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The Ultimate Guide To DIY Off Grid Solar Power | Tin Hat Ranch

The Ultimate Guide To DIY Off Grid Solar Power | Tin Hat Ranch

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DIY Solar power may seem like a daunting task. Fear not, this video WILL set you on the right path. We start by unraveling the mystery of off-grid solar power and teach you the basics, how to understand and think about your system. From there, we show you how to access and size the proper system for an off grid back-up or full time off grid system. Once you've got that squared away, we talk all about batteries. Of all the components, batteries are probably the most misunderstood. There are some nuances in solar power that you must be aware of; this video will set you straight on where to mount and how to wire your panels for the best efficiency. Speaking of efficiency, do you know the difference between an MPPT and PWM solar charge controller? Just watch the video. Often the most overlooked component of any off grid system is safety,...


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  1. Date: September 28, 2018 at 13:34
    Author: David Cagle

    I am off grid on a 2.4KW/h per day solar system (400 watts with more than 7 hours per day average usable sun at this location). I have way more power than I can use. LIMIT the use of the inverter, use as many DC appliances as possible (converting to AC has some loss). Your inverter should be rated continuous draw of greater than 150% of maximum draw, this is for best efficiency of operation.

  2. Date: September 29, 2018 at 09:07
    Author: ferkemall

    So when its all up you get a hail storm the size of golf balls and that,s the end of that !

  3. Date: September 29, 2018 at 19:53

    Hello, from lz5xk . Very nice video ! I suddenly found it when searching for off grid power alternatives for hams. Thank you .

  4. Date: September 29, 2018 at 23:43

    Ahhh Leave it to a HAM RADIO operator …
    My shack is 100 percent solar ..

    73 de ac0v

  5. Date: September 30, 2018 at 07:21
    Author: David Tomlinson

    Awsome video. Lots of info, and its not to technical or dumbed down. Explained perfectly in my opinion. Thank you.

  6. Date: October 1, 2018 at 02:12
    Author: Chili SheepDog

    Best entry level explanation and delivery on the topic I have seen so far. Thanks.

  7. Date: October 2, 2018 at 02:12
    Author: Spencer Wilton

    cannot believe US homes use an average of 30 kWh per day, I'm guessing a lot of electric heating and air con adds up. I typically use 5 to 7 kWh / day, if I go over 10 i get really pissed off with myself! But then again, in the winter I can use 140 kWh / day of gas for central heating.

  8. Date: October 3, 2018 at 07:46
    Author: Blackops 362

    Instead of using led-acid batteries your better off buying used lithium ion batteries on ebay

  9. Date: October 3, 2018 at 21:32
    Author: Harry d

    Very well done. Although I do wish you would being up changing out lights to led and other things that make this work even better

  10. Date: October 4, 2018 at 07:02

    I have an idea for a lifting force machine.
    Step 1: Get hollowed out cube.
    Step 2: Securely attach magnet to inner bottom of hollowed out cube.
    Step 3: Place a lever on inside bottom of cube behind the magnet that's securely attached to inside bottom of cube so that one side of the lever is pointing towards you and hanging over the magnet.
    Step 4: Attach a vertical bar to the top side of the part of the lever that is not hanging over magnet witch is securely attached to inner bottom of cube. Make sure the bar goes all the way up to the inner top of the cube barley touching it.
    Step 5: Securely attach a magnet to the side of the lever that is hanging over the magnet that is attached to the inner bottom of cube.
    Note: Magnets need to be facing each other with attracting poles N,S or S,N
    Note: The lever is going to have to be really close to the magnet on inner bottom of cube because of how close those magnetic fields need to be to interact. But not so close that magnets can touch.
    The magnet on top connected to lever is pulling the magnet on inner bottom of cube towards it and since the magnet on inner bottom of cube is connected to cube, this pulling force acts as a lifting force. Now at the same time the magnet on inner bottom of cube is pulling the magnet on top downwards BUT the magnet on top is connected to the lever so any downwards pulling force is being converted mechanically by the lever into upwards lifting force. Now if you know anything about magnets you now that there are magnets powerfull enough to lift far more weight then just there own. So essentialy this divice is exploiting the powerfull pulling force of magnets by mechanicaly transforming its magnetic pulling force into mechanical lifting force through the clever utilization of a lever, and walla stuff can be made to fly. Imagine if the magnets in this experiment where electro magnets so the ammount of electrical current going into them determined the ammount of lifting force that it would have. Now imagine this system being used as an attachment that could be placed under or ontop of vehicles to counter the weight of the vehicle and any cargo its carying. Now imagine  if this was done with powerfull permanent magnets and turned sideways and placed in an electric generator and had enough strength to pass through the magnetic fields as it propelled itself forwards with its own magnetic pulling force.     Signed   AMA

  11. Date: October 4, 2018 at 07:07

    here's another idea to try I have an idea for constant energy flow 🙂 Imagine a bunch of water wheels positioned above each other, each one when spinning generates an electrical current not so unlike a wind mill does but with water. At the top is a big basin of water, as the water falls straight down it spins the water wheels generating electrical current. When it reaches the bottom their is another basin, but this one can be shaped some what like an up side down bowl and is slanted down so water flows into areas that are separate and in these areas the water is evaporated and then travels up tubes and back to the top where water re-condenses and falls back down. In these tubes the steam is traveling up through, there is a smaller tube coming down from the top and small windmill like contraptions protruding from it. The rising steam spins these small windmills and generates electrical current that travels through wires in the center of these inner tubes and can either be used for extra energy output or help to heat the bottom bassins or even the tubes themselves so the evaperated water stays evaperated all the way up. The energy to keep the bottom hot enough to evaporate water comes from as many of the water wheels spinning as needed. To get more energy output you just make the contraption taller with more water wheels, It will always only take so many wheels spinning to keep the water on bottom boiling so more wheels equals more energy output. The material in the top basin can be designed as a heat sink to help the water re condense into liquid form, if built correctly, so no water/steam escapes, it just keeps going and going utilizing natural forces to function. If the device was built inefficiently, in that water was escaping from it in small amounts over time. One could easily rectify this issue by attaching a device to the top of it that naturally gathers moisture (Water) from the air and releases it periodically into the system to replenish it. 🙂 Now just add the proper electrical wiring and chargable baterries into its design so all the excess energy being perpetuated can be accessed from plugs on bottom and/or top of device and presto you got yourself free energy.(Free in the sense that you didnt pay for it 🙂 Please share this Idea with Everyone.

  12. Date: October 5, 2018 at 04:49
    Author: John Smith

    Best description on solar I heard so far. Great editing and narration.

  13. Date: October 5, 2018 at 13:50
    Author: BJ DRAWH

    this is 10/5/18 just saw this an want to say tks ,,,,i did this to my truck when i was ,,otr ,,,driver
    to run my invert er

  14. Date: October 7, 2018 at 17:56
    Author: Grizz Grant

    Ive just discovered that Accu rite don't distribute in the Eu do you know of an alternative im in the highlands of Scotland. Im finding your tutorial really helpful. Thank you

  15. Date: October 8, 2018 at 00:38

    Informative and easy to follow although I imagine in 2018 a little bit behind . Definitely going to subscribe for updates. Thanks TinHatRanch

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