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I saw this from the website PicklesAndAmmo.com (lol)

Sounds cool.

He starts out with "We decided on the APC Back-UPS RS 1500, which is good up to 865 watts. This guy has a nice interface to your PC as well, so you can monitor how much battery time you have left, plus get reports on last outages, etc. PLUS plus, it's expandable, so you can hook a secondary battery on it, which adds about 60% more battery power / lights / internet / toast / whatever time to your outage adventure. Highly recommended - feel free to email us with any questions about this or other UPSs you're thinking about."

He uses the Xantrex Solar Generator. It's pretty cool.

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The theory behind that video is sound, the execution of it is lacking from what I see, but, that is only due to the size of the wiring and the wattage of the solar-panels. Otherwise, it could be enough to keep a person happy for the short-term with 120-volt AC power (a couple hours at most based on power draw).
 

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Yeah, it supposedly runs 850-1500 watts ;)
I'm not sure how much power you really need, but from looking at this little tiny unit, at 850 watts continuous use, I wouldn't give it a full hour even. More like about 10 min.

Here is a thought for you. Why don't you outline what you really need to power and for how long on a given day ? Then we will be more able to help you figure out what you are really going to need. Worth a try any way.
 

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I have quite a few UPS units that I have collected over the years to protect my computer systems and other sensitive electronics. My smallest UPS will keep my laptops and modem/router running for about 6-hours. My biggest UPS will keep my power-hungry computer running for about 2-hours.

I have a UPS put into the power-circuit to my gas-heated furnace that can keep my fan blowing (intermitantly) for about a day and a half.

Like I said, his theory is correct on the system, but, he requires significantly more solar-generating power to keep the battery in his UPS topped up during use (oh ya, his cigarette-lighter cord might be heavy-duty for $5, but, it wouldn't be enough .. )
 

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I have quite a few UPS units that I have collected over the years to protect my computer systems and other sensitive electronics. My smallest UPS will keep my laptops and modem/router running for about 6-hours. My biggest UPS will keep my power-hungry computer running for about 2-hours.

I have a UPS put into the power-circuit to my gas-heated furnace that can keep my fan blowing (intermitantly) for about a day and a half.

Like I said, his theory is correct on the system, but, he requires significantly more solar-generating power to keep the battery in his UPS topped up during use (oh ya, his cigarette-lighter cord might be heavy-duty for $5, but, it wouldn't be enough .. )
Well, my position on solar is to get people started in a way that they can add to as needs are recoginized later on. With these little units, adding is not so easy. You state you have several of these little aa battery chargers right ? What if you had taken all the money you pup into them and bought just one good solar panel, 2 or 4 - 6v batteries, a decent charge controler and a good inverter ? Then you could add solar panels and batteries at will. Can you do that with your several little systems ? My system started with one 85 watt panel, two 6 v. batties , a small charge controller and a decent inverter. After all the years, I now have 16 solar panels, 18 batteries , a wind generator, 3 charge controllers, and a 2500 watt sine wave inverter. I also have 3 spare charge controllers and a spare mod sine wave inverter. But I grew this system as I began to understand it, and needed the power. All my house runs on this just fine, including my two desk top computers, refer/freezer, chest freezer, 27" old power hungry tube tv, lights, water pumps and anything else I wish to plug in. Oh , right now a water cooler and several fans also.
 

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No offense to others but yes, visible, especially for those of us who are apt dwellers. (sudden image of Mrs. Kravitz peering through the shades):rolleyes:
Anyone look into the smaller stuff offered by Goal0?

Thanks,
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Well, my position on solar is to get people started in a way that they can add to as needs are recoginized later on. With these little units, adding is not so easy. You state you have several of these little aa battery chargers right ? What if you had taken all the money you pup into them and bought just one good solar panel, 2 or 4 - 6v batteries, a decent charge controler and a good inverter ? Then you could add solar panels and batteries at will. Can you do that with your several little systems ? My system started with one 85 watt panel, two 6 v. batties , a small charge controller and a decent inverter. After all the years, I now have 16 solar panels, 18 batteries , a wind generator, 3 charge controllers, and a 2500 watt sine wave inverter. I also have 3 spare charge controllers and a spare mod sine wave inverter. But I grew this system as I began to understand it, and needed the power. All my house runs on this just fine, including my two desk top computers, refer/freezer, chest freezer, 27" old power hungry tube tv, lights, water pumps and anything else I wish to plug in. Oh , right now a water cooler and several fans also.
My smallest solar thing is a calculator, then I have some solar-powered LED garden-lights, solar-powered AM/FM radios, some 1-watt solar panels to use as a trickle-charger in my vehicles that I rarely drive, some 13-watt solar panels that I use to keep my power-packs topped up and finally an 80-watt solar-panel on my tent-trailer (with charge-controller and dual 6-volt deep-cycle batteries) that keeps my tent-trailer alive and well....

