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LEAD-ACID BATTERY BANKS

If you haven’t read LEAD-ACID BATTERIES 101, please click on the link and read it. It contains a lot of great information and it lays the ground-work for understanding other lead-acid battery topics.

Battery Banks

There are many reasons you would want to connect two or more batteries together. You can increase Voltage or increase […]

LEAD-ACID BATTERIES 101

Lead-Acid Batteries were invented in1859 by a French physicist. They are the oldest type of rechargeable battery. They are the most popular starting (car) and marine battery worldwide because of their inexpensive cost compared to their electrical output.

Lead-Acid Batteries come in many voltage and cell configurations but this article will mostly be concerned with […]

AN EFFICIENT GENERATOR THAT YOU PROBABLY ALREADY OWN

You may not realize it but most of us already own an efficient (although expensive) generator that can be used in an emergency. It is the family car. True you wouldn’t buy a car just for emergency power, but since most of us own a car, let’s see how good of a generator a car […]

PORTABLE BACKUP POWER - Part 2

Part 2 – Sizing Your System

So how do you decide how big of generator or solar system to buy? The biggest question is what do you want to run off of it. It is unreasonable for most of us to think that life will not change in an emergency. The reason we are talking […]

PORTABLE BACKUP POWER - Part 1

Part 1 – Sources of Power

We are so dependent on electricity that the lack of it turns our lives upside down. Even a few hours without electricity makes it feel like a visit back to the dark ages. Having a large solar panel array or a series of wind turbines or a combination of […]