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Solar Panel Acquisition!

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Hey guys,
Well back at it again, I jumped at the chance to purchase some solar panels for $0.425/watt.  I only picked up 4 of them to experiment with.




I acquired 4 235W Suniva PV panels!  Only $100 Each and 2 years old.  Pretty good deal at $0.425 per watt! They actually fit in my car!

Solar Panel Specifications: Here is my first ever youtube video of me picking them up on taking my first look: youtu.be/c2Zu2hFvJXc


Last night I Finished my order of supplies from Amazon

MPT-7210A Solar Charge Controller/Boost Converter - http://amzn.to/2nxVU6J
MC4 Connectors - http://amzn.to/2nxZLkw
MC4 Spanners - http://amzn.to/2oYc5KF
Decent Wire Crimpers - http://amzn.to/2oZeVwg
15A DC Buck Converter - http://amzn.to/2oROko5
100 ft 10 AWG Black UL Solar Wire - http://amzn.to/2oqNPjC
100 ft 10 AWG Red UL Solar Wire - http://amzn.to/2oRGlHm

I now have enough solar pv cable to do everything I think I need.
Next up is the inverter research and I think I may need some circuit breakers and stuff like that for safety…

Low Power Home Network Infrastructure

Yes, its been a while since I have written here, so much going on and little time for tinker.  I have managed to squeeze in a little project for setting up my home network to run off a very old Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS).

It pretty simple, the components are:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/isc-dhcp-server
Cable ModemRouterSwitchWireless Access Points (AP's)These are Power over Ethernet (PoE)Raspberry Pi Ok, so you are looking at this list and wonder wtf is with that Raspberry Pi.  Well it's a low powered device that I use for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) resolution.  Now that really begs the question why are you doing it this way?  Well, in my time I have found that the software included in cable modems and other embedded equipment suck at doing this, especially DNS.  Most cable modems and wireless routers are running what is called dnsmasq.  It's slow.
there are 3 options for DNS: dnsmasqBindUnbound Performance testing do…

2006 Honda Civic Hybrid Battery Pack Disassembly

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Well one thing has lead to another again.  I started working on my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid battery pack again, took it apart.  It was actually pretty easy, but I needed Safety Equipment so I bought some Rubber gloves rated for 5000 Volts AC which work to like 1000 volts DC, I got the leather gloves that protect the rubber ones too so the rubber would not tear.  So not I disassembled the original battery pack that was in my car (the one in the car is from the Junkyard and is dying too).

Don't Try this at home, you may kill yourself. I did try this because I am stupid.
Here are the steps I took to break it down:
1.  Get battery pack setup somewhere safe.

I got this Little Work Table from Costco
2.  Have someone around with a big stick to push you off if you get shocked.  DC will cause you to tighten your grip and will continue to fry you until the short (you) is stopped.

3.  Take note of where are the wires are on top

The Top of the Pack

Start Taking it Apart...
This is a sequence …

Beach Bot v 0.0.1 The Alpha Build

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I am a tinkerer by genetics.  My Grandpa owns a TV and Radio repair shop and he still works 3 days a week at 95 years old.  I have been tinkering my whole life, with computers at first, then cars as a hobby, and my career moved to Information Security.  I have always been interested in robotics, so Now I have a purpose, and maybe I could combine my love of all three at one time!  Being that it's the middle of winter, all I can think of is the Beach, so I guess it's time to start the BeachBot build out.

Some Years ago we moved to a home with a lake in our subdivision.  I soon found out that lugging all of our gear to the beach was an exercise in futility.  There is always too much, and the kids barely help out.  So I got stuck loaded the Jeep, Unloading the Jeep, carrying the gear down the hill to the beach, back up the hill and back to the house to unload and put all of it up.  It's a pain in the butt, and the trip home is always worse after a few adult beverages.

So what …