Off-Grid Solar and Wind-Generated Power
Winter-time in Springfield Ohio, extremes in weather conditions has proven to be perfect for solar and wind testing.
One day it's 60degrees and sunny, the next day it's 12degrees with low-hanging cloud cover, then another day it's 20+ mph blustery winds.
Between the wind generator and solar panels, in an off-grid scenario, both are paled in priority compared to that of the batteries.
Recently I mused at how the project is almost accomplished out here; 24hours each day, for more than 2 years now, monitoring and tweaking, testing and experimenting, finally coming to a close.
Then I woke up.
The following findings were not gleaned from the Internet; but rather by trial and error, and much testing.
Some of the information that follows will be CONTRARY to the propaganda on the net in regards to battery power banks in an off-grid scenario.
It is hoped that the next generation will pick up from the following data and build upon the information which follows.
Below are shown the corporate crap; look closely and recognize it. Take special note of the white acid residue at the bottom of the box and around the corroded terminal connectors. If you use the corporate crap, you invariably have holes in some of your clothes as a result of the acid-effects. This crap is brought to you by capitalists that use the least amount of invested capital to push products that will see their demise over and over and over....in your lifetime.
They, and their cable connectors, are not your friends.
Shown below are two brass connectors.
These brass connectors were found at a great local store called
If you don't have a Rural King in your neighborhood, you don't get to enjoy their complimentary coffee and popcorn, and a pleasant helpful customer service, and a wide variety of assorted merchandise and equipment. Furthermore, for hardware like nuts and bolts, DO bother to compare their prices with the big box stores!
They don't charge per nut or bolt, Rural King sells by the flipping pound!
Suffice to say, the community here in Springfield loves their Rural King.
It was always just presumed that battery connectors will have to be periodically inspected and replaced (because the uncensored portion of the Internet told me so). Invariably, acid literally ate the soft metal of the common lead connector, leaving only wires at the posts. No other viewpoint on the Internet in regards to a solution in off-grid applications was found.
Unfortunately, we do not have the freedom to visit all the websites that actually exist because our Internet is extremely filtered. Something like 90% of all the websites (depending on which statistics are being relied upon) are not permitted through the IP Provider's "wall of fire". The "forbidden" websites, labeled to us as the "black" and "dark" web, are predominantly those webmasters that refuse to pay off the internet mafia, the ones that try to compel control by instituting regulations and "safeguards". Meanwhile the same entities partake in pushing the only operating system that is susceptible to all viruses, malware, spyware, trojans, and worms to the civilians (irregardless of which monopoly store a computer is purchased from).
Since you are reading my site, it could only mean one of maybe three reasons that you even found this site. I refuse to succumb to adding the manipulative httpS: to my http:. The decision is not even mine to make. It's the Internet Providers themselves that cannot secure my connection. If you'd like evidence to that statement, hear and see for yourself:Hackabillies with a Twist of Impunity
So now the manipulators add a fear-planting warning to any prospective visitors (usually located to the left of the URL bar).
In reality, the warning is misdirected and ought to be placed where it rightfully belongs, upon those that manipulate the internet for their own agenda. Websites become tucked away via "blacklists
", and with databases, keyword responder-bots, redirects, and misdirects, etc., are easily pointed away from certain "quarantined" groups and locations. Similarly, on a myopic scale compared to our weakest links, the limited centrally-controlled Internet Providers, utilize super-routers that can further filter the permitted results down to their own agendas (which is to up-sell the consumer, or force the consumer to purchase additional replacement hardware (see the proof,Spectrum caught hacking me, and admitted it
), or to hand over information to the govern-mental forces.
The problem arises when the data they are tucking away becomes critical to our survival. For instance, if a problem threatens our existence, would it matter if the answer to solve the problem came from organized crime, modern-day governments, the poor class, or the Taliban?
*If I'm caught drowning, I don't care who you are, throw me a damn rope and I'll promise to grab it!
So cables will need to be inspected, tightened, and replaced from time to time, eh?
Cut the corporate capitalist crappy connectors from those cables!
If a person were to spend 52cents, they would not likely be buying a Maserati.
More likely, the person spending 52cents is buying an item valued at 52cents.
This is not to say that spending more will yield more!
In 2018, it is unsafe to say that the highest prices in the marketplace will ensure the highest quality anything.
One thing is for certain though, those cable connectors sold at Walmart, Kmart, Autozone, etc. are NOT for off-grid applications.
I've been dealing with those cables for over a decade.
Save yourself the headaches and potential power failures (and more!), trust me on this one, cut the cable terminals off, and install the brass connectors.
Several advantages will come of your efforts.
The brass alternative to corporate-farmed cabling offers the convenience of nut and bolt, as opposed to one-time-use crimp and solder, and allows for easily adding other connections at a later date without having to purchase more hardware, eliminating unnecessary labor.
The cost difference is shocking at first ($3 to $5 each connector), but when you consider it is a once-in-your-lifetime replacement (as opposed to replacing potentially dangerous damaged cables every other year), coupled with the fact that the automotive capitalists designed cables to incorporate the cable into the connectors, rendering their cables not user-serviceable, and their connectors not re-usable.
Beware! The capitalists are selling "brass" connectors that are nothing more than brass-coated and will break! The trickery can sometimes be avoided by first reading the description of the contents (there should not be present the word lead or anything other than brass).
***Brass connectors exhibit no sulfation!***
Why? I don't know why.
Maybe if we were permitted to see the whole Internet, that a site exists explaining the phenomenon... my tentative guess is that the average automobile is not pushing 60amps into a battery bank, as in the case of solar, wind, hydro, etc.
*(referencing an average 48v input configuration)
I did not find this factoid on the Internet!
No more sulphuric mess, no more cable connectors dissolving in areas that are not visible to the naked eye, no more going back to the marketplace to replace the entire cable or connector because of deformity due to stretching, no more checking after weather extremes ... BRASS, with its tighten-once design, equates to less maintenance and a more reliable connection. End of Story
To be totally honest with you, I didn't buy the brass connectors for any of the aforementioned reasons.
I had purchased the brass battery connectors as one that might purchase a chrome starter for their prized car.
The connectors were nothing more than "tricking out" the battery bank for show.
Several advantages converting to brass were noticed immediately; No sulfation was the bountiful harvest.
If the uncensored portion of the Internet has left anyone else dis-amused and lacking when seeking truth (in any area), and when the Internet data to further intelligence, the entire off-grid realm holds as the curbed model as evidence of the existence of a censored Internet.
I'm just saying, having watched thousands of videos on the topic, and having read and perused thousands more websites on the topic, nowhere was this information concerning a more permanent solution to an inevitable problem found.
Along with cable connectors, ought to naturally come the cables themselves.
Next, since the crappy cable connectors don't work well in long-term off-grid applications, after changing the connectors, let's look at designing a better cable. And as always, the goal should be something that will outlast OUR lifetime! (ie. Break free of the capitalist mentality of quick return and instantaneous profit which leaves only a crappy residue for the next generation to endure and repair).