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Solar Power Kit Explained for a Van Build - Off Grid

Jun 06, 2021
reasons. Basically, a bus bar. Okay, it's the same as a bus bar. These, better, have 310 amps and we are moving a lot with these modern lithium systems, you can move a lot of energy and that's a big problem with a lot of these systems is that they will use bus bars. which are not rated to move that much


okay so the first thing is you can move a lot of


around the second thing is you can see there are no open terminals most people will do bus bars and then you know that you make another crimp, put it on the bus bar and you have a bunch of open live. terminals inside your thing, which is actually very dangerous to do this, it keeps it so you don't have to use one of these terminals and you just strip the wire and stick it and call it good, so the two main advantages are over a traditional bus.
solar power kit explained for a van build   off grid
The bar is that there are no exposed terminals which is a safety issue and it's very easy to use because you just put the cable in and hold it, sorry, lots of details, no this is great, I think everyone will love it. Yes, and of course, I'd love to talk too. Do you have a very thick cable here, friend? What the hell is going on? Absolutely super important, okay you have to size the wire for the amount of electricity going in and out, essentially it's like this you can't feel a lake through a straw some of these times we're trying to fill a lake and there's a choice, the amount of electricity that moves is different everywhere, you know, we have 30 amps here we have 30 amps here, but here this goes to your inverter, here we have a 2000 watt inverter, so while we could have 30 amps here, this It's going to be more like 170 180 amps, okay, so we're using tons of energy.
solar power kit explained for a van build   off grid

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I need to have tons of cables again, that's what we can do and it's really hard for other people because they just don't have the skills to know how to do it to size the cables, the big cables, the big inverter runs between essentially the batteries are They fuse it with a big fuse, shit, that's a 300 amp fuse, yeah, and then of course it has to be robust, it has to be quality, this particular fuse is really good. I've had tons of problems with Amazon's standard ones. I got very hot. I have melted. None have caught fire yet, but I absolutely had to melt down, so the problem is that people don't know what fusion and what views you are going to buy.
solar power kit explained for a van build   off grid
You look at the ratings and then you read and you know, but you don't really know what you're getting until it's in your hands and you don't really know if it's going to work until you install it and once you install it, if not. to work well is a big shame because it is a big problem and all these things have to be perfect all the crimps have to be perfect all the fuses have to be high quality everything has to work or you don't have a working system so the inverter this is for the customer it's a 2001 inverter however this is not an inverter charger that's right you have an inverter charger here for us that's right what's the difference between these two sure again for customer that's what they wanted that's what they wanted right and they're cheaper they're cheaper so the difference is this is an inverter that will convert the DC battery power into house power so it's 12 volts DC to 120 volts AC, which is the main thing you need because you can plug it in and you can get AC power, you can charge computers, laptops, you can do everything you can, production, yes, everything that can be cooked, microwaves, coffee robots , toaster ovens, vacuum cleaners, big drills, big sauce, you name it, that's what this is for, that's what it will do, I got you. this does exactly the same thing and on top of that, if you plug it into the outside world, that means shore power at a campground, a generator in your house, whatever, it will also charge the batteries and power all the alternate outlets in your okay , so the difference is that this will take the battery power to the house power, yes this will take the battery power to the house power and it will charge your batteries when plugged in from the outside world, so it's just an added feature that tends to be you know, four hundred or five hundred dollars depending on the brand and type of meters you need to run it, very picky about what I'll even sell because inverters are traditionally the least reliable component of the entire system. , the least reliable, oh yes, horrible. right, so when you have something that works and works well, that's what you choose, the worst thing you can do is get something like Amazon or something like that that has the features, but is much less expensive, you have a month if it breaks, you're short 400 bucks or 500 or 600 something like that, and they can, so I've seen them for a month, I've seen them for six months, you want something in terms of longevity, the quality is very variable, yes, and they just don't No I have time to mess around and waste time on nonsense, so I go straight to the good stuff, I just use it.
solar power kit explained for a van build   off grid
I am super loyal to the brands I like. You have a distribution box, I think that's it. Basically, this is This is going to be your distribution for your very high power stuff, okay, and then it's going to run a wire to this and this has AC and DC, so these are your little things, like the lights, the refrigerator. , the bombs, all your small CC. things you know and then this will also have your alternating current, which is your house power, and you have a circuit breaker, a circuit breaker, a circuit breaker and it's flush mounted, so you know if you cut a hole in your cabinet, you'll be able to See it, you have easy access to all your circuit breakers, all your fuses on the DC side, all your circuit breakers on the AC side and then you can know to write down what they are for, you need to make that particular component one way or another again. what do we need.
I think it's for the best, there's so much going on here, the biggest question is, can someone get all of this off your back? Oh, that's cool, I mean, it's not the only way we do things, but it's by far the most common way because most people don't. I don't want to deal with any of this. I guess so. My question is, can they just call you or email you and say, "Hey, I want exactly all of this and you can totally buy it." It's a pretty easy process. at this point they call and we have a conversation about what type of vehicle or what their application is and then we decide a few things, we decide what panel they want, or panels they want, depending on the application, we decide what batteries and how many batteries. they want, okay, we decide what size inverter they want, yeah, okay, usually it's a 2000 or 3000, there's not much reason to use less than two, there's not much reason to use more than three, we find out if they want an inverter . or an inverter charger, by the way, it's three thousand types, it's a three thousand inverter charger, we find out if they want the alternator to charge properly, which I think is essential, yeah, and then most people just need that and then there's and beyond that, that's the only one. information that we need to know to do everything we need to do from there we simply write it down we get your email we get your name and we send you a quote with everything you need and then all the things that no one wants to solve are already solved you get all the wiring of the right size, all terminals the right size, you get a drawing, uh, schematic, you get a drawing that's down there, yeah, that matches this system, we give you some extra hardware in case you're wrong. some extra terminals, some extra fuses and then we ship them out, of course we offer free technical support if you buy it from us and thanks again for explaining all this to us, I'm sure it's okay, so miles, you have all this stuff here, right?
Now you're selling a product that I'm in love with, and I actually want one for myself and you're really on your game with it, but if someone doesn't want to deal with all this, now they can get something like that again. The reason I want it is because I want a land platform. Can you show me what this is? Yeah, right, we basically have this right here, which is an all-in-one power unit that's basically everything here except maybe the alternator. charger because you just do it a different way. Here we have a 1.8 kilowatt hour lithium battery, which is a little smaller than those two.
We have a thousand watt inverter, which is also a little smaller. than that, it's an inverter


