DIY Battery Bank for Backup Emergency Electricity – Pirate Lifestyle TV ™ Quickie 079

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An important part of livin’ the pirate lifestyle be about being ready, ready for anything and everything.

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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Comments

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

@homeagent Aye! I think a RV system would be similar a boat system. On an RV you have more area for solar panels. Whatever you attach to a RV must be able to withstand hurricane force winds while driving.

fish greg says:

I like how he has the “girls gone wild” intro music

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

@tomperanteau Thank you. Hey, I subscribed to your channel. You have great videos! Keep it up. Rob

Redbeard Does says:

haha, love it…. Useful vid, liked and subscribed.

HONDA RIDER says:

your awesome

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

Obviously, depending on how big the fridge is will determine how much power it needs. When the compressor is running, a typical boat fridge probably uses 3-5 amps. This is the guessing part, if the fridge runs 8 hours per day, you are looking at 24-40 amp hrs.
Just look at the manual or info plate on the fridge and see what it uses.
If you are looking for a system strictly as a backup, for when the power goes out. I would recommend a small generator. Forget solar and wind.

cruz47144 says:

It would be great if someone could explain; load calculations, inverter size, and wire size instead of stating the obvious generalized information that everyone else talks about on YouTube. Even if it were a simple calculations at least you could gauge your own system and go from there but I think most of these guys are guessing on their power requirements. Thanks for the video anyway.

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

Aye, we lived in rural ME for 20 years so I know what you mean!
If you are looking for something to deal with short power outages I would look at a backup battery system of some type. I am not up to date on what might be available for your situation.
There is no point in solar panels or a wind turbine, their primary job is to keep the batteries charged and you have electricity available to do this.
You need something that can instantly come on line so you have no drop in electricity.

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

@krl8814 Glad to hear you found the Backup Battery Info helpful. 🙂

poornachander varma says:

hi sir, i need a one video, the video is how made electrical power grid, it is how connect to home.i am waiting for your answer thank you sir

ashleypurrs says:

Great, thank you!

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

Ahoy. Good questions. It’s difficult to provide specific details because everyone’s boat needs is different. At best you could share an example in a video.

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

@uncklebuck1 Wicked awesome!! So glad you like this video. 🙂

cruz47144 says:

Thanks for the feedback someday I will

uncklebuck1 says:

Luv u guys, arrrrrr!!!! Ha I truck down you’re way love to stop in with my land yacht and say hi!!!!

Lebran Jomes says:

Why is your name Pioneer Lifestyle now? LMFAO XD

Luisa Green says:

that was awsome .im getting infos .we are so dependent om electricity ,seems like every thing in the houde is. i hate when every body gets in panic whrn lights go.i want to be lady smart on prepper.thanks for the vid. las vegas

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

@tomperanteau Cape Horn?!?!?!?! I’m more of a Panama Canal kind of guy, 🙂
I have never been to the west coast states and I have a cousin in the San Fran area.

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

Absolutely! You can connect (and should connect) your deep cycle batteries to a solar panel. The benefit, you run off of the solar panels when the sun is shining and off of the batteries when the sun isn’t shining. And when the sun is shining and you aren’t using electricity, the batteries are charged. Win-win!!

Frosty Thesnowman says:

Thanks Pirate for the info!!

abaneyone says:

Arrr! It couldn’t have been more clear and well explained! Great job Captain!

ashleypurrs says:

@PirateLifestyleTV I have no idea! 😀

Chilli-Billy says:

Bet you’re reading the comments in a pirate voice

ashleypurrs says:

Thanks Captain Rob for the great and useful info as always! 🙂

Harry Fillmore says:

LOL!! that was awesome!

ashleypurrs says:

Is there a way to connect the deep-cycle battery bank to a solar panel? That way the sun could recharge the battery bank in the event of an extended power outage. I’m a total newbie when it comes to this, but I’m trying to learn.

Damon Le Gall says:

Aye, we be lovin the off grid !! Arr.

been thinkin about rv solar system, /that be similar to boat solar system?/

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

@ashleypurrs Awesome. What kind of batteries do you have? 🙂

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

@baddogonline I created a playlist with 4 videos (including today’s) on this subject. YouTube does not allow URLs in these comments. Look for: DIY Power Electricity For Home, Boat, RV, or Camp
And I do plan on more videos on this subject.

baddogonline says:

Great idea for a video! So, do you recharge with the engine, solar, or wind? Or, maybe all of them? This would be a good follow up video… 🙂

Tim Deegan says:

came across this video and your channel. I’m looking at a new house and if I get it I will be wanting to have a small back up for power outages, or even more regular use to run a few lights and small devices. I subbed and look forward to watching your videos!

Pioneer Lifestyle says:

@smithsnoosa Ahoy sv Somerset Cat crew! Welcome aboard. And thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. Arrrrr. 🙂

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