This Website is Completely Solar Powered! - Springfield, OH - Read it and Weep
Winter-time in Springfield Ohio exhibit extremes in weather conditions; perfect for solar and wind testing.
One day it's 60 degrees and sunny, the next day it's 12 degrees 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; 24 hours each day since 2015, 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 this data and build upon the information which follows.
Below are shown the standard automotive cables.
Recognize the white acid residue at the bottom of the box and around the corroded terminal connectors.
These cable connectors are not your friends.
Shown below are two brass connectors.
Anyway, It was 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 or copper connectors, leaving only wires at the posts.
No other viewpoint on the Internet in regards to a solution in Off-Grid applications was found.
So cables will need to be inspected, tightened, and replaced from time to time, eh?
Cut the corporate capitalist crackpy connectors from those cables!
Those cable connectors sold at Walmart, Kmart, Autozone, etc. are NOT for Off-Grid applications.
Save yourself the headaches and potential power failures (and more!), trust me on this one, cut the cable terminals off and install genuine brass connectors.
Several advantages will come of your efforts.
***Brass connectors exhibit no sulfation!***
I don't know why!
Maybe if we adult humans were permitted to see the whole Internet, that a site exists explaining the phenomenon...
Brass connectors exhibit no sulfation!
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.
To be totally honest, I didn't buy the Brass Battery 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.
End of Story?
Several advantages converting to brass were noticed immediately.
However, no sulfation was the bountiful harvest.
For most people, this is of little significance.
For me (and maybe industries and militaries, hint LOL), no sulfation is a God-send.
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 communications controllers are askew in the shaping of the offering of 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.
p.s. Beware of the capitalist knock-offs.
Now that we trashed the connectors, Next, let's look at designing a better cable.
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