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2ifbyC, have you had a chance to try out your recharger yet? I'm slowly researching rechargers. Don't know much about 'em. But I'm guessing the solar chargers take a long time to juice up a 2300 mAh battery.
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Col Sanders,
 
I do not have any 2300s that need a recharge. So I just turned on a double 2300 AA three LED Hi-intensity flashlight to run the batts down. I'll let ya'll know the recharge time when I get 'em hot again. I'm sure it won't be a quickie charge. This will also give me a run time for this particular flashlight configuration.
 
This reminds me that I probably should start a thread on LED flashlights. There are soooo many configurations and modifications available. If ya'll want to get the jump on me, go to http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/index.php? . Watch out though, it can become addictive!
 
Thanks for the charger prompt and flashlight thread reminder! Clap


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OK, for you flashlight freaks and future freaks here ya go: "These are not your Fatherís flashlights!" http://www.avianflutalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=6560 . Thumbs Up
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I am interested in having some kind of solar backup system, like a portable solar generator. I have found numerous web sites selling the equipment, but none of these sites tells me the basics of how these things work!
 
Can someone here tell me, or direct me to info about, how a small backup solar system like a portable generator would work? For example, what do you plug it into? Does it provide electricity to your whole house or do you plug an appliance into it? I just don't know the basics. Thank you!
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Here's a link to a publication that just had 2 articles about solar power in the last 2 issues, as well as stuff in older issues.
 
 
Go down to the "Energy" section. 
 
(They also have a lot of other good articles available for free.  You can browse through old issues by this link: http://www.backwoodshome.com/previssue.html.   Speaking as a recent new subscriber, I think this is a great publication.)
 
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Thank you for the info, VtDoc! I appreciate it.
 
I think our budget right now calls for trying a foldable solar battery charger that will work for laptops, cell phones, and batteries. I think we can survive without the fridge and stove for a while. But I'd hate to be cut off from the rest of the world with no web access, so the laptop is a top priority!
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I bought a solar generator that is dual you can charge it from the wall and run it  continusly  while charging it from solar panels , 
 
I have three panels and one day will take it out of the box and figure it out. 
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maryanne, how much did it cost, if you don't mind me asking? The one solar generator I was looking at was around $800. How would you use yours? Will you be able to plug your fridge into it? What other appliances?
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Does anyone use solar now, even just subliminting their usuage.   I was thinking of buy one to run lapstop and and lights.  
If you cant get in the front door try the side door then the back door.
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Hi all - due to cost considerations and lack of techie know how I'm kind of piecemealing it... e.g., I have a small portable solar thingy that recharges my small electronics and computer, some solar lamps, a solar oven.  I'll probably make a solar water heater out of some black tubing (that doesn't involve any wiring LOL)

Anyway, I want to be able to have some air flow and vent a sick room.   But I'm limited on what kind of system to get (for cost reasons)  I did see this, what do you guys think?  http://www.greenhome.com/products/appliances/solar_power/fan000001
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Thanks for taking the time to post that, Lone Wolf  Thumbs%20Up 
"Buy it cheap. Stack it deep"
"Any community that fails to prepare, with the expectation that the federal government will come to the rescue, will be tragically wrong." Michael Leavitt, HHS Secretary.
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Very true.
"Buy it cheap. Stack it deep"
"Any community that fails to prepare, with the expectation that the federal government will come to the rescue, will be tragically wrong." Michael Leavitt, HHS Secretary.
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Originally posted by Lone Wolf Lone Wolf wrote:

Kill A Watt P4400 - P3 International Electricity Usage Monitor (Free Ground Shipping) Kill-A-Watt, the Electricity Detector and Electricity Monitor.  It's on sale for $18.82 with free shipping.
Has the Kill-A-Watt monitor been useful. I did not order. Would like to know first if it is worth the additional cost. Thanks Annie.
I waited too long, the cost today off your link is:
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Thanks for the quick answer Lone Wolf, I just completed my order. I appreciated you pointing out the differences in wattage for different appliances and pointing out age makes a difference. I'll let you know what I learn. Thanks for your help. Annie
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Hi there,
I would be very interested in seeing your set up, I have 24 120watt panels and a 3klw inverter, this system came from a stand alone set up with generator back up, I would like to use this system on my house but with out the generator backup, could you tell me how many batteries I might need and whether it should be a 12 or 48 volt system for a typical house hold,( no heating or A/C), also can you tell me more about switching between solar and the grid, I would appreciate any information you can give me, thanks mate,
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