Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Discuss lifestyle changes to better survive disasters. This category is for topics pertaining to being self reliant such as DIY, farming, alternative energy, autonomous solutions to water collection and waste removal, etc.

Moderator: ZS Global Moderators

User avatar
Halfapint
* * * * *
Posts: 3967
Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:41 pm
Favorite Zombie Movies: all?
Location: Central Cascadia

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:18 pm

moab wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:59 pm
Just for a little perspective that may help. We pay around $400 a month for our power bill. Here in socal. And we live in an 800sqft home. The electric company turned private some years ago. And they, of course, have raped the consumer ever since. Just another reason we are moving. Very few can afford to live here anymore. At least in a decent neighborhood.

I really love your resourcefulness. And your terrific attitude. My wife and I are hoping to move back to WA to the Granite Falls area in the next 6 months. I'm from Darrington. And miss the mountains dearly. You've got a great homestead going on. And I love watching it unfold in this thread. Keep writing. We are listening. :)
Thanks Moab! That’s nice to hear! When you make it back up here let me know let’s grab a drink. There’s a great community of ZS005 guys/gals up here.

Our power bill is with my grandparents, they have a near 3k sq/ft house, their bill is about $400 in the winter running the electric heat. I’ve been trying to get them back on wood, they have central wood heat, but with this virus and my grandpa having COPD it’s nit worth the risk.

I’ve been collecting 18650 batteries and plan on making a huge power bank and running a bunch of small 800-1500w wind turbines, and one larger 3+kw turbine.

WA is nice because it has the cheapest electical power in the country. But our fuel prices are some of the highest.
JeeperCreeper wrote:I like huge dicks, Halfapint, so you are OK in my book.... hahaha
Spazzy wrote:Tell ya what... If Zombies attack and the world ends I'll hook tandem toddlers to a plow if it means I'll be able to eat...

User avatar
EBuff75
* *
Posts: 149
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:29 pm
Favorite Zombie Movies: Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Location: SE Michigan

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by EBuff75 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:32 pm

Halfapint wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:18 pm
I’ve been collecting 18650 batteries and plan on making a huge power bank and running a bunch of small 800-1500w wind turbines, and one larger 3+kw turbine.
You might look into old battery packs out of hybrid cars to use for your solar project. You can check around on the web to find info about doing that, but it's a reasonably inexpensive way to put together a sizeable battery. They won't have as much storage capacity as when they were newer, but it's likely to be a whole lot easier than building your own.

MPMalloy
ZS Member
ZS Member
Posts: 5122
Joined: Mon Aug 22, 2005 2:48 am

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by MPMalloy » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:51 pm

moab wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:59 pm
We pay around $400 a month for our power bill.
:shock: x ???

I pay under $90/Mo, including heating & cooling.

User avatar
Halfapint
* * * * *
Posts: 3967
Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:41 pm
Favorite Zombie Movies: all?
Location: Central Cascadia

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:05 pm

EBuff75 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:32 pm
You might look into old battery packs out of hybrid cars to use for your solar project. You can check around on the web to find info about doing that, but it's a reasonably inexpensive way to put together a sizeable battery. They won't have as much storage capacity as when they were newer, but it's likely to be a whole lot easier than building your own.
I’ve looked at them and Edison bstterys. So car even buying the 18650s I need, it’s cheaper. I get the batteries for free, or pennies. I’ve got nearly 2k good ones. Either wish and eBay I can make up the amount I want and get them for not much more than pennies.

Yess it’ll take time to make the packs, and I’ll have some issues, but I figure if I do batches of 100 I’ll have a pretty good bank. That won’t be too much off the others. It’s still a possibility to buy some ans sell the 18650’s but I don’t know.
JeeperCreeper wrote:I like huge dicks, Halfapint, so you are OK in my book.... hahaha
Spazzy wrote:Tell ya what... If Zombies attack and the world ends I'll hook tandem toddlers to a plow if it means I'll be able to eat...

User avatar
JayceSlayn
* * *
Posts: 679
Joined: Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:07 pm
Location: North Carolina

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by JayceSlayn » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:03 am

Halfapint wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:05 pm
EBuff75 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:32 pm
You might look into old battery packs out of hybrid cars to use for your solar project. You can check around on the web to find info about doing that, but it's a reasonably inexpensive way to put together a sizeable battery. They won't have as much storage capacity as when they were newer, but it's likely to be a whole lot easier than building your own.
I’ve looked at them and Edison bstterys. So car even buying the 18650s I need, it’s cheaper. I get the batteries for free, or pennies. I’ve got nearly 2k good ones. Either wish and eBay I can make up the amount I want and get them for not much more than pennies.

Yess it’ll take time to make the packs, and I’ll have some issues, but I figure if I do batches of 100 I’ll have a pretty good bank. That won’t be too much off the others. It’s still a possibility to buy some ans sell the 18650’s but I don’t know.
You may have already known about or consulted Battery University, but if you haven't: it is the best place I've found on the 'net for learning about batteries. One suggestion I'd have for the cobbled-together battery packs: try to only put matched sets of batteries in series with one another. Ideally you'd match them by actually testing each battery's characteristics, but ones you've bought from the same lot are probably close enough to be considered "matched". Having batteries with different characteristics in parallel is also problematic, but somewhat less so than in series. Ideally, the entire battery pack would consist of only matched cells, but as you said: for the price you're getting them at, and lowered expectations of a home-brew system, you'll probably be just fine.
Rahul Telang wrote:If you don’t have a plan in place, you will find different ways to screw it up
Colin Wilson wrote:There’s no point in kicking a dead horse. If the horse is up and ready and you give it a slap on the bum, it will take off. But if it’s dead, even if you slap it, it’s not going anywhere.

User avatar
Halfapint
* * * * *
Posts: 3967
Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:41 pm
Favorite Zombie Movies: all?
Location: Central Cascadia

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:44 am

JayceSlayn wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:03 am
You may have already known about or consulted Battery University, but if you haven't: it is the best place I've found on the 'net for learning about batteries. One suggestion I'd have for the cobbled-together battery packs: try to only put matched sets of batteries in series with one another. Ideally you'd match them by actually testing each battery's characteristics, but ones you've bought from the same lot are probably close enough to be considered "matched". Having batteries with different characteristics in parallel is also problematic, but somewhat less so than in series. Ideally, the entire battery pack would consist of only matched cells, but as you said: for the price you're getting them at, and lowered expectations of a home-brew system, you'll probably be just fine.
Actually I haven’t looked at them, thank you. It’s goingbti be a process, charge them all take maximum voltage and plug it along with the others into an online sheet and it’ll tell you which goes with what. That a very crude explanation. I’ve find lots of research on it. There’s a guy on YouTube that has some great videos on premise batteries, homemade batteries, how to wire, what you want your batteries to look like, all kinds of stuff.
JeeperCreeper wrote:I like huge dicks, Halfapint, so you are OK in my book.... hahaha
Spazzy wrote:Tell ya what... If Zombies attack and the world ends I'll hook tandem toddlers to a plow if it means I'll be able to eat...

Post Reply

Return to “Self-Sufficient Living”