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How to buy the best solar battery

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With the vast growth due to industrialization, there have arisen a number of major issues in our daily lives that are related to the environment and the atmosphere. The rapid advancement towards a better quality of life through cheap and convenient machines has been met with the earth regressing towards destruction, as its condition is worsening due to these issues. The pollution through industrialization and global warming are merely two of these issues. One such issue is the energy crisis that the planet is facing due to its depleting natural resources, such as crude oil, natural gas, and other fossil fuels. These are known as non-renewable resources, and production of energy through these resources provides an unsustainable form of energy for its users.

In order to protect the earth from such ecological damages by human activity, it is important to seek out other methods of generating renewable energy. One such method is to extract the energy from the sun, usually known as generating solar energy. Since the light from the sun does not seem to be depleting in any manner, the power generated from solar energy presents an incredible potential as a major renewable source of energy. This is why having sufficient knowledge about solar batteries along with solar panels is an important need of the people.

Since its discovery, many companies have joined the market and begun producing several products relating to the ecological solar power generation. One of these products is the solar battery that is used with the solar panels for storing the electrical energy generated from the sun. The huge number of brands available in the market presents a plethora of different choices of batteries, so it is not an easy task to search for the best battery that would be suitable for one’s solar system.

Choosing the best solar battery

Here, we will look at some factors that need to be considered before buying a solar battery and other aspects that determine the battery one should get for themselves.

Needs

It might be unclear to what this means, so here is an explanation. Basically, this is considering the main purpose the solar batteries are needed for. These batteries are not generally used to support the electrical system of a whole building or a floor. The solar systems are used as energy reserves in cases of outages, or they are used to power a few of the functions in an electrical system. If the solar energy needs to power one critical appliance, the solar battery that will be required for the purpose must have a greater capacity compared to the batteries used to power a few lights. To make the perfect choice, knowing the purpose of the battery is of utmost importance.

Budget

Budget, undoubtedly, secures the second place in determining what solar battery to buy since one cannot buy something that they cannot afford. Solar batteries are an expensive equipment which is supposed to run for years. They pay off in the long term, but the initial investment in these batteries can prove to be substantial, even unaffordable, for some people. However, there is not much to worry about regarding this since these batteries and systems are getting popular. Their popularity has invited new brands to participate in the market, introducing more competition and lowering the cost of batteries significantly in the process. However, a budget must be set for the battery instead of purchasing it on an impulse.

Know the battery

In order to buy the most suitable battery, it is important to know the process of analyzing a battery.

The first step in understanding the battery is to know the chemistry of the battery that is best suited for a person’s solar energy system. Without having general information about the chemistries different batteries utilize, it is probable that one can end up with the wrong battery or may not end up with the battery that suits their system the most. These chemistries are:

Lead-acid batteries

These batteries are made for different purposes, and some of these batteries might not be great for a solar electric system. Most of them are used in industries that require starter applications to provide a burst of power to the machines in order to kick start them. These batteries are not suitable here. However, UPS lead-acid batteries might work very well with these renewable energy (RE) systems.

Deep-cycle batteries

These batteries are made to deliver electricity for a long period of time that can last for several days. They are designed for constant charge and discharge cycles. However, they are still a bit different from renewable energy systems as the RE-specific batteries are designed for the sole purpose of being compatible with the renewable energy systems.

Flooded batteries

Flooded batteries are the most commonly used batteries in all types of renewable energy and grid backup systems. They come at a lower price compared to other battery technologies and are more reliable and long lasting. However, they require regular maintenance as the water content in the electrolyte of these batteries keeps on decreasing with time since the hydrogen and oxygen gases are released outside the battery.

Gel batteries

These batteries are similar to flooded batteries, except that they have a thicker paste of electrolyte and they conserve the discharged hydrogen and oxygen gases to combine them back together to form water. Therefore, these batteries do not need any maintenance. However, they are more expensive than flooded batteries.

Analyze the quality

Once the type of battery that would suit a certain solar electric system becomes clear, it is important to recognize the quality of those batteries. Not to worry since the quality control task is done by most battery companies on their products and they have different labels stating how a battery is eligible for certain safety standards.

Tips to Wire a Golf Cart Battery

Tips to Wire a Golf Cart Battery

Tips to Wire a Golf Cart BatteryElectric golf carts are usually operated by a set of six batteries, relying on what kind of model car you have bought. The batteries are crafted to offer a persistent charge to back up propulsion of the cart during the duration of a playing day. As for the reason that batteries are installed into a battery bank, their wiring is dissimilar from an automobile. An ordinary job for those who own golf carts is to have their golf cart batteries wired, when swapping them or eliminating for cleaning purposes.

How to Find the Location of the Golf Cart Batteries

Go and open the battery section of your golf cart by forcing up the seat out of the cart. Golf cart battery sets are usually situated underneath the seat of the cart.

How to Take Out the Cable from the Battery Bank

Get rid of the black negative cable from the first battery in the set, followed by the consequent positive wire. You will do this for each single battery in the set, exactly in the same form by moving from forward to back in the battery bank.

Talking About the Battery Bank

Pull up the batteries that need eradication from the battery bank. Certain battery sets are created to grip each single battery in its place with the help of a battery clip that will need a basic wrench to eliminate the protecting nut and washer from the bracket.

Always Place the Batteries in the Same Way

Position the new batteries into the set in the same form you did when you removed the battery from its sitting. Re-protect the safety brackets for each new single one of the battery.

