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…

12V Battery Types: Which One Is For You?

When it comes to 12-volt battery types, the choice can seem a little daunting to those unfamiliar with battery technology. All 12-volt battery types are similar in that they provide power for your 12V electrical system. However, there are significant differences in how they’re designed, their capacity, the amount of…

12V vs 24V: What’s The Difference In Battery Systems?

We all use batteries in typical day-to-day life. Whether it be in our remote control, watch, car, or RV, batteries are a part of our lives. Most of the time, we don’t need to think about the voltage of a battery. However, when working with DC power systems for RV’s…

How Is Energy Stored in Batteries?

We use energy constantly – when we’re awake, when we’re asleep, no matter what we’re doing. We tend to take for granted how easy it is for us to obtain the energy required to power devices, appliances, tools, machines, vehicles, and all the things we use throughout the day and…

Energy, Power, and Charge: Why They Matter In Batteries

High school physics may teach us definitions and theories of energy, power, and charge, but why do they matter to RVers and other people living off-the-grid concerned with battery power and battery charge? Let’s dive in and grab ahold of these concepts so that we can easily translate them to…

What Is An Electric Fuse and Why Do They Matter?

Electric fuses are an integral part of almost all electrical circuits in our homes, vehicles, appliances, and components that we use every day. But what are fuses exactly? How do they function, and what is their purpose? Let’s break it down. Why Electrical Circuit Protection is Important Electrical circuit protection…

What Are Volts and Why Do They Matter?

We all use electricity every day (and night!) for many necessities, luxuries, and comfort items. Still, most of us are relatively unfamiliar with volts, amps, and watts, the basic electricity units. Volts are only one part of the equation, but understanding their place in the equation will take us well…