Brief overview of the components it requires to build your own DIY solar generator. This is a budget build. Not an all inclusive how …

Date: August 24, 2023


  1. Guess for a little more money for 2000 watt inverter. Plus make sure you use 2 Guage for 12 volt system. Bigger power ac input if able for faster charging if you wanted. But nice to watch for more insight.

  2. Nice small setup system you have there . Are you planning to set it up on a well designated wall as this system May grow over some time ? The Chins Lipofe4 200 AH battery is the beast and heart of the system plus the backup solar generator is an excellent choice for a 2nd backup power system during any failures or repairs to the 1st system . We preppers are always ready even during any SHTF situation where we can go off the grid . Check out my DIY solar videos and hit like, leave a comment and subscribe and May the solar be with you .😊

  3. Great example of a good budget system. There are so many good options for these systems and the modular nature of serviceability and upgradability of the home built is really excellent and fun if you are a tinker'er . The all in one is definitely a great solution too and for a lot of people may be the best route due to its simplicity portability and being plug and play. A good upgrade path for this down the road, or even a similar system with higher quality more efficient and moderately more expensively priced components would be Victron SmartSolar charge controller and Inverter and shunt. The Victron gear is more expensive, but pretty reasonably priced, Victron's interoperability via Bluetooth networked Victron componentry integration is really excellent. This budget system is a really nice place to start if you are looking to learn and have a serviceable scalable and upgradable solution.

  4. I've got most of my components together, but hadn't thought about breakers yet. Regarding the main breaker you're using between the battery and inverter, you said it was slightly under sized. Would you calculate the size for that one, 1500watt (inverter size) divided by 12volts (battery voltage) for max amperage of 125Amps? My inverter is a 3000W, so I'm thinking I'd need a 250Amp main breaker.. Not sure about that. Scratching my head. Thoughts?

  5. The thing I am most concerned about is the battery. Electric vehicles do have battery problems. If there is a battery fire due to malfunction or accident. It may take a real fire department hours and two or three thousand gallons of water to cool battery fire and stop it from reigniting. Those cars use some sort of lithium battery. Many parking structures and buildings apparently do not allow electric vehicles to park in them. Are the batteries for home solar systems a similar fire danger? Can you have them safely in your home or outbuildings?

  6. Thank you! SP1 has been gracious enough to help me decide on my power needs. I’ve settled on a duel fuel inverter generator and will soon be getting a lil bit small portable solar power system. Thanks for all the important information!!

  7. I would like to a description and explanation of wires going to from and to each component. Most of it you can see but some of it is jumbled up or hidden by other wires.

  8. Thanks for the information. The first thing that comes to mind with the pre-packaged system is average life span. Batteries wear out. I assume that they would not be easily serviced in these units? How long would one of these last in typical home backup use? Second, how many watts in solar panels would one need to power these systems in South Carolina?

  9. All I can hear is blah blah blah number 345cjmcdfh, then goes to the blah blah blah jut6754gvv m2. What? This is for people who already know how to build a solar set up. I wish I could find the kindergarten teacher for solar power set up.

  10. Dang, I tell ya, your techknowhow is so far above my head. I could never do this. Like is there anyone who can speak in Kingergarten language on what each part does, where does the energy come in at, how does it move from the point of incoming power to the battery and then from the battery to say a light bulb

  11. Great job explaining the build, it's components and how it's comparable to a pre-built model. Personally, the pre-built model would be the easiest to setup for short-term, but long-term the DIY one might be the better option, if I was comfortable with working with electrical systems. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  12. I’m 72. Widow. Prepped much. Have heat all kinds of stoves. Meds and a small 4patriot Sol or charger. Phones…computer..etc
    What can I get for a ref that’s solar that would be easy to understand…. Thx

  13. This is what I was thinking of building before I went with the big solar and inverter option. I used to watch a tv show called "the colony" about a bunch of people put in a reality tv situation pretending to be living in the apocalypse in LA (which is not hard to imagine LOL). They are sort of herded into a huge what looks like a machine shop or abandoned junk yard type of thing in episode one and theres a guy on there who's and electrical engineer or something and while they are scoping out the place they find a bunch of old car batteries and an inverter. A couple of the guys test all the batteries for voltage differences and rig all of them up to the inverter and give themselves lights at night. Later they steal a couple of those solar road signs and use those to charge the batteries. I always thought that would be an excellent skill to be able to have. Then when looking at it for my actual home like you said there are exposed wires going everywhere so I opted for the grid tie system and when I add batteries I am going to do the rackmount EG4-LL v2 ones inside the rack with the door on the front so no little fingers will ever be near the bus bars.

    I do have a more pressing concern though. My grid tie solar doesnt work during a power outage. So if the russians start flinging nukes (I mention this on the day that they seized a shipment of uranium from iran someone shipped to an iranian living in england) and the grid is kaput would I just have to remove the sensor that tells the inverter theres no grid power so shut off all power generation and attach it to the other side of the line where the power is coming from the solar to run power to my home via the solar panels so I could at least "make hay while the sun shines" even without batteries?

  14. So I have most every component in this system, been purchasing slowly over the last 2 years, I have same battery size and larger inverter though. It will be set up with 4 100 solar panels to run my home office in about a month. I dont have the wiring though, seems there is specific sizes, do you have tips on the wiring?

  15. Oh boy. It's very complicated for me. I can build a house out of sticks, but the wind and solar is too much for my brain. But still very interesting. If I ever win some money, I rather pay someone vs fooling around with it. Lol.

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