Friday, December 25, 2009

Electrical upgrades acid test...

...passes with flying colors!

After being socked in for two days - most of one day with the solar panels completely covered with snow - followed by a night that would freeze Santa Claus' cojones off, we didn't even come close to needing the generator until the second evening. And we probably could have done without that top-off if we'd rationed our usage, which we didn't. The questionable first bank of batteries is finally giving us good specific gravity readings, the new panels give a good charge even with a hazy sky, which the old ones never would, and with eight batteries we are now proven to have nearly two days of storage capacity with no input at all. It's a night-and-day improvement. Impressive!

And all it took was a heartbreakingly massive infusion of money.

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