This is a super easy and affordable way to add solar power to any off grid building, cabin, shop, barn, shed.. you name it! Before …

Date: August 24, 2023


  1. Looks good except for one thing. Use a pair of battery terminals instead of alligator clips. A clip only has a small contact area, and will create heat, where a terminal won't. That heat is just lost watts, which looks like you need every one you can get.

  2. Nice place bud I’ve got an off grid cabin too it a lot of work but it’s so rewarding I get my best sleep up there it so very relaxing and quiet 👍🇺🇸

  3. You have just confirmed the answer to a question that I have been stuck on for weeks. Everyone has tried selling these $400-$500 batteries to attempt to do anything beyond charging a few small devices. I am only attempting to run a few LED shop lights in an indoor batting cage I’ve put in a 60×30 shop. The cage at the most is used for an hour or two only 3 to 4 times a week.

  4. Nice vid! The only issue I have with those solar charge controllers is that they are limited to what voltage thay can accept/support. IE if using 12v battery then panels need to be 12v. Were we are finding 12v pannels is a pain and you pay a premium for them as they are not used on larger systems. I have for some time been looking into a budget systems but with what pannels can get for better price. The other pain with those is the amount of watts is very limited and with the votage you run at impacts the watts can have ie for that the 30A unit "Max input power and voltage: 390W /12V; 780W/24V" so at 12 v you limited to 390W. Granted can go for 60A unit and double that "Max Input Power and Voltage: 780W /12V; 1560W/24V" So need to watch out for what you need to get out of it and what pannels you have access to. While the mttp can be 5-25% better performers and handle higher voltage pannels.. Unfortunetly one pays more for this but at the cost difference for pannels for us its worth it.. Also feel you for sure the dishonest advertising on solar pannels from that marker, in recent years has become insain and also if buying a kit with charger and panels chances are what ever rating they claim is not the pannels but somthing else and the pannels will be as you mentioned 100w if your lucky but more often 40-50w!

  5. Thanks for the video. Most ones I clicked on stating they had a simple solar build, where all $2000+ systems. I just need enough for some lights and small tools in my shed lol.

  6. When using a battery bank, its discouraging that if its 12.5 v and if you put a load on it very rapidly drops in voltage a lot. This means the load I put on the power inverter is very fragile. I have to do with the batteries and bank I already invested in also.

    How do you solve the inverter limiting the draw on wattage and being so confined? I can't do much with the system if I am limited to only 200 or 300 watt devices. That makes emergency heating very limited using the battery bank and inverter system also. What do you guys do for this?

    I could use some ideas how you deal with trying to get the inverter to allow more wattage ? Even if a power inverter states it uses a certain wattage allowance its still programmed to shut off on power dips that it thinks might cause the voltage to dmg the battery and this is a problem in that it interferes and shuts off. And it does that even if it says it allows for say 1000 watts or 2000 watts with a dip shutting it off at half its stated value for the inverter.

  7. Just a quick info for you: ALL acid batteries vent. Even if they say that they`re sealed, they all vent. Also, you power some things in the cabin, please add some fuses, please!

  8. As an electrician, I can say it's very interesting with how you did all this and not exactly to code…… but I am also impressed at the price you did it for… I often wondered why you couldn't use a car battery and car inverter and hook solar power to it… I guess, that's basically what you did… This is like having a solar powered Car with no motor…. powering you house… I don't know that I can say it's super safe or recommended…. but good work doing it cheaply and getting what you needed for a lot less.

  9. I watch allot of the youtube "shorts" and lots and lots of bear attack vids keep popping up which are disturbing to say the least. I am not in bear country but if I was I'd do anything and everything to protect myself, you should too.

  10. Looks amazing! The microwave is just 1 battery (one more 100AH) and one inverter (1500w) away, I would invest in that I think… and the solar panels… yep a couple of either 150w or 200w would do the trick… or a couple of more to be on the safe side…

    Would also do a diesel heater setup I think, for a backup (and comfort maybe, as you could thermostat it or just time it in the night… so no need to put logs in :-).

    Anyway awesome cabin!

    And maybe do a rocket stove (with heat storage/accumulators like stones/cement or something) so that you could use the sticks/brush to heat the cabin and maybe cook also with a well design… again just for options!

  11. On thing u should do with your solar wire going into the cabin, Pull it down and make a dip underneith the entry hole< this will prevent water dripping down to the hole and dryrotting out the silicone / eventually rotting out the hole: U can see what i mean by looking at the meter on the outside of your house at home: Called a DRIP LINE* like a U shape basically !!!!

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