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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 controllers for optimal performance (series or parallel) without buying new charge controlllers?

I have 4 355w solar panels and 3 315 w solar panels. I have a 40 amp mppt and a 30 amp mppt charge controllers with 100v Max pv voltage. The distance solar panels to charge controllers is around 15 ...
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How should I connect my solar panels to each controllers for optimal performance (series or parallel)? [duplicate]

I have 4 355w solar panels and 3 315 w solar panels. I have a 40 amp mppt and a 30 amp mppt charge controllers with 100v Max pv voltage. The distance solar panels to charge controllers is around 15 ...
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How can i set up a Solar Panel to charge a 12v DC car battery and power a Raspberry Pi?

I've pulled together a few spare parts that i've had laying about for ages now and I finally have a bit of time to try do something with them. I've got a solar panel which puts out ~22vDC @ ~2Amps ...
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Can I connect a battery reserve to my solar attic fan?

I have recently purchased a solar powered gable fan for my attic. This fan will only work when the sun is up, but I would like a little more out of it during the early evening hours (no sun). Is ...
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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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Wiring a Tesla Powerwall into an Existing Solar Install

I've been looking at the cost and feasibility of augmenting my existing 5kWh solar install with battery-backed storage to shift usage of the solar power that I generate to more useful times of the day/...
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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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What does it mean if my Watchdog backup sump is flashing “Add Distilled Water” even with brand new battery?

I just went through the laborious process of setting up a replacement backup battery for the Basement Watchdog backup sump pump system. I had to pour the battery acid in myself. Now in addition to ...
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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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How can I use cordless drill batteries in projects? [closed]

I found this project on Make for an automatic ball thrower for your dog, and am in the process of wrapping it up. For power, I'm using a cordless drill battery. (Specifically, a Ryobi lithium one+ ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Using excess energy during float phase - am I using up my batteries' cycle life?

I have a hybrid power system: 3kW solar; 2kW wind turbine; 1kW water wheel, that feed a 48v (flooded lead acid) battery bank. Presently, after absorption charging is complete and the system goes into ...
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Is Having Multiple Charge Controllers on a single 48V System/Battery Bank a “Bad Idea”?

I have a 48-volt renewable energy power system in my house that is presently off-grid. It has: - a 6kVA inverter/charger that can connect to a generator or the grid (charge controller #1) - a 2kVA ...
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Powering 5 foot section of LED flexible light strip with AA batteries

I need to light traveling show cases with no AC power available. How do I hook up LED flexible light strips to AA batteries. (I bought 20 led per foot reels and 40 led per foot reels. Single color, ...
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Would a single section of 3 LED's from a LED strip still need the required 12V?

I have some LED strips which run off a 12V power brick, but what I don't know if that applies to even a single section which is only 3 LED's? I was basically wondering if there was a way I could cut ...
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Charging a battery with a solar panel

I want to light a cabin. I have the following: 75w 12V Coleman solar panel (two bare wire ends) Large car battery from a Jeep Even larger (boat?) battery - an Optima Yellowtop 34/78 50/10/2A 12V ...
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Replacing battery in backup sump pump

I have a PHCC 2400 battery backup sump pump. It started beeping today and the controller light indicated that the battery terminals were corroded or that the battery was bad. I opened up the case ...
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Offgrid L14-30 connector to solar generator

I have a small off-grid cabin in the woods that I recently purchased. The previous owner had a L14-30 generator connector installed on the outside of the cabin and wired it with normal 120v outlets 4 ...
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I soldered 2 AAA batteries together in series but am not getting double voltage [closed]

I'm sure this is rudimentary, but I'm very inexperienced in anything practical with electronics. Would like to try to get a 3volt battery go run some LEDs. I thought I could just take two AAA ...
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Why have cordless tools changed the battery style?

I was looking for replacement batteries for my cordless tools (drill, light, sander) and have been unable to find any. My current battery is the style with a neck that inserts into the tool, but all ...
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Ryobi 18v. Lithium says fully charged but no energy

Recently I was using a Ryobi cordless drill to work on some drainage equipment. Unfortunately it caused a spill and a little water got on me and the drill. I did not think it was a lot of water (and I ...
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recharging 18V battery back in parallel

So I'm working on a project where I'm wanting to take several 18V ryobi battery packs, put them in parallel to increase the capacity, and then use that to power my project. I think this should be ...
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Will neodymium magnets harm my power drill battery?

I glued some magnets onto my power drill battery to use for storing drill bits on - but will the magnets affect the battery life?
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Does a leaking cell destroy the other cells in the same battery?

I have a device I have never used before. Unfortunately I found out that one of the device's 3 LR44 cells was leaking white potassium carbonate. See my sketchy illustration below. I have only 2 new ...
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Which batteries are compatible with the DeWalt DW9107?

I have a DeWalt battery charger model# DW9107. Which batteries can I charge in it? It says 14.4volts I have a DeWalt hammer drill model# DCD950B. Will the battery for it, DC9096 work with my ...
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What should I do with leftover sulfuric acid from a sump pump battery backup?

In our new house, we found that a previous owner installed a sump pump battery backup unit, which is nice. The battery in the system is like a car battery, but it's the kind where you initially add ...
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Making a Solar Power Battery Backup Unit

Ok, so this is a small battery backup unit. I want to just start small and see if I can get the idea working. I'll buy this 20 watt solar panel with charge control http://www.amazon.com/20W-12V-...
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How to prevent batteries leaking out in devices?

Is there a common method of preventing batteries from leaking out and destroying the device? Why does this happen in the first place? I have laid another head lamp to waste because it was sitting in ...
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Solar panels and batteries as primary, grid as backup with auto transfer switch [closed]

I've been toying around with this idea and I'm not sure if it's feasible. I live in an area where the power company has recently adjusted rates to make grid-tied net metering rooftop solar ...
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What could cause a battery hedge trimmer to have white smoke come out of it?

For the most part my hedge trimmer was doing a really great job. I did have a little trouble with the thicker stems, so I would swing the trimmer at the stems while cutting, which helped. However, a ...