The Method of Reattaching the Cables

  1. Reattach the battery cables to the batteries in the set.
  2. The primary positive lead for the battery bank approaching from the frame of the cart will connect to the positive station of the first battery in the set.
  3. Then, attach a cable from the negative station of the first battery to the positive station of the following battery in the bank.
  4. Carry on connecting the negative terminal to the next positive terminal, till all of the batteries are safely connected.
  5. The last battery in the set will have a link from its negative station to that of the frame or golf cart controls.

Talking About the Positive Cable

Connect the opposite positive cable to any of the positive stations on the battery bank. This will be the surplus positive cable that you detach when eradicating the batteries. This is the cable that is what powers the engine, when the cart shifts in the opposite side.

if you do, you would have ministered to someone today and God will bless

God will bless

Several years ago, a preacher from a distant town accepted a call from a church in Leeds. Some weeks after his arrival, he had an appointment that made him to board a bus to another part of the town. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had mistakenly given him his balance in excess of 50 pence. As he considered what to do, he thought within him, ‘You’d better give this money back. It would be wrong to keep it’. Then another thought came, “Oh, forget it, it’s only 50p; who would worry about this little amount, afterall the bus company makes so much money on fares; they will never miss it. Accept it as ‘a gift from God’ and keep quiet. “When he was getting down from the bus, he paused momentarily at the door, and then handed the 50p to the driver and said, ‘Take; the balance you gave me was in excess’. The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’ ‘Yes I am’, he replied. ‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about where to go to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you a balance in excess. I’ll worship with you at the church this Sunday. When the preacher stepped off the bus, he grabbed a nearby electric pole, looked up and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for 50 pence!’. Our lifestyles are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is just a subtle example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to test! Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your forehead and shoulders, once you say you are a Christian. ‘Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny’. I’m glad a friend forwarded this to me as a reminder and I chose to forward it to you. If you don’t pass this on to anybody, nothing bad will happen to you; but, if you do, you would have ministered to someone today and God will bless

How to Clean A Wood Stove

There have been SOOO MANY chimney fires in our area lately. A combination of the power outage from the windstorm and cold temperatures I’d imagine. One day I counted 18 fire dept pages for different chimney fires in Spokane. Crazy. People buy houses in town that have fireplaces and never think of using them until a time like this when the power is out and it’s getting really cold. Of course it hasn’t been cleaned out in years and the previous owner probably left the chimney nice and dirty. Those things have to be cleaned out (better yet visually inspected)! Even if you don’t use it on a regular bases.

I know I’m preaching to the choir on here to almost everyone but if you have city dwelling friends it never hurts to drop a gentle reminder. I know of at least two houses here that have burned beyond salvage in our area because of chimney fires that spread to a roof or attic in the past week. Lesson – don’t count on using that fireplace in an emergency unless you clean it out and inspect it every once in a while.

It also helps to know how to deal with a chimney fire. To know how to shut your fireplace or wood stove down, immediately. Our fire district used to give out these neat little packets that you could toss in your stove or fireplace that would immediately put out the fire. It also sends up a nice plume of some concoction that robs a chimney of the oxygen a chimney fire needs. They don’t hand those out anymore, because of budget concerns but maybe your local fire department does. I know even our local DNR office used to give those out (but again I don’t think they do anymore). If not I believe you can still buy them, they never go bad and could be pretty handy.

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how do you handle a week’s worth of cold gray windy rainy crappy NC weather?

Ok how do you handle a week’s worth of cold gray windy rainy crappy NC weather? With a pot of AWESOME clam chowder that’s how!

Steam open and save broth from 100 Cherrystone or Mahogany clams. Get them while they are on sale, and freeze the broth in quart containers. Don’t even bother with canned clams, clam juice, clam broth, nothing compares to the REAL DEAL but if you don’t have fresh clams, I guess you gotta use what you can get your hands on…

  • 2qts clam broth with clam meat. Separate clam meat and keep in fridge until needed.
  • 1qt heavy cream.
  • 1 1/2 white onion, finely diced.
  • 3-4 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 3-4 white potatoes, peeled and finely diced.
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped.
  • 1cup yellow corn (if desired).
  • 1lg spring onion finely chopped (also called salad onion, get them in February and March and freeze some).
  • 4slices bacon cooked crisp, drain on paper towel.
  • 3-4 bay leaves.
  • 1tbsp thyme.
  • 1/2tsp mace.
  • 1tsp white pepper.
  • salt to taste.
  • 2/3cup light butter roux.*

In a cast iron skillet fry the bacon until crisp, set aside. In the bacon grease saute the onion until it begins to turn clear, then add celery and corn (if desired) and cook until softened.

At the same time in a separate 3qt. pot, add the potatoes, garlic, and spring onion to the clam broth and bring to boil until potatoes are tender. Add bay leaves and thyme and mace during this time. Add white pepper, salt to taste.

Add the celery, onion, and corn mixture to the heavy cream in an 8qt pot, bring to boil and start reducing over medium heat. Crumble the bacon into the cream mixture.

*After adding celery and onion to the heavy cream in an 8qt pot, melt 1/2 stick butter in cast iron skillet, add wonder flour until you get a light roux, let this brown only slightly.

Add the butter roux to the cream mixture in the 8qt. pot, once the potatoes have reached the level of tenderness you like, add the potatoes and the clam broth to the cream mixture in the 8qt. pot and bring to boil. Boil for 30mins, reduce heat and add clams. Stir and simmer another 30mins then ladle into bowls, garnish with chopped chives or parsley, serve with fresh baked bread!

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