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Old 09-02-2021, 10:54 AM   #89629
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I’m confused as to LiPo being a small investment!
Are the $1000 ones the ones?
I was looking at the bigger picture. It's not like she's leaving that place forever anytime soon. If she's going to a neighbor's place using their electricity, I doubt it's free...if it's free, well, then I'm mistaken and I'll go back to solving problems in the cloud
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now you tell me honestly I have never ever had a problem with poison ivy before and I have cut it down many times. this time it got me
The older we get, the more things we become allergic to. I think it’s nature’s way of trying to limit our lifespan. I certainly lowers life's comfort level.
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I'm just curious. With all that sun and cheap solar, why haven't you setup a system with some LiPo batteries and an inverter that allows you to run a real A/C in Connie? I get all the other 12v stuff and it all makes sense but without A/C, I know I wouldn't be able to deal with the heat. A small investment in some nice LiPo batteries would provide enough stored power to run A/C day and night.
Have you priced batteries lately? To have enough capacity to run an A/C unit 24/7 during heat at 115*+ is a hefty ticket. Swamp coolers work great except during monsoon season when the humidity is high. If not for this stupid virus I would be spending the worst months in my DD's Seattle area back yard.

One reason I’m using 12 volt is the wire. Working with 110 wire beats my hands up. Plus there is no capacity lost to the inversion process.
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I was looking at the bigger picture. It's not like she's leaving that place forever anytime soon. If she's going to a neighbor's place using their electricity, I doubt it's free...if it's free, well, then I'm mistaken and I'll go back to solving problems in the cloud
I pay the neighbor $25/week for power and water. I do have 500 watts of solar panels set up so she’s getting a little extra to put up with us. So I’m spending about $300/year. Lithium batteries would probably cost $15K or more.
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Have you priced batteries lately? To have enough capacity to run an A/C unit 24/7 during heat at 115*+ is a hefty ticket. Swamp coolers work great except during monsoon season when the humidity is high. If not for this stupid virus I would be spending the worst months in my DD's Seattle area back yard.

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I pay the neighbor $25/week for power and water. I do have 500 watts of solar panels set up so she’s getting a little extra to put up with us. So I’m spending about $300/year. Lithium batteries would probably cost $15K or more.
One reason I’m using 12 volt is the wire. Working with 110 wire beats my hands up. Plus there is no capacity lost to the inversion process.
Unless you don't get sun during the day, there is only a need to store enough energy for the off-hours. And I was just looking at some very high-capacity LiPo batteries specific to solar systems and for energy storage use and the cost is nothing like $15k. Heck, you can get a Tesla wall powercell for less than 10k. The individual batteries I was looking at were in the 500-700 range. So maybe a couple thousand bucks would be sufficient.

Anyhow, your reasons are enough, it was just a curiosity question....
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Carl, there is a new battery technology being developed by Gridtential that is supposed to be cheaper, more effective and safer than Lithium. I just got 6 new 2 volt batteries with 1250 amp hours. Once I can install them I might get to run my AC much of the night during monsoon season. I also have a DC refrigerator that needs to run all night. But cooling the house will help the fridge, so there’s some trade off.
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Nice. Were I do my daily chores, we have battery simulation software for designers. It's probably more focused on cars and other transportation (like planes) than what we're discussing.

What really drove me to ask the question was from a discussion I was having with a friend and we got into talking about the "why not?". So it was really just out of curiosity. Waiting is probably a good strategy with this stuff, cuz I agree, LiPo's are not exactly the most stable things to have around.
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The older we get, the more things we become allergic to. I think it’s nature’s way of trying to limit our lifespan. I certainly lowers life's comfort level.
I’ve notice as I aged I have become dreadfully allergic to wrrk!
It tends to cause muscle aches, intense sweating, delusions and the desire to nap.
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How much of the Ida aftermath did you get in your area?
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How much of the Ida aftermath did you get in your area?


All good in Illinois.
Our “area” in PA, Lancaster County, lots of road damage/flooding, but they’ll have it fixed for when we get back “home” in July.
A kin in NYC had a very rough time.
All together, the huge doses of rain was way too much for folks that w.o.r.k.

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What some of us get up to when not gathered w/ mutants. Threshermen's Reunion: steam engines shelling corn, digging potatoes, running a sawmill; fair food & a flea market; 1 sheep shearer w/ a group of spinners doing demos.

Little lamb went to the beauty parlor: before, during & after. The children (& mom) were fascinated & got lots of hand-on experience. Note dad & the baby over on the other side of the barn.

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All good in Illinois.
Our “area” in PA, Lancaster County, lots of road damage/flooding, but they’ll have it fixed for when we get back “home” in July.
A kin in NYC had a very rough time.
All together, the huge doses of rain was way too much for folks that w.o.r.k.

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Sue, you mentioned that was a lamb that they used in the shearing demo. Can you imagine what must be going thru that poor baby’s mind the first time they get sheared? After that I imagine they realize that they just need to tolerate it in order to get all that heavy winter coat removed.

I wonder what wild sheep do to be cool? Neat photos! Thanks
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How much of the Ida aftermath did you get in your area?
I must be in a special zone. Got a bunch of rain, didn't cause any problems. In fact my screen tent was up the whole time and nothing happened to it. I don't even have the tie-downs on the sides to make it stable.

I do know folks not that far from me experienced a major water flow, took out 3 feet of their neighbors yard to the point all three cars in the driveway were leaning over and had to be towed out.

So I guess it depended on where you lived. Other parts of CT got hit bad, but not where I live (nor my town).
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