Saturday, March 10, 2018

Weather

Solar Power and Clouds

12:12pm:
We have encountered the longest period of cloudy/rainy weather since arriving in the San Diego a few months ago. This weather is a challenge for our solar power system.

Checking the meter on our solar charging device this morning, the meter read 12.8 volts at 8am. Just now the meter reads 12.3 volts.

We will not know how the battery will do until we get into the nite time. Our inverter sounds an alarm when incoming 12-volt power gets too low. If that alarm sounds early in the evening, we may have to resort to using our Honda generator.



.

4 comments:

  1. George- I stopped by on my bike when you were working on your door latch a while back. I ride on the boardwalk often. I wanted to let you know Mr. Slowmo is still doing his thing. I toot my bike horn when we pass each other. I don't see him every time. Perhaps he has slowed down a bit. Ouch!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Tom,

      I remember you!

      Thanks for the info about Slomo.

      George

      .

      Delete
  2. George, when you take your battery reading, is that a "load voltage"? (meaning you are using power from the battery at the time of the reading?) For many devices that will be reflected in a lower voltage reading. It's best to check voltage with no load, or at least to factor that in. Sorry if I'm not explaining it well. You are probably already aware of this. Just thought I'd mention it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sue,

      Thank you so much for your input about battery voltage.

      George

      .

      Delete

Comments