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Can I connect a normal 12 Volt 150AH C10 battery with a solar 12 volt 150AH C20 battery in series for my 24Volt solar system

I have an Exide invamaster 1500imst short tubeler normal battery of 12 volt, 150AH, C10. Now I want to connect this battery with a solar battery of 12 volt, 150AH, C20. Can I connect this normal 12 ...
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Unplugged alarm panel - battery died - keypad says low battery

I have a honeywell alarm panel that I believe trickle charges a 12v 4ah casil lead-acid battery. The panel and battery are ~2 years old. It was unplugged while doing a drywall repair and the battery ...
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Prototype: 12 DC car battery to power standard 120 VAC hand tools

Objective: Today I power my tools (drill, circular-saw, reciprocal saw etc.) in my shed by running a power line from my house. I wish to install solar power panels on my shed; however, before I do ...
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Battery bank in parallel/series or series/parallel

I'm trying to help some friends who live in a remote village in Africa to get the best out of their solar installation, and I'm trying to understand whether there's an optimal way of hooking up the ...
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Spark/Arc observing while connecting battery to charge controller [closed]

I have the solar system as shown in below diagram. When I connect my battery terminals to the MPPT charge controller, I am observing an arc immediately and due to which I am afraid to connect. Does ...
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Battery Backup for 240V (USA) Water Well

I have a well pump. I want to build out a battery backup (and, eventually, charge the batteries with solar and, more eventually, move to solar full time). It's 1/2 horsepower on a 240v circuit. It's a ...
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Why do well pumps need 240V when the wattage is not that high?

I want to be able to power my well pump from a battery when the power goes out, but I am learning that well pumps are heavy duty, running at 240V high voltage, even though mine is only 3/4 hp, which ...
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What's the difference between XX Volt and XX Volt MAX on rechargeable lithium ion batteries?

I was looking at battery power tools and their different battery voltages. Some of the voltages are listed twice, with and without "max". An example for mowers is "40-volt" and &...
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Can I configure home battery power like a UPS - where it constantly self charges and auto transfers?

A simple UPS (uninterruptible power supply - like APC, cyberpower, etc.) will charge itself while simultaneously powering the loads on the other side. If utility power is cut, the batteries will ...
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Bsmnt Watch Dog Battery Flashing “Add Water” but the water level is to the line

I have Basement Watch Dog Special. The "Add Distilled Water" alarm keeps coming on. The water level is to the line and the probe is submerged. I measured the specific gravity of each cell:...
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How do I improve specific gravity in a 4 year old battery

The specific gravity indicates almost nonexistent acid level. Barely above water. What is the best way to bring this battery back to life. It is a 6 volt solar battery.
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System to charge 24V lead-acid battery from a 12V lead-acid battery [closed]

Our garage has no mains connection, but it does have a 12V leisure battery charged from a solar panel, connected to an inverter to produce 240V AC. That mainly gets used for charging a mobility ...
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How can I lift the latch of the battery compartment in this smoke alarm detector?

First of all, I'm a bit embarrassed I cannot figure this out myself. I have looked up Youtube videos, Google searched but I didn't find any exact video. Plus I have tried pressing it hard, lifting ...
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Should I wait for my inverter alarm to know when my battery is discharging beyond safe level or should I shut down the loads sooner?

I am using a flooded deep cycle lead acid 24v 450ah battery bank. I don't want to discharge them beyond safe levels so they can last longer. I don't know how to check the state of charge. I have a ...
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Will it damage my batteries?

I have two solar arrays which totals close to 2 kw that I use to charge a 24 v 450 amps flooded lead-acid battery bank using 2 mppt charge controller of 30 and 40 amps. Will it damage the battery by ...
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Battery backup system for tankless gas water heater (outdoor install)

I have a Takagi T-K3-SP tankless gas water heater, which is installed outdoors. It still needs electricity though, so when I lose power at home, there's no hot water. The manual states it uses 86W ...
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Do tool cross-manufacturer battery adapters work without damaging battery or tool?

I'm talking about something like this which allows you to use a Dewalt battery in a Makita tool. Since this is just a question of connecting pins and so on, and no change of current or voltage is ...
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12v light amperage

Say i have a 12v light bulb that is 40 watts that can hook directly to 12v battery. I want to know if hooking it directly to the battery uses more amperage than if i were to hook my power inverter to ...
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What can I use redundant/spare AGM batteries for?

In my off-grid cabin I currently have a single 258 Ah (C24) Concorde PVX-2580L battery, with a 150 Ah spare (and generator) for backup situations where the main runs flat. As I frequently see the ...
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Something is beeping in my house intermittently. It is not the smoke or carbon monoxide detectors! [duplicate]

We are having a very infrequent beep occur in the house. It lasts about one second and then stops for a long time, about once an hour or so. I can't tell what direction it is coming from but we have ...
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Options for Running High End Computer on Old Circuit

I'm preparing to build the computer of my dreams. Unfortunately, it's going to top out at 1350 Watts when running at peak performance. I live in an 80 year old bungalow and the power situation is less ...
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Sump pump automated battery backup

I have 1/3 horsepower sump pump currently plugged into my home's 120 volt outlet. I have a 105 amp hour 12-volt battery and a 1200 watt pure sine inverter ready to go when the power goes out. The ...
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Proper amount of solar panels needed to charge batteries

I am working on a plan for a 24V electrical system. Based on my needs I plan to have six 12V 100Ah LiFePO4 batteries wired up (2S3P I believe) to give me 24V 300Ah. Assuming I need to fully recharge ...
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Portable battery using this adaptor spec

What is this battery pack inserted here at bottom? I have this adaptor powering a 5V equipment. I need a portable battery. What is the most reliable one that can produce 4A, 20W? I can't take ...
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Easy way of generating a 50-150W load @12V

I need to test a battery for its remaining capacity and to do that, I need to generate a constant load to be able to measure how long it can sustain that load. I tried using a 330W load (290W shoe ...
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Sizing up a battery bank for max continuous power draw

EDIT: on hold while I check conditions @Harper pointed to the fact that my battery is rated to draw 165A continuously for an hour, which should cover the needs of my inverter when my vacuum starts up....
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How should I connect my solar panels to each controller for optimal performance (series or parallel) without buying new charge controller?

