DateFriday December 16th, 2016

… but the batteries are

At the moment I have a serious matter on the table. I was wondering why the batteries seem such a lousy capacity lately and at first suspected that the solar system doesn’t load sufficiently due to too much heat on the rood of the car, which influences the output of such panels. Although that problem does exist and I have to find a way too cool the panels down when the car is not moving, a way more serious issue are our batteries as I learned that the panels produce a lot more power then the batteries can actually hold at the moment. The batteries tend to be full after only two hours of loading and then all further power is mainly wasted.

We have 460 amps of capacity in the back, the sun of Thailand on the solar panels, and the power was barely enough to power the water cooker and the notebooks for some hours every day and even then I sometimes needed to start the car to keep the power up. The calculations I did simply didn’t add up – we used a lot less power then we actually received, till I read into the topic.

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No the climate control project isn’t dead..

But after Chiang Mai and leaving the cosy flat, I found other bits and pieces on the car that needed attention first. So while spending time on beautiful Koh Chang I build several things for the car, like propper frames with mosquito nets for the rear windows, a new table, reorgainsed most of the storage in the car, added some new 12 Volt outlets, build 12 volt connection boxes with  DC DC step up and step down inverters to connect the notebooks directly  to the 12 Volt plugs without needing the inverter (gonna do the same for many other things), build a new cupboard in the back which is a preparation for the  climate control, repaired Elton after he decided to stop at the centre of a crossing (was just a fuse, but I suspected air in the diesel which led to a major chaos…), repaired again when he went dead on Koh Chang (all fuses good, dirty cable plug under the car that time)…

So time flew by, but latest in February we need to have it, when the hot time starts. At the moment its considerably cool so its nice in the car with normal fans, but that will change for sure.

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