One day, after arriving in Bouse, our friend Bob (also known as Handy Bob or Solar Bob) came for a visit. Dale and Bob started fussing on the solar and decided we had a “solar leak” somewhere. We were losing AMPS. Oh NO!
Then our friends Ralph and Janet decided to add solar to their rig and Ralph bought this meter for $175 from Bob. Now the game was on and, well, you know, boys and their toys. If Ralph has one then Dale has to have one. (to be fair I thought it was a good idea too. Maybe it would find our solar leak)
So Dale installed the meter and Bob hooked it up and now we know what every thing that needs power uses in the form of amps. We also found out that we aren’t losing any amps NOW so something was fixed.
Remember when Dale first got the solar up and working and he just stared at the meter watching the amps load up or leave the battery? Well, the stairs are getting more wear now as he is doing the same thing – AGAIN! He has gone so far as to put up a “Solar Meter Daily Reading” on his website. You can view it here.
I do have to say this meter is fun to watch and see where the amps are going and how full the batteries are. Dale explains more about this meter HERE. Scroll down to the photo’s of both meters. The Triametric is the new meter.
We also now know we need a more energy-efficient TV. Our TV is about 5 years old, weighs a ton and uses 85 amps an hour. We are looking into a new TV that will use half the amps and be half the weight. Anyone have suggestions about which TV we should buy?
Hopefully, this is the last thing we will need for our solar. Hopefully, no other friend gets a toy we don’t have!