New Off Grid Show

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by ack787, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. ack787

    ack787 Monkey

    I came across this guy and thought he had a neat idea for refrigeration. It's not the fact his fridge is outside (that's nothing new to me). What I like is how he uses his charge controller setup to run the fridge off the solar panels to dump excess power when his batteries are topped off... give it a view and tell me what you think. Also this is a 3 part episode and at the end he talks about campers and a common issue people do.

    Last edited: Mar 21, 2016
  2. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Not a bad idea, but his setup is a disaster waiting to happen.
    Batteries give off explosive gasses,,,
    Relays arc when they make and break a circuit...btw, those cheap 12 volt relays he refers to are NOT rated for 120 volts - they are 12 volt/15 or 20 amp max...
    His wiring is a fire trap...
    If you use his idea, PLEASE make sure you do it safely - unlike him!
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  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Apparently he is about 20 years behind in Control Technology... I would be using Logic Level Solid State Switches (Optically Isolated Thyristors) for Controlling 120Vac Loads... Yes, his wiring, is a Meltdown waiting to happen.... The logic of mounting the refer in an Outside Wall, is Good... I use that same technology in my Beach Cabin... With good sucess... HIs presentation is, shall we say, less than professional...
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  4. ack787

    ack787 Monkey

    for me it was just the concept of running the fridge only off the panels and not the bank when the voltage is topped off. making it as cold as you can before freezing it. audio bothered me can't stand hisses
  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I agree @ack787 that it is an interesting concept but.... the three monkeys that responded above are our solar guru's these guys know solar and have hands on experience. If you ever decided to set up running a fridge off of panels, I know Tech, Sloth & BT would give you solid guidance.
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  6. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    That's what I like about this site....the breadth and depth of knowledge in this site....I am sure that if I were to road test a DIY guillotine as a practice subject, I can be assured of no shortage of suggested improvements ;)

    Can anyone help me with a solar powered off-grid electric chair project that I am working on? I want an old sparky that won't have too large an environmental footprint.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
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  7. ack787

    ack787 Monkey

    idk now i talked to the guy ... imo you guys should too as for me i am a 4th year electricapprentice 6 years electrical and i saw ur woes of his connections... but he could say you have 24 years no power/electricity bills.... turns out this guy is legit... and his wiring atm he showed was temp. just saying that much.... see his show and comment on his vids this guy will answer (he is good for it).
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  8. ack787

    ack787 Monkey

    New Episode:
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  9. ack787

    ack787 Monkey

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