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Hi All

I would love your feedback, What items would you like to see on the online store at www.powerforum-store.co.za

All feedback welcome.

Sincerely

Jason

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Hi Jason, 

Thanks for a great forum and the effort into the store. From Zim where disposable incomes are not that great at the moment, it would be good to have options for cheaper systems ie lead acid batteries and the accessories needed for running them successfully. 

Would also be good to have details on the site stressing the importance of things like bmvs and balancers etc for the successful running of a lead acid bank. 

Appreciate the work. 

Regards Doug 

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I am a  total novice when it comes to Solar, the problem is the more people you ask the more confusing it gets, and you can ask 10 people and you will get 10 different answers. I am wheelchair bound so one of my major problems is my gate motor, you won't believe the amount of different solutions I have received .  Maybe you could do an online course starting with the basics on how to calculate what you will eventually need, there are thousands of people out there trying to come up with solutions for their own power problems  The way I am doing things now is I will end up with an inverter in every room, a battery here and a battery there.  If a person had the knowledge you could start with a basic system and build on as you go along.  I am considering getting a specialist in out to do an assessment.  I am sick and tired of the words, "Who told you to do it this way, it will never work"

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Hi Daan. 
 

unfortunately you have a valid point. Part of the problem you describe is attributable to the fact that there are many solutions for many different circumstances. Again unfortunately it will seem that you only have two options. 1.) trust your installer wholeheartedly (something not in my nature). Or 2.) educate yourself. Depending on your commitment/circumstances/age etc you may not be able to educate yourself comprehensively, however there are many online courses you can do that will give you a reasonably good idea of what you need and where and how to start. Google MOOC courses and you will find good content - a lot of which is free. Coursera, futurelearn, Udemy, edX are some of them. Some are also offered by major well known universities. Perhaps this is a good one as a basic introduction. https://www.coursera.org/learn/solar-energy-basics Also if you are a little patient, and endeavour to hang around this forum for a while, asking all your questions and reading through the other posts you will gain valuable insights and learn to know which people here give sound advice. I have met some good people here. 

Also the nature of technology is such that it is always changing - so you might find yourself changing your system you originally put in as you “grow” in your solar “walk” (this was true in my case)

If I could throw in a little bit of advice - don’t have many batteries and inverters around you house - have one central battery bank and inverter system. Your gate motor shouldn’t be a problem - if you design your solar system and it’s autonomousity (how many days you want your system to be able to operate completely off-grid) properly.

lastly, we need to move this post to another more suitable topic area. This area pertains more specifically to the online store here. I just don’t know how to move it yet😄

I wish you all the best in your solar journey 

Jason

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Panels and inverters are easy to find online but the auxiliary parts required are quite a hunt.

  • Generator change over switches
  • DC combiner boxes with the required fuses and switches (2, 3, 4 string) 
  • Wiring and connectors 
  • Panel mounting systems for IBR, tile and flat roof

Combine these items into kits for the average newbie giving confidence the parts all work together and all the pieces are there

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Your website was recommended in another forum (MyBroadband), and I must say it is very interesting (a little overwhelming). On your online store I do not see any battery backup systems 2.4kVA and less. It would be useful because I am looking for a smaller system as a first step to minimise the impact of Eskom loadshedding, before going for a full solar solution.

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1 hour ago, power71 said:

Your website was recommended in another forum (MyBroadband), and I must say it is very interesting (a little overwhelming). On your online store I do not see any battery backup systems 2.4kVA and less. It would be useful because I am looking for a smaller system as a first step to minimise the impact of Eskom loadshedding, before going for a full solar solution.

Thanks so much for this. We are in the process of building turn key systems for backup.

We will have them online soon. Thanks for the input .

Jay

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If i'm shopping i'd like to buy all in one place so maybe some cabinet options for the Pylontech's?

I also think a "store" link tab from the forum would be a good idea... i had to back up to look where the store even was.

Thanks for a great forum

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