Extension cord from the house to the shed would be vetoed immediately by
SWMBO.

On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 3:46 PM, Andrew Strasfogel <astrasfo...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Thanks - that helps.  I wonder why there is no simple kit that goes from
> PV to 110 V without all the interconnecting parapernalia, battery,
> inverters, etc.
>
> On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 3:46 PM, fmiser via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com
> > wrote:
>
>> > Andrew wrote:
>> >
>> > I am still puzzled at how to plug in my heat mats into a
>> > solar setup.
>>
>> A solar panel will generate direct current (DC).  A power
>> cell - and therefore a battery - can only store DC.  If you
>> need alternating current (AC), then a converter is needed.
>> It is called an "inverter".   Small ones (low power) are
>> pretty cheap.  Big ones are not.  Ideal is to get an inverter
>> with a power rating close to your power needs.  If you have
>> 80 Watts of seedling heaters, get a 100-120 W inverter, not a
>> 750 W.
>>
>> The process of creating AC from DC is not perfect.  Thus to
>> get 80 W of AC will typically require 90-110 W of DC.
>>
>> The capacity of the photo-voltaic panel, capacity of the
>> battery, and the power rating of the inverter all depend on
>> the size of the load.
>>
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