Shortly, I will have a whole-house solar-system installed through the local power company that will be hooked up to my house and to my UPS (which runs off of standard 120-volt connection). One of my UPS units is dedicated to my laptops, another to my stereo, another to my main computer, another .... you get the point. My biggest UPS weighs-in around 250lbs, one person can barely move it, two people still strain ... and I have spare battery-packs for them all.

I just moved into my new house, I still have to get my UPS hard-wired into key places, but, my back-up power is alive and well.

What I am saying about the original posting is that the solar-panel that they have for charging up that UPS is not sufficient for the task - I know because I tried it and found that it doesn't work.
 

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No offense to others but yes, visible, especially for those of us who are apt dwellers. (sudden image of Mrs. Kravitz peering through the shades):rolleyes:
Anyone look into the smaller stuff offered by Goal0?

Thanks,
Rich
I'm looking into the smaller stuff but something comes up and takes the money for it.:eek:Maybe I'll sell a vehicle and get a couple panels.
I ordered a catalog from'BackWoods,but have'nt gotten it yet.
So i just read the deals of the couple websites I can load.
 

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My smallest solar thing is a calculator, then I have some solar-powered LED garden-lights, solar-powered AM/FM radios, some 1-watt solar panels to use as a trickle-charger in my vehicles that I rarely drive, some 13-watt solar panels that I use to keep my power-packs topped up and finally an 80-watt solar-panel on my tent-trailer (with charge-controller and dual 6-volt deep-cycle batteries) that keeps my tent-trailer alive and well....

Shortly, I will have a whole-house solar-system installed through the local power company that will be hooked up to my house and to my UPS (which runs off of standard 120-volt connection). One of my UPS units is dedicated to my laptops, another to my stereo, another to my main computer, another .... you get the point. My biggest UPS weighs-in around 250lbs, one person can barely move it, two people still strain ... and I have spare battery-packs for them all.

I just moved into my new house, I still have to get my UPS hard-wired into key places, but, my back-up power is alive and well.

What I am saying about the original posting is that the solar-panel that they have for charging up that UPS is not sufficient for the task - I know because I tried it and found that it doesn't work.
Do you know about or have an opinion of or about BackWoods ?
 

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Do you know about or have an opinion of or about BackWoods ?
Are you talking about: Backwoods Solar Electric Systems

I personally haven't dealt with them. My dealings have been with RV-based systems (my friend's business) and a couple of industrial companies like Carmanah. My best experience with solar is on my own camper doing the mounting, wiring and using it to its fullest-extent.

I have plans on expanding my solar-system on my camper to include a 5,000 watt (running, not peak) inverter for running power tools off of the trailer without needing to carry my generator and fuel for my gennie.

I practice stealth boon-dock camping deep in the woods away from most civilization - the silence of nature makes me happier than the noise of the city.
 

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They ARE high priced

I haven't seen any mention here of Sound Wisdom's turnkey, plug and play expandable solar power system. It gives you 5,000 watts running power, 10,000 watts peak power, has a 40 amp charger, 230 Ah batteries, and 2 120-watt solar panels. Most importantly, you can add panels and batteries at your own pace, even from other companies.

Their people are willing to spend time educating you on the phone, too; can't beat that with a stick. They're at Sound-Wisdom.com.
 

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a place for everything...

I haven't seen any mention here of Sound Wisdom's turnkey, plug and play expandable solar power system. It gives you 5,000 watts running power, 10,000 watts peak power, has a 40 amp charger, 230 Ah batteries, and 2 120-watt solar panels. Most importantly, you can add panels and batteries at your own pace, even from other companies.

Their people are willing to spend time educating you on the phone, too; can't beat that with a stick. They're at Sound-Wisdom.com.
there's a vendor forum
 
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