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by JRHill
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Website & Forum
Topic: Post any forum strangeness here
Replies: 73
Views: 193026

Re: Post any forum strangeness here

I have no clue whether this is relevant: I usually put my attachment "inlines" on a separate text line in the post window. I usually just put my cursor where I want the attachment to go, then click "attach inline". That's what I did this time, too. :-k I've not been able to attach a photo for a llo...
by JRHill
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: FLEXmax 100 AFCI
Topic: Electric resistance water heater - how to?
Replies: 17
Views: 135

Re: Electric resistance water heater - how to?

Yup, I saw that Davis had a software development (SDK) kit available. This stuff isn't easy. Nor is security these days. Nor are the business details. But if it is to the benefit of both it would happen. Who drives that? We do 'cause we will pay for it. It just takes enough demand. I don't think the...
by JRHill
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: FLEXmax 100 AFCI
Topic: Electric resistance water heater - how to?
Replies: 17
Views: 135

Re: Electric resistance water heater - how to?

Both Sodamo and I chimed in on this thread: http://outbackpower.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=13662 We and I suspect others have Davis systems of some model. "Us" user's would have welcomed this additional data a long time ago. And for uses just as this thread suggests The purpose from Mr. Lebow wa...
by JRHill
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: It ain't easy being green
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: It ain't easy being green

Oh, BTW, when someone thinks I do this to be "Green," I grit my teeth. I do this because it is the absolute most economical way to power our infrastructure with no access to anything else. With the Hydro on the Columbia I could buy power for a fraction of what I can amortize this system. Add batteri...
by JRHill
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: It ain't easy being green
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: It ain't easy being green

This off-grid stuff ain't for the faint of heart... Rayson, very fun write-up. As different as all of our RE systems are so are our life challenges. And ya know - those challenges help to put some bounce into a step. I read a recent story of a case much more extreme than mine: https://en.wikipedia....
by JRHill
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: FLEXmax 100 AFCI
Topic: Electric resistance water heater - how to?
Replies: 17
Views: 135

Re: Electric resistance water heater - how to?

Kind'of off topic but: My gosh in that location you are prime for passive HW heating. Why not? Even if it was an old well pressure tank with the bladder removed and painted black for preheat.... We're not near as advantageous as you in that location. For example we have an 80g tank like that in a tr...
by JRHill
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: Adding users ro an OpticsRE profile
Replies: 23
Views: 2851

Re: Adding users ro an OpticsRE profile

I tried this a few months back. Mr Sodamo, you were one of the invites as was another. The invitations were not received by the recipient. I sent one to myself at a backup email address as a test. It never arrived. But there was a web update since then - maybe the invitations are actually sent now.
by JRHill
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Flex Power One
Topic: Automatic Equalize at specific time of day.
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: Automatic Equalize at specific time of day.

You want to EQ from solar at a specific time of day. But, to me, the time shouldn't matter. The reason being is there has to be enough solar generation to keep the charging voltage in the EQ range. So if you have completed a solar charge cycle and are then in the EQ, if other loads come on or a bunc...
by JRHill
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: sulfation?
Replies: 28
Views: 9442

Re: sulfation?

raysun wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:03 pm
He can show our baby Catalahoua how it's done.
No kidding - you've got a Cat pup? I have some input. Cool, wonderful dog. But can be the opposite. Hmm, just like children I suppose. I'll PM you with a personal email. I'd love to some pix of your flavor of Catahoula! They can vary so much.
by JRHill
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: sulfation?
Replies: 28
Views: 9442

Re: sulfation?

Batteries are the whole-life annuities of the alternate energy world. Just write the check, kiss the money goodbye, and do everything you can to stay healthy and alive. Dang, you can depress a guy, sigh. And a bad day it was - the dog killed our ol rooster that wakes us up before dawn. I hated that...
by JRHill
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: sulfation?
Replies: 28
Views: 9442

Re: sulfation?

My 6' ball of tin foil continues to grow. You know, for use during the apocalypse. There's no doubt what wins the race to charge - lithium The dogs cover the apocalypse intrusion. If not, we have other coverage. But that's a different subject. Really, I just need to get the best out of my stuff. Ev...
by JRHill
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: sulfation?
Replies: 28
Views: 9442

Re: sulfation?

