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(Still a work in progress…bear with me while I work to add to and update this page. Thank you !)

This is the home page for all things “solar” It will be the central point for the website’s information on solar information, including our glamstead’s solar system. This page is a work in progress and will change whenever I post or link more information to it.

I hope you find the information useful and helpful.

Let me know if there is anything specific you would like me to write about and share.


Tips/TrapsOur System
12/28/2022 -Tip/Trap: Solar – LiFePOWER4 Batteries
11/18/22 – TIP : Solar – Check/Tighten All Connections…regularly8/18/22 – Our Solar Well Pump System
11/14/22 – TRAP: Solar Information Sources9/17/22 – Our Current Glamstead Solar System
9/1/22 – TIP : Very Energy Efficient Air Conditioning for Solar Systems12/15/22 – Our Solar System Upgrade
8/11/22 – TRAP: FNS / Sacred Sun LifePo4 3U & 5U Solar Batteries12/16/22 – Ordered My Third Battery !
8/10/22 – TRAP: Solar – Growatt Inverter/Charge Controller12/19/2022 – Third Battery Arrived – Trophy 220E-1
8/17/22 – TIP: Prepping for Electrical Issues
General Solar Information
12/27/2022 – LifePO4 Battery SOC Charts
12/26/2022 – DC Wire – Types, Size Chart, and Fusing
5/11/2020 – AIMS Power (PWRI60012S) 600W Pure Sine Power Inverter
10/31/19 – Connecting Batteries in Series or Parallel
4/30/20 – My “Power-Box” Project – Part #1
7/23/19 – Portable Power Box – Part #1
7/24/19 – Glowtech60 Solar Kit
7/24/19 – GoalZero Boulder 30w Solar Panel & Guardian Charge Controller
10/31/19 – Connecting Batteries in Series or Parallel
7/25/2019 – Yaesu FT-8900R Go Box & Power Box Together
My Solar Book (work in progress)
Chapter #1 – Overview (12/28/2022)
Chapter #2 – Introduction
Chapter #3 – Terminology
Chapter #4 – Tools
Chapter #5 – DC Wire & Fuse Basics
Appendix A – LifePO4 SOC & Voltages (12/28/2022)
* Clicking on the link will allow you to download a PDF file. Since this is a work in progress feel free to make comments, suggestions, or point out errors.

Some folks have been very, very kind to me; they have understood the effort, time, and money that I have put into this website over the last 10 years. A couple people wanted to directly help out financially. And, in their opinion, our fourth battery purchase seemed like the place where they could.

The only major part of the solar power upgrade we have left to buy is the last battery. The reason for the fourth battery is pretty simple; 1) we want to be able to store more power to last more days when it is cloudy outside (or during winter months) while we aren’t charging the batteries as fast as we are using the power, 2) we want to be able to run more/different appliances longer into the evening/night when the sun has gone down, 3) we also want to be able to power an RV or camper, or two, should folks show-up when times get tough.

The fourth battery will cost about $4,000 for the battery, shipping, and the extras to hook it up. Since these very kind folks couldn’t buy any of my books (because all my books are free) they wanted to make a cash donation…and they suggested I do a “donation campaign” to raise the rest of the funds so we could get the battery sooner. They thought all the effort I have been putting into the website and the solar information was, could be, would be of value to folks who also appreciated what I do.

I was a little resistant at first, felt kinda like begging, but then I felt to follow the encouragement of those folks. And it would be a huge blessing to my wife and I since we are now living on a fixed income…and $4,000 is a whole lot of money to us. All things being equal, it would be sometime late next year till we had saved the funds to make that large of a purchase.

I want to thank everyone in advance for supporting the website and our efforts…regardless of whether you donate towards the battery purchase or not…thank you! You guys are the absolute best…and I am glad there are folks like you to help others.

Some folks have been very, very kind to me, they have understood the effort, time, and money that I have put into this website. A couple people wanted to help out financially. And our fourth battery purchase seemed like the place where they could.

The only major part of the upgrade we have left to buy is the last battery. The reason for the fourth battery is pretty simple; 1) we want to be able to store more power to last more days when it is cloudy outside (or during winter months) and we aren’t charging the batteries as fast as we are using the power, 2) we want to be able to run more/different appliances longer into the evening when the sun has gone down, 3) we also want to be able to power an RV or camper, or two, should folks show-up when times get tough.

The fourth battery will cost about $4,000 for the battery, shipping, and the extras to hook it up. Since these kind folks couldn’t buy any of my books because they are free, they wanted to make a cash donation…and they suggested I do a “donation campaign” to raise the rest of the funds so we could get the battery sooner. They thought all the effort I have been putting into the website and the solar information was, would be, would be of value to folks who also appreciated what I do.

I was a little resistant at first, felt kinda like begging, but then felt to follow the encouragement of those folks. And it would be a huge blessing to my wife and I since we are now living on a fixed income…and $4,000 is a whole lot of money to us. It would be sometime late next year till we had saved the funds to make that large of a purchase.

I want to thank everyone in advance for supporting the website and our efforts…regardless of whether you donate towards the battery purchase or not…thank you! You guys are the absolute best…and I am glad there are folks like you to help others.

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