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On Narrow Pond in Ant Village

 
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little clean up on the old slow well
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before
before
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after
after
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easy on and off
easy on and off
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a little structure for a temp setup
a little structure for a temp setup
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now where is the electrical tape
now where is the electrical tape
 
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Cotton Tarp for tank for old slow well....

...replacement lid en route for tank!

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to keep tank growies down
to keep tank growies down
 
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Food Cost for an Ant Village Resident

organic food, especially California certified (rather than just usda), is best and required for those who live in Ant Village.

Here's a receipt to give a person an idea of groceries for about 10 days:


..addtionally, I bought two jars of peanut butter at costco.....Costco beats target on every item Costco carries....I should've went to Costco first and then to Target!
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just the Target reciept is food
just the Target receipt is food
 
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Electric Solar System is kicking butt!!
I only have half my panels on my little power tub
...from 8:30am till 10:45am, it charged half of my 4Ah chainsaw battery, charged from 63% to 100% of my 20Ah jump and usb battery, and most of an old 16Ah Rav usb powerbrick which always has trouble charging to 100%.

..and it is a mostly cloudy day

..note that I haven't received my 280 Ah battery yet...inside the power tub is a 7Ah LiFePo battery!   ...since the 7Ah battery is still above 13 volts (14.3), all that power came from just two 100W 12v panels
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on a day like this
on a day like this
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half charge on chainsaw battery
half charge on chainsaw battery
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Three batteries at once
Three batteries at once
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2 hours 15 minutes max
2 hours 15 minutes max
 
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Did some tractor work, shovel work, timed the old slow well for an hour then prepared all parts for when timer arrives.....and then my very cheap $509 usd 280Ah LiFePo4 cells arrived!!!

the bms cost extra

....hmmm, looks like I need 8 gauge 1/4" stud connectors to finish connecting the BMS
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 3.2v cell white term is negative
3.2v cell white term is negative
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lined up for series connection
lined up for series connection
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connectors prepped
connectors prepped
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13 volts when four in series
13 volts when four in series
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these cells need balancing
these cells need balancing
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BMS almost on
BMS almost on
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what this bms does
what this bms does
 
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