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  • Wed, Jan 29, 2014 - 09:43pm

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    Solar Generator Advice..Need feedback PLEASE!!

I’ve began to prepare and take action steps in preparation.

Can anybody offer their advice/own experience when it comes to the solar generator aspect. ?

While I have a gas generator (4000w), I want to have a solar generator..and my dilema is whether to go smaller for electonics $350 ) OR save the money and wait to go big and spend $1,500 or so to get a generator that can power appliances. 

OR it seems if there was a crisis, that maybe a few different generators may be needed like 1) the above smaller generator and then an isolated generator for the refrigerator is what Im thinking.

I’d love to hear some feedback on what has been successful on this topic with your preparation..thanks!!

Please send any links to products recommended.

 

 

  • Thu, Jan 30, 2014 - 05:56am

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    You’ll be hearing a lot more

You'll be hearing a lot more about these very soon. Not appropriate for every need, but take a look. They can't be beat for hassle-free installation, plug and play functionality, and comprehensive remote wireless monitoring:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-liberator

  • Thu, Jan 30, 2014 - 06:39am

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    Very interesting..I’ll read

Very interesting..I'll read more on these. Did you invest in the solar-liberator yourself?

  • Thu, Jan 30, 2014 - 07:45am

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    Yes, I picked up four of the

Yes, I picked up four of the 500Kw panels for a paltry $2800.00. I plan to place and monitor them on my parent's house in another state. If they perform to spec I'll buy 4 more, load up the other three slots in each panel with Li batteries and install a transfer switch so they're covered in power failures. ~4Kw should make a nice dent in their electric bill too while I monitor panel status from three states away with my iPhone. 

 

  • Thu, Jan 30, 2014 - 07:49am

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    Correction: Each panel is

Correction: Each panel is 500w, not Kw.

  • Thu, Jan 30, 2014 - 12:14pm

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    Robbie, How do you plug solar panels into your house?

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-liberator

Solar Liberator with Li Batteries

1.  Are you plugging the panel directly into an outlet like they diagram?  The complexity in solar seems to be all of the devices that must be attached to the panel (each expensive, not scalable and causing loss of power) and the wiring…..  Does this system get away from some of this?

2.  How are you mounting this on you home?

3.  Where do you run the wiring from the roof mounting (I presume) into your house?

Thanks for your advice as I'm interested in this too.

Sand_puppy

  • Thu, Jan 30, 2014 - 08:18pm

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    follow up-robbie

Hi Robbie, I echo Sandy's questions. On the surface, this product looks great as far as briding the gap between expensive solar systems vs. smaller systems that help w/ savings, no  power, etc etc.  BUT far superior to a solar generator that range $300 to $2000.

  • Fri, Jan 31, 2014 - 02:03am

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    Some questions I ask myself about this system

It looks like an interesting product indeed, on the other hand it also raises some questions:

Plugging in directly in an outlet? This seems potentially dangerous (imagine someone pulling out the plug when it is still connected to the inverter, the male pins that normally would go into the mains would be 'live'). I cannot imagine that this system would be approved using European or US standards (sometimes regulations can be useful devil). Wouldn't this set-up blow out the electronic system in the solar panel if too much load is directly connected. Maybe it just shuts the system off to prevent this. I'm no electrician, but unless you know what what you're doing, it doesn't seem like a very good idea to me…

The second is concerning pricing, how are they able to offer this system at the price they are putting it at? Maybe it's explained somewhere on their site, but how is Solar Liberator able to produce these units (which from the description and pictures look like good quality and well finished) at a price (according to their table) well below a DIY system…

I certainly don't want to discredit the system, if it works as described, these are the type of products we need more of. However, I would personally prefer to read the positive reviews of some persons who have bought and used the system before ordering…

  • Fri, Jan 31, 2014 - 06:40am

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    Yes, the panels include

Yes, the panels include connectors for daisy chaining. Up to 4 panels ( maybe 6?) can be plugged into an ordinary outlet anywhere on the house. The next four ( or six ) panels can be plugged into another outlet. Obviously a transfer switch must  be added if the panels are to be used in a power failure. There is a mode switch on the device. 15 amps can't be exceeded per each ordinary outlet. The system is completely scalable. Mounting brackets are included and are easy to install if you're handy. The 30 foot power cord can be passed into the attic, or more conveniently, down the side of the house to a more convenient receptacle. These panels can operate on the ground too, or indoors wherever there is direct sunlight. I will mount mine on the roof. They also have a port for lead acid battery backup to be connected for extended use when the grid and sun are down, if one desires.

I suggest you read the comments and the FAQ section on their kickstarter page which answers all of these questions and more. They were grilled by engineers and techies for quite a while, and seemed to satisfy most with their answers.

 

  • Fri, Jan 31, 2014 - 06:45am

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    Many answers not present in

Many answers not present in the FAQ in my original link are here:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-liberator?c=comments

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