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Solar Capitalist DIY Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket

by on Mar.07, 2017, under Application

Backup 12 Volt Power is a viable source to recharge handheld electronics, and even power communications equipment and low voltage backup lighting.

I am a cat lover (as well as a dog lover), and have 4 rescued cats. Seeing the value of the nifty buckets leftover from buying mass quantities of cat litter, I find all kinds of uses for them. That they are “stackable” makes them all the more attractive for storing all sorts of things, and economizing on space. Meanwhile, I dream up other uses, such as – I built my own portable electronic amplified coyote caller (see previous post).

A DIY (do-it-yourself) Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket is another such use.

Certainly not that I invented the mental processes, but thoughts and the visualization that follows sometimes has me stumble upon realizing worthwhile combinations.

An example would be realizing that a hole drilled with a 7/8″ hole saw to facilitate installing one of our Panel / Bulkhead / Surface Mount 2 Pin Connector configurations, allows passage of Our Enhanced Grip & Extended Strain Relief 2 Pin configurations, as well. About $5 for (8) sets of 8-32 fastener hardware, makes for a professional job of connector flange installation.

So, I set out to combine this assembly with these handy cat litter buckets to build a DIY Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket.

These buckets are of a size that easily handles the weight and dimensions of one of many available sealed AGM batteries used in portable solar powered lights, the bucket walls provide the means of mounting connector assemblies, and the bucket also nicely houses the wiring.

 

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - 7/8" hole saw

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - 7/8" hole saw

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - assembly penetration

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - assembly penetration

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - surface mount assembly passing thru

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - surface mount assembly passing thru

 

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - 2 Pin assemblies installed

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - 2 Pin assemblies installed

At this point I am making up these 2 Pin connector assemblies via solder joints protected with a couple layers of heat shrink tubing. Pending orders, We will move into manufacturing finished product vs assembly by adjoining 2 pigtails resulting in the proper polarity for this application.

A feature I figure will lend to this combination being even more attractive is providing 2 connections for the possibility of both solar battery charging and power use, simultaneously. This is certainly not the optimum use, as it undermines the charge controller’s ability to accurately ascertain and respond to the battery’s condition. But, at times, it may be necessary in meeting immediate needs.

12 AWG Fused Battery Connect Enhanced Grip 2 Pin

12 AWG Fused Battery Connect Enhanced Grip 2 Pin

 

Assembled Wiring & 2 Pin Connectors within Solar Charged Battery Bucket

Assembled Wiring & 2 Pin Connectors within Solar Charged Battery Bucket

Solar Capitalist LLC is an Authorized Dealer for Deltran www.batterytender.com and We carry their Solar Power Battery Tender line. These units feature a Deltran charge controller – critical to maintaining optimum battery condition.

We have been using an inexpensive means of supporting Deltran’s 5 Watt, 10 Watt, and 15 Watt Solar Battery Tenders, such that they can be oriented for maximum Sun exposure. Supported on light, inexpensive, plastic saw horses (with the aid of some lengths of 1×2 wood), the setup can be easily carried to a sunny spot, and/or reoriented to be in direct sunlight.

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 002

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 002

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 003

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 003

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 001

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 001

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 004

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 004

It should be kept in mind that this equipment is “portable”. Thus, it is not meant to be left out in the elements for extended periods of time. Nevertheless, the portability lends to the backup use in emergency situations, such as power outages (also potentially handy for camping, etc.). Clearly, the quick connection to “works in a bucket” aspect lends nicely to portability, as well.

Needless to say, setting up some low voltage lighting, and assemblies for connection to handheld electronics and/or other communication equipment, ahead of time would be another step in the direction of preparedness.

We will be adding these 2 pin connector assemblies to our product line on www.solarcapitalist.com in the near future.

Please email us solaray@solarcapitalist.com or call Ray Bowers at 302-562-1706

 

 

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DC Connector Terminology

by on Mar.09, 2012, under Terminology

Whenever one choses to delve into a technical topic, it’s worthwhile to begin with a study of pertinent terminology.  Generally speaking, it won’t be long before you start bumping into terms that are key to gaining an understanding.

The handy SAE 2 Pin connector is a great example.  We all had some exposure to basic electrical concepts in our early years, but not everyone has experienced continued exposure throughout their life.

