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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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