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Determine which items you consider essential to have access to when you are the road. Consider such items as fridges, microwaves, air con units or fans, lights and other small appliances as well as medical devices such as oxygen machines.
  • Determine the wattage you will need to power the items you wish to access simultaneously. This is the continuous watts. This will determine the size of generator needed. For example, a 3000 continuous wattage generator will power a fridge, small air con units, microwaves and household items.

Place your generator outside in an open area. It should be located away from doors or windows to prevent carbon monoxide from entering your living area. Make sure the area is dry. If using during rainy weather, place it under a canopy or other covering.
  • Consider that generators will make noise. You may want to experiment with different locations. 7-10 meters away is usually a good starting point.

4.8KVA Inverter Generator Fuel Tank

Follow manufacturers' instructions for recommended fuel and oil and for starting and running instructions. A typical 3000-watt generator will hold 6-7L of fuel and will run for approximately 6 hours.

Plug appliances and other items into the generator using a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord that is grounded. You can then plug power boards into the extension cord indoors. Charge your caravan batteries using generator power via the battery charging cables provided.

Tips

  • Shut generator down and let cool before refuelling.
  • Use only the oil listed in the instructions.
  • Store fuel in an approved container in a locked shed or another safe area.
  • Seek advice from iTechworld if you are unsure of wattage needs.
  • Consider starting wattage as well as running wattage when purchasing a generator. Appliances require greater power on initial startup. Check appliances for wattage info.
  • Note that Watts/KiloWatts is different from KVA.
  • To prevent theft, consider running a metal ring into the ground and secure the generator with a chain.
  • Make sure fuel is clean and no water or other liquids have been kept in the jerrycan.

 

 

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Setting your satellite TV system

     

    • (STEP 1) Set up

      VAST satellite TV

      Power up your VAST box and connect to your TV using either the red, white and yellow RCA cables or HDMI cable. Use the source/input button on your remote control to select the correct input. This is usually AV for RCA and HDMI for the HDMI cable. If you are unsure then please check your TV manual. Have the blue screen saying “searching for signal” on at all times during the set up process. Connect your satellite dish to your VAST box.

    • (STEP 2) Point the iTechworld satellite dish north using the compass. (make sure there is no obstructions)

    • (STEP 3) Set the elevation for your area according to the reference chart. Note: The final elevation you use to obtain a signal may be different from what is listed in the instructions. Our aim is to get our satellite finder needle to go off the scale, this is when the needle goes past 10.

    • (STEP 4) Set the needle on the satellite finder initially to 5 using the DB scroll.

     

    • (STEP 5) Do a sweep from North towards the satellite bearing (as listed in the reference chart) with the iTechworld satellite dish.

    • (STEP 6) Watch for movement on the finder, if the needle goes “off the scale” proceed to step 12 if the needle does not go off the scale then proceed to step 7.

     

    • (STEP 7) Re position the dish to North.

     

    • (STEP 8) Move up 3-5 degrees on elevation.

    • (STEP 9) Set the needle on the satellite finder to 5 using the DB scroll. (it may already be on 5)

    • (STEP 10) Do a sweep from North towards the satellite bearing (as listed in the reference chart) with the iTechworld satellite dish.

    • (STEP 11) Watch for movement on the finder, if the needle goes “off the scale” go to step 12 if the needle does not go off the scale go back to step 7.

    • (STEP 12) Check the TV screen, it should now read signal found and will load channel 800 if this is the case please contact VAST to activate your smart card.  Phone Vast on 1300 99 33 76 or visit their website www.mysattv.com.au If the message on the screen still says “searching for signal” please proceed to step 13.

    • (STEP 13) Return to your satellite dish and sat finder, turn the DB back to 8 adjust the dish position and elevation until the needle goes off the scale again. Check the TV screen, it should now read signal found and will load channel 800 if this is the case please contact VAST to activate your smart card.Phone Vast on 1300 99 33 76 or visit their website www.mysattv.com.au If the screen still reads searching for signal please proceed to step 14.

    • (STEP 14) Return to the satellite dish. Adjust the skew of the LNB 5 degrees clock wise (as you face the dish). Check the TV screen, it should now read signal found and will load channel 800 if this is the case please contact VAST to activate your smart card. Phone Vast on 1300 99 33 76 or visit their website www.mysattv.com.au If the screen still reads searching for signal please repeat step 14 until you get the signal.

     

    If you have completed all of the above steps and still can not get a TV signal then please call 08 9472 7200 to speak to technician.

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    Solar Panels Australia

    Introduction 

    Before you start harnessing the elements to heat, cool or light your home, caravan, tent or truck, it is worth considering your motivation as it will determine what systems are best for you. You will also need to assess your site as you may not have suitable resources. Are you able to connect or remain connected to the national infrastructure as a backup? Do you need to have an uninterrupted power supply (UPS)? Are you relocating daily or is it a more permanent arrangement? What is your budget?