If you were to begin looking for some information on the SAE 2 Pin connector, you’d probable come by it being described as a type of “DC connector”.   Now many are reminded of the terms AC and DC by the name of one of my favorite bands.  Some people might understand that what they access at a household electrical outlet is AC, and maybe even that AC stands for “alternating current”.  I hesitate to think that very many people actually have a firm grasp on just what “alternating current” means, let alone – “DC”, and “direct current”.

I’m not poking fun at anybody.  Many of us are very knowledgeable about areas of technology without any reason to have this particular knowledge.  An engineer, and the son of an electrician (early in his career), I’ve had quite a bit of exposure to electrical concepts throughout my life.

Direct Current (DC) being that which pertains to the topic of SAE 2 Pin connectors, that will be our focus in this discussion.  Any discussion of DC vs. AC is going to involve explaining that the “direct” vs. “alternating” pertains to the direction of the flow of electric charge.  Direct Current (DC) is the flow of electric charge in one direction.  Alternating Current (AC) is the flow of electric charge in both directions, i.e., “alternating” one then the other.

Alternating Current (AC) is what we access at household electrical outlets, but it also describes that which is produced by an Alternator.  An alternator converts mechanical energy (the belt driven rotation) to electrical energy in the form of alternating current.  An electrical device called a rectifier converts alternating current (which periodically reverses direction), to direct current (which flows in only one direction).  A rectifier produces a type of DC characterized by pulsating voltages and currents.  This type of DC current may then be further modified into the type of relatively constant voltage DC characteristically produced by such sources as batteries and solar cells.  There’s a lot of room for further discussion along these lines.  For our purposes, let’s leave it at the above for now.

As stated above, it is Direct Current (DC) that is produced by a battery.  It is direct current that used to charge batteries, as well.  Most electronic systems employ a DC power supply.  It follows then that a “DC Connector” is an electrical connector used in supplying Direct Current (DC) power.  There are numerous standardized DC Connectors with specific dimensions and configuration to prevent accidental connection of incompatable sources and loads.

An important aspect of a connector is its “Pinout” – which describes the function of its contacts (or “pins”).  That function may be Power (“+” positive, or “-” negative/ground), or Signal related (as in the case of a USB connector with “+” Data and “-” Data contacts).

When it came time for battery maintenance industry leader, Deltran, to select a DC Connector for the output of their Battery Tender line – the SAE 2 Pin connector was no doubt the hands-down choice.  Common in the automotive industry, its selection by battery maintenance equipment manufacturers makes sense.

Most peoples’ likely exposure to the SAE 2 Pin connector probably has to do with its use in trailer light systems.  SAE 2 Pin assemblies can often be found in the trailer lighting section of automotive stores.  Hopkins Manufacturing (the name you’re likely to most often see associated with trailer light wiring products), calls these 2 Pole Flat connector assemblies – Product No. 47965.

It was then likely to follow that upon development of Portable Solar Chargers, the SAE 2 Pin connector was to be the choice.  Industry leader, Global Solar, chose the SAE 2 Pin connector for the output of the majority of their SUNLINQ line of portable solar chargers.  In fact, their 6.5W and 12W models feature a 5-piece SAE 2 Pin accessory cable kit.

These two applications give rise to the next topic – “polarity”.  Polarity being which side of a particular connector is “hot” (+) positive, and which side is (-) negative.

In the case of Battery Tenders, the connector polarity is driven by the necessity for it to be the “protected” female side of the SAE 2 Pole connector at the end of the assembly connected to a vehicle battery to be the “hot” (+) positive side.  Therefore, the exposed pin side of the SAE 2 Pin on the end of a Battery Tender output must be “hot” (+) positve.

Portable Solar Chargers are a different situation, since the solar cells are a power source.  Their output connection must therefore be of the polarity which will have the “protected”  female side of the SAE 2 Pin connection being the “hot” (+) positive.  Accessory assemblies must then be of a polarity in which the exposed male pin of the SAE 2 Pin meant to be plugged into the output connection of a portable solar charger must be the “hot” (+) positve.

Anyone connecting leads in circuits such as those discribed above must be carefully mindful of polarity.  There may even be times when it is necessary to use a multi-tester to confirm polarity.  The continuity test function of a multi-tester can be employed to determine which contact (or pin) on the connector at one end of a lead is mapped to (leads to) which contact on the connector at the other end.