charge controller and a lithium battery and then some little things like USB ports, cigarette lighter and things like that so you can see the plugs are up here, yeah, and it's super easy, you don't have to put them. All of this, uh, all of this together, this is really the first product on the market that has nails, all of this. Hey, you know, a small light, really reliable, powerful, you just plug in the


power and that's it, they're portable, which they really are.
It's nice because it makes it so you can know if I have a saw in there that I want to do, but I don't want to look around my house for an extension cord, I just grab it and take it out, take it there. I take it camping all the time, one of the reasons you like this particular setup and what's inside of this. The panels that you sell, that's right, they have a higher voltage and they can actually charge this, that's right, and this is one of the First, you know it's absolutely critical in my world, I just never use the small panels, no There is, unless there is a ceiling space consideration, unless it is necessary, but if you use your panel with another portable power station, it will not charge or charge. that or some people are putting their heads in the game, okay, it's a very competitive thing, there are people putting their heads in the game, but um, but most of them don't, it's even worse than that, a lot of them they will make it in such a way that you have to buy their product and then their product is 4x market price so anything with a mc4 cable can connect to this, well yeah sure all they can but that one no is the determining factor, the determining factor is the panel voltage.
Well this will require a high panel voltage and you have an mppt controller priced like this all in a thousand watt inverter, what would that be? 1150 on that 1150. You have another one that looks similar. It's a little more expensive but it's bigger, yes. It's exactly the same in every way, except it has a bigger battery, so it's physically a little longer, it's a little heavier, it has a bigger battery, which equates to a higher price of a tank of gas in that 1850 kilowatt hour lithium. battery, same 1001 inverter, 1000 watt inverter, 500 watt mppt charge controller and then hopefully in about a month, month and a half, couple of months, couple of months, you'll get another version of this that it's a 2001 inverter, a 2000 watt inverter should have a 2 kilowatt hour lithium battery, it should have a 700 watt mppt charge controller, plenty of outlets, 25 amp dc output for example for your refrigerators or your lights or whatever you have on DC, and what's going to work with about two thousand, about two thousand, okay and then? just in comparison what's this whole run more or less on a ballpark four four thousand like if they bought it and then if they put it together it would be about four thousand even with this bad Larry huh that's maybe Four.
Five? 45. Okay, okay, great and that includes the panel, yeah, okay, so you've got a really good price. You said this was about four to five thousand depending on the components and the battery, if you add another battery you could easily get another thousand dollars if someone was. do it themselves great if someone hired miles or nomadic customs


