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Old 11-28-2014, 12:45 PM   #21
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Interesting concept!


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Old 11-28-2014, 12:46 PM   #22
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Why not use a 48VDC system and a compatible DC-direct welder?


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Old 11-28-2014, 12:51 PM   #23
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And for those that would like to have very large battery banks but don't want to carry the additional weight, the next generation of lithium batteries, lithium, iron, Yttrium, phosphate (LiFeYPO-4) are almost ready for prime time.

This new formulation addresses some of the previous problems with the prior generation of LiPo batteries and will be a plug and play installation, just like liquid lead acid or AGMs are presently. All of the benefits of LiPo technology like deep draw capability (80%), extremely long life (5000 charge cycles = 10-15 year battery life), and the ability to charge at below freezing temperatures.

These new beauties are being field tested now and should be available sometime in the first quarter of 2015.
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:41 PM   #24
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This my upgrade from 40 watts that I had and did not do the job.
I now have a 190 watts that get the job done very well
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:53 PM   #25
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My goal is eventual 3 phase solar, just in case I want to run a welder or big air compressor while boon docking! You just never know!
A bank of solar panels,3 inverters one for each phase should get the job done along with some 120v AC batteries to store all the extra power and stop any surges.
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Kidding of course, don't do much welding on the road!
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:36 PM   #27
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Kidding of course, don't do much welding on the road!
I have a friend who is a wandering RV tech and runs a semi (small Freighliner) pulling a gimormous 5th wheel. He uses a 24VDC welding apparatus directly from his chassis batteries (also 24VDC) when his diesel is on high idle. Works like a charm.....so it's totally do-able!!!!
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