Another day in the low 90s in Denver, which because of the low humidity is very comfortable in the shade but to warm standing in the sun.
I worked on the solar panels this morning and got the wiring all hooked up. I'm hoping this 400 watts of Solar that I have now will keep me more comfortable than the 200 watts did. I guess if this doesn't work very well I'll have to look into ways to conserve my power, which would for the most part mean not taking my 17 inch Asus laptop with me, and depending totally on my 13 inch Asus. The 13 inch laptop uses about one third the amount of amps the 17 inch uses but the big one is so much nicer and faster to work with.
Sometimes I feel like making a video and I don't think I've ever edited a video on the 13 inch Asus. I imagine it would do it, it would just be very slow, which might end up using more power than the 17 inch Asus which could get it done quicker.
Or I might look into the other end of the solar equation which is the batteries. I almost wish there wasn't two new batteries in the little Bronco when I bought it because that makes it mentally much harder for me to get rid of them and put in something else.
There's not much extra room in the compartment their in since they share it with the water tank. And since the batteries are 6 volt I would have to buy another pair to increase my capacity and I don't think there's room for two more batteries. So I'm kind of stuck with 200 amps of battery power.
Since their hooked in series the batteries end up being a total of 100 amps, and for battery longevity I'm only supposed to use half of that. So in effect I have 200 amps of battery power that has 50 amps available.... such a deal.
If the batteries were old and raggedy I would've thrown them away when I bought the Bronco and put in a couple of hundred amp lithium iron batteries so I would have about 180 amps available. I know they cost more, but the BattleBorn's I bought before are hundreds of dollars less than they were when I bought them, and there's a lot more cheaper options out there now than there used to be.
But like I've mentioned before, if you spend most of your life hooked up to shore power their probably not worth the expense but to a boondocker their worth their weight in gold.... Except they don't weigh all that much.
A couple of hot air balloons were flying over the neighborhood this morning. Real common for Arizona, but not often seen In Denver.
I was reading the instructions for installing my Renogy solar panels the other day and came across one line that said if you cut off the factory installed MC4 connector from the solar panel it will void your warranty. Since I was planning on not using the MC4 connectors and using butt splicing or some other low-tech means of connecting the wires I now had to rethink things.
This wasn't a problem when I installed the first two panels because I had to use an extension wire that I bought from Amazon that had a MC4 connector already installed that would mate up with the solar panel MC4 connector. Not wanting to void my warranty I figured the best thing to do was use my spare MC4 connectors and hook those to the solar panels with a short piece of wire instead of cutting the solar panel wire.
Those of you with a photographic memory may recall that I ordered some extra MC4 connectors when I installed the first two solar panels and should have those laying around somewhere.... And I do, I just don't know where that somewhere is.
This happens to me every time I put something in a place where I won't forget where it is, because I immediately forget where it is. I've looked in all the places I should've put something like that, and apparently I didn't put it where I should've put it. Then I looked in all the places I could've put it, but apparently didn't. Then I checked out all the places I wouldn't have put it, and this time I was right.... I didn't.
So after spending hours of my precious relaxing time looking for something that had apparently been beamed aboard a passing Alien spacecraft I gave up and ordered another pack of five MC4 connectors from Amazon figuring they would send me The connectors long before I could ever find the ones that I already have.
I've considered making a list of where I put everything, I'll bet Amazon has a list like that and the list is probably 18 miles long which would make the list pretty easy to find. But my list would be considerably smaller than that and I would be amazed if I remembered where I put it. I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned from this, but for the life of me I can't Imagine what it would be.
I was right, Amazon did send me some MC4 connectors before I could find the ones that I have. now where can I put these so I will always be able to find them?
I put the two new solar panels on the roof of the little Bronco and decided that was enough physical labor for one day and put off hooking up the wires until I have a day when I feel like dealing with electricity, days like that don't come around very often but hopefully will before my next mini-vacation.
And speaking of mini-vacations the next Hill climb race is in Grand Junction Colorado on August the 10th. And since I was told by some of the drivers to get there on the 8th to get a good boondocking spot. And to get there on the eighth I would have to leave here at least on the 7th preferably the 6th, so that doesn't leave me much time to figure out if I want to go there or not.
The race sounds like a lot of fun but its generally warmer over on the western slope. And with Grand Junction only being about 4500 feet in altitude that usually means its going to be pretty warm in August. But then again, the race is not in Grand Junction it's in the mountains outside of Grand Junction so that will be a bit higher and a little cooler. So I don't know what I'm going to do, I'll probably do what I usually do, figure it out at the last minute.
Yet another yellow flower, it seems like most flowers are yellow, I wonder why?
The two new solar panels screwed down to the roof of the little Bronco, but not hooked up yet.