Well, we’ve covered quite a few electrical terms and concepts – enough for now.

In addition to questions of concerns in the form of comments to this Blog post, email is welcome at:  sae2pinray@sae2pin.com

We invite you to visit  www.bohemianbiker.com  for additional information – you’ll find a blog format there too!

Our products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, as well as, Deltran’s line of  Battery Tenders, and Global’s SUNLINQ line Portable Solar Chargers.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

 

 

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SAE 2 Pin Assemblies Manufactured in the USA !!!

by on Feb.09, 2012, under USA #1

Our own SAE 2 Pin assemblies are manufactured right here in the USA.  The quality is indicative of American workmanship.  Each and every piece is visually inspected in an effort to assure the highest level of quality is maintained.

We make other manufacturer’s products available, as well – some of which may have been produced outside of the USA.  These are quality products, as well, meeting the necessary form, fit, and function requirements of their intended use.  The companies that manufacture these products (or contract for their manufacture), conduct quality control inspections of these products and stand behind them.

There are also the mass produced SAE 2 Pin connector assemblies available on the market (generally found in discount automotive stores).  Having handled thousands of these light duty SAE 2 Pin assemblies produced outside of the USA, we have become accustomed to seeing a significant number of what we call “blems”.  These “blemished” assemblies generally have a visual defect, cosmetic in nature.  For example, a very small (sometimes almost indiscernible) void in the molded plastic of the connector body which exposes a minute amount of insulation.  Again, these are cosmetic in nature, and do not negatively impact the form, fit, and function of the connector – they can still carry out their intended function in a perfectly safe manner.  If you were to buy a number of these individually packaged SAE 2 Pin assemblies, you would likely come upon a “blem” or two.

Our position is one based in perceiving a world of plenty.  There exists an opportunity for any manufacturer to bring their products to the global marketplace.  The world will be the judge of the viability of those products – based on their quality, price, and availability.

As American Citizens, and as a U.S. Citizen-owned companies – We are committed to putting America 1st.  Manufacturing in America 1st, and obtaining supplies and services here in America 1st.  That’s conscientiously doing Our part as American Citizens to keep America 1st by giving Americans the opportunity to produce 1st.  It is up to each and every one of US, as American Citizens, to see to it We are competitive in the Global Marketplace.  When we’re not, the sales and the supporting production will go to those who are – that’s inherant in the “free” marketplace.

 

Your email is welcome at:  sae2pinray@sae2pin.com

We invite you to visit  www.bohemianbiker.com  for additional information – you’ll find a blog format there too!

Our products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, as well as, Deltran’s line of  Battery Tenders, and Global’s SUNLINQ line Portable Solar Chargers.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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SAE 2 Pin Defined

by on Feb.08, 2012, under Terminology

As indicated by the “SAE” aspect of this connector’s designation, the specifications for this connector were developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers.  Learning that, we are quick to realize this connector was (at least initially) intended for use in automotive industry applications.   Therefore, the SAE 2 Pin Connector was developed for use in DC (Direct Current) circuits – most often 12 Volt DC.  So in the world of electrical connectors, the SAE 2 Pin Connector would be loosely defined as a type of “DC Connector”.

Further defintion of an SAE 2 Pin might include the description “hermaphrodite” two conductor DC connector.  The term “hermaphrodite” is applicable because each connector includes both “male” and “female” components – an exposed “male” pin, and a protected “female” socket.

An SAE 2 Pin Connector is often seen on the output of battery maintenance equipment, such as the industry leader – Deltran Battery Tenders.

Therefore, the associated accessory assemblies are outfitted with an SAE 2 Pin connector of the polarity necessary to carry out the intended function.  For example, a Deltran Battery Tender “Quick Connect” assembly, to which a Battery Tender output can be coupled to maintain a motorcycle 12V battery’s charge during periods of little or no use.

Thus far in this post, we have focused on the term “SAE 2 Pin”, but this connector is often given other names – SAE 2 Prong, SAE 2 Pole, SAE 2 Conductor, 2 Pole Flat Trailer Connector, etc.  It’s pretty clear that “SAE 2 Pin’ is indeed the appropriate terminology, based on the connector’s specification developer (SAE – Society of Automotive Engineers) and this term’s consistant use.

