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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/24/2015

Well now, the new batteries have been in place for nearly a week now and it's certainly been interesting. Some random notes:


  • These guys are doing a great job. I'd gotten used to the poor performance I was suffering from with the old batteries, much more so than I knew. Very pleased here.

  • Having said that, the hard fact is that these are not the batteries I'll be using in the final system. Even if I decide to build a new storage system based on these very batteries I'll have to get all new ones, if only because I'm beating these up pretty seriously compared to what I'd "normally" do. I wouldn't want to hang these on the new system with a bunch of brand new ones if only because they'd drag the new ones down (which is what bad batteries do to new batteries -- annoying but it's physics). But at least I'll get a core charge back out of them.

  • I've had a couple of nights where we actually got through the night without the generator even coming on! Amazing. Haven't had that happen in forever.

  • It's really weird to be up in the Shed listening to the batteries as they run through an Equalization cycle. They bubble and blop and make all kinds of noises (but that's okay, they're supposed to at that point). I can definitely tell why inspectors insist on active venting when there are lead acid batteries involved though -- they stink when they're running through this phase. For now I've added a small fan at the vent on the glass block window.
  • We probably aren't going to do anything with the old Dekas until springtime. I'll slowly work on hauling them back up the hill (a winch here should do wonders) so at least they'll be easier for us to haul away when the time comes. Solar LeRoy took four of them back and I got a core charge for them, so turning in the other 20 will be helpful for sure.

I dare say I'm quite pleased so far.

Steven in Colorado

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