12.0 – on electricity and lack thereof

Well as i mentioned here i tend to update in bursts, dependent on many factors, the main one being amount of electricity. Recently, it has been colder and less sunny than usual for april (still burning my stove into may!) so i have not had much electricity at all.
I think also my battery is a bit shredded now as it moves into its third year. Plus i never replaced the cheap chinese regulator, which claims to do PWM but probably doesn’t.
So now i am in a situation where when the sun is shining, i can charge, but the battery never really fills up. So then i end up charging the laptop batteries in the afternoon and caning them at night. Works ok.
There’s pretty much always enough juice to charge the phone and what more could a girl want than that? [although having said that i am sitting here typing in candelight since with the light on we went down to the dreaded 11.7 earlier].

Right now? 12.0

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Anevay stove

frontier-wood-burning-stove

A friend told me about the anevay stoves and how they were portable. I was intrigued. So i checked the website and indeed they are 10kilo and can be carried around, they’re designed to be used in refugee camps as an easy way to cook and subsequently became popular with campers. Sounds ideal for me, i can use it in the kitchen (unbelievably the present stove is still going strong, but surely it wont last forever) and alos cook on it outside…
Something to look forward to, i ordered it today!!

offgrid xmas

It’s continuing to be very mild weather, we sat outside drinking coffee yesterday. Right now at midday it’s 14 degrees.

So quite often the house feels colder than outside. We still need to heat in the evening and mornings are still hard to get out of bed, but it is unseasonably warm.

Unfortunately warmth does not equal sun. There hasn’t been much sun at all lately, so the solar stocks are running low.

Talking to my neighbour, he said his attempts to get permission for a windmill got nowhere, which seems retarded of the council (no change there). Whilst coming from different philosophical directions, it’s good we can agree on the importance of sustainability.

Lack of sun means less computer use, which is a bit annoying, since the urge to write comes and goes and i can’t always simply flick a switch and set stuff down on paper. However, this also means i read more books.

Handy Angry Bob

As I’ve previously mentioned, there’s not much useful 12volt info out there. I was pleased recently to come across Handybob’s blog.

Bob is retired and living offgrid in an RV in the U$A and seems to know quite a lot about electrics. He has self-taught himself how to optimise systems and seems to spend quite a lot of time helping comrades with their systems. Good luck to them! He gets quite angry and ranty and to be honest that’s quite entertaining and i kind of agree with his central point that half the people selling solar systems don’t really know their shit. He has a post called this history or how did i end up so angry?

I agree with the anger, but maybe for slightly different reasons. I would agree if people are being sold faulty or wrong systems, but not just becuase that is bad from an engineering point of view, also because we should all be getting offgrid and the capabilities are there, but people are afraid or lazy or lack knowledge and if we can carry on like this at current levels of consumption the earth is going to be a horrible place to live.

Seems like that would make me a Marxist for Bob. Oh well.

Sorry, I have half of a brain and I am old enough to remember the 60’s, when the doomsday experts were predicting that New York City would be under water by the turn of the century. People still live in Venice, Italy too. It floods annually, as it has for many, many years and while it may be deeper some years, the predictions were wrong. What about that ice breaker struck in Antarctica in the middle of the summer this year? There are some inconvenient truths for you, Mr Gore. Go buy some more carbon credits. Better yet, send the money to me and I’ll put it to real use building something that actually is good for the planet, not what your definition of green is. I know what your mansion looks like and how much energy it uses. Living like that while telling us paupers how we should live is Marxism.

But for the rest, I enjoy reading his blog, there’s lot of useful infos in there, even if most of it isn’t directly relevant to my situation … Plus i also don’t like marxists, but that’s another story for another day…

Yes, I do have an agenda. It is to stop the fleecing of all of you in the RV community by dealers and manufacturers who are out to take your money. This is the plain truth.