Interview with Ben Rich Electric Biker

August 8, 2018

We interview long-distance Electric Biker, Ben Rich about his epic summer road trip, fast charging, the best and worst trips he’s ever been on, and the future of electric motorcycling.

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Solar Savings – Am I getting jaded?

August 4, 2018

I gotta say, I was a little disappointed in my electric bill this month. The electric utility ONLY owed me a small amount. Which is why this is so crazy! Any normal person would be ecstatic to GET money from the power company instead of owing it! I think I finally hit the point that […]

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Solar Ammo Can Disconnect Switch

July 26, 2018

On the original Solar Ammo Can project, I got a few questions about a battery Disconnect Switch. “Don’t we need one?” Well, the answer is NO, but let’s discuss this deeper. Many battery chargers can become a slow drain on a battery if they are left permanently connected, but are NOT powered up. That’s not […]

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DIY Home Automation Controller for Electric Car Charging

July 22, 2018

Although most electric vehicles have some sort of a timer feature available, they are often simple or have poor user interfaces. Since I was already using a Samsung SmartThings home automation system, I was wondering why not control my electric car charging with my automation system? I set to work on the project. At it’s […]

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Remote Control Electric Car Charging! (Proof of Concept)

July 14, 2018

The other day, a friend of mine posted his “latest gadget” – It was a box containing a basic mechanical timer and a hacked ON/OFF remote. The idea was to have some control over the basic EVSE (electric car charging station) for his car. Mostly, he wanted it to turn off automatically after a certain […]

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Solar Monitoring

July 9, 2018

I LOVE my garage solar array! The only thing I don’t like is the fact that I can’t see how much power it’s making RIGHT NOW! Sure, I have software which gives me TONS of info about the system, but it requires a computer or smart phone, internet access, and username and password. Can’t I […]

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June 2018 Solar Savings

July 6, 2018

I’m weird. I know it. I look FORWARD to getting my electric bill. On the other hand, it’s gotten much easier to take knowing that it’s most likely that the power company OWES ME! In this month’s electric bill, not only did I NOT have to pay, but the electric utility owes me $18.07. That’s […]

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Duosida EVSE Review

July 5, 2018

Here’s a review including video of the popular Duosida Level 2 EVSE.

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2018 Nissan Leaf

June 25, 2018

On my way to the MREA Energy Fair this last weekend, I stopped at a Nissan dealership to top off the battery on my electric car. While there, I got to take a look at a 2018 Nissan Leaf with pretty much all the bells and whistles. What a nice car! Pulling into Bergstrom Nissan, […]

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MREA Energy Fair 2018

June 19, 2018

This past weekend was the MREA Energy Fair. I always look forward to the event, but this year was more of an adventure than usual… One of the big things I was looking forward to is the new solar car-port, a nearly 20,000 watt array of solar PV panels OVER the top of the electric […]

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