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Tip #6 Micro VS Macro - ? Hint: - Micro battery banks are the answer<-

My findings in more than a decade of experiments show that the mainstream battery bank is simply not the answer.

It's also potentially dangerous when the ah (amp-hour) rate is increased exponentially.

There is a better way.

Once upon a time, I followed all the advice I could get my hands on concerning solar, wind, batteries, controllers, inverters, the science of wire distance/drop, ad infinitum and nauseaum. So just like EVERYBODY else, with only one view that regurgitates itself all over the Internet, I built that large battery bank. This did NOT work for me.

I tried 12v banks, 24v banks, and 48v banks. I tried using different gauge wire, building a couple of solar trackers, and more.
Still, garbage results.

Here's what works. In the same instance that you would never park the battery to your flashlight at the other end of the house, is the same reason I'll give toward credence that micro is preferable over macro battery banks.
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Micro-battery banks work better because they're basically item-specific! The lessened number of appliances and task-oriented hardware ensures a healthy battery in time of unexpected need.

The first micro battery bank made here was by accident. After moving a bank of batteries that no longer were expected to be needed, I became busy with other projects. Having left two solitary 6v batteries in series created a solitary 12volt "battery", also left were only two lights connected to the battery (12v 16.5' strip lights). I was pleasantly surprised that weeks later, the single battery (6v x 2 = 12v) was looking pretty damn good (unlike the other battery banks which were much larger yet by morning were leaning to the 12.2v mark). Having the lights and solitary battery had suddenly become appreciated because I needed light within the location at the time.

So I left that bank and those lights alone (figuring I'd get to them when time permitted).

That bank has been running on maintenance-free auto-pilot for years now without ever a hitch!

Consider those micro battery banks as your insurance. If ever needed, it's an easy task to pool your resources, and if that day should arrive, you know your batteries will be healthy and fully charged due to their load being light (no pun intended).

The voltage following each night at that first micro battery bank is the highest of all the other battery banks when checked pre-dawn. Whereas the other battery banks range around 12.3v or 12.2v or 12.4v (under loads) by dawn, the micro-battery bank showed higher!

When a battery bank can go a week without sun or other power input, that's a "done" battery bank, now leave it alone and go build another one. This is advice for Ohio climes, in Florida, Arizona, Southern California, etc. only a few days are requisite due to their possessing more hours of reliable sunlight.

When you finally get to the point where that load amply takes care of itself, walk away.

It is better to have a fully charged battery that is barely used,
than to have a battery over-used, and short-lived.


Whereas a large battery bank, although still leaps and bounds safer than the monopoly's AC electricity, having been transformed into smaller micro battery banks, just made battery power even safer.

Imagine this scenario:
You have an impressive power bank supplying energy to all the appliances in your home. Nice.
However, if one solitary cell should go bad in that power bank, your entire house is thrown in an unreliable state.
Let's say for instance that one of your appliances, a large inverter for example, went bad due to having a short. That solitary short can potentially affect your entire bank's energy, hence your entire home's energy.

Whereas a micro battery bank is easier to troubleshoot, remedy, and it doesn't take down your entire home!

If one of my battery banks ever incurs some unforeseen problem, it shouldn't require a great undertaking to not only identify early on (before the damage), but also, in a pinch I can always jump the load to another battery bank while the problem is figured out.

Furthermore, if the battery bank is 12v, in a pinch, I could use a bus, car, tractor, or other emergency boost to bring up the battery bank if it ever came down to a dire need.

You have concluded Tip # 6 of the Off-Grid Battery Bank Tips
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