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Solar Power 101: Batteries Part 1 by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM

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Iron Edison Nickel-Iron Batteries! If you haven't researched NiFe batteries, it's time to take a look. These babies will last you decades, can withstand a full discharge (with no damage), and aren't toxic to the environment... ahem... Can't say that for Lead-Acid, now can we?

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Why would you pay $1,400 on a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 when you can EASILY build one yourself for less than $400?? Save yourself $1000 going DIY!!! Everything you need to learn how in the featured video series!! So worth the investment!! You can even get all the components you need for your DIY emergency battery bank conveniently on this RESOURCES page of this site!!

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  • Anthony Bookhultz

    Great article, I always had questions about the battery arrays. The info on deep cell marine batteries is very helpful. Where are your next articles?

I can't believe I didn't know this existed! Turn it on, and it automatically turns things off in half an hour, three hours, or six hours. Perfect for Christmas lights, kids nightlights, irons that don't have a self timer, whatever!