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Back up power update

Golf cart batteries being charged with charger.

Thanks for all the useful comments on my Harbor Freight solar panel post. I need to learn more about MPPT charge controllers.

I especially liked Harry's idea of charging up our two best 6 volt golf cart batteries with a 120 volt battery charger.

The next test will be to see how long my 12 volt fan will run on a full charge.

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We have something similar for our backup but with car batteries. We leave it on a smart charger so when the power goes out it will be charged and ready. We use one battery and an 800 Watt inverter to run our refrigerator (it will only run it for about an hour but usually that's enough to keep things cold for another 4 hours). We also have a separate battery with a much smaller inverter (175 watts) for running a fan at night. I would assume your batteries and 12 volt fan would be way more efficient than ours running through an inverter. Our setup lasts about 24 hours before the inverter shuts off due to low voltage. The third battery we have is just a spare. In an extended outage we just "jump" the battery off of our car for about 20 minutes to get the charge back up.

Here's a photo in our recent storm that knocked our power out for 3 days:

Comment by Brian Fri Jun 9 09:31:07 2017
I know the price is a bit high, but plug and play is pretty sexy. It's also manufactured here in Virginia to boot!
Comment by Matthew Tue Jun 13 07:22:49 2017

That looks like an interesting product?

I did not see a much do you thing they are?

Comment by mark Tue Jun 13 14:51:03 2017

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