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How big is your battery bank?

Under 1000aH
47 (70.1%)
1001aH - 2000aH
14 (20.9%)
2001aH - 3000aH
3 (4.5%)
3001aH - 4000aH
2 (3%)
> 5000aH
1 (1.5%)

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2011, 12:38:35 PM »
I have 24v 2000Ah Nicad batteries.
They are from a big icebraker ship about 15 years old.
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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2011, 06:24:38 PM »
I upgraded 10x: do I get to vote again?  B^>

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Damon you stated upgraded 10X what was your old bank and age ? were they replaced or added to with an isolator ?




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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2011, 10:37:56 PM »
For the actual RE system itself:

365AH @ 12V / 4.38 kWh comprised of the following:

220AH 12V 8D 'Werker', main battery

'Slaves' (charged from the main battery, either directly or via a boost converter when things are running a little tight) - These are all portable and are used to run countless equipment throughout the house:

4 x 18AH 12V SLA

4 x 12AH 12V SLA

1 x U1-3 'Lawn and Garden' 12V battery (yes, for cranking a riding lawnmower... please don't slap me too hard haha) - Obviously not rated in AH - Going to call it 25 (even though if I ever used even CLOSE to that much, I'd only do it a few times... LOL

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There's more, but considering these would be like including the battery in my cell phone... Although, I do regularly charge it from the RE bank! I can't win... LOL ::)

There are 3 other U1-3 Lawn/Garden batteries that are on the 3 'standalone' UPS units for workstations scattered throughout the house. But I don't consider these 'real', since for one, they are very specifically dedicated, and two, they are solely for use with backing up the grid.

Also, another 230AH @ 24V (5.52kWh, 4 x 230AH @ 6V in series) set for the main UPS system for the servers. I don't count them either, for the same reason.

But, if I were to be anal retentive about including ALL the lead-acid storage, I would have to call it 10.8 kWh...

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EDIT - Changed this around, just didn't like how it read... Speaking of anal retentive...  Yup, that's me! :-\
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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2011, 02:01:17 PM »
two hobby/testing sized systems
1) Solar 72Ahr at 14.4V built by your truly of Sub-C 1.2V 1.3Ahr Nicds using Ghurd dump controller specifically set for NiCds.
2) Solar, Windstuffnow mini-Vawt kit, hand crank /cat running for its life (ecm based) @ 72Ahr 12Vdc using donated SLAs which is using the GHurd dump controller.


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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #31 on: May 04, 2011, 06:48:24 PM »
I have 4 server sized UPS.  I'm not sure how many amp hours they hold or how long the run for, but they weigh about 400 lbs total.  Two of them have (10) 110v outlets on the back, probably good for 1500 watts.  They are used with the computers that mirror and buffer hard drive banks (two sets of (10) 15k rpm SCSI drives stripped in parallel  ;D).

Else, I have fun with 5ah @ 12v worth of AA's.  My laptop is probably what gets used the most at 7.8ah, sometimes 2x a day.  15 watts of solar only gets you so far.

What I need is the 110ah 12v out of the BMW.  That thing is a beast.

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #32 on: May 04, 2011, 09:44:53 PM »
Just starting
 Main: 24 Lifeline GPL-L16T- 2Volt, Secondary: 8 Lifeline GPL-L16T- 6 volts.
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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2011, 02:43:55 AM »
I have three battery banks.

The first is wet lead acid with two auto batteries totalling about 130 AH.

The second is SLA of about 90~ AH.

Both sets are negative connected  and the positive line is selected via a knife switch.

All 12 volts.

The system normally works with wet lead acid and I keep the SLA's for reserve.

I also have a 6 volt battery bank of SLA's.

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #34 on: June 18, 2011, 04:32:27 PM »
2000Ah@12v AGM. But they are old (£250 off eBay 7 years ago) and I doubt they are full capacity anymore.

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #35 on: June 18, 2011, 05:26:19 PM »
I am going to take a second bite at this one....

