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When it comes to having emergency backup, a good solar generator makes the most sense. They don't use gas and don't emit harmful fumes. Gas is usually in very short supply during an emergency or disaster so you can't really rely on a gas gen. The 2500w 400ah from Delta Force Power.com is large enough to keep your fridge running, plus you can run a microwave and coffee maker and have lights.
 

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Or you can build your own Solar Generator, as I'm in the throes of doing at the moment.
I've had the plans for 6 years and just got interested again. The parts are arriving daily and more are due this week. Always one to push my mind (or what's left of it at 78) I'm building my own LiFeSO4 12V battery. Have 2 100 watt solar panels (may build an MIT solar tower next after the unit is operational, 3000W/6000W inverter and MMPT controller etc. etc.
Looking forward to the challenge AND the positive results.
 

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Or you can build your own Solar Generator, as I'm in the throes of doing at the moment.
I've had the plans for 6 years and just got interested again. The parts are arriving daily and more are due this week. Always one to push my mind (or what's left of it at 78) I'm building my own LiFeSO4 12V battery. Have 2 100 watt solar panels (may build an MIT solar tower next after the unit is operational, 3000W/6000W inverter and MMPT controller etc. etc.
Looking forward to the challenge AND the positive results.
Did you find plans for this on the internet? Sounds like it would be an interesting project for the handsome husband.
 

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A 12 volt battery bank and 200 total watts of power sounds pretty small for a 3000 watt inverter and running a fridge. And you won’t be running your 120 volt fridge very long on a 400 amphr battery bank. I’m not trying to be rude or rain on your parade, just speaking from experience.
 

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A 12 volt battery bank and 200 total watts of power sounds pretty small for a 3000 watt inverter and running a fridge. And you won't be running your 120 volt fridge very long on a 400 amphr battery bank. I'm not trying to be rude or rain on your parade, just speaking from experience.
I have a grand total of 400aH in my system, and ran my fridge and freezer for 3 days last week, using a 4000w inverter.
 

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When it comes to having emergency backup, a good solar generator makes the most sense. They don't use gas and don't emit harmful fumes. Gas is usually in very short supply during an emergency or disaster so you can't really rely on a gas gen. The 2500w 400ah from Delta Force Power.com is large enough to keep your fridge running, plus you can run a microwave and coffee maker and have lights.
First, we are preppers, We plan for outages, Myself, I have plenty of gasoline, propane and diesel stored for my gensets.

Gas is rotated out in a two year cycle.

Your system is useless up here in the northeast where oil burners need to be run in the winter,

then there are motors for water and air circulation and heat transfer, well pumps heat pumps.

Did you come here just to huck you product?
 

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Not trying to offend anyone here, but from what I see advertised as “solar generators” , they usually aren’t telling the whole truth. Selling you a 2000, 3000, or even a 4000 watt inverter sounds impressive as hell. The screw job is in the 100 amp-hr battery they are selling you with it. Assuming conventional battery technology, you are advised to only discharge to max 50%. So now we are down to 50 amp-hrs capacity at 12 volts. That only translates to 5 amp-hrs at 120 volts. 5 amp-hrs may run some LED lights for a good while, but it isn’t going to run anything with a motor for very long. Think pellet stove, fridge, pump, or freezer. I’m not saying these systems are totally useless, but buyer beware.

Then on the charging side, look at panel capacity. Solar panels never put out rated capacity. And they are only at max capacity few a few hours daily at local noon assuming sunny conditions. So beware. It may take you solar generator kit panels a couple of days to recharge your battery with the supplied panels. And that is assuming you aren’t using the batteries to power anything while recharging.

So I’m not saying all solar generator kits are bad or useless. I’m just saying do your homework and know exactly what you are buying. Years ago I looked into buying a Harmon battery backup system for my Harmon pellet stove. The setup was very expensive and would only keep the stove running for a few hours. It wouldn’t even power the stove thru the night.
So do your homework and fully understand what you are buying.
 

