solar power for homes -DIY – Home Solar Power Part #1

October 19, 2013 – 12:24 am

Http://l1nk.com/earth4energy ** Visit for information on how to build your own solar power. This is a simple example of a small but reliable solar installation. Great … Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  1. 24 Responses to “solar power for homes -DIY – Home Solar Power Part #1”

  2. don’t purchase solar panels until you see this crazy video. google “mike lewis diy solar” and see for yourself

    By Paul Sharp on Oct 19, 2013

  3. purchasing solar panels costs a fortune.. i did manage to construct my own panels following the guide at mikediysolar,com

    By Robert Langley on Oct 19, 2013

  4. For connectors, you can check auto parts stores or online. Many places sale them.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  5. were the battery connectors easy to find ?

    By Chowdy Chopz on Oct 19, 2013

  6. I don’t have a parts list, but there are some excellent videos on youtube.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  7. We have a small Aquaponics system and would love to go off grid with it. I would like to go HYDRO since I have running water all the time. I am thinking of using a car alternator and a vortex system for my power source. Do you have a parts list and a wiring diagram for your starter stage?

    By Victor Justice on Oct 19, 2013

  8. You can search YouTube for “rhandsom”, or click on rhandsom from one of my videos and it should take you straight to it.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  9. where is your channel located at sir ?

    By Robert Swisher on Oct 19, 2013

  10. Thanks for your comments. I have more videos on my channel that are more recent than this one. Hope you enjoy them.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  11. Thank you , good video for starters .I have subscribed to your videos hope you have more videos in the future.

    By Robert Swisher on Oct 19, 2013

  12. That is where the monitor comes in. A shunt is just a special type of resistor, used in conjunction with a battery monitor. Depending on the monitor you buy, it should show the current voltage, amps in/out, state of charge, etc.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  13. also if rhandsom answers you, how can you know the discharge rate of the batteries?

    By jarp87 on Oct 19, 2013

  14. The shunt is connected to the “negative” wires/cables coming from the Charge Controller, the inverter, and the battery bank. This is in order for it to accurately gauge amps coming in and going out. There should be instructions with your monitoring unit that show where the negative wires connect.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  15. with the amp shunt. do you have that hooked between the battery and invert-er?

    By toy7777room on Oct 19, 2013

  16. Tyvm for the swift reply. I guess I’ll have to grab me one of those Kill A Watt monitor, plug it into the wall, plug in a power strip, then plug in the tv and pc and the normal stuff i charge daily. Then see how much I use cuz I have no idea how much I use on just these devices atm lol.

    By ZeroJeremy1 on Oct 19, 2013

  17. With the portable unit I had a small 20w panel to recharge the battery, and yes it wasn’t big enough to charge the battery quickly, over time yes, but not quickly. 20w panels are basically maintainers or trickle chargers. For a simple backup system I would recommend an 80w to 135w panel. But first you must determine how many watts your TV and PC will require in relation to the Watt Hours your battery will store. (Watt Hours / watts) * % (inverter efficiency) = run time hours.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  18. In parallel so was that battery setup in 12V? I wanna set my own SP(solar power) up just to defer my electric bill. I wanted to run my 42″ tv that’s hooked up to my pc which has a 750 psu. U had that portable setup and said u could run a small tv/radio/box for around 5 hours but wasn’t that panel very inefficient to recharge the battery? I assume ur consumption was more than the intake, correct?

    By ZeroJeremy1 on Oct 19, 2013

  19. The way I determine if a battery is going bad is by periodically testing each battery with a volt meter to determine if a particular battery is holding a charge like it should. If you have a battery that appears to not be holding a charge like it should and If they are flooded batteries you can also test the voltage of each cell within the battery. There may be electronic monitoring equipment that will alert you to a bad battery also, I just don’t use any.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  20. If you purchase a TriMetric battery monitor, it will come with detailed instructions on how to wire it to your shunt and battery. That’s why I would recommend it as a battery monitor of choice.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  21. My battery monitor is a Tri-Metric 2020, the latest version is a Tri-Metric 2025.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  22. Are you using the shunt to measure current with you volt meter or is it in line with the battery monitor? If so how is it configured?

    By putnum2000 on Oct 19, 2013

  23. What kind of battery monitor do you have?

    By putnum2000 on Oct 19, 2013

  24. No I got it from an autoparts store.

    By rhandsom on Oct 19, 2013

  25. did you get the 5 watt solar panel from harbor freight?

    By 2012solarful on Oct 19, 2013

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