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Old 06-06-2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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Anybody gone all DC / 12 volt on their bus? wondering how to make/mount an appropriate electrical "outlet" from a cigarette lighter receptacle...
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Old 06-06-2017, 07:39 PM   #2
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Im full solar/12v i ran conduit and boxes with banana plugs. The cigarette receptacle idea didn't appeal to me. But could work. Minimalist usually goes wrong

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There's been a number of people try to go with the 12 volt option. It's similar to the one fuel option concerning running many things off of just diesel. 12 volt appliances are a little harder to come by, so goodwill is probably not going to help much there.

It's us minimalists that like the 12 volt option, and naturally that doesn't mean you would have to have all 12 volt appliances. It's just part of the KISS theory for some of us.
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I guess I've circumvented it with a bank of batteries that i can put a 2000 watt inverter on. Am o still a 12 v purest?

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I guess I've circumvented it with a bank of batteries that i can put a 2000 watt inverter on. Am o still a 12 v purest?

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And a huge alternator that makes my diesel a generator

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I am pretty close to being ALL DC, but DC fridges are expensive, and I work from a desktop, so the inverter is still in use. I keep a LOT of these around,

and I make my own lights (mostly) and I am thinking about making a DC fridge? Video coming soon about my DC gadgets.
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That was my theory but I keep getting told I shouldn't charge my house batteries off of the alternator. There's some kind of issue with either blasting the batteries with to much voltage or over stressing your alternator.

Since I don't have house batteries or an HO alternator I just put this issue on the back burner for now. I just want a couple house batteries so I don't have to be running a generator absolutely every time I need power. Apparently it takes a number of hours to charge batteries so it makes sense to do that while driving.

I'm not enough of an electrician to argue with anyone's advice and I'm to cheap to take a chance on wasting funds to prove how hard headed I am.

How have you got your house batteries hooked up for charging?
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:23 PM   #8
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Dredman: i've no idea what them little thingies are.

Pirate: most appliances come with those cigarette lighter plugs and since i'm fair ignoranigreenamous on this issue, i guess i will make use of the receptacles for those. i read on amazon that someone plugged his DC fridge into one that he installed in the trunk of his car, so i guess it's not much of an issue.

i didn't know all DC was a philosophy of some kind. i guess i am kind of a minimalist for whatever that's worth...

i just bought "Photovoltaic Installation for Dummies". should arrive tomorrow. i guess i'm set for reading material for a while
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Dredman: i've no idea what them little thingies are.
6amp DC connectors - they are all over my bus
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Dredman: i've no idea what them little thingies are.

Pirate: most appliances come with those cigarette lighter plugs and since i'm fair ignoranigreenamous on this issue, i guess i will make use of the receptacles for those. i read on amazon that someone plugged his DC fridge into one that he installed in the trunk of his car, so i guess it's not much of an issue.

i didn't know all DC was a philosophy of some kind. i guess i am kind of a minimalist for whatever that's worth...

i just bought "Photovoltaic Installation for Dummies". should arrive tomorrow. i guess i'm set for reading material for a while
Right on. Soldier on. I hope it works. Keep is posted. Im interested in your appliance choices.

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