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    How-To Articles

    Off-Grid Solar 101 - How Does an Off-Grid Solar Power System Work?

    So how does off grid solar work?

    It’s a pretty simple process!

    The solar panels collect energy from the sun’s rays, which is stored in the batteries, so the energy will be available to use after the sun goes down. This is the key difference between grid-tied and off-grid solar - grid-tied solar doesn’t store any energy for later.

    To make this system a little easier to understand, you can also visualise this as water collection.

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    Off-Grid Solar Batteries: Lead Acid vs Lead Carbon vs Lithium

    Off-Grid Solar Batteries: Lead Acid vs Lead Carbon vs Lithium
    When it comes to setting up your own off-grid solar system, there are typically three solutions to the question of how to store all that energy: Lithium Ion, Sealed Lead-Acid, and Lead Carbon. Each presenting a mixture of pros and cons, it can be tricky to decide which will best suit the specific needs of each system. Here we will try to highlight some of the strengths, weaknesses, and ideal uses for each of these forms of battery.

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    Introducing Narada LiFePo batteries

    Introducing Narada LiFePo batteries

    The Narada LiFePO batteries are a new addition to the GridFree line-up. Designed with a focus around off-grid solar in mind, the Narada is a cutting-edge new option. While more expensive than Lead-acid GEL batteries, the move to lithium-ion cells aim to offer low long term costs with the drastically longer lifespan of a lithium battery, and the substantially lower weight.

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    The Quick Guide to our Kits

    GridFree now offers 6 complete DIY solar kits, each suited to different power requirements.

    Here’s a quick guide to the key differences between our Kits:

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    What Not to Run on Solar (and What to Use Instead)

    What Not to Run on Solar (and What to Use Instead)

    If it’s your first time off-grid and you’re used to city power, there are a few changes you’ll have to make to adapt to solar power. If you’re already off-grid and are now making the switch to solar power, you’ll already be familiar with this list!

    An off-grid solar power system can generally handle most of your day-to-day electrical needs if you’ve got the right kit. But there are a few things that aren’t recommended for use on solar, because they use a lot of power, and could leave you with no energy for other things you need.

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