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I am getting lots of questions on how to design and build your home electric system.
One of the most confusing parts of the home power system is the battery bank so let’s review the basics.
In your home electrical system batteries are what store the power from the time it is generated until the time it is needed. There are two types of batteries. Car batteries are shallow-cycle batteries and are designed to be discharged for a few seconds, when starting the engine, and then immediately recharged. Deep cycle batteries provide power for long periods of time, being slowly and heavily discharged, maybe for an entire day, and then being recharged. For your emergency power system you want to get deep cycle batteries.
Your system should be sized to get you through several days of no power. When building a battery bank you should use all the same batteries, meaning you should not mix and match batteries. I am a keep it simple kind of guy, so I recommend good old fashioned lead-acid deep cycle batteries, the kind of battery with the holes on the top where you add water.
We have three lead-acid batteries for our house bank and, when the power goes out, we can easily meet our electrical needs for two days, three if we are careful.
If you are interested I will gladly discuss how you can live more independent off the grid and be prepared for any situation. Watch my other videos for more information.
With some planning, thinking about how much electricity you might need, I know you can build a battery bank that meets your needs.
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