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Old 09-03-2017
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Hit a sore spot did I?

My main point stands: If you have or are planing to get a new Magnum charger/inverter, along with your planned solar system upgrade you should consider and (I highly recommend) the complete Magnum setup.

When designing my system, since I've had experience with Blue Sky I looked at both them & Midnight. But I got the PT100 because I had already installed the MS2812 Pure Sinewave inverter/charger. By the way, there are firmware upgrades available for both but I haven't bothered with them since my almost 3 year-old MS2812 works perfectly with the PT100. Also, for the amount of watts I installed it would've taken TWO Classics where ONE PT100 met my needs - hence the 2 vs 1 price comment (I paid $710 for the PT100 from Wholesale Solar ). I did use a Midnight C/B box & Lightening Arrester and so far they ware working perfectly .

For anyone just getting into solar, Mike/Aaron's Midnight based system designs put you light years ahead of what people typically end up purchasing. Different ways to skin the same cat.
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Hit a sore spot did I?

My main point stands: If you have or are planing to get a new Magnum charger/inverter, along with your planned solar system upgrade you should consider and (I highly recommend) the complete Magnum setup.
OK.. I can live with that statement.
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This is what happens when you argue with an airline pilot.
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Oh we're not arguing, just putting his comments in context so everyone understands and can make educated decisions. Van's a smart guy and does his homework for sure. Of course, I'd expect that from an Arizona Hot Bird.

So, you guys do get enough oxygen up there right?
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Solar Penny has some new packages out. Looks like the Bluebird specials have ended somewhat. Still very competitive pricing though.
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A rule of thumb I heard is if you have a bird, you want at least 600W just to start and very likely more. Get a controller that will allow expansion, and remember there will be a time when you feel too old to climb up there to tilt the panels.

At the end of 2018 (which is also the end of the full 30ish % tax credit) we were in Sedona and were tutored in the purchase and install of 1280W which pretty much takes up most of our roof. Since we were closer to Flagstaff than Mesa, we purchased from a distributor up there. They made my list of parts, we loaded it up, and had no extra or missing except some brackets to get over cool-o-matic and AC.

Can’t see it paying for itself in any short time period, but our batteries stay in good shape now even without using a plug in. 6 weeks in Q was a cinch.

Oh, and Arizona has no sales tax on Solar stuff
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Pictures Styf, pictures!! If no pictures, it didn’t happen!!
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Pictures Styf, pictures!! If no pictures, it didn’t happen!!
HaHaHaHa, I mounted the panels so they won’t tilt because I decided I’m too old to climb up there. You can get a visual when we meet next.
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Solar Penny has some new packages out. Looks like the Bluebird specials have ended somewhat. Still very competitive pricing though.
Actually Aaron's prices have dropped, I'll have to update my website to reflect that. The old prices vs new;

280w system for $845 is now a 300w for $665
560w system for $1190 is now a 600w for $1064
840w system for $1949 is now a 900w for $1645

He's going to price a 1200w system for us here soon (just talked to him) As stated careful what direction you go, you want to be able to expand if you're not going big from the beginning. Go big, lay flat, and never have to climb up on your coach to tilt is the way to go. My original system of 900w has served me well BUT I'm adding another panel for 1200w simply because my Midnight Controller will handle it as they are laying flat and I ran into a deal which included my same panels.

Eventually I will toy with the idea of AC while boon-docking using only solar but still need to upgrade a few things first. Currently I have three 15,000 BTU AC's on the roof so may have to change the middle one out for a smaller unit. I'll have to do more homework when I get closer to that jump. This will be more of a retirement move for me so got a few years to go. At that time Lithium will be the cheap batteries and somestrangebattamonium will be the best, most expensive battery to buy.
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Currently I have three 15,000 BTU AC's on the roof so may have to change the middle one out for a smaller unit.
Install a Microair unit. They are not snake oil, they flat out work!
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