Category Archives: Solar

Off grid solar is, luckily, improving rapidly.
I started my build in 2010. In my area there were no good resources so I had to head to the internet and hack away on my own. I made a few minor mistakes, but mostly my 1kw system has performed above, way above, expectations. I have most of the amenities of modern life … I just can’t use them all at once or whenever I feel like. Luckily I don’t need air conditioning when the weather is cloudy. And if I have to wait for a sunny day to do laundry … well I’m drying my clothes on a line anyway.
These posts will document some of my trials and tribulations. I try to keep it light, hope you enjoy.

Cell log confabulation

I remember research right?

I’ve done a lot of research on this lithium topic. A lot. And after awhile, well, some of it starts to blur together.

Pretty much as expected. The battery is at 3.83. Now with the cell log we can see thousandth of a volt variations in cells.
Pretty much as expected. The battery is at 3.83. Now with the cell log we can see thousandth of a volt variations in cells.

I saw a guy putting a cell log 8 into his Chevy Volt battery plug and getting live results from his battery. Voltage checks down to the .00X of a volt. How cool is that?

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Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Day is officially Christmas Day for me

Woke up at 5. Yup. 5 hrs of sleep and I’m getting dressed and running out through the cold morning dew to the solar shed. Time to check the first night of lithium battery goodness.

47.6. That’s the voltage of my battery pack after running over night.

A picture of concentration as I begin wiring up the batteries.
A picture of concentration as I begin wiring up the batteries.

You would think I got enough of all this last night. But nope.

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