 

The SAE 2 Pin connector has surfaced as the predominant choice in the portable solar charger industry, as well.  For example, Global Solar’s SUNLINQ 6.5 and 12 Watt portable solar chargers have an SAE 2 Pin connector on their output cable.  The associated accessory kit consists of 5 cable assemblies with SAE 2 Pin connectors.  The polarity of these assemblies is specific to their use coupled to the output of the 6.5W or 12W portable solar charger.

Deltran’s 5W, 10W & 15W Solar Panel powered Battery Tenders feature and SAE 2 Pin output, as well.

The predominance of the SAE 2 Pin connector in 12 Volt DC applications is prompting a growing assortment of cable assemblies and adapters.  For example, SAE 2 Pin x COAX adapters.

SAE 2 Pin connectors are being made available in a wider range of wire gauge, as well.  Heavier AWG leads are facilitating greater current carrying capacities, and thereby use in higher current flow applications.

 

Your email is welcome at:  sae2pinray@sae2pin.com

We invite you to visit  www.bohemianbiker.com  for additional information – you’ll find a blog format there too!

Our products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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Replacement SAE 2 Pin Connector Cap – Made in the USA !!!

by on Feb.08, 2012, under Caps

One often heard request was for SAE 2 Pin “Caps”, which we took on answering.  Our searches for a supplier came up empty handed, so we endeavored to manufacture one.

Of course, that involved the development of a mold.  Never-the-less, willing to go the distance – we made that investment.

So, here’s a look at them:

 

Because we’ve manufactured them with a relatively soft rubber, they are easily manipulated onto a connector – and they remain in place.

 

 We’re pleased with this product, and able to offer quantities at a very reasonable cost.

Your email is welcome at:  sae2pinray@sae2pin.com

We invite you to visit our www.bohemianbiker.com  for additional information – you’ll find a blog format there too!

Our products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, as well as, Deltran’s line of  Battery Tenders, and Global’s SUNLINQ line Portable Solar Chargers.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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American Made Surface Mountable SAE 2 Pin Connectors

by on Feb.06, 2012, under Mountable

We now have our own Surface Mountable SAE 2 Pin Connector Assembly to offer – another quality Bohemian Biker LLC product  manufactured right here in the United States !!!

Initially, we found and provided an Surface Mount SAE 2 Pin assembly that was “polarity specific”.  That is, it had red and black insulated leads and was most readily available in one polarity.

This “polarity specific” assembly had 12 AWG leads, which seemed to be an adequate choice in terms of ampacity (current carrying capacity) for many do-it-yourself applications.

Quickly recognizing its popularity, we set out to develop our own SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount assembly.  Ours has 12″ of Black cord, such that the installer has the latitude to choose the polarity without violating a “hot” (+) positive wire insulation color standard.  The black cord of our product not only provided the benefit of “polarity of choice”, but the added aesthetic value of “all black” desirable in many applications.  An added benefit of this softer black cord is its flexibility, a desirable feature in many applications.

The ability to solidly mount an SAE 2 Pin connection on a soft (such as in the case of a motorcycle tank bag) or rigid surface (such as in the case of a plastic motorcycle saddlebag case), can be of key importance in many do-it-yourself applications.  It not only has advantages in terms of convenience, but also often in terms of security and sealing out moisture.

Some might also refer to this form of SAE 2 Pin connector as a “bulkhead connector”.  In an application where you have multiple compartments (in, for example, some sort of an enclosure, or box), one of these “surface mount connectors” could be used as a “bulkhead connector”.  A “bulkhead” being a wall or barrier between two adjacent compartments.

Just like the model we found initially available, ours has a tethered cap – which is a cool feature.  A surface mount’s “inset” configuration provides some inherent protection, but the protection added by a cap if often appreciated.  A cap adds to aesthetics when the connection is not not in use, as well.

Your email is welcome at:  sae2pinray@sae2pin.com

We invite you to visit our www.bohemianbiker.com  for additional information – you’ll find a blog format there too!

Our products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Direct product link:  http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pin-surface-mount-connector-pigtail.aspx 

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, as well as, Deltran’s line of  Battery Tenders, and Global’s SUNLINQ line Portable Solar Chargers.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

 

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American Made Heavy Duty SAE 2 Pin Assembly Variations

by on Feb.05, 2012, under HD Variations

Having taken on making our niche SAE 2 Pin connectors, the idea of developing a wide assortment of heavy duty variations occurred to us.  Not long after developing and manufacturing our initial offering we began addressing heavier AWG assemblies.  In this post, we will discuss the variation stages we have ventured through thus far.

