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What is a “Tail Current” in a battery?

“Tail Current” How Do I Calculate This and Is It Even An Option In My Battery Monitor? What Is The Tail Current In A Battery? Does My Battery Monitor Have The Tail Current Option? How Do I Calculate The Tail Current In My Battery Bank? Tail Current Setting Example What Is The Tail Current In…
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What Should I Consider When Upgrading Batteries For My Golf Cart?

What type of batteries should I buy when I’m ready to replace the old Lead Acid in my Golf Cart? What were we looking for in a golf cart battery? Is it worth converting a golf cart to lithium batteries? What we can offer you with EPOCH as a replacement battery for your golf cart.…
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When do I need a DC to DC Charger?

What is a DC to DC Charger and where and when would I need one? What exactly is a DC to DC Charger? Do I need a DC to DC Charger? What is the difference bewteen a DC to DC Charger and an Isolator? Conclusion What exactly is a DC to DC Charger? A DC-to-DC…
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Why Does My Battery Voltage Drop When I Stop Charging?

27 volts drops to 25 when I shut my charger off. Why? Why Does My Voltage Drop When I Stop Charging? What Is Nominal Voltage? Conclusion Why Does My Voltage Drop When I Stop Charging? While actively charging or during the float phase, the battery voltage registers at 27.2 volts in my solar system. However,…
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What Does Quiet Time Refer To When You Have An AGS?

What Happens If The Designated Quiet Time Prevents The Charging Of My Off-Grid System, Resulting In A Shutdown Of The Entire System? What Is Quiet Time In An AGS System? What If My Batteries Are Too Low During Quiet Time And The Whole System Shuts Down? Conclusion What Is Quiet Time In An AGS System?…
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What Type Of Fuses Are Available For My Off-Grid System?

I Have a Cabin, A Van, Motorhome, Ocean Cruiser Or A Golf Cart, What Type Of Fuses Are Available For My System? What Types Of Fuses Are Available For My Off-Grid System? Common Types Of Fuses Used In Off-Grid Systems Conclusion What Types Of Fuses Are Available For My Off-Grid System? The type of fuses…
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Do Solar Panels Ever Fail?

Is it a cause for concern if my solar panels cease to function? Do Solar Panels Ever Fail? What Are Common Solar Panel Reasons To Fail? At What Rate Do Solar Panels Lose Efficiency? Conclusion Do Solar Panels Ever Fail? Yes, solar panels can experience failures or issues over time. However, it’s important to note…
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What Is A Busbar And Do I Actually Need One?

When Do I Need To Use Busbars? What Is A Busbar? When Do I Know When I Need Busbars In My Off-Grid Solar System? Conclusion What Is A Busbar? A busbar, short for “busbar conductor” or simply “bus,” is a metallic strip or bar that is used to conduct and distribute electrical power within an…
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Do I Need A Parallel Battery Bank For Redundancy?

Should I Have A Second Set Of Batteries In Parallel For Redundancy In My Off-Grid System? Do I Need A Series And Parallel Battery Bank For Redundancy? What are the Advantages of a second battery group? What are the disadvantages of a second battery group? Considerations For Your Decision Conclusion 16 – 6 volt batteries…
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What Is A Black On Black Solar Panel?

Black on black” solar panels are created by replacing the frame of a standard monofacial monocrystalline panel, which primarily captures sunlight from one side (unlike bifacial panels), with a black frame in lieu of the standard silver one. These panels employ monocrystalline solar cells, recognized for their deep blue color, which closely resembles black. The…
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