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Hi Mark. Your design is amazing, and I have had mine for over 4 years. It has been very useful for power outages, camping, and some amazing tailgating. 🙂 I have some quick questions for you since I’m not great with this kind of stuff. My battery no longer holds a charge even though I keep the case plugged in to the wall. Should I expect to have to replace the battery every 4 years or so? Is there something in the original design that might drain the battery over time that I should tweak? Do I damage the battery by leaving it plugged in all the time?? Thanks so much! Your design is spot on!
Hello, I have built the DIY solar generator with the 12 volt, 55ah deep cycle battery you suggested. I have been learning much concerning solar since and I was curious as to why you didn’t begin with a 12volt, 125ah deep cycle battery such as the one in your expansion video?
I’m asking because a 55ah battery won’t run my refrigerator for any extended period of time. Please help me to understand?
The last part of your essentials for the solar unit is not linked and there is not a name of the thingy that I need can you tell me what it is?
Right before other components.
I need this site for guest post.so, please tell me your price for each guest post. I am waiting for your positive response.
Can i purchase the parts kit from you to build the 3000 wh solar powered generator including monocrystalline 100 w panels?
Hey buddy. I have watched everything you have done. I just have a question. What website builder or online store did you use to create this site. It has everything I need.
I have an old Yazoo 60″ Model40HP 40RC Serial 794388 Kohler 18HP engine.
Do you know if there is a wiring schematic available?
I’m a paraplegic. I used to be active outdoors but now it’s almost impossible. However I built an ATV power chair using parts from an old Jazzy Pride chair and I used motorcycle chain on each motor to drive the rear 24″ tires.
I mounted a 15 tooth sprocket on each motor and a 52 tooth rear sprocket. It worked for about 10 min and the controller burned up. I put the project on hold due to surgeries but I’m back up. I think the sprocket/ teeth are the wrong configuration.
Is there somewhere I can go to get info and parts. Design help would probably be my best option right now and I have none. I want so much to get out of this bed and move. I’m motivated but a bit ignorant to design it.
Can you help or direct me? Please advise.
Thanks Terry Johnson
Hi Terry, I will do my best to help, but I am a little rusty on this type of design work. I suspect you are right, either the gear ratio is off, or the old motor / controller were already close to worn out. I imagine you want your final drive ratio to be pretty close to what the original chair was designed at, or perhaps even a little higher gear reduction if you think you will be spending a lot of time climbing slopes / rough terrain.
I don’t know what the original tire size was, but lets assume 10″ for an example. 10″ diameter wheel has a 31.4″ circumference (10″ x 3.14), meaning it will roll 31.4″ for each complete turn. Your 24″ tires will roll 75.4″ in a complete turn (24″ x 3.14). So for the drive motors to be back to their designed drive ratio, they would need 2.4:1 of additional reduction (75.4″ / 31.4″ = 2.4). Your current sprockets are 15 to 52 which works out to 3.46:1. These seems like you are already reducing 3.4 to 1, when only 2.4:1 was needed to put the drive motors into stock drive ratio. Higher ratio like you have should have only helped (slower speed, but better torque which is better for rough terrain). Of course this is all based of a 10″ stock tire size. You may need to rework the math if it was different. Hopefully this is enough to get you on the right track though.
For parts, I am not sure what the best options are, but I do know the Mcmaster-Carr website is a great source for industrial parts. Chain sprockets etc. They should have nearly every combination that is mass produced.
Good luck with the project!
I’ve been watching your build of the solar system and let me just say.. That’s freaking awesome! Your video and commentary as well as the helpful info you pass along make this the best DIY video on this subject I have ever seen. And believe me, I’ve watched just about every similar project vid available on the YouTube. Just wanted you to know that your effort, as well as your explanation is appreciated very much. Thanks. Looking forward to tackling my own mobile system ASAP. (Mine will travel with me and my motorcycle trailer for camping and touring as much of this great country as I can cover.
Thanks Ken! !
I would love to see some pictures of your motorcycle solar generator when you have it finished. My wife and I both ride, and we have talked about but not yet stepped up to multi-day treks on the bikes.