I have four 355W solar panels and three 315W solar panels. I have a 40-amp mppt and a 30-amp mppt charge controller with 100V Max PV voltage. The distance solar panels to charge controllers is around ...
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Calculating Battery Size for 2 Channel NVR Security Camera System

I need to install a security camera system on a United States 110v power circuit that is only on a night. The circuit is using an astronomical clock to turn on power and more accurately measure the ...
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Inverter Power draw from 12V battery

Given a 12V, 100A battery with a 1000w inverter, how many amps would a generic standard european 220V, 500W appliance draw per hour from the battery itself? I know wattage equals volts times amps, ...
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How big of a Battery Backup or powerwall do i need to power 3 medical devices

I have two CPAP's and one Oxygen concentrator. I would like to power when the power goes out. The sticker on the oxygen machine says 3.4 A. The CPAP's are identical ,models and the stickers on the ...
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Estimate ROI of installing battery pack like the Powerwall

The power company charges more for power during peak hours than at night. In theory, a wall-mounted battery like the Powerwall or several competitors could help mitigate this by drawing power when it ...
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How can I figure out cordless drill terminal polarities?

I just got this Black and Decker SS18 drill and wanted to run it with my existing batteries but the drill has no polarity markings. Anyway to figure out which terminal is which?
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How can I fix this handheld vacuum cleaner?

This is a handheld vacuum cleaner with a simple circuit inside. I’ve charged it fully for a good while and also tried decharge-recharging it but no joy. All it can manage to do is ticking the engine ...
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How to replace a watch battery? [closed]

I'm trying to replace the battery of my watch, but I can't work out how to take off the back cover, to get to the battery? (see photo) I've Googled on how to remove the back cover of watches, but it ...
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Switching drill batteries [closed]

I have a Porter-Cable 20 volt impact drill and circular saw... I just came across to 6 amp hour Milwaukee M18 batteries for free... I want to run my Porter-Cable impact off the M18 battery how do I ...
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How can I make my home internet router work with a battery?

I have an ZTE zxhn h108n router, which needs an 12 V input. I want to make it work when the electricity goes off.
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How to complete this circuit

I got some decorative multi color led wire. It is broken at one place now. I need to connect the wire to complete the circuit. I am new to this and I am trying to learn. I tried twisting the wire so ...
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Is use of a deep cycle marine battery indoors safe?

I have a backup sump pump, a 12V "Basement Watchdog". However, immediately after installing it, I found the battery was basically dead. Not wanting to buy a very expensive replacement battery, I got ...
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Is it safe to use a battery charger to test the capacity of a non-rechargeable battery?

I have this battery charger at home. It has a voltage test function. I also have a lot of non-rechargeable batteries lying around. Is it possible and safe to use the charger's test function on non-...
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Temperature Sensor with Current Sensor

I have SMA - Sunny Island inverter, the one that is use in Off-Grid Solar PV System. I am getting error because there is no Battery Temperature Sensor connected. I have a plan on buying the ...
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Porter Cable NiCd 18V batteries - Lithium replacements?

Does anyone here have any experience with these tools and battery options? What about chargers? I understand the need for a different charger; my specific question is whether anyone has experience ...
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“power buffer” in front of generator for peak power shaving?

I need to do some work off-grid, and I only have a 1000W generator to drive my power tools, which easily draws twice that (and probably more when starting up) when cutting steel. Instead of getting a ...
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i'm having trouble with battery not charging

I think I have a battery going bad. Charged over nite and light read charged. but in the first 15 mins it died on me how long does it take to charge a hitachi battery 18v
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How to mitigate voltage drop?

I currently have a sump pump in my basement that is normally powered by plugging it into an outlet. When we lose power, I have a 100 amp hour marine deep cycle lead acid battery along with a 1200 watt ...
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Sump pump battery backup

I currently have a sump pump in my basement. I recently lost power during a rain storm and had to pump water out by hand until power was restored so I am looking to install a battery backup for the ...
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Where to get solid aluminum “battery” replacement cylinders? [closed]

I once saw an ingenious setup while doing work for a state agency. A contractor created a "black box" that contained a Canon camera in it for photographs that normally needed batteries in both it and ...
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Battery terminal in wireless light switch corroded

I have a wireless light switch in my garage which uses 4 triple-A batteries. When the switch quit working recently, I took off the cover to replace the batteries and saw that the terminals were all ...
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Storing energy from small wind generator to power led garden lights

I want to create a small wind generator using a bike generator (se picture) to power some led garden lights during the night. I have so far created a 1m in diamater wood propeller and a rotating ...
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Looking for combination of temperature sensor and thermostat - any hints?

After reading a lot, I am still very confused... Maybe you could give me some hint? I am looking for: a temperature sensor in my room a thermostat on my radiator It is important to me that these ...
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Opening and closing solenoid deadbolt with key

I am starting a project to implement a "smart" lock for my door using Arduino nano, a solenoid deadbolt and a fingerprint reader. Which on its own works fine, but the whole project will run on a ...