    We recommend that you focus on what you consider to be essential and then be prepared to compromise if nature temporarily leaves you a bit short. Establish what are your MUST and WANTS are. Once you have established your MUST and WANTS you can calculate your energy requirements and usage. We also recommend that you develop a modular and scalable approach so that the system can be easily changed as your requirements or financial circumstance changes.

     

    Solar

    The photovoltaic (PV) cells of a solar panel harvest sunshine in the form of photon rays and converts them to direct current (DC) electricity. The life of a solar PV system is impressive as there are no moving parts to convert the solar energy into electricity.

     

    How Solar Panels Work  

    Each solar panel is a remarkable lattice of layers of silicon-based cells. When the sun’s photons hit a layer of silicon that has free outer electrons around the atoms, these move to the layer beneath, which comprises atoms with electrons missing. The resulting flow causes a small current, but because there are many cells linked together, the whole panel produces a useable voltage of DC electricity. It remains as DC current it is going straight to a battery. This is a 12V system.

     

    Power capability  

    Solar PV systems are specified as having a ‘peak power capability’, because they depend on how much sun shines on the panels. The systems do still make electricity on overcast days, though obviously make more power on a sunny day.

    Solar panels are extremely useful for charging batteries and so are ideal for powering “stand-alone” or “off the grid” systems that are remote from mains supply. For a stand-alone system, it is important to be sure that your solar panel can provide enough energy to power whatever you intend to use it for. As long as your panels are a suitable size and you have sufficient batteries you should seldom have an occasion when there is not enough power. You should aim to have enough stored energy for those “just in case” situations.

     

    Storing energy  

    In a battery, a chemical reaction occurs and then electrons travel through a wire from one terminal to the other, and the result is Direct Current (DC) electricity. Batteries are particularly useful for standalone systems as they are fairly cheap and power can be stored and used when needed. If you wish to store electricity that you have generated in the battery bank then deep cycle batteries are designed to deliver less current for a longer period of time. Once flat they are designed to be recharged.

    Car batteries can be used but they are not suitable as they are not designed to be fully discharged. The deep cycle batteries are designed to be recharged once flat and will last longer.

    The amount of energy that a battery can supply is specified in ampere hours (Ah). So, a 12-volt battery that is specified as 100Ah can theoretically deliver 1 amp for 100 hours or 100 amps for 1 hour.

    Multiplying the volts and amps, gives you the power (watts) the battery will produce.

    So for our 12 volt battery it is possible to have:

    • 12 volts X 1 amp = 12 watts for 100 hours

    Or

    • 12 volts X 100 amp = 1200 watts for 1 hour

    Back in the real world, these numbers don’t quite add up as you can’t expect to get more than 80% capacity from your battery, i.e. 80 Ah.

    The smaller deep cycle batteries are not designed to deliver masses of current so you shouldn’t really drain more than about 10 -15 amps (that’s a device of about 120 – 180 watts). So if a pump needs 60 watts to function we divide 60 watts by 12 volts, which gives 5 amps.

    If you use the pump for 2 hours a day, a fully charged battery therefore lasts about 8 days.

     

    How to work out Watts, Amps and Volts 

    Common sense states that a larger Solar Panel will collect more energy than a smaller solar panel, but what size is correct for your needs?

    Most power consumption of appliances is given in Watts. It is a relatively simple calculation to work out power your energy use, just multiply the power consumption by the hours of use. For example:

    100 watt device used over 5 hours equals 100 x 5 = 500 Watt hours (Wh)

     

    Converting Watts to Amps  

    If you want to figure out if your 100W solar panel is capable of running a fridge that draws 2A, then it’s a matter of one formula. You cannot directly convert watts to amps, since watts are power and amps are the current. It’s kind of like trying to convert litres to kilometres. But because the voltage in a 4WD is fixed at 12V then converting the watts into amps becomes achievable via the following equations:

    W/12V=A

    So in the event of the 100W solar panel, 100W / 18.97V = 5.28A. That shows that the 100W solar panel can provide a maximum unregulated output of 5.2A whilst the fridge is drawing just 2Ah. A common mistake people make with solar power is taking the wattage of the panel and dividing it by 12V, this is the wrong calculation to make as no solar panel is 12V they are generally between 18V and 21V. False statements about 120 Watt panels being able to produce 10 Amps per hour are un true, un realistic and an unfortunate selling point used by people in the industry who do not fully understand solar power. To combat the “cowboys” out there all iTechworld solar panels have the full power ratings clearly marked on each and every panel we produce.

     

    If you would like to find out more about Solar Power then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

     

    Read how Generator Inverters work HERE

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    Read how to avoid a drained battery HERE

    Read about light weight Solar Panels HERE

    Read 5 great tips to get the most out of your Solar Panels HERE

    Read our comprehensive guide on Inverters HERE

    Read about the benefits of travelling with Solar Power HERE

    Article author

    Ian

    [email protected]

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