them or other people


them jason whoever, how much does the labor vary? So it's another four thousand on top of that, okay, put it at the top right, okay, and again, that's Soon one of the advantages of using these smaller ones is that then I don't have to use my hours to build this correctly.
How many hours does this take? This system takes us to the end, to the end, tested in all aspects. scheduled throughout its operation, I think I quoted at 42 hours 42 hours and that's generally, I think there's usually two people working on it, yeah, so it's actually like 20 hours, but it's two people working, so 40 hours and a litle more. right, that's why people don't have to understand this, there are a lot of details that have to be perfect, they have to be perfect, guys, now we have miles and the whole kit is assembled and the solar panels on the roof, so we are I'm just going to show pretty much everything that was done, so here are the miles, we're on top of that green truck, we're putting this project together here and I wanted to do a quick rundown of everything that's important for you to know. uh so the first thing we need to know is the mounting brackets, this is how we mount them on the van that we passed by, we have six of those, uh, we made vhp double sided tape, uh, the solar panel cablesthey are positive and to negative with a mc4 cable it goes to the um, the strain relief is what it's called, go down there, we cut a hole in the roof and now we have solar energy down there and this is the celeria power of 370 watts xt, you see?
It fits really well up there, it's very stealthy once you get down from the bottom and look at it, so let's get in the truck and we'll show you. Okay, now let's go inside. This will be


in a minute. Why do we even have that quick overview? um wire through this is called a retaining ring. I think we need to make sure we use p-clamps to secure our cables everywhere. Any sharp edges here we're going to avoid and we're going to bend it. wire to avoid them and we're also going to use what's called a split loom that comes in here and goes around a sharp edge, there's a nice sharp edge there, we had to put a loom in and we zip tied it to make sure it's away from that sharp edge goes down here the same as the sharp edge goes in here we have positive and negative, it's fused into the positive, okay, here's your solar input that goes down to your charge controller, positive and negative, you can see here.
I had to cut this sheathing without cutting the black wire, then I had to fabricate them. goes into the solar charge controller and out again a fuse on the positive comes here to the distribution block positive here is battery one with its own circuit breaker battery two with its own circuit breaker everything inside the distribution block positive continues through the distribution block through a nice thick wire through a giant fuse into another thick wire into the positive of the inverter each battery has its own negative wires of equal length each of these wires this positive positive positive has to be the same equal length on this design appears uh negative on your inverter this is going to take power from the battery convert it to home power from 12 volts DC to 120 volts AC um and they tell me this is on and working fine so let's give it a big test with our The gigantic Dewalt saw the only thing I didn't see miles was actually the breaker panel where you're going to install oh uh, that's going to be here, so no, this is going to be in the closed box that we left it. open for you guys so we can give you a quick demo of everything at the end right right okay when this is closed that's where the circuit breaker panel will be yeah, that will be accessible for the customer to turn off the fuses or whatever that case, yeah, ac circuit breakers and dc circuit breakers, awesome rdz fuses, right, okay, so you want to try to give it a try see if we can run it.
I haven't even had it up and running yet, so we'll do it, let's grab some wood and of course, it has to work perfect from the start, so we'll see, I hope this works. That was cool, thanks for showing it off buddy, that was a big old miter saw that your inverter handles pretty easily. I don't think you guys really understand what he and his team have done for us today. I know this was a serious crash course in everything we're talking about. This is really just a drop in the ocean and this is the beginning.
I want to show more about this, but it's hard, it's hard to pack it into one video. Our attention span just isn't there when it comes to life. I hope you really have seen what you needed until now. Again, let's see real miles. too soon to find it before we cut the video. The best way to contact you is cheerful. Yes, the website and their emails are on the website and all that. Yes, I mean miles on Yes, John Lightharvestsolar. .com you stay up to date, I know you do it well, you have to stay ahead of the curve because it changes day by day, yes, so any new product that is going to hit the market with respect to whatever he actually buys, the you try and ruin them.
You blow them up, it's kind of crazy all the time, okay guys, please follow them, check them out for the light over solar miles. Thanks again if you are going to see a lot more of this type because I need them I need them well

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