What Is Voltage Drop and How To Calculate It

Whether you’re designing a 120-volt electrical system for your house or a 12-volt system for your RV, it’s critical to understand what voltage drop is and how to calculate it. Correctly calculating the voltage drop in your system will help keep you safe and make sure all of your electronics…

What Is A Lithium-Ion Battery?

Lithium-ion batteries provide many advantages to those who make the upgrade. Everyone wants the longest-lasting and fastest-charging battery available. There has been incredible growth in the lithium-ion battery industry globally, and consumers are the benefactors. Today we’ll look at what a lithium-ion battery is and how this new battery technology…

What’s The Difference Between Wiring Batteries in Series Vs. Parallel?

Understanding the difference between wiring batteries in series vs. parallel is critical if you have a multiple battery system. How you connect your batteries will determine how they perform in different applications. Let’s look closer at how to wire batteries in series vs. parallel and when each method is appropriate. …

What Is An MPPT Charge Controller?

The most basic functionality of a solar power system is solar panels collecting energy from the sun and storing it in batteries so that you can use it whenever you’d like. However, you can’t simply connect your solar panels directly to your batteries and expect them to charge. To get…

What is a Battery Monitor and Why Do You Need One?

You can make many upgrades to your battery system, but one of the simplest and most useful is adding a battery monitor. Let’s take a look at what a battery monitor is and how it can help you get the most out of your battery system. What is a Battery…

What Is An RV Battery Inverter?

If you want to dry camp in your RV (or camp without electrical hookups), an RV battery inverter will go a long way to make that experience easier. These devices are becoming more popular, but many RVs still don’t come with one installed. What does it do? When do you…

What Is A BMS (Battery Management System)?

Lithium-ion batteries have a lot of advantages over their lead-acid counterparts. They’re lighter, more efficient, charge faster, and have a longer lifespan. However, they’re susceptible to conditions that can damage the battery pack. Tapping into all of this potential requires lithium-ion batteries to be more complex and include components to…

Is It Dangerous to Mix Battery Sizes? 

When you’re building a battery bank for your mobile or off-grid application, it can be tempting to mix and match different battery sizes. Simply put, the answer is NO. For the longer explanation on why this is a very bad idea, keep reading. Mixing Battery Sizes: What Happens? You cannot…

Amps, Volts, Watts: Differences Explained In Simple Terms

Amps, volts, and watts are three basic concepts you will repeatedly deal with when working on any electrical system. A fourth being resistance which is measured in ohms. It may seem overwhelming, but you don’t need an engineering degree to understand what electricity is and how to use it to…