The Ultimate Guide To DIY Off Grid Solar Power

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In this video from the ever-brilliant TinHatRanch, we are given a full 47-minute tutorial on practical solar energy systems. This presentation covers all the basics, together with safety notes, some scientific explanations (without getting too deep), links to further information and the equipment used.

It’s interesting to be reminded right at the beginning that we don’t “need” electricity. Humanity survived throughout our entire evolution prior to the last hundred years (unless you go for the theories about the “Baghdad Batteries” and similar ideas of advanced ancient civilization!) However a life without any modern appliances is a labour-intensive one that leaves little room for leisure activities.

There are 4 main components to make up an off grid solar system.

1. Solar Panels – photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight into electricity
2. Charge controller – manages the charge going into the batteries and keeps it regulated within safe limits.
3. Batteries – storage of the energy
4. Inverter – converts DC voltage from the batteries into AC to power your appliances as required.

The system demonstrated by Tin Hat Ranch is not a huge one – it consists of 4x 100W panels, a 40A MPPT charge controller, 1000W pure sine wave inverter and 470Ah of 6 volt “golf cart batteries”. This system is far smaller than what would be needed in order to provide the typical home usage, however in a grid-down situation it is enough to provide some essentials – such as lighting, refrigeration, water pumping, tool and device charging, communications and perhaps a few enjoyables such as coffee maker and TV/DVD setup.

One of the first steps in creating an off-grid power setup is getting a handle on how much power you actually use and how much you can do away with. Using a small plug-in power use meter such as this one ($15 on Amazon!) can give you an accurate reading on device consumption – and in combination with taking daily meter readings over a period of time, you can get an idea on what’s actually used.

From there, you can see what you can do to cut the use. It’s amazing when you learn about “phantom load” and the never-ending trickle of power that is used by devices on standby. People don’t think about this and don’t bother doing anything about it because it “seems like nothing” but over the course of time it adds up: Just 10 watts of power, running continually for a year is 87Kw, which could easily be $25, depending on your location. You probably use a lot more than that, just with phantom load.

Anyway this video is a great primer to solar power and will hopefully inspire you to get going with your own small-scale DIY solar project!

The Ultimate Guide To DIY Off Grid Solar Power
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This Crazy Off Grid Device Literally Makes Drinkable Water From Fresh Air:

According to NASA, the U.S. is expecting a 100-YEAR LONG MEGADROUGHT.


It's already begun. Ask the farmers in California. They know.

Every survivalist knows that water is of critical importance. You NEED an independent water source that you can count on!

As an interesting "survival rehearsal" - imagine that you turned the tap on right now and nothing came out. How long would you last?

But what if there was another water source literally hidden in plain sight. That's right, I'm talking about the atmosphere!

The amazing thing about getting water from the natural moisture in the air... is that it is ALWAYS available.

This gives you real water security!

Learn more about how to tap into "Nature's secret water reservoir" and stay hydrated when TSHTF!

Watch the video:

air fountain

Most People Don't Have The Guts To Try This:

Lost Ways Of Survival Video

An amazing discovery in an abandoned house in Austin, Texas: A lost book of amazing survival knowledge, believed to have been long vanished to history, has been found in a dusty drawer in the house which belonged to a guy named Claude Davis.

Remember... back in those days, there was no electricity... no refrigerators... no law enforcement... and certainly no grocery store or supermarkets... Some of these exceptional skills are hundreds of years of old and they were learned the hard way by the early pioneers.

>> Click here to find out about them now

We've lost to history so much survival knowledge that we've become clueless compared to what our great grandfathers did or built on a daily basis to sustain their families.

Neighbors said that for the last couple of years Claude has tried to unearth and learn the forgotten ways of our great-grandparents and claimed to have found a secret of gargantuan proportions. A secret that he is about to reveal together with 3 old teachings that will change everything you think you know about preparedness:

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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It's A Bit Crazy...)

Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:

shipping container video

Do not, I repeat do NOT do what these lunatics did! Can you spot the "fatal mistake" they made?

There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.

But is a shipping container strong enough to handle the pressure?

Watch the video to see what happens:

What Really Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Click To Watch Video)

I Can't Help Showing This Off:

If you haven't heard of Claude Davis yet do yourself a huge favor and watch this video.

One of the smartest guys I ever had the pleasure of meeting, Claude set-up a unique prepping system that changed his life forever.

I already tried it myself and let me tell... you I was completely blown away... His surprising tactics could make your life easier and give you the peace of mind you deserve.

lost ways

Don't just take my word for it... watch his short video and decide for yourself.

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