Note:  All of these products are manufactured here in the United States.

The first offering manufactured by us was the assembly below – high quality SAE 2 Pin connector with enhanced strain relief and 11-1/2″ Black of SPT-1 cord with 18 AWG leads.  These proved popular with do-it-yourselfers wiring up light accessory circuits, etc.  Following that came that same SAE 2 Pin connector with 5 feet of Black SPT-1 and 16 AWG leads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first of our heavier duty line to be developed and manufactured was SAE 2 Pin pigtail assemblies with 12 AWG leads – 12″ long.

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

These were welcomed by do-it-yourselfers, as well – especially with solar enthusiasts, amateur radio enthusiasts, and others with a desire for SAE 2 Pin connectors with up-sized leads.

Initially, we manufactured this product with lead insulation colored red and black.  We called the pigtail “Power Side” when the red insulated wire lead to the protected “socket” side of the SAE 2 Pin, and called it a “Load Side” pigtail when the red insulated wire lead to the exposed male pin side of the SAE 2 Pin.

Next to be addressed was SAE 2 Pin pigtail assemblies with 10 AWG leads – 12″ long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We chose to stick with black insulated/separate 10 AWG cables vs. red/black insulation – thus leaving polarity up to the installer.

Those two variations in hand, we were quick to follow with SAE 2 Pin “whip assemblies” 5 foot long leads in both 12 and 10 AWG.  Again, we choose to stick with black insulated/separate cables vs. red/black insulation.

 

As you can imagine, applying an SAE 2 Pin connector to the far end was right around the corner.  So, we started cranking out SAE 2 Pin Extensions with black insulated/separate 10 AWG cables – 5, 8, and 10 foot long.

 

 

Your email is welcome at:  sae2pinray@sae2pin.com

We invite you to visit our www.bohemianbiker.com  for additional information – you’ll find a blog format there too!

Our products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, as well as, Deltran’s line of  Battery Tenders, and Global’s SUNLINQ line Portable Solar Chargers.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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SAE 2 Pin Configurations

by on Feb.04, 2012, under Configurations

 

SAE 2 Pin configurations range from the basic…

 

 

to those with added strain relief…

 

 

Connectors with enhanced strain relief provide the added benefit of being a little easier to manipulate when coupling and uncoupling.

Raised bars on the flat sides of these connectors make them easier to grip when coupling and uncoupling.

Another configuration difference see above is separated leads (of different colors) vs. Black SPT-1 cord.

Your email is welcome at:  sae2pinray@sae2pin.com

We invite you to visit our  www.bohemianbiker.com  for additional information – you’ll find a blog format there too!

Our products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, as well as, Deltran’s line of  Battery Tenders, and Global’s SUNLINQ line Portable Solar Chargers.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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Hello world!

by on Feb.04, 2012, under News

Welcome to our new SAE 2 Pin website !!!  Created to increase awareness and knowledge of the handy SAE 2 Pin connector, our Blog format facilitates interaction along these lines.

We have several years of experience focusing on SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and cable assemblies through our other two websites: www.bohemianbiker.com and www.solarcapitalist.com  Where there had been limited attention, we developed and manufactured SAE 2 Pin assemblies with heavier gauge leads (14, 12, and 10 AWG vs. only 18 and 16 AWG).  Worth noting – the high quality SAE 2 Pin assemblies we have developed are manufactured right here in the United States.

It is our mission to post that which we’ve learned, provide this forum through which others may contribute their pertinent knowledge, and have this same forum also allow all to raise questions in the form of posts and comments.  Thereby, making this accumulation of posts and comments available to all those with an interest.  We welcome your active participation!

Always with an eye on that which will please our audience, we are vigilantly watching for emerging needs.  Where a custom SAE 2 Pin connector assembly is required (even with a different connector at the opposite end) please contact us to discuss it’s potential development and production.  We are well prepared to address such opportunities – quickly and efficiently.

Your email is welcome at:  sae2pinray@sae2pin.com

We invite you to visit our www.bohemianbiker.com  for additional information – you’ll find a blog format there too!

Our products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed on this website, as well as, Deltran’s line of  Battery Tenders, and Global’s SUNLINQ line Portable Solar Chargers.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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