Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pure Energy (sing it)

Hooray, Hooray, our solar is in, Hooray! Not much to run down but this is what's going on inside (& outside) of Joon Van for Solar now. Remember we had those 3 GoalZero batteries that we thought we're the shiznit?? Well, we still have the batteries but they are no longer hooked up to our system. For those of you that don't read this daily, here's a little reminder: We had 3 GoalZero batteries that were 30 AH (Amp Hours) each = 90 AH all together. We had one GoalZero solar panel = 27 watts. If you remember we "returned" all of our GoalZero stuff, really just the solar panel and a cable (that daisy chained two batteries together). They returned most of our money to us but we could not send back the batteries, due to a $500,000 fine to the company. We still have all working batteries and 2 cables, we returned the solar panel. Now that we're all caught up to speed...our new system is much stronger, it's crazy. We purchased 2 new batteries they are LifeLine batteries.

[caption id="attachment_279" align="aligncenter" width="225"] They both fit perfectly behind the driver's seat[/caption]

Each battery= 220ah 6v, making that 220ah 12v when wired in series or 110ah of usable energy!! And we have 2 massive solar panels that sit on-top of Joon Van that are 140 watt panels= 280 watts for both.

[caption id="attachment_280" align="aligncenter" width="225"] One panel (showing)[/caption]

I know ya'll can do the math, I'm just making it easier for you, that's all. Also installed was a breaker box in case there is a short in the system and a Solar controller, this controls the power of the solar panels to the batteries (charges the batteries without ruining them). Then when everything was hooked up J' wired Joon Vans' stereo to run on the solar as well. So now we can turn on the (van) stereo anytime we want, we can run it 100% of the time without turning the well as the TV and the laptops.

[caption id="attachment_281" align="aligncenter" width="225"] The breaker & controller (top left-ish)[/caption]

I think you might have guessed it by now, but yes we now have unlimited power and we're hella stoked about it. It's so sunny out here, where we are, that we get sun (and lots of it) from pretty much sun up to sun down...the trees do shade it a bit, but it's pretty good for the forest! I put another thank you out to Bob for helping us, installing with J' and giving your two sense and keeping my sanity! The rest of the day was pretty much enjoying our new system. J' also tightened a lot of stuff up so there's barely any cords now...hallelujah! I don't hate much, but I hated those damn cords, ugh! We were both on our own for dinner...I couldn't tell you what he had, but I had an avocado, one of my juicy maters with saltine crackers.

I thought it was quite delish actually, but I love me some fruits and veggies (wait is avocado a fruit or a veggie, it has the seed/nut inside....?) I hope you had a groovy day and you're getting energy somehow, someway whether it be from the sun, Mother Earth or music. I hope to see you tomorrow, different time, same place...maybe...

Potty with a view

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