler AT's.

    First set went through the Northern Cape including Tankwa, Richtersveld and then to Luderitz. Picked up a puncture half way to Calvinia after leaving...
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    Re: Transfer of Ownership (vehicle)

    Have used both Newton Park and Walmer.

    Walmer is better than NP, but get there before 7:30, take coffee and make sure you are ready for a slow morning.


    Some tips

    1. Make sure you have all...
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    ONE WAY TRAILER RENTAL NEEDED - PE to CT

    Hi

    can anyone recommend a trailer rental company that does one way rentals between PE and CT.

    I need to move some stuff from PE to Darling so need something like a large luggage trailer 1.5m...
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    Re: CTek D to DC charger

    Agree 100% with installing a battery protect. DO NOT rely on the battery protect circuit on your fridge - these are helpful, but does not always cut-out before your battery is running real low. A...
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    Re: CTek D to DC charger

    My WRND setup with an external battery box
    530622

    I am using RED BH as input from alternator (fused). Remember to have an ignition hot wire to the WRND (small red wire that runs from cigarette...
  21. Long term parking at cape town international

    So the time is fast approaching when I will be doing regular commutes between PE and CT to project manage changes to our new property.

    I have decided to take a vehicle down to CT as it seems the...
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    Re: WRND dual battery charger

    I installed mine sideways, no problems

    Might be to protect the unit against accidental water damage
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    Re: Volvo XC60: Review

    We love Volvo even though we traded our XC70 for an Amarok after 240K.

    Many times we just smiled at people when we were in Mozambique, Baviaanskloof etc. It was one of the most enjoyable, multi...
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    Re: Cape Town VW specialist?

    Just like this forum.

    One feel part of a family sharing advice Anne experiences - tks to everyone
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    Re: Cape Town VW specialist?

    Tks

    did not think of Rola
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    Re: Cape Town VW specialist?

    TO add to this:

    My extended factory warranty has just expired (last month) and now I am looking for someone to service my Amarok , including CAMBELT - has 94000km.

    Will be based in...
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    Re: It is happening

    Any thoughts on this battery alternative


    Sirius Super Capacitor 7.1kWh 48V Energy Module
    R102,173.54

    Model: Sirius 7.10kWh 48V DC Super Capacitor
    Type: Supercap Cell Technology

    A...
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    Re: It is happening

    Some more research and my ideas are evolving:

    Looking at all the issues around CoCT requirements, it seems clear that grid tied = volumes of paperwork and potentially being ripped off (R10k+ for a...
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    Re: Aluminium cab vs roll top

    Speak to Riaan for RLD canopies.

    Nice stainless canopy and good service
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    Re: It is happening

    Very interesting how this is developing.

    Adding to the Axpert will be an infinisolar 5k (at this stage). From what i can gather it doesn't pay to feed back to the grid at this stage, so not really...
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    Re: It is happening

    Eina
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    Re: It is happening

    Jello

    Had some great beers already, and of course lots of wine estates around us. To make everybody envious, we would be around 800m from Ormonde.

    Back to beer, maybe we need to do some crowd...
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    Re: It is happening

    Fluffy

    Bought the Axpert in January to see us through load shedding which it has done superbly well.

    From the start my plan was to end up with 2 units.

    Phase 1 would be to get the cabling...
  34. Re: Using a DC powered PTC element to heat water (successfully)

    Can confirm that 5m with 2x 150l geysers connected works like a charm.
    Heatpump feeds first geyser and exit from 2nd one. Both have all the pressure release valves, so no issue there.
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    Re: Solar Panel Registration in Cape Town

    Is this western cape, or Cape Town?
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