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Not trying to offend anyone here, but from what I see advertised as "solar generators" , they usually aren't telling the whole truth. Selling you a 2000, 3000, or even a 4000 watt inverter sounds impressive as hell. The screw job is in the 100 amp-hr battery they are selling you with it. Assuming conventional battery technology, you are advised to only discharge to max 50%. So now we are down to 50 amp-hrs capacity at 12 volts. That only translates to 5 amp-hrs at 120 volts. 5 amp-hrs may run some LED lights for a good while, but it isn't going to run anything with a motor for very long. Think pellet stove, fridge, pump, or freezer. I'm not saying these systems are totally useless, but buyer beware.

Then on the charging side, look at panel capacity. Solar panels never put out rated capacity. And they are only at max capacity few a few hours daily at local noon assuming sunny conditions. So beware. It may take you solar generator kit panels a couple of days to recharge your battery with the supplied panels. And that is assuming you aren't using the batteries to power anything while recharging.

So I'm not saying all solar generator kits are bad or useless. I'm just saying do your homework and know exactly what you are buying. Years ago I looked into buying a Harmon battery backup system for my Harmon pellet stove. The setup was very expensive and would only keep the stove running for a few hours. It wouldn't even power the stove thru the night.
So do your homework and fully understand what you are buying.
I use to have two pellet stoves, bought them when pellets were half the price of oil for equal BTU's.

They were used to supplement the oil burners in really cold weather, used 5 tons a year.

There was a fire at one of the pellet companies in Canada, doubled the prices, and you were limited on purchase of them.

Insult to injury, they then started charging for delivery of them at the same time because I am in the country.

I had at one time thought of making a pellet press not an extruder and doing my own,

but the local sawmill had a contract for the sale of all his sawdust, the other place uses the stuff to heat the building with.

Out went the pellet stoves and in went the propane non electric heaters, yes the do have fans that are not really needed.

As a matter of fact one blower died 3 years ago, bought a replacement, have not put it in yet, haven't needed it.

I get the tanks (my own) filled locally with no problems, and no waiting for a truck to arrive whenever they feel like it.
 

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I went to a hand fired coal stove.
My big wood stove has refractory liner to burn coal, but it is now too expensive here and no delivery.

I grew up firing the furnace in the cellar, had a coal bunker that held 2 tons of coal in it.

I remember the cost was $18.00 a ton, delivered, back then.

I watched the oil burners replace the coal in furnaces in the neighborhood over a few years, ours was about the last to go.

They just took the door off and inserted a oil gun.

One of the best jobs I had in the army early on was being a fireman.

Took care of the water heater and heat, all coal fired.

No KP or guard duty was allowed, just take care of the furnace and water heater.

In from the field 2 hours early everyday.

They asked in a formation if anyone in the company knew how to burn coal, about 6 guys responded out of about 150.

Went to fireman's school for a day to be certified.

This was in AIT.
 

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I've been looking at getting a setup.

Local CL has used panels : Trina 245 watt solar panel.
60 cell unit produces 33 volts DC average. Used condition without inverter. 12 panels available. Voltage production is based on available sun light.

Is this a good deal? I thought these, a couple golf cart batteries, and a controler/inverter would give me a good start at solar.
 

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I've been looking at getting a setup.

Local CL has used panels : Trina 245 watt solar panel.
60 cell unit produces 33 volts DC average. Used condition without inverter. 12 panels available. Voltage production is based on available sun light.

Is this a good deal? I thought these, a couple golf cart batteries, and a controler/inverter would give me a good start at solar.
Depends on the price. Compare the panels to the price of new. 12 of these panels is alot! If the price is right, I'd jump on it. If you are going to go with a system this big, go 24 volts DC, not 12 volts.
 

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Depends on the price. Compare the panels to the price of new. 12 of these panels is alot! If the price is right, I'd jump on it. If you are going to go with a system this big, go 24 volts DC, not 12 volts.
I wasn't planning on all 12 panels. They are only $60 each. Maybe 2-4 to get started.

They are for 24V, output is 33V full sun. That's why I considered golf cart batteries. 12V bat bank would have to wires in series.

If I don't do this, I'm looking at 3kW military diesel genset (Yanmar diesel). They do 120/240V and should handle a surge for wellpump if that's only load. They also have fuel pump so could run off my 275-gal heating oil tank.

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