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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Relay Controller

By |October 31st, 2016|COMPONENT BUILD, ELECTRONICS|0 Comments

Have finished programming and putting together two more electronic components, however not yet in boxes. I am waiting for some larger boxes to take the 16 relay board. Both components are connected to the CAN bus and use similar coding. The 16 relays are used for 5 latching relays in the main switch board. Five groups of  3 relays, 2 to create the direction polarity for the coil and a power relay to actually switch on the 12V to activate the latching coil. The power is only on for a short time just enough to create the impulse required […]

Main Switchboard

By |October 28th, 2016|ELECTRIC|0 Comments

I have not posted in a while again. Kiting season has started too, so have to be even more efficient with my time. Finished the main switchboard. Below is a picture from my internal installation documentation. It is a website running on the central system of the van with all information about components, connectors, serviceable parts, cable routing, fuses and positions etc.

Below is a connector for the 12v coil cables of the latching relays in the main board and the energy meter signal outputs. Documentation is not yet finished for the installation site. Will be similar to the image […]

DC Contactors

By |October 19th, 2016|MATERIAL SOURCES|0 Comments

I get asked frequently where I source my material and components and as a consequence I will add a few posts to this category to help others finding special items. Generally I buy 95% of my components and materials from Ebay with sources mainly in Hong Kong and mainland China. Rarely I buy something through Ebay from an Australian source. All the items which are offered on Ebay Australia are available directly from China for a fraction of the price. I also use sources in the US which are faster than China and mostly faster than Australian sources from […]

More Lighting

By |October 12th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC|0 Comments

Last week I also completed the lighting in the living area. The down lights above the dinner table. the indirect lighting at the ceiling and around the slide out. I also installed a light strip as a reading light.

For the ceiling light I use two switches coded to the same controller. One at the entry door and one on the wall to the bedroom. These switches are RF, they do not require cables. Have them from China through Ali Express but they are no longer available there I recently discovered. What a pity, great concept. Found it on […]

More Electrical Work

By |October 12th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC|0 Comments

Last week I finally received the 6mm bootlace ferrules for the larger 240V cable. Had ordered them from Hong Kong, 5.95 for 200 with free shipping. Here in Australia the 200 would be $40, what a joke.

Connected the inverter outputs now and the input board as well as the kitchen board.

The kitchen board is fully connected now.

So is the input board. This protects the inverter input and combines the inverter outputs. Also supplies the transfer switch of the small inverter.

Clean Up

By |October 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Have not posted for a while. Was really busy with several things. Had to finish wedding photos, album and slide shows for a friends wedding which I had taken a while ago. That took me quite a few hours. The next project was a 4 day cleanup of our slide-on camper. It was going to my daughters property as additional guest accommodation for clinics and workshops.

I removed all electric and electronic installations which are not required anymore. Was a fair amount of cables, switches and devices I had in there. Solar charger, battery charger, solar panels, screen mounting arms, […]