Flying as of 6/30/2010

Discussion in 'Post Your Photos' started by TomT, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    These are the modifications to the Reliable inverter.
    I was having alarms until I did.
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    The copper is 1/8 x 3 x 4 solid this made connections easier for me.
    The 2nd one is where the 4 spade connections are. There are 2 positive and 2 negative.
    Originally one set went to direct connection and one set to the outlets. Direct connect was 10 ga and outlet was only 12 ga.
    Now all 4 are 10 ga and spliced to 6ga and my outlet.
    The third picture is of the voltage adjust which mine will not go low enough.
    I am removing a 10K resistor at R47 and shorting the connection.
    The potentiometer is also 10k and is in series with the resistor.
    I will replace the potentiometer with a 20K ohm one to keep the overall resistance the same.
    Picture 4 is the lowest it will go and it is supposed to be 120 volt model.
    This 5000 watt is not really setup from the factory to run a whole house.
    Even the direct connection is 10 gauge which would be hard pressed to go above 3600 watts without the alarm going off all the time.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017
  2. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    The Inverter is fixed.
    The holes are small for the potentiometer and is was really hard to replace.
    I had to snap it off and remove each lead using a solder gun.
    It wasn't wired like I thought. It has one end and the wiper connected together.
    So basically it it just a 10 k variable resistor.
    So I just replaced it and figured if it didn't change I would have to live with it.
    As I have no time to dig deeper into the circuits.
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    (UPDATE)
    As you can see by the picture after I just changed the potentiometer with no other changes .
    It now works fine.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2018
  3. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    Well I finally got to check the load of my oven/stove.
    It uses just 1.7 watts on standby. Not bad.
    Then I turned on the oven and what a surprise.
    368 watts from the time I set the temp till I shut it off.
    It never changed.
    It is 10 years old and I will be changing it out for a battery ignition model.
    It uses 8 AA batteries. Says Lithium will last 3 yrs with regular use. And you do not have to plug it in.
    Seems to be a better choice.
     
  4. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    That's something I've never thought to check.:oops:
    Although I do have switches for all devices which have a phantom power draw allowing to kill power to those devices.
    We very rarely use the oven and the burners can be manually lit with a match. However the wife does like and use the clock.
    We use to use the switch for the Oven/Stove but over the last few years it use has been neglected:oops:
     
  5. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    I hope this useful.
    I am uploading my Final Classic 150 Wind Curve.
    This curve can be used for 1 or 2 turbines. As my 2 turbines hardly get the same wind from the same direction.
    (Updated) 4/6/2018
     

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    Last edited: Apr 7, 2018
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  6. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    Looking for a 12 volt Electric Blanket.
    This is one I found and bought.
    It was at the local Walmart.
    Was with the Christmas Specials near automotive.
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  7. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    Update we had a really clear day.
    The panels on the front of the house are doing well.
    Normally it is around 42-44 amps.
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  8. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    I finally got the battery ignition stove.
    Had to buy a cheap timer and oven thermometer.
    Other than that it works as expected.
    Stove burners light right away do not need 10 seconds.
    But the oven does need at least 10 seconds to start the pilot.
     
  9. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    Today was the day.
    I removed the Freedom II and replaced it with a DC-12 Avenger.
    Nothing wrong but I had to change the setup and the Freedom II would not work for it.
     
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  10. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    Update.
    All is working well. Winds are changing here.
    We are now getting more steady winds.
    Sometimes we now get gusting winds to 55 mph here.
    Classic pwm is taking it in stride with out any problems.
    Also took a year to break 100 KWH on the Classic for the two wind turbines.
     
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  11. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    Well it is a February Update.
    All is going well haven't had enough anything so I can stay off grid for long.
    Getting more wind finally. Haven't had much in December and January.
    Have had 2 days over 3 KWH out of the turbines. Best so far in a long time.
    Hope to put up the last 5 panels this spring.
    Have everything since last year.
    But working too much to put them up. :(
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  12. Glad to hear it Tom .
     
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  13. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    Another good day.
    All that wind we just had.
    In a 24 hr period I had over 8 KWH .
    Wind started at 7 am and ended around 7 am the next morning.
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  14. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    Just spent 3 hrs on the roof. Doing my semi-annual check-up of the wind turbines and solar panels.
    Painted over any rust and greased the fittings.
    Had to add some more silicone to the connections rust is starting to run down the poles.
    Not good. Last year one almost seized up.
    Also spent the time to offset my front turbine head as I already did the other one last year.(Hurt Back)
    We are getting more sustaining winds in the 50-70 mph range.
    This is just more insurance that they will turn out of the wind if it gets to be too much. Or if for some reason the Classic ever fails along with my dump load.
    Like maybe the house blows away. LOL.
    At least I hope not.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2019
  15. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    I have a few pictures of my Flexible panels.
    After Two years on the front of the house.

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  16. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

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    This is an update to my Power Supplies.
    I took a cheap PCB kit and a box and made this.
    It would not hold .5 amp at 12 vdc.
    So I added a 24 volt AC 1.5amp Transformer and put in 50vac capacitors.
    Because the ones that came with it were 25 volts.
    Why because the 24 volt Transformer unloaded goes up to 30 vac.
    Ic's will handle up to 35 VDC.
     

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