DIY Off Grid Solar Power How To Understand, Choose, and Size Batteries

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Check below for the most current 2019 parts list

Fortunately for us preppers, if the grid should ever go down we can generate our own electricity. Join us in PART 2 of the series, as we answer every question you would have in creating your own DIY off grid / grid down solar back up system. In this second part we look at choosing and sizing batteries.

If you missed the first video on sizing the power generating portion, check it out here:

Batteries Plus:

Duracell SLIGC125:

Other Important Information to the Series:

The Kill-A-Watt meter for measuring your consumption-

Schematic of the Tin Hat Ranch 400 Watt Renogy System-

Renogy 400 Watt Premium Solar Kit

Renogy 1000 Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter:

Solar Assessment Worksheet-


Most Current 2019 Parts List:
Renogy 400 Watt Premium Solar Kit:
Renogy 1000 Watt Sine Wave Inverter:
Renogy 2000 Watt Sine Wave Inverter (System Update):
Voltage Readout:
Inline Fuse Holder:
200 AMP Inline Fuse:
Outdoor Load Center:
Breaker (only used as a switch, not for safety):
Direct Burial Cable:
Disconnect Box:
Battery Disconnect Switch:
(4) Batteries:
Most installations will require additional components, like a method to mount the panels (basic mount included in Renogy kit), local wiring, battery box, terminal strips, etc. These can be purchased at a local home improvement store.


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