Batteries / Electrical

E-bikes 2024: How to choose the best electric bicycle: Free e-bike e-book

E-bikes, How to choose the best electric bicycle!

This is a comprehensive look at how to choose the best electric bicycle. It is your FREE e-bike e-book buying guide, including everything you need to know about e-bikes. Getting an electric bike is a big deal, and you don’t want to make a mistake. This article was updated in June 2024 and originally published […]

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Can one lithium battery replace four lead-acid batteries?

Can One Lithium Battery Replace Four Lead-Acid Batteries?

Can one lithium battery replace four lead-acid batteries? In my case, yes, I did exactly that. My one lithium battery does everything that the lead batteries do. My one twenty-two-pound lithium battery replaced my previous four hundred and sixty pounds of lead-acid batteries. Originally published March 2023, Updated May 2024 I didn’t start out with

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Our RV battery install makes our Massive Electric Bucket.

massive electric bucket

Massive Electric Bucket: What is an electric bucket? An “electric bucket” is my description of our RV battery remodel. (I will explain later) How did the RV battery remodel work?  This post describes the real testing results while camping off-grid with our new RV battery remodel. How much energy did we consume? Did we achieve

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Key West Solar: How did we live on Solar when at Key West?

Sunset in the Valley of the Sun

Key West Solar: As a recap, this is the geeky version of how well our solar did while boondocking in Key West without outside electricity. Also covered is some detailed information on how we lived with limited water. The last part will introduce you to my supplemental water plan. We already covered the wonders of

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Redirect Can you run your RV Air Conditioner on Solar and Batteries?

Air Conditioner from Solar and Batteries

Can you run your RV Air conditioner on Solar and Batteries? We have the test results. The quick answer is yes you can. We have proved that it is possible. This update includes testing data with some surprises. These surprises are not encouraging and show how hard this is and why this is so hard.

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Xcapers Bash Solar Data Collection and analysis

Bash Solar Data

Xcapers Bash Solar Data Collection and analysis. As you know, the Xcapers Bash is 100% off-grid. Many RVs have solar to recharge RV batteries, some only have generators. This represents a huge opportunity to get same-day, same-weather, day-by-day electric data from hundreds of RV battery users – with and without solar recharging. Thanks for contributing

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RV Solar Series: Inverter/charger or Inverter & Charger

San Diego California Campground Sunset

Inverter/charger or Inverter & Charger each has some benefits. Separate also has some benefits. Which is better? Which would I choose? Inverters and chargers are actually two different items. Some manufacturers have built chargers into inverters and these units, depending on their design have some advantages over separate units. However, some inverter/charger combinations are not

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RV Solar Series: Lithium/Lead Acid Final Analysis

San Diego California Campground Sunset

This is my Lithium/Lead Acid Final Analysis where the determination isn’t necessarily all data-driven. Live style makes a big difference in the end result conclusion on the Lead/Lithium debate is going to happen. One of the biggest problems with lead-acid is that they don’t like to give up electricity without a fight. Tell this to

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RV Solar Series: Batteries Lead or Lithium?

San Diego California Campground Sunset

Battery choice is critical to living with an RV solar battery charger. Battery design determines success or failure. The question comes down to Lead or Lithium batteries. Originally published March 2019 Updated June 2020 and March 2024 The first question that the RV Solar Series needs to address pertaining to batteries is that there are

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Solar report:

Tiffin RV 34TGA Solar Panels 700 watt

We have gathered data on electricity used in our RV and have compiled a solar report to analyze the actual results. We still have issues of understanding what is going on, but overall we are thrilled. Yesterday was the true test and we did really well. Data to follow. Starting last spring we monitored battery

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RV Solar Series: Introduction

San Diego California Campground Sunset

RV Solar Series: Introduction “Boon-docking” or “dry-camping” is an RV style that refers to camping in an RV without the attachment of electrical, water, and sewer hookups.  We bring our own generator to make electricity, sometimes campground rules restrict generator operation hours. The most restrictive generator hours we encountered were at Death Valley National Park

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