Imagine that? A 200 year-old technology is lagging under the pace of modern power storage needs. 😉 With Optics its pretty easy to get a handle on things (now [wink]). 1 1/2 months after installing the L16RE-B batteries in August 2015 the daily charge into them was 6.8kWh and usage was not reliable ...
by JRHill
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: FM80 rebulk
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: FM80 rebulk

Thanks guys. I have for quite a while thought that if pressed the Charger key and then pressed Bulk Charge while the system was absorbing that it would attempt going to bulk. But it was already at the absorb set point so it would restart the Absorb timer and begin afresh. I was sure that I had verif...
by JRHill
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: 1 of 8 RE16-B
Replies: 64
Views: 19959

Re: 1 of 8 RE16-B

I stepped through the whole SimpliPhi warranty process. They want drawings and pictures, evidence that the system was designed professionally and want the name, phone number and license number of the installer and of the person who installed the Simplify battery. They require the battery to be purch...
by JRHill
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: 1 of 8 RE16-B
Replies: 64
Views: 19959

Re: 1 of 8 RE16-B

Back to batteries: I have dismissed SimpliPhi due to warranty details. There is just no way to work with them on a DYI system. Enter Discover with their huge, 190# 48v monster. Consider this reply: I reached out directly to Discover to get input on the warranty and they said they typically can turn ...
by JRHill
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: sulfation?
Replies: 28
Views: 9442

Re: sulfation?

I'm going to post an update to the ongoing saga of the "1 in 8 RE16-B" failure which was actually 2 of them a week later. Much like nsoffgrid's post about the failed expensive genset I believe that I just had a run of misfortune on this bank. But frankly I'm tired of FLA batteries. There is SO MUCH ...
by JRHill
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: FM80 rebulk
Replies: 4
Views: 485

FM80 rebulk

I've wondered. And today I verified it - I can't force the charge controller into a rebulk to reset the Absorb clock. In the past I lowered the EQ voltage 'cause I didn't have time to deal with it. It worked. But how the heck is the Absorb clock reset for a charge controller?
by JRHill
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: 1 of 8 RE16-B
Replies: 64
Views: 19959

Re: 1 of 8 RE16-B

Can you legally hunt them year around? Permits needed?

Maybe you could get a half dozen in a turn-about and for power on a rainy day. And think about the methane....
by JRHill
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: I need help please, working backwards
Replies: 11
Views: 2001

Re: I need help please, working backwards

Hmmmm.... Your name is Jason, and its Friday the 13th. Doing anything special tonight? ;) Dang that was funny. If I could add anything it would be to review some recent posts on generators. I have one about the Honda EU7000is but there are several others. My best advise is to bite the bullet and ge...
by JRHill
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Honda EU7000is
Replies: 25
Views: 4208

Re: Honda EU7000is

Here, Ethanol free can only be purchased as premium and at a "premium" cost. Conversion to Propane would be cool but there's no way the delivery could be made reliably when I needed it - in the winter season. Long term AND short term fuel storage is a royal PITB. Check out this website for ethanol ...
by JRHill
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: Does this hardware exist?
Replies: 7
Views: 701

Re: Does this hardware exist?

Heimhenge wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:18 am
Posting my 1-line for reference:
One of these days real soon I'm going to diagram my system.

Gosh, if you'd seen my original.... It works for me.
by JRHill
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: AGS does not kick in when voltage goes below Set Points
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: AGS does not kick in when voltage goes below Set Points

OK, good: Since you can start and shut down via the Mate3, that is good. Shut all AGS stuff down except for the 2 minute start. See if that works and then add anything else needed, sequentially. You said this is now a rental. Hopefully you've locked down Mate3 access. Even then there is stuff that c...
by JRHill
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: AGS does not kick in when voltage goes below Set Points
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: AGS does not kick in when voltage goes below Set Points

Related to the manual starting of AGS you were not clear as to whether a manual start was from the Mate3 or whether it had to be literally a manual start at the generator. If you can start and stop the generator from the Mate3 it may be advisable to disable ALL AGS parameters except for the most bas...
by JRHill
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Honda EU7000is
Replies: 25
Views: 4208

Re: Honda EU7000is

We don't have lava flows but we do have many, many+ 20/40/80/160+ plots of unmanaged forest. Its a friggin' tinder box of messy understory and many dead trees (non resident folks who come up a few times a year to play). I'd say we have spent a bunch of time maintaining our stuff but we still have lo...
by JRHill
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Honda EU7000is
Replies: 25
Views: 4208

Re: Honda EU7000is

I have done these calculations:... 10.2 gallons cost $34.17/day x 30 days = $1,025.10 for a month. That's a lot of fuel to store esp. when most needed and at high ambient temperatures. Granted its a worst case and not practically done. Several+ years back I thought I could overcome fuel precautions...