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    External connectors for a LiFePO4 battery box (anderson, XT-60)?

    assuming your doing portable solar andersons also give the advantage of having one coil of cable you can use for all sorts of things, and have it cut into smaller segments held together w/locking pins retained by a little thread so they dont get lost.. if you bring 100ft of cable but only need...
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    External connectors for a LiFePO4 battery box (anderson, XT-60)?

    Ive got a nice die crimper for andersons too, once you adopt it really should get one as it will make life much easier when your putting andersons on in tight spots or making a bunch of em.. a nice wire stripper too.. but when I first started with these well over a decade ago I just ordered the...
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    External connectors for a LiFePO4 battery box (anderson, XT-60)?

    You got it wrong, Andersons do 1500 for TIN and 10,000 with Silver conductors.. XT-60 does 1k regardless.. also, I know numbers are hard.. but 1000 vs 1500 is 50% more life, thats considerably more than "not much more" by anyone's metrics.. If you got paid 50% more is that not significant? For...
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    Dual Battery Question: Mixing Battery Types and Sizes

    Yeh doing it backwards, Go get a Deka (and not some MightyMax ****) ETX20L and wire it up to your starter directly, put an isolation relay in em and use the big car battery for your loads and the little battery for starting. Remember with lead based chemistry your usable energy is 50% of spec...
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    External connectors for a LiFePO4 battery box (anderson, XT-60)?

    yeah there's a ton of ways to uniquely key up andersons to prevent anyone from accidently plugging the wrong things together, rotating the plugs in all sorts of orientations.. all sorts of colors you can get too (but as you pointed out colorblindness could screw up the best plans).. and when you...
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    External connectors for a LiFePO4 battery box (anderson, XT-60)?

    yeah I like that andersons can be keyed and re-keyed on the fly.. If you have a DC input and a DC output from your bank you can make one horizontal and one vertical or vice versa.. good for when you got 2 pigtails coming out of the battery with different voltages for solar and battery, no...
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    External connectors for a LiFePO4 battery box (anderson, XT-60)?

    will it have an AC/DC charger inside you needing to feed 120v into or are you gonna feed the solar charger w/a high voltage DC charger? that gets rid of one external plug right there.. now you just have DC in/out and for that, andersons..
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    Solar charging the starter battery

    sounds like your taking great care of it and it should always have a good charge state, but without any kind of battery monitor in it the problems will likely start being an issue long down the road when your starter battery is on its last legs.. I've gone out with a battery that would start the...
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    Solar charging the starter battery

    yeah if you've got a winch in the equation then having a dual battery setup you can combine for a large amp reserve is the most desirable design.. otherwise, if the only electric motor is a half second load like a starter then capacity size is mostly moot since its always gonna be >98% Charged...
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    Leaving thin lite weight portable panels out in the rain?

    I permanently installed one of those "flexible" solar panels on my last trailer, it had delaminated and died within 2y.. camping in trees you need much more solar than you think you do.. in the summer months the sun is high and you can find a nice break in canopy, but your only gonna get a few...
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    Solar charging the starter battery

    an oft overlooked alternative is downsizing the starter battery, I used a Deka ETX20L on a 3L V6 just dandy.. gives >300CCA and is the size you often find in Jump Starters.. they got an EXT30L w/>400CCA.. this takes advantage of AGM's ability to power big loads w/little batteries, none of us...
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    Leaving thin lite weight portable panels out in the rain?

    Lithium already pushes the advantage towards the engine, at 0.4C rates you can charge batteries 3x for same ICE runtime as FLA and basically fuel too.. and with the less usable capacity make that 6x as much FLA for equivalent runtime of FLP.. a small rate Solar is super attractive for lead as...
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    1987 Factory Syncro Westfalia Vanagon Weekender...Triple Knob

    Engine Swapped vehicles newer than 1975 are extremely difficult to get tagged in California.. basically have to get the vehicle re-certified for emissions on yer own dime IIRC.. If you put a modern engine into an older vehicle its now got to be compliant w/modern emissions based upon when engine...
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    Leaving thin lite weight portable panels out in the rain?

    For that money why dont you buy more LFP to go further.. I put 650W of solar on so I didnt need to get a 2nd LFP, cost less than a 2nd battery, and provides 45A charge to get it full in ~2.5h.. but for those folding ones just add more batteries and bigger AC charger so you can go 2x as long with...
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