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# Articles tagged with "robins corner"

## Robin's Corner | AGM or Gel Battery

Posted on November 10, 2011
Ok AGM stands for (Absorbed Glass Mat ) which means that the liquid that you would find in a wet cell battery is still there only the glass mat’s have absorbed all of it so that you don’t have it swooshing around inside the battery. Then the battery is sealed so that there is no worries about maintaining the battery. You may be asking yourself is it really that simple, I have to tell you that yes it is….we have more information on our web page under tutorials. read more...

## Robin's Corner | Series vs. Parallel

Posted on December 7, 2011
When a battery pack is set up in “Series” it changes the voltage of the battery pack. So if you have two batteries that are each 12v 100amps once you hook them together you now have 24v but still only 100amps. When the battery is hooked in series you have the cable going from negative to positive.

When you have a battery pack that is in “Parallel” it changes the amps and Not the voltage. So if you have a battery that is 12v 100amps once you hook them together you will have 12v 200amps. When the battery is hooked in Parallel it is hooked up negative to negative and positive to positive. read more...

## Robin's Corner | How Big of a Battery Do I Actually Need for Back Up?

Posted on January 25, 2012
First thing you need to ask yourself is this…how many amps does it take to run the item per hour (water pump, trolling motor, laptop or cell phone) and then how many hours a day do you want to run it.

Example: you have a 12v water pump that takes 1 amp per hour and you want to run it for 2 hours a day which would equal 2 amps a day. read more...

## Robin's Corner | How to Determine the Size of Your Solar System

Posted on February 10, 2012
I am going to put in a solar system and I need to know what all I need for this project. The solar will have to operate a Refrigerator, washer, lights, TV, PC, and a power tool or two. Then know this; in order to accurately size your solar system, we need the following information:
1. The amount of Draw that each device in your system uses. It is usually listed on the back of the unit near the power input and will be rated in volts (V), amps (A), or watts (W).
2. The amount of sun hours in your area (Direct sunlight)
3. The amount of hours each device in your system will be running in a 24 hour period. read more...

## Robin's Corner | Battery Guard BG-40-200 Product Review

Posted on March 16, 2012
This device is good to have….It is my understanding that you should never let your batteries drain 100%....get this battery guard which is made by Samlex (leading manufacturer in this field) to protect your batteries. What this device will do is when your battery gets down to a certain level it will shut off what ever is draining it, so that you might avoid damage to the battery. This is great for RV’ers….. read more...