Off-grid Solar for Dummies: Beginner Basics

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50 Comments

  1. Austin Payne on October 3, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    So, I understand that it’s not good to charge your lithium battery with your car’s alternator However, I’ve heard that you can have some type of “second inverter” that can take energy from driving and safely charge your vehicle. If you could do a video on this that’d be great I’m sure others are interested as well!!!

  2. Bill Lowenburg on October 3, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Great stuff, Will, thanks for diagramming it all out in simple form. Through your videos I now have a solid basic grasp of the components and overview of a solar powered off grid battery system. Keep up the great work – I’m buying your book as a reference and will use it when I build my system. Thanks!

  3. Central Arkansas RC Car Community on October 3, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    So I really dont understand this solar stuff. I have 4 100 watt renogy panels and a rover 40 mppt charge controller. I have a 12v 200 amp hour battery. Do i connect the panels in a series or in parallel?

  4. Ron Hughes on October 3, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    great video

  5. jhm stagg on October 3, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    yikes, the price of the battery. that is for a house, a large need. How about for a shed, a small deep cycle battery.?

  6. Ilmu Dunia on October 3, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you so much. I learned a lot. You always explained it the way it is very easy to understand for those who new to whatever topic who are discussing. Same as you other videos. Thanks again and I will consider to buy the book.

  7. jimijackson on October 3, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Question…what would happen if you connect a cigarette lighter adapter (with usb input slots) to the mppt?

    So that you can say plug a USB powerbank to charge. As opposed to have the setup with a battery.
    USB and 12V Cigarette Lighter Power Socket (Switched)

  8. Peter Jesus on October 3, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I would to know how to install an off and on grid solar system, thxs anyway for your lectures

  9. Nate Watts on October 3, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    How do you know what size fuse to use?

  10. Bob McDonald on October 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    The bolt on fuse at the battery should have the same amperage rating as the charge controller.
    The invertor draws way more current than the charge controller and would blow the fuse as soon as you turn on your invertor. Shouldnt the invertor have its own seperate fuse?

  11. Melanie Walton on October 3, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    That was AWESOME!!!!

  12. Bruce Evans on October 3, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Not so much a comment as a question. Can you have two panel arrays each in series than connect them in parallel to increase the amps? For example, array #1 12v-12v-12v-12v, array #2 12v-12v-12v-12v. So you have two 48v arrays which are then connected in parallel to up the amps.

  13. wam dok on October 3, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I guess its not to late to ask…….if 4000w solar panel system can handle C12/2000/80 Victron Multi plus Inverter/Charger? ..if not could you please recommend!

  14. Aurélien Carnoy on October 3, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    "Voltage so low, you can’t hurt yourself … That bad." "smile"
    Lol.

  15. Terra Hurst on October 3, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you so much!! I’m installing solar on my RV and have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve watched countless how to videos and have remained confused until I watched this video. You have a gift for teaching! Thank you!

  16. Javier Medina on October 3, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    What size bolt on fuse do you install?

  17. john mirbach on October 3, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    😁✌🖖👌👍 😎

  18. Ibtissam Tawdi on October 3, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Hi will , I’m currently working on a sizing an autonomous solar power stations but it’s 60kW 48 V system and I couldn’t find a solar charge controller can handle it. Is it possible to use a serie of solar charge controllers of a number of batteries????

  19. Kelly Zullo on October 3, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Fabulous. You are fabulous ty.

  20. Christian Lincoln on October 3, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    so awesome will – so clear!

  21. James Holbrook on October 3, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    How did the dummies thing catch on like how about being kind for dick heads

  22. Jonathon Aiello on October 3, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    You should grow your hair back out. Looks good long.

  23. Sirus2828 on October 3, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    I thoroughly enjoy watching your videos. You make them so informative and interesting. You have a talent explaining things. I spent 4 years doing electronic engineering and have learnt more from you than the college!! Well done, I’ll be getting the book, and look forward to more of your videos!

