Portable Solar-powered Apartment Battery Bank Part 1

Pickles and Ammo demonstrates how to hook up a portable solar panel system for your apartment or home on the cheap.

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  1. #1 by tigerclub18 at March 24th, 2009

    hey please tell me were you buy your sistem …… what kind of panel you have
    you think a can make my home freezer work… the panel sold separed?.
    thank yuo apreciate you help….

  2. #2 by packagewarren at March 25th, 2009

    you didn’t indicate how strong the battery was, how many volts or amps. otherwise, pretty good job. very understandable. what was that little comedy scene with the beer,lol?

  3. #3 by sfaxtu at April 12th, 2009

    ahh… j adors la fin lol
    i like the end lol

  4. #4 by btlggr247 at May 17th, 2009

    oh, great end, thats how i would do it too.lol

  5. #5 by coondexter at June 19th, 2009

    you cheated

  6. #6 by nin9121 at July 27th, 2009


  7. #7 by superchink28 at September 4th, 2009

    how long does it take to charge the battery from empty to full?

  8. #8 by BlueHoleScuba at November 2nd, 2009

    Everyone needs to realize, charging a lead-acid battery (liquid filled) gives off hydrogen gases. Always vent or store batteries to the outside!

  9. #9 by picklesandammo at November 2nd, 2009

    True! Fortunately, the xpower 1500 uses a sealed AGM (absorbed glass mat). We’ve had no problems with this system at the nearly 1 year mark.

  10. #10 by picklesandammo at November 2nd, 2009

    That depends on how much sun we’re getting. Since posting this video, we’ve added 2 more 12-watt panels (identical to the one in the video). We run the system for a few hours at night (mostly 2 bedroom lamps), and if the sun is shining the next day, the system is usually charged up before noon. It will definitely sustain us for a few rainy days, though. For battery health, we try not let it drain deeper than 50%.

  11. #11 by picklesandammo at November 2nd, 2009

    The battery in the xpower 1500 is a 12-volt battery, with a capacity of 61 amp-hours new. The charge controller used is a 10-amp charge controller, so that’s the maximum load we can pull through the load terminals on the charger. However, the xpower itself can be used to jump start a car – so directly from the battery you can probably get a several dozen amps. Thus my cautionary notes to be careful when working with it!

  12. #12 by PatriotsRepublic at January 11th, 2010

    @superchink28 simple electrical math says, 61 amp hour battery would be able to be charged @ 12 VDC @ 1amp in 61 hours. If you are located in Arizona or some similar latitude, you could charge the battery in 10 days @ approximately 6 hours of usable sun per day. At my latitude, it would take nearly a month to charge that battery with that solar panel. A better panel would be a 40 watt 3.33 amp silicon panel (around the same size) that would allow you to charge the battery in around 3 days.

  13. #13 by rroge5 at January 27th, 2010

    if you have a apartment big enough to store all this stuff then you dont have a apartment

  14. #14 by HmilkshakeP at February 26th, 2010

    how much u got ur solar panel for?

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