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RichardSinFWTX

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Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:12:39 PM »
OK, so apparently I've developed a fetish for building stuff.  With the HF station in a box 95% complete I got to thinking about what to power it by when off the grid.

The build blog for this and any other projects I can think of will be here:

     http://kf5rhi.blogspot.com/

I'll also post pics and videos here; but the most up to date stuff will be at the link above. 

Feel free to offer and advice and/or criticisms. 

Be gentle!  ;)

Joe

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 10:56:19 PM »
Good looking set up, looking forward to seeing it finished.

RichardSinFWTX

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 11:14:19 PM »
Thanks!  I'm hoping to have all the components by the weekend!  :)

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2014, 08:39:50 AM »
Suggestion:  put a current shunt in it so the volt meter can also read battery current (charging or discharging) and use a 3-position switch on the volt meter:  off/volts/amps
If there's room, how about adding an automotive cigarette lighter socket, then a cigarette lighter USB charger?
« Last Edit: August 14, 2014, 11:24:34 AM by cockpitbob »

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2014, 08:52:46 AM »
Hmm...very good ideas, Bob!  Thanks!

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2014, 09:36:16 AM »
Hmm...very good ideas, Bob!  Thanks!

Please keep us posted on this build cause i'm pretty sure i am going to copy it.

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2014, 09:41:50 AM »
Roger that!

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2014, 10:25:34 AM »
I would also add a DC LED light strip. Very bright and use very low power.

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2014, 10:27:09 AM »
Just out of curiosity, whyyyyyyy?  :)

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2014, 10:30:44 AM »
Just out of curiosity, whyyyyyyy?  :)

In case you needs lights. I operate portable at night and a little light helps.

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2014, 11:31:58 AM »
Since this thing is experiencing feature-creep, add some picatinny rails.  You'll have unlimited accessory options  ;D

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2014, 11:33:18 AM »
Was already figuring Picatinny rails and a laser!!  :)

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2014, 11:51:34 PM »
No emergency power station is complete without ---



... an electric Martini shaker.



de RadioRay ..._  ._
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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2014, 10:44:04 AM »
...that and a margarita machine!  :)

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Re: Building a 40 Ah Battery Box
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2014, 11:15:26 AM »
The last of the parts came in yesterday (volt meter) so it looks like barring any Honey-Do's this weekend I'll be able to at least start on my battery box.

Once that's done I'll finally be able to test out the foldable solar panel and charge controller I bought months ago in preparation!   ::)