  24. message_temple on October 3, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you for all your videos. They are the most informative for me. I am not a scientific/physics/electrical-know-how person AT ALL. But your manner of teaching the basics despite your expert knowledge is so so helpful.

  25. R DLS on October 3, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    After watching this video I’m going to watch it again but I’m starting to pick it up and I just bought your book hopefully that’ll help me instructions I usually get pretty well

  26. Serhildan000 on October 3, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Great video, thanks mate. One question. Besides positive and negative, I also have a grounding connection on my inverter. What/where should I connect that one? I have a small wooden shed

  27. uhf mhz on October 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Some don’t come with batteries at all, they send power directly to the grid; where a credit is issued toward your normal metered usage. This cut my neighbors bill in half, so takes several years for payback. I think he paid somewhere around 15K total.

  28. SHEEP SEVEN on October 3, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    So one battery is all I need for a small house ??

  29. Mike Sherbet on October 3, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Omg he looks like he’s 16

  30. Times Up on October 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Your so young here. Baby face

  31. Jennifer Lawson on October 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    I’ll admit im a dummy. This video helped me picture differently. Thank you

  32. Rob on October 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Dude, whatever you major in, you need to teach it. Be a professor if you can. You have a talent for it. When it comes to electrical diagrams, I’ve always had a mental block. Your explanation makes this a lot easier to understand.

  33. Dudley Baggerman on October 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Listen kid u use a Bad choice of words sometimes ! Dummies is not cool ! Ur a smart kid and u want people to listen and buy ur product, So use ur Words more carefull. Have a nice day

  34. dodgeguyz on October 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Never thought ide be taking advice from a 13 year old! LOL you look way younger than in your current videos!

  35. Smith Will on October 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    A young kid teaches an UNCLE (me) what’s solar energy system design. Awesome. Learn a lot. Bright Future. Congratulation! Keep going … Be my teacher. I need your help to become better and better in solar design.

  36. T i z n o n a y on October 3, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Many of my appliances are NOT 12V. Can I still run them off my battery and inverter??

  37. V. Hansen on October 3, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    It sounds so doable when you explain it.

  38. DbrownGaming on October 3, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I have no fuse between the battery and charge controller. I would like to install one but don’t know how, could you tell me what I need and what I need to do plse? Thx tons

  39. Dana Horton on October 3, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    went from dummies to experts in 10 minutes

  40. jeff rey on October 3, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    I’m a slow learner, your videos are great someday i want to go off-grid. thanks a lot…

  41. Timadin on October 3, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Fantastic video, I’ll be buying your book!

  42. OriginalNightshade on October 3, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you for this! I am a disabled female, that needs solar for when TSHTF! You made this so easy to understand, it was all in my head but watching this made it "click" Guess I understood more that I thought!! BLESSSINGS

  43. Lin Mann on October 3, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    I have been watching all of your videos here, it is so fascinating to learn about solar connection off-grid. My questions are what size of wire should I be using? and second, does each solar panel requires a battery for each panel? Btw, I just bought your book from amazon.

  44. logan salter on October 3, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    This is Engineering Explained but 10 years younger

  45. worship songs Shikongo on October 3, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Wow good 😄

  46. Sean McMonagle F.M.P on October 3, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Perfect video

  47. Dianne Smith on October 3, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Ok, so I am trying to solarize my electric scooter. 500-800 w. I started to build a system a couple of years ago, but didn’t have expertise to help. If I were to send photos etc can you guide the rest?I would buy your book if I could find.

  48. Jefferson Uy on October 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    which is more cheaper buy a package or buy individual parts

  49. Vin Commons on October 3, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Can you use circuit breakers for all of the system, Will?

  50. Bing Gogh on October 3, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I think it’s obvious that you love this electric/solar stuff. Thank you. I’m getting your book right now. 👋

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