**Consumer Warning: Although I've purchased hundreds of the 235ah "Duracell batteries" from
Batteries Plus throughout the years, and have no less than 28 of the
Duracell batteries at the time of this writ (down from 48), I do not condone purchasing these
from Batteries Plus due to a recent discovery of
deceptive practices perpetrated by the vendor, Batteries
If you call Batteries Plus or Duracell and inquire about
specific gravity or float rate, absorption rate, or any other details about
the 235ah sligc125 or the 330ah sli6v305s batteries (in my case), Batteries Plus will have no data. Naturally, since the label on the batteries
state that the battery is a Duracell, I called Duracell. Duracell representatives will inform you that they are NOT a Duracell Battery!
Duracell will also inform you that Batteries Plus merely "bought the label" from Duracell. Pressing Batteries Plus further will reveal from their agents
that the battery is actually produced by an off-brand manufacturer called Dekka Batteries. This is clear evidence that the business class can sell us
anything without recourse and our Nation is presently without any consumer protections. You've been warned. I would suggest Trojan or Rolls Batteries to anyone that wished to purchase a true and tried off-grid battery.
The stickers say they are Duracell batteries.
The sales people down at batteries plus will state they are Duracell
batteries. But with just a little more investigation you will find the batteries to actually be Dekka (the off-brand battery manufacturer).
Here's a synopsis:
As I spoke to Duracell, the Duracell Agent stated that "the label was sold
to batteries plus", and that Duracell DOES NOT have anything to do with
the SLIGC and SLI6V series of batteries (are there others that are being
sold in this deceptive manner, I do not know, nor did I inquire it).
Then, having called
batteries plus back with this new revelation, I was informed by the
sales-person that the batteries are actually a Dekka Battery and not manufactured by
duracell (and that I ought to contact Dekka for my
My contention is, if I wanted a Dekka Battery, I would have purchased the
much cheaper Dekka Battery. Keep in mind, the prices for these
warrants a real-live name-brand battery!
If my aforementioned statements were not
true I'd be dragged into court, since it is .
You need not take my word for it, simply
call Duracell and
inquire about "their" sli6v305s
(330ah) batteries or "their" sligc125
(235ah) batteries and learn the truth for yourself!
When in business, it is better to be humbled and down-size while
waiting for an up-kick in the economy, than to resort to deceptive
In the long-run, it could cost you more than what was
However in our modern-day evolution in the
which is reflexive pro- the business class, Batteries Plus might just
change their name to follow suit with all the other rampant deceptive
practices being waged against the Americans by the Capitalists.
But this topic is about batteries so...back to the tips.
Tip #4 Warm Batteries are Happy Batteries.
Having come from Florida to
it's been more difficult a task than anticipated to setup an off-grid
system. I just presumed
that I could pick up my solar panels and
batteries and find the same results in production of where the
system might be placed.
Not so. Enter Ohio's less sun and less wind. Although it is
oftentimes stated that solar panels produce better in the winter time
than in the summer, the batteries perform better when placed in a
moderately controlled environment year-round.
Not only was there a need for MORE solar panels, and
MORE wire, and MORE batteries, and MORE charge controllers (ad
and nauseaum) to compensate for the lack of sun and wind, but there was
also the revelation that the power bank is
variable due to the extreme temperature changes!
To make up for less sun for instance, it was necessary to install more
panels to capture the ambient light to equal enough energy to replenish
batteries. Also, in Florida
I could safely leave the
battery banks outside; Not so in the
colder climates of Ohio.
During the first couple of years in
Ohio, I was not able to do anything with the solar panels and
batteries, and then when I became able, codes restrictions were a
new obstacle I had not
new problems were popping up,
like who knew snow would just completely cover the solar panels,
then just sit there!?
knew that extreme cold would cause a lull in
power supplied by the batteries in inclement
For the past 2 or 3 Ohio winters,
depending on whom you're relying on for information, I've been
living within 3 feet of the battery banks here. There are battery
3 of the 4 walls of this 3-car garage and comprised into Five battery
banks in this building as of Mar. 22 2018. Each bank of
batteries possesses their own panels, loads, and charge controllers.
close proximately has allowed an increased
in general. Having to see the batteries day in and day out has
allowed for some level of creative testing. Being in close
proximity also has shown my errors in proclaiming wrongly in reference
to battery-power. For instance, even in this present-day prose I
still advocate at least one or more battery banks just for the 12v
loads without the need for an inverter. DC in the raw is attained
since most of our items in any given home are about 12v already (so why
would you want 110v stepped all the way down to 9 or 112v? It
will cost more to do the latter, and in the long-run there will
invariably be a power supply needing to be replaced or some other
conversion error-prone contrivance). Direct current=nothing could
go wrong, and requires no other repairs or replacements for electronics
going bad on us.
So, nowadays I see there is definitely room for a 48v (AND SOON TO BE
2!) battery banks in addition to the other banks that are
12v. Having recently assembled a 48v inverter connected to
8qty 6v batteries all in serial, powered by a 4qty 100w solar panels
also connected in serial to 48v feeding down to a 60a 150v mppt charge
controller to keep the batteries topped off showed the first glimmer of
what I've been missing. Since the solar array and battery bank
are both 48v I then purchased a pwm 60a 150v charge controller so that
more panels could be placed. At the time of this writing I have
already accomplished what was formerly written (And then
some!). There are now 36 100watt solar panels funneling
into the two mppt controllers. I do my laundry at night
often now (because It's not possible without doubt (even if the sun
should not shine for a few days). The wind generator is also
connected (wrongly, I'm experimenting with something stupid there,
having come off the roof today has shown me that the experiment was a
stupid flop. I'm now rolling with another idea of attempting to
go direct to the battery bank since the wind generator and battery bank
are both 48v. A prior experiment having performed this exact
procedure nearly scared the life out of me. Before I lived in the
garage I was in the house where I slept. When going out to the garage,
it was noticed that something had burned a quarter or knickle-sized
hole directly through the hard plastic of the battery top! I did
not know how this could possibly happen since the bank was not
overcharged in any way. Since then though, I've come to learn
about brass as opposed to tin and lead for the connectors. As
soon as I'm done licking the wounds of my recent failed test, it's off
to direction two's question: What caused the meltdown? Was
it due to crappy corporate products or the need for a more sensitive
So, back to the Ohio cold,
This is where common sense ought to have
kicked in, cold batteries are bad for
tractors and cars, too.
If it's too cold, batteries will not supply enough juice to start an
So in closing, give some thought to place
your battery banks where the temperatures are somewhat controlled
year-round. If you are located in Florida, perhaps under a shade
tree, if in Ohio perhaps your bedroom! With somewhat controlled
temperatures, the data and energy gleaned from the
controller will be easier to understand, supply a predictable volume of
energy, and aid in predictable planning
inevitable completion of your personal power plant.
The Batteries will need to be planned
for long-term (unless you're wealthy and can afford to replace them
I might also add, many battery banks, referred elsewhere herein as
"micro-battery banks", offer many more advantages over one huge battery
bank. Place the power where you need it (as opposed to pulling
the energy through long expanses of wiring which lose current the
further away the load is from the bank. Your batteries will live
longer without putting such a taxing load on the batteries. Once
a bank is self-sufficient year-round, walk away from it and don't
"improve" on it any more.
When a bank reaches a utopia of eureka's, simply go build another one
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