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KLEVA

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  1. I accidentally drove past my old Passat in Gauteng about 5 weeks ago, and I chased it like a mainiac (like a bmw driver :)) for a long time on the N1. Eventually I managed to get in touch with the current owner and was extremely happy about the care he had taken with my "precious joy" of the old days. The new owner had changed a few things, but had never heard of the butunol treatment that I used before (obviously using normal 95 octane). So even after the butanol use this vehicle had had no problems since 2012, although butanol wasn't it's primary source, and the fact that no proble
  2. When I first saw the Bajaj Qute, I thought this was an awesome vehicle/ Although it isn't exactly a "solar" solution, it came across a a beautiful solution for our daily environment. I then took the trip to Jhb (I am a KZN boy) to test drive this almost amazing new "car".... I cannot fault the specifications on this vehicle, I was amazed at the "normality" of this vehicle and the fact that it carried more safety certifications than some of the retail vehicles in SA currently. But it does have it's downfalls... South Africa is not flat - the Qute is not designed for any e
  3. Looked at it all, and not just the paperwork and stuff which is an overload for just a household consumer... At the end of the day I am not going to pay any new premium to the Municipality or Eskom. I have operated almost off-grid for almost 3 years without an issue, so my choice is to disconnect my Grid power. I am going to have to get some additional equipment (since my wifes business involves baking), but we have not used Grid power for 3 years even with her business, and so far no major issues as long as we keep our power draw within spec. I have applied to eThekwini to disconnec
  4. Hi, I know you posted this in January and have probably thought that this site is not suitable... But you completely posted in the wrong section, which is why we haven't helped you so far... Nobody heard your inquiry.... I was just checking messages when I came across your problem in the archives. I am not going to email you, since your account is a business, but I (and many of us) are prepared to help you learn about how to use various aspects of solar to your advantage. You have presented a small business, which at a very rough calculation needs about 1.5Kw per hour from solar or o
  5. Your best bet is to contact @Chris Hobson. In the world the HA02 are cheap, but once you bring them into SA they cost a fortune. Chris has provided me with the best pricing so far when he has stock.
  6. Although this is not the most flexible or programable inverter, I have loved the way mine works. It just does and so far I have had no issues with this after nearly 5 years of use (other than removing a dead gecko that blocked a fan ) Once you set these up this (IMHO) only comes second to a full Victron setup and is ideal for a starter and advanced alike. It misses some flexibility, but dammit the French made a damn good product here. I have to wait about 3 months before I can offer you a decent price (cashflow), but anyone out there would do well to get this product. R
  7. Awesome price and wish I had the cash. Although this is not the most flexible or programable inverter, I have loved the way mine works. It just does and so far I have had no issues with this after nearly 5 years of use (other than removing a dead gecko that blocked a fan ) Once you set these up this (IMHO) only comes second to a full Victron setup and is ideal for a starter and advanced alike. It misses some flexibility, but dammit the French made a damn good product here. I have to wait about 3 months before I can offer you a decent price (cashflow), but anyone out there would do w
  8. Realise this is a late response - We use this configuration at the office (The Ellies Invertor on Trolley). We have connected a 30A PWM Controller (Used to even be able to by Ellies ones, but ours was just sourced as Generic - with LCD display - Think Ecco is the brand), and then have 400W of 100W panels (2 + 2 configuration - 2 in Series, 2 in Parallel) so as not to exceed the Max DC voltage of the PWM Controller. Since we only run a few Laptops, a small Server and the ip phones, +- 30W of LED lights and fibre router. This setup has been tested without mains power and has lasted over 2 days (
  9. Just reread your question - apologies, but most of what I discussed was about putting panels in Series together, not 2 strings in parallel (and for some reason I couldn't edit my post). Coulomb's response above is more accurate for your scenario.
  10. Not standard but more common than you think, and in itself not a CoC fail, the wires just have to be clearly marked.
  11. My first thinking is NO No matter how you match disparate panels you will always end up with lost of losses that are normally not worth it. That said, you can get close, but you have to understand that there will be losses, and it will never add up as before. Ideally you should replace all panels at the same time. Financially we know you can't, so read below: Here is a generic (based on an idiot who financially can't afford to replace all panels AKA me): Know the Voltage from your panels (real, not just the Vm displayed) Know the physical size of your panels (sounds wie
  12. Whoops - Missed the approximate sizing question (although this does go back to Wilfreds response about lifestyle change, and my response about huge and varied). PS: Still recommend you get and installer to accurately assess and/or a local power forum user to double check Your usage is just a bit over mine, so describing my sizing may help (I am broke and my credit card is only in debt due to the solar stuff I have bought!): FAIL - I started with basic deep cycle 100Ah batteries - Calcium/Calcium, but while these are suitable for lake/dam boats and basic caravanning, these are not
  13. Hi @Tbird, firstly welcome to the forum. There are a few choices with Geyser/Water Heating: Switch to Solar Geyser with a GeyserWise and some Evacuated Tubes - First Prize; Pros - Almost free; Almost never have no hot water; Cons - Costly to initially set up (R22k or less in your case); Has a electricity backup and usage when multiple days of no sun. Change to Gas Geyser - Second Prize; Pros, you only spend what you use; On demand heat, faster than geyser; Cons - Setup can still be pricey and gas is not free; Heat Exchanger - I am not 100% familiar with this tech, but
  14. Hi @plonkster, I am not seeing the issue with the highlighted wire connection itself... It is just extending the connection of the thicker wire, since I can't see where that thicker wire connects, I am not immediately seeing any problem. If the thicker wire ties directly into the Mains (Municipal Supply) at this point then there still might not be a point for concern if there is a seperate Earth Leakage in the outside area. It is fairly common to NOT connect earth leakage from one DB board to another, since you have no idea what is going to be connected at that DB, and you don't want a earth l
  15. Something I have seen done in ANY areas that an get damaged via abrasion, crimping, etc: Use a short piece of cable with connectors each side that goes through the area likely to be damaged. This short piece can then be replaced without major cost/time impact on installation when ness. As an example: I use this method for ANY cable that runs from the inside to outside my Camper Van. It breaks, it is quick and simple and cheap to fix.
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