Yesterday I finally threw the switch and put my lithium iron batteries online. It shouldn't have taken as long as it did but I was going slow, ordering bits and pieces that I needed for the project and even working on other projects.
it wasn't all that complicated and I could've finished a lot earlier but I found myself unnecessarily delaying the completion of the project for no other reason than the fear of watching thousands of dollars worth of batteries and possibly the Arctic Fox go up in a giant mushroom cloud of black smoke.
But fortunately when I hooked it all together, held my breath, and through the switch, nothing happened that wasn't supposed to happen, Lights twinkled on, my solar panels started charging the new batteries, and I breathed a sigh of great relief.
It was a little weird last night sleeping right on top of 400 amps of DC power and not having to worry about toxic fumes, having them burst into flames, or suddenly explode... Well maybe just a little worry.
As a way of christening my new battery system I got out my jug of distilled water that I used for my old batteries and after saying a few words to commemorate the occasion I ceremoniously dumped it on the ground.
My four old 6 Volt batteries still reside in an ice chest in the front storage compartment where they've been since they were new, and are awaiting their final disposition. I'm not sure what to do with them, their heavy, their full of acid, and don't have much of any value, but I sure need to get them out of the Arctic Fox.
I thought I was going to take them back to Flagstaff to Northern Arizona Wind and Solar and get my core charge back. But when I called them the other day they told me they don't charge anyone a core charge so there's no reason for me to take them back there. I checked on metal recycling places but there's none near me so that's out. Maybe I'll just set them out beside the road and somebody will take them. Or better yet, I'll leave the batteries in the ice chest and set the ice chest out next to the road with a sign that says.... free cold beer.