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PostPosted: Feb 19th, '18, 06:34 
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Hey Joblow, I just realised it was you who posted the same backup system photos and diagram on a thread I created back in Aug/Sept last year. I built the system and it worked perfectly and it's still working perfectly now. Every now and then I unplug the water pump just to check the backup kicks in and so far it hasn't missed once. Thank you!



That's great stuff, mine has save the fish a couple of times, we had a car knock down a power pole on the corner and the power was out for over 10 hours while they replaced the pole. This one has been in place for a few years now and still hasn't missed a beat and like yourself I often turn the power off for a spot check.

Because we had a very long cold winter and the battery had been previously discharged a couple of times that battery didn't last the full period of time the power was out, but it still gave plenty me of time to get a small generator in and then I replaced the battery with a larger amp hour unit later.

If I ever had another long power outage I would replace the battery again, they don't surrvive a big discharge all that well and it's better to be safe than sorry.

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PostPosted: Apr 9th, '18, 15:57 
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There are lots of good stuff about the generator, they might be helpful for readers. Thanks :wave: :cheers:


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When I started reading this thread I was thinking a deep cycle battery + relay + charger and power cube for relay. Then I saw others built it! :) For those who do not have large power needs, solar may not be a bad idea (comparing cost to deep cycle battery replacement) for emergency or even main pump/air power depending on load. I got my amorphous panels at $129 per 100 watts (with stands, brackets, pwm controller, etc ready to go). I suspect they are cheaper now and in bulk WAY cheaper.

If your battery is maintained by solar panels then your not going to drain it down unless it's night time.


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I was thinking about solar panels before reading this topic, where from did you get yours? I was exploring couple guides on how to build from solar panels with estimations on power and cost, it seemed pretty cheap on paper.


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