Friday, January 18, 2019

Solar Panel Hookup

9:19 am:
Although my two new 200 watt solar panels have been mounted on Box Van's roof for several days, the panels are still not hooked up!

The reason for this is my lack of understanding of the MC-4 connectors for these solar panels. I bought some MC-4 branch connectors and still was not able to use these things to get my solar panels hooked up.

I have decided to cut off these MC-4 connectors and use standard crimp connectors in order to wire-in the solar panel's cables to the Renogy 40 amp battery charge controller.


9:42 am:
Because of my not having the solar panels hooked up and the cloudy and rainy weather, I have been returning to John's home almost every night to use his electric power. John leaves an extension cord out in the driveway for me to use.

I could have had the panels hooked up by now if it were not for my tail-bone pain. But that pain has subsided this morning.

I may give that hookup another try today.


4:50 pm:
No way could I climb a ladder today. So, the hookup of the two new solar panels still remains to be done.

As much as I hate to admit it, I may have to seek help to complete the cable wiring that I Blogged about above.

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11 comments:

  1. It's great to see your work on the van continuing! I hope when I am 81 I am building something cool.

    Question: Can you open the back big sliding door from the inside or do you need to go through the Ford front doors to and walk outside to the back to open it up?

    I've been thinking about what I would do if I used a Uhaul type box van for camping and it didn't have access to the cab. Could I have a way to open the big sliding door from the inside without compromising security? There must be a way to keep people from opening it up from the outside while I was in it and yet have a way for me to open it from the inside. I'd hate to be trapped in it and die!!!!

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    1. Hi Greg,

      The latch for the big door would need to be disabled.

      George

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  2. Hi, George,

    If the "tail-bone pain" comes back and persists, you may have a perinodal cyst. Not a big deal, can be drained at the doctor's office.

    Whatever the cause, I hope you have no more pain and sleep well.

    Sue

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Thank you for caring!

      My tail-bone pain is better this morning. I wrote about it in my Blog today.

      George

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  3. Hey George, just concerned about your pain. If you are getting help for the cable wiring, maybe you should get some help with the pain. I know you don't like doctors but it could be something serious.

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    1. Judith,

      I am OK today. I changed the way I sleep and now I have no more lower back pain!

      George

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  4. If I remember correctly both wires are black but your connectors are specific to the negative and positive mc4 plug

    Before you hook it up to your controller do a continuity test
    If you have it wrong you won’t have power because of diode won’t let it
    This may explain it a little better

    https://www.solar-electric.com/learning-center/wiring-cabling/how-to-use-mc4-connectors-cables.html

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  5. Sorry I made a mistake I forgot you had three panels

    http://www.alternative-energy-tutorials.com/energy-articles/connecting-solar-panels-together.html

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    1. Ed,

      I sent you an email about this.

      George

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  6. Maybe you need to install a door in your door. A lot of big churches and castles will have enormous entrance doors, so they add a smaller door in the big door! In your case, it would make it easier to go in and out and would be a safety factor.

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    1. Grandma,

      My portal door is small. Not big.

      George

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