My new system batteries are 1600 A/h @ 100h rate Exide Eneergystore wet cells

Waiting to be installed

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #36 on: June 19, 2011, 09:49:51 AM »
Was or is this their break time or end of shift time. As a suggestion  you might put a bar in front of the batteries up about 4 in just in case one of your loborers deside to put there front hands (paws) on the batteries at some time. There are times when they really want to help. Looks nice. Just an idea to play with.
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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #37 on: June 19, 2011, 06:15:43 PM »
210 Ah at 12V

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #38 on: June 19, 2011, 10:00:43 PM »
wpowokal -

Very nice... and that 'Danger' sign adds a subtle touch that just seems to set it in motion.

There's something about a sign to warn you (the bigger the better) that you will kill yourself if you 'screw around in here'  ;D

One day, I'll put one up. Till then, let the damn cats figure it out for themselves.  :P

They're the only living things that can really get back behind the servers (besides me) to gain access to the only batteries that really pose any threat, and they can't read anyway. I'd be wasting my time. :)

Doesn't matter what I do, I can't keep them out of there. They like the heat in the 'hot isle' from the 'puters.  ???

Maybe a 'No Smoking' sign would be a nice touch, but again, no real point. I go outside to smoke, and nobody else in the house ever joins me.  ::)

I GOT IT! How about a 'Dont flick your Bic to check electrolyte levels' sign?  :D

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #39 on: November 01, 2012, 04:05:31 PM »
what i did was figure out how much electricity i used in a 2 week period, and i doubled it for storage..i figure we have typically 3 days of sun, and 3 days of rain.....just hypothetically...i also had 80% of power coming from wind turbine(s), and 20% from solar....and no matter what i dont let the batteries go below 60% charged...the trick is to not hurt youre batteries.i had read lots prior to deciding also..there is alot to it, and many myths also....i have a battery file somewhere on here if you can find it..makes for a good read, and worth keeping...take care..pickster

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Are they sitiing on a concrete slab?
I had troubles with my battery bank sitting on the conrete floor, such as losing charge quickly. Then I remembered something my Physics teacher said to me 20 years ago "It's like charging your car battery on a concrete floor, it just wouldn't work". It was reunion time so I tracked him down and gave him a call. Sit them on a rubber mat or just off the ground al together and all of your problems will go away.
They did.

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2012, 03:38:26 PM »
With modern battery cases sitting on concrete doesn't make a difference unless your batteries are filthy.

I have 464AH at 24 volts fed by 1,100 watts of solar via MPPT45 charge controller.

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #41 on: November 02, 2012, 05:17:23 PM »
With modern battery cases sitting on concrete doesn't make a difference unless your batteries are filthy.

I have 464AH at 24 volts fed by 1,100 watts of solar via MPPT45 charge controller.
[/quote
 this is true and not true at the same time.
 Yes modern battery cases are made out of non conductive plastics where as back in the day to 6 volt cars battery cases were made out of rubber and tar the carbon content could allow discharge even before that batteries were made out of wood & glass jars the wood could absorb moisture and crack the jars
 there is now no direct electrical discharge Now there is no direct electrical discharge through the case, and batteries will have some discharge just from sitting un used no matter what they are sitting on
 But when a battery is allowed to sit directly on concrete the possibility of cold soak from the concrete is greater than when they have a mat of some other material between them and the concrete. If you have a large bank of batteries placed very close to each other and sitting on concrete keeping the sides of the cases clean and dry if almost impossible  when watering some spillage is bond to happen sooner or later dust will accumulate once an electrical circuit is established soon the batteries will start to discharge
 I always say it is cheap insurance to have the bank up off of the floor and situated so it is easy to clean the sides of the cases as well as the tops 
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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #42 on: November 25, 2012, 01:18:26 PM »
Main;  780AH @ 24VDC (2012)     8- L16S
Garage/Addition;   780AH @ 12VDC (2007)  4-L16S
Earthship outbuilding;  390AH @ 12VDC (2012)  2-L16S

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #43 on: November 25, 2012, 03:39:24 PM »
4 banks, 12v 480ah, 12v 210ah, 12v 160ah, 12v 90ah.  Cobbled up really.

