Using Off-Grid Solar and Wind-Generated Power
It all sounds easy enough, place a solar panel in the sun and connect it to something, right?
There are definitely applications where this might work, such as pumping water or a fan in the daytime. However if the appliance is not protected from over-current (and under-current), eventually the device will fail.
Devices designed specifically for solar in mind are a rarity, so that's when some modifications will be necessary.
Now that you have acquired that fine bank of battery power, it's time to put it to some good use.
Planning along the lines of long-term is essential when building a power plant that will outlive you and me. Consider only purchasing items that have credible reviews first and foremost.
Purchasing only the items that have tried-and-true accounts of success-rates, keeps you and those around you safer. When offered a choice of plastic or steel, steel will out-live plastics and should probably be considered despite the additional cost.
And speaking of safety, consider your niece or grand-child coming to your off-grid edifice,
would you feel safe having him or her around your power plant alone?
If not, fix it as if you were dying tomorrow!
Ensuring that everyday functions are enabled without your presence require additional components to your new off-grid power plant.
Quality Motion Sensors, Light Sensors, and Timed Sensors will remember to turn on and off appliances, so you can remember more important things.
Keeping sensors and timed-switches in the loop increase the longetivity of the battery and the devices they power.
Motion sensors installed with L.E.D. lights.
The following photo shows a colored light-bulb with an L.E.D. strip stuck in as a filament.
LED's permit more light with least consumption of energy (on-grid or off-grid).
Solar is a shoe-in for LED lighting, sensors, cameras, microphones, some flat-screen monitors, some tablets and laptop computers, most routers and modems, speaker systems, DVR's, and more.
Solar for security cameras and alarms.
They can even tell you when there's a visitor at your front door!
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