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Post: #217168 Gugg
Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:32 am

Hi,

I am looking to put in some kind of 12v power supply to a little hut I have.
It would only be used for one or two days/nights a month.
My plan is to have a couple of batteries to run lights etc.

I am a complete novice and am looking for an instruction manual.

Has anyone bought this book... "Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power: A Do It Yourself Guide (Simple Living) by Michel Daniek", and if so, is it any good?

Are there any other books you can recommend?

Thanks

Peter

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Post: #217177 Big Al
Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:46 am

in this months permaculture magazine there is a book reviewed about 12 volt lights. i'll dig it out and see whatit's about.


Edited to add : the book title is Stand alone solar electric systems by Mark Hankins pub earthscan 2010 260 x 195 234 pp Hardback £34.99

Don't know anything else about it but it gives you a choice.
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Post: #217193 solarwind
Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:18 pm

Hello Peter, The design of your installation is dependent on what equipment you plan to power, and for what length of time. A couple of batteries whether charged in situ or remotely, running one or two 12 volt led lights from time to time will be fine, but more load means more complexity. Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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Post: #217200 Green Aura
Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:29 pm

Gugg wrote:Has anyone bought this book... "Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power: A Do It Yourself Guide (Simple Living) by Michel Daniek", and if so, is it any good?


I haven't although I've seen it recommended several times (some of them on here I think).

Why not see if your library can source it for you before deciding to buy it?
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Post: #217222 greenorelse
Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:03 pm

No, buy it anyway and ask your local library to get it - or donate a copy. It's cheap, you'd be helping out the author and besides, you wouldn't want to return it to the library, I guarantee it! It is a superb little book; if you're constantly tipping away at solar projects, you'll often refer to it.

Buy everyone you know a copy for Xmas! Here's the contact.

I have no connection with the author, just wish he'd write more.


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