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« Reply #44 on: November 25, 2012, 05:50:09 PM »
Main;  780AH @ 24VDC (2012)     8- L16S
Garage/Addition;   780AH @ 12VDC (2007)  4-L16S
Earthship outbuilding;  390AH @ 12VDC (2012)  2-L16S
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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #45 on: January 09, 2013, 12:10:14 AM »
current 460Ah @ 12v

design size 920AH @ 12V
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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #46 on: February 16, 2014, 07:27:28 PM »
I guess it's been a while since I've been on here so I'd best update my battery scenario...

Like most who play with this stuff, I have slowly improved my system. I started with an old wire spool made into a pelton wheel  hooked to a mountain bike frame that ran a 12V Delco alternator. Then into a Canadian Tire marine battery and a Canadian Tire 1750W made in China inverter. Don't laugh, it worked.

I then moved up to a ES&D Stream Engine @ 12V and on up the hill into my 8 12V SLA's and a big ol Trace modified sine inverter that gave us 1800W.

Last year was the biggie. We switched the Stream Engine's innards to put out 24V then put in 4 450AH Rolls Surrette's. And a new Magnasine MS 4024 pure sine inverter.

So, the answer to the question? 4 450AH Big Red Batteries!
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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #47 on: February 16, 2014, 10:08:08 PM »
     450 ah @12 volt

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #48 on: June 04, 2016, 01:09:04 PM »
12 kWh @ 48 Volts.  A separate website tells me this is 250 Ah so that's how I filled in the poll, but note that otherwise it would not have known my Ah.

I had the system installed a few years ago and am definitely grid-tied, with an Outback smart inverter that seems to handle the decisions and activity of my solar, battery charging and discharging, grid back-and-forth, etc.  The batteries are lead, I think AGM.


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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #49 on: June 04, 2016, 04:37:10 PM »
Now 928AH... at 24 volts...

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #50 on: June 04, 2016, 07:31:30 PM »
Currently 1000ahr @ 24v, about to rewire for 48v to drive an Ozinverter :)

When these AGMs die, which may not be long as they now won't get to full float and idle voltage is 25.6v rather than the 26.1v of 4 years ago, I'll be going LiFePo at about the same size i.e. 500ahr+ @ 48v

I've pushed about 67000ahr in and 62000ahr out (92% efficiency) in the time I've had them so that equates to about 1.5megawatt-hrs of useful power. Looking forward to getting the main grid-tie solar system connected in as that has run over 20MW-hrs in less than 3 years.
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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #51 on: June 05, 2016, 04:34:29 PM »
Got 2 separate systems on the farm, 24 volt 600AH on the house and 24 volt 735AH for my shed running the machine-shop. Both batteries are ex forklift traction packs and with a good full charge we get 3 days on the house and my shed bank is never below 25 volts as that old 2hp wind genny just keeps em topped up.

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #52 on: June 07, 2016, 09:20:59 PM »
This poll is cool and a lot of people have weighed in with votes, but I think a fair number have commented that it might make more sense in kWh.

I'd like to suggest that someone set up a new poll "How big is your battery bank in kWh?".  Leaving the question first to the original poster, madlabs, to see if they would like to do it.  I'm thinking mor divisions, maybe something like:

<3 kWh
3-6 kWh
6-10 kWh
10-20 kWh
20-30 kWh
30+ kWh

but I don't know.

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Re: How big is your battery bank?
« Reply #53 on: June 08, 2016, 12:45:31 AM »
Then you also ought to be clear about nominal capacity or usable capacity, I think, given that for most lead-acid users the first will be about twice the second.  (Eg my 400Ah 12V bank is nominally abut 4kWh but usable about 2kWh).

For (say) LiFePO4 users and maybe NiFe the difference is less stark.

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