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    Re: The 2022 Caravan Show - Gallagher Estate

    Yes, but it does represent an excellent example of the technologies that are available and coming.

    Just like EV's, and PV Solar systems, they are not affordable or every bodies cup of tea, but...
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    Re: Best selling planes...

    Incredible aircraft. One of our friends is a private pilot for a wealthy family in Durban who owns one. Ultramodern dual station glass cockpit, Turboprop, pressurised cabin .........
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    Re: Best selling planes...

    I think it may come down to who owns them and what they are used for.

    The PC-12 is widely used by many military and non commercial agencies, not for combat, but as transporters or surveilance or...
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    Re: Best selling planes...

    Scrap that wrong Pilatus
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    Re: Lithium Ion National Luna Green Box

    It is my understand that you can mount them however you wish, just so long as you don't put forces on the terminals.
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    Re: Deep cycle vs high cycle help!

    Oh and if it is for a sneaker on a boat - go Lithium - hands down.;D
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    Re: Deep cycle vs high cycle help!

    Optima - worth it's weight in gold.

    But yes, in between would be your high quality heavy duty starter batteries.

    Typically for any specific size battery you get a normal battery and a heavy...
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    Re: Deep cycle vs high cycle help!

    Marine or as Willard call them Leisure AGM batterries, excellent choice casual use. You can leave them alone for a year (if they are fully charged) and simply FFF.
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    Re: Deep cycle vs high cycle help!

    Actually no, they are a surprisingly good choice for a UPS. They charge fast, float nicely, produce huge power, and they are cheaper.

    But that is for a normal/traditional UPS application. Like...
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    Re: Who would have thought...

    That you would ever see the light.
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    Re: Deep cycle vs high cycle help!

    Careful guys

    Better name for hi-cycle is "starter battery". which means you cycle it several times a day, 365 times a year.. But only mildly discharge, not deep discharge. Hi Cycle is an...
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    Re: Deep cycle vs high cycle help!

    mmmm,

    The main problem with most Deep Cycles is that once flat they need a "kick in the pants" to wake them up and start taking charge. DC-DC which compensates for cable voltdrops and boosts the...
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    Re: Deep cycle vs high cycle help!

    Real simple answer.

    Battery Isolator - High Cycle - Definately not a Deep Cycle.

    DC-DC charger - Either.
  14. Thread: What Kettle?

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    Re: What Kettle?

    You don't take your wife camping and she doesn't drink coffee.

    You are confusing her with somebody else. :o
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    Re: Kosi Bay Lake Fishing spots

    You buy a license. I am off the opinion that it would be close to impossible to overutilize the resource.

    Kinda like running out of cockroaches or flies.
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    Re: What Kettle?

    I'm lost - how do you keep beer cold in a kettle.
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    Re: BSL batteries and battery comms

    Who would have thought.
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    Re: 1981/82 Honda XL200R

    Sadly, I am a horder. I will polish a turd and put it on a mantel piece until SWAMBO intervenes and throws it out.

    Ask the guy who donated it how much it would cost for him to take it...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    It is completely feasible that EV will be as good as and cheaper than an ICE sooner than many think, for 99% of the applications.

    When, in SA, I predict about 5 years or so.

    Today I travelled...
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    Re: 1981/82 Honda XL200R

    Probably worth a lot less than you are prepared to spend on it.

    Real value is what you son would like to do with it.

    Making it look pretty to sit in your garage isn’t worth the cost of the data...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    An ugly car is still an ugly car, doesn’t matter if it is powered by petrol, diesel, lpg, lithium, bok drol, hydrogen or uranium.
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    Re: HCDP Electronics

    When all else fails just connect the panel’s directly to the battery. Grab a voltmeter and put on your “battery charger” t-shirt.
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    Re: HCDP Electronics

    YEP - nice products, [email protected] support, and a bit arrogant too boot.
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    Re: Victron dc-dc differences.

    Go isolated.

    If for no other reason it gives you some protection if you add an inverter at some stage.

    Not nice having your vehicle chassis sitting at 220V Live if you choose the wrong...
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    Re: HCDP Electronics

    I love (err used to) HCDP products, but I cant help thinking Manie has dropped the ball and is driving his company into the ground.

    Such a pity, because he has had the world at his finger tips for...
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    Re: HCDP Electronics

    Actually I really cant agree with that.

    Electronic components are widely available from hundreds of sources, all the way back to components from 60 years ago.

    A resistor is a resistor and so is...
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    Re: The hidden costs of going solar

    Server racks are cheap as chips and you can get some nice smoked glass door ones that look really cool.
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    Re: What is he smoking

    To be fair - that's the add heading - the actual add details are R185K >:D
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    Re: The hidden costs of going solar

    Fact is - people see an inverter, a battery and a some solar panel prices and think "cool I'm in"

    But, you are probably only half where there for a decent legally compliant installed small system....
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Not on my system.

    But 1 year may even be better, depending on your circumstances.
  31. Re: Wood in Hartbeespoort - Don't Buy Next to the Road

    Damn this week went by fast.>:D
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Quite so, the motor industry is one of SA's major success stories and a feather in the governments cap of which they are immensely are proud and protect with vigour.

    Oh and it is Billions, not...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Eiish.

    Probably only to you. ;D

    All depends where the battery is made. If you are making the battery at Rosslyn or Uitenhage then it makes zero sense to ship the battery and the car...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    I think it is pretty obvious, whether you like and embrace it or not.

    EV's are coming.

    Unless you are over 95 and blind and on a life support machine. They WILL be a part of your lives.
    ...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    But you are using the most expensive electricity in SA.

    More realistic prices for most of SA would be closer to R2.20 per kWh

    And an incredibly good urban cycle litres per 100km.
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