Back to the Blog Use 12volt

23 May

It is time for more articles and they will be a bit more informal. John’s l.e.d’s I connected at my house are working great. They light up the sunporch and are really bright with less than 4 w of draw. We have a restaurant wanting a set and are discussing with others. Let’s hear it for keeping to 12 volt.

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5 Responses to “Back to the Blog Use 12volt”

  1. 12voltdc May 23, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    LEDs are a great way to light up an area using off-the-grid power. It is as simple as recycling a car battery, recgarging it with a solar charger, and running some wire with a switch.

  2. Randy C Almendinger May 28, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    Finally bought my first solar panels. Got two 20-watt panels with controllers. Getting ready to have some fun after they get delivered!

    • Randy C Almendinger May 28, 2013 at 12:50 am #

      Also, I have 12 of the LED bulbs that I bought from John and will use them for my screen room and patio via the solar panels.

  3. 12voltdc August 20, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Here in Western North Carolina, we have had almost 30 inches of rain so far this year, OVER our normal rainfall of about 20 inches. How does this impact 12 vdc?

    Simple, really. Batteries get their “juice” from a solar collector, meaning sunshine. Obviously, when it rains, there is no sunshine. Not only is there no sun when it rains, but for a period of time before and after the rain, the skies are too cloudy for a good battery charge.

    Granted, light cloud days will still provide some charge to batteries, But day after days of this, and the batteries will fail to produce 12 volts.

    Also, all this rain makes the trees grow tremendously fast – I planted yellow poplars (tulip trees) years ago, not only for summer shade, but as a renewable source of firewood. I do spend some time trimming trees so as not to shade the solar panels.

    So I’m dealing with that right now, and have been for months. The best I can do is make sure I maintain the batteries, keep them and all wiring and terminals clean, and maintain water/acid levels normal. And keep a 110-volt battery charger nearby. I don’t really want to be fooling with battery stuff in the winter.

  4. Randy C Almendinger September 24, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    One way to obtain 12v power is thru a solar panel. A really inexpensive 20w solar panel is sold by Sportsmansguide.com for $$69.99. Member price is $62.99. I have purchased five of these so far and they come with an 8amp charge controller, too! If you are really serious about buying one, I know a way to shavae another $10.00 off these; just post a reply asking.

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