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    Re: Taking our SOHO off grid

    Going 3 phase with Victron, from what I've learnt recently, best to get a professional installer for that.
    Issue is not the equipment, installer needs to really understand 3 phase installations, as...
  2. Re: Solar system for off grid camping

    As long as the lead acid battery bank is fully charged at LEAST once every 7 days to float, that can work ... IF it is never left uncharged, as in ever.
    That is "classified" as weekend use i.e. 5...
  3. Re: Solar system for off grid camping

    Therein my original question as 9-10amps from 2 x 100panels is about what it is needed to recharge a 100ah battery at 10% of ah, does not include the loads during the 24h period.

    Paneling should...
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery

    If a supplier has too many returns, returns that TAL must collect and manage, they will remove the product/s, even cancel the seller's account.
  5. Re: Solar system for off grid camping

    Bain just called that "off-grid", maybe because no charger included ... and it is a extremely small bank for off-grid to boot. :)

    One can take any battery and if you install it right, it will be...
  6. Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    Meanwhile in SA ...

    How Mozambique could shape South Africa’s car industry
    A key electric car battery material, is available on the border of South Africa - graphite.

    South Africa and its...
  7. Re: Battery for electric vehicle

    Start here, costs you nothing to investigate, dream, plan. They even have battery cells on there, to consider.

    https://evwest.com/catalog/
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    Re: Panel Configuration

    Absolutely true ... with climate change going on, what is today is not so next year.

    So even with data, I still keep well away from them max volts, the amps will therefor follow. ;)
    I use -1 as...
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    Re: Panel Configuration

    Been doing that for yonks, before knowing about Victron. ;D
    When I asked Victron years later about that over-speccing, jip, emailed them, questioning their calculations, "they said ... " it was more...
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    Re: Panel Configuration

    Yes, that is true BUT as I mentioned earlier in the thread, when you start with oversizing, i.e. exceeding in this case, the max watts Victron gives one as a guideline, then it is wise to keep the...
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    Re: Panel Configuration

    Maximum PV open circuit voltage of 150v yes.
    As bad is that is the Maximum PV short circuit current, being 50amps on the 150/70 (or max 30A per MC4 connecter).

    The 150/70, the 70 part is the...
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    Re: Panel Configuration

    With the panels watts, ideally need this 6 values (in the 2 red boxes) ... with them temp coefficients being the straws that can break the camels back, as they say, IF you want to run on the edge. ;D
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    Re: Inverters

    I don't want to pick a argument here guys ...

    Jimmy, for deep insight into Axpert, spend some time reading www.powerforum.co.za
    Axpert powerhouse of information ... and DIY tips.
    Ask them also...
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    Re: Stuck Ratchet Crimpers

    Some serious fights and argument have broken out on forums over this subject. Not worth it.

    My 2 cents.

    There is "make a plan to get home" and then there is doing it right. Just Google the...
  15. Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    FWIW you can quite easily convert an existing smaller vehicle into a EV ...

    Years ago I looked into "what if" my 280TD can become a EV. I joked saying I wanted a diesel electric.
    In SUV cases...
  16. Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    Good point.

    What I know today, they are supposed to last +-100 000 miles / +-8 years, by then the bank is at 80%.

    At 100 000 / 8 years / 80%, one can sell the car or replace the bank and 10 to...
  17. Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    Interesting article. They did mention that, oh, by they way you usually can't gas when the power is out either, but that seems to not be an issue for some reason?

    Poking aside, I think that for...
  18. Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    A motor Co in SA was seriously looking into putting solar panels on all their HO and factory parking bays, and charging stations all over SA (lots of parking space to cover), for use by anyone...
  19. Re: Solar system for off grid camping

    Yes, the MPPT is very configurable, all of them are, and you could set the Bulk/Absorb and Float volts for the lithium bank as per specs.
    For that I would suggest to get a VE.Direct to USB cable...
  20. Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    Nissan unveil the Ariya, a 100% electric crossover

    https://www.popularmechanics.co.za/wheels/nissan-unveil-the-ariya-a-100-electric-crossover/


    2022 Nissan Ariya

    Nissan says the Ariya...
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    Re: Plug and play for router?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=wifi+ups&oq=wifi+ups&aqs=chrome.0.0l8.2191j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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    Re: Inverters

    Please share how you would do it, and not feed back?
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    Re: Inverters

    AHA!!! Very cool feature, if one can throw all spare power throughout the day to heating geysers, instead of sending back to the grid.

    Pel and I investigated similar devices that you can buy off...
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    Re: Inverters

    Interesting.
    What is "Smart load / auq out"?
    How does it work?

    From what I know, Axpert, Victron, GoodWE, all install a smaller geyser element to better fit into max the inverter/panels can...
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    Re: Solar Geyser

    Outside is always better, but I have seen units, like at camps and so, installed inside with all the required installation standards adhered to.
    So it depends on the make/model, if it is for inside...
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    Re: Inverters

    GoodWE, yeah, a colleague had a unfortunate experience with GoodWE.
    Eventually after weeks and weeks of refusals, being ignoring, sending inverter back and forth, on a suggestion from me he went...
  27. Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    EV batteries, once they reach I think 80% life, they are replaced.

    Those batteries then get split into individual cell, tested, and then made into 2nd Life solar battery banks, like 2nd Life Revov...
  28. Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    Yea, problem is also becoming apparent in California: California's Power Outage Demonstrates the Biggest Flaw With Tesla's Plan to Sell Everyone an Electric Car

    Or you phone these guys to come and...
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    Re: Inverters

    Priceless!!! ;D

    And we NEVER admit that to them ever ... even though they know we know that they know. ;D
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    Re: Inverters

    Maybe you want to start with just a UPS, and build on?
    Split the DB's in the mean time, add the Carlo Gavazzi ET112 so long.
    Consider a Multiplus II 3kva, they are wot about R16 500 or so.
    Maybe a...
  31. Re: Reverse Subsidising the Grid Tied Users

    O shiite yes!!! There are NO more space for any more roads, and no, finishing that bridge left in the air will just cause more congestion. ;D

    Solution 1: Smart busses, right?
    That bus route...
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    Re: Solar Geyser

    https://www.pricecheck.co.za/search?search=gas+water+heater
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    Re: Solar Geyser

    I was looking at models like this:
    https://www.builders.co.za/Plumbing/Water-Heating/Gas-Geysers-and-accessories/Housetech-20-Litre-Gas-Water-Geyser/p/000000000000398806
    ...
  34. Re: Reverse Subsidising the Grid Tied Users

    My experience since 1992 in Cpt and surrounds, they are quite "in-tune" with what the people need, want.

    Where have you ever seen a council that you can email and ask for a refund, query a water...
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    Re: Solar Geyser

    Portable for camping ... interesting. May beat my "hang up that black bag" shower.

    I was more thinking of converting a bath, a shower, with a shower head extension, with a gas water heater. Those...
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