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opinion:frater_secessus:beginner_mistakes [2022/05/15 15:29]
frater_secessus [No solar] added chart for ABQ
opinion:frater_secessus:beginner_mistakes [2022/06/23 20:57] (current)
princess_fluffypants [Fantasy]
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 For whatever reason, vandwelling attracts an outsized percentage of daydreamers,  naifs, and people looking for magical cures for whatever ails them.   For whatever reason, vandwelling attracts an outsized percentage of daydreamers,  naifs, and people looking for magical cures for whatever ails them.  
  
-People who have a good chance at successful 'dwelling are: +Those who have a good chance at successful 'dwelling are typically people that:
-  * people who have camped or backpacked and liked it +
-  * people who are self-motivated +
-  * people who are disciplined +
-  * people who can figure things out for themselves  +
-  * people who know basic cooking +
-  * people who have good DIY skills and fix-it/mechanical abilities+
  
 +  * Have camped or backpacked and liked it
 +  * Have good DIY skills and fix-it/mechanical abilities
 +  * Know basic cooking and are okay with simpler foods
 +  * Are instinctive "savers" (as opposed to spenders)
 +  * Are very organized and good at planning
 +  * Are flexible when things don't go according to their plan
 +  * Are okay with being alone for long periods of time (introverts)
  
 People who are less likely to adapt to the life:    People who are less likely to adapt to the life:   
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   * the "high maintenance"   * the "high maintenance"
   * social media addicts   * social media addicts
-  * People who have little interest in understanding how complex systems work +  * Those who don't like having to understand how things work
-  * people who make little effort and want to be spoon-fed+
   * stoners, daydreamers, idiots, children   * stoners, daydreamers, idiots, children
   * those that need internet access 24/7   * those that need internet access 24/7
-  * people who can't or won't take care of themselves 
   * the easily bored   * the easily bored
   * people who need constant excitement, crowds, "action"   * people who need constant excitement, crowds, "action"
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 Understand that **efficiency is a relationship between rated output and physical panel size**:  a high-efficiency 100w panel will not make more power than a low-efficiency 100w panel.  It //will// be smaller.   Understand that **efficiency is a relationship between rated output and physical panel size**:  a high-efficiency 100w panel will not make more power than a low-efficiency 100w panel.  It //will// be smaller.  
 This means **if you have limited space you will get more power out of of the same space using higher-efficiency panels**.  That's it.  A 100w panel is a 100w panel, no matter how efficient.  Only the real estate needed to generate that 100w is different. Efficiency doesn't mean you'll get more or less power from a 100w panel.  So don't spend the extra $$$ on high-efficiency panels unless you need it to get max power out of limited roofspace. This means **if you have limited space you will get more power out of of the same space using higher-efficiency panels**.  That's it.  A 100w panel is a 100w panel, no matter how efficient.  Only the real estate needed to generate that 100w is different. Efficiency doesn't mean you'll get more or less power from a 100w panel.  So don't spend the extra $$$ on high-efficiency panels unless you need it to get max power out of limited roofspace.
 +
 +==== Mismatched panels ====
 +
 +Mismatched panels (different voltage or current [[electrical:solar:panels#specifications|spec]]) on the same controller will hamstring one another.  It's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_tennis_terms#unforced_error|an unforced error]] which you can avoid this by:
 +
 +  * running //identical//((not close, not same maker, not same wattage, not kinda  look the same, IDENTICAL)) panels on the same controller; or
 +  * run different-spec panels on their own controller
 +
 +If you are committed to running mismatched panels on the same controller see [[https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=alt-e+mismatched|this series of videos by Alt-E]] on the subject.  
 +
  
 ==== Not enough panel ==== ==== Not enough panel ====
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   * [[opinion:frater_secessus:beginner_mistakes#research|do your homework]]:  read, browse, watch youtube videos, google, **use the ding-dang search function** of the forum, subreddit, etc.   * [[opinion:frater_secessus:beginner_mistakes#research|do your homework]]:  read, browse, watch youtube videos, google, **use the ding-dang search function** of the forum, subreddit, etc.
   * when you hit a wall //then// ask for help.  No one likes leeches, princesses, helpless snowflakes, or the lazy who expect others to do the work for them.     * when you hit a wall //then// ask for help.  No one likes leeches, princesses, helpless snowflakes, or the lazy who expect others to do the work for them.  
-  * express your request as clearly and simply as possible +  * express your request as clearly and simply as possible, including what you intend to accomplish 
-  * indicate what you do know, [[opinion:frater_secessus:beginner_mistakes#research|what you have already read]] or tried, and any important details like what you are trying to accomplish, **the make/model of any components you are using**.  "My van don't go.  Help." is unlikely to generate usable advice. +  * shouldn't have to say this, but here we are:  list **the make/model of any components you are using** and how they are connected 
-  * use human-readable style.  Avoid run-on sentences, "wall of text" word vomit with no organization, punctuation, or paragraph breaks. +  * indicate what you do know, [[opinion:frater_secessus:beginner_mistakes#research|what you have already read]] or tried 
-  * write a concise and specific title.  "Configuring a Morningstar TS-45 MPPT" is good.  "don't understand solar!!!!!!!!" is not so good. "Can anyone answer this??!?" is annoying and manipulative.  Also, any title that includes the word "anyone" indicates a low-effort question.  Why should //we// care if //you// don't?+  * write a concise and specific title.  "Configuring a Morningstar TS-45 MPPT" is good.  "don't understand solar!!!!!!!!" is not so good. "Can anyone answer this??!?" is annoying and manipulative.  Also, any title that includes the word "anyone" indicates a low-effort question that could likely be answered by a 10-second search.  Why should //we// care if //you// don't? 
 +  * write the post in normal, human-readable style.  Avoid run-on sentences, "wall of text" word vomit with no organization, punctuation, or paragraph breaks.  We aren't writing  masters thesis here but write it so the post wouldn't give your 8th grade English teacher a stroke.  
 + 
  
 > I am always surprised to see some people demanding the time of others and meeting a most obliging response. Both sides have in view the reason for which the time is asked and neither regards the time itself — as if nothing there is being asked for and nothing given.  - Seneca > I am always surprised to see some people demanding the time of others and meeting a most obliging response. Both sides have in view the reason for which the time is asked and neither regards the time itself — as if nothing there is being asked for and nothing given.  - Seneca
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   * is the responder an idiot, a druggie, a zero-experience dreamer, a poorly-informed blowhard, a black/white thinker?     * is the responder an idiot, a druggie, a zero-experience dreamer, a poorly-informed blowhard, a black/white thinker?  
   * is the advice upvoted/downvoted/liked by onlookers?   * is the advice upvoted/downvoted/liked by onlookers?
 +  * is the advice commented on favorably by onlookers whose opinion you value?
   * does the responder have experience and/or training in the area?   * does the responder have experience and/or training in the area?
   * does the responder expect you to believe him/her as gospel?     * does the responder expect you to believe him/her as gospel?  
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