We have been living off-grid for almost three years now. During that time, our only source of power has been our Honda EU 2000i generator. We have been piecing together our off-grid power system one piece at a time, and our latest purchase was the battery bank.
|Our battery bank --- eight standard 6 volt deep cycle lead-acid batteries.|
This will get us up and running but we really need a total of 16.
Deep cycle batteries are the best choice for home energy systems. 'Deep cycle' simly means that the batteries in question can handle being regularly dishcarged and recharged on a regular basis. They have the ability to store large amounts of energy for when it is needed. The sun, wind, hydro or generator keep the battery bank charged, which supplies DC current to the inverter, which then converts that energy into the AC current that is required to power household appliances.