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by tink2011
Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Clam Ice Fishing Shelter - anyone use this on-playa?
Replies: 2
Views: 849

Clam Ice Fishing Shelter - anyone use this on-playa?

Hi everyone. I have been in a yurt for the last 5-years and it got basically ruined in the pre-opening wind storm last year. I am interested in using a Clam 6-pack Ice Fishing tent instead of building anew yurt. The yurt is SO MUCH work to set up, and the set up, take down for the Clam is so fast! I...
by tink2011
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Can I use 2 batteries on a golf cart?
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: Can I use 2 batteries on a golf cart?

I have heard it's a BIG NO-NO to run flooded batteries (Trojans) to an AGM battery (starter) even in parallel. Has anyone found this to be an issue? Also, If my switches and LED hook-ups are all run to my 6v Trojan series, is it okay to run to the starter battery? I assume the LEDs will all take wha...
by tink2011
Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Can I use 2 batteries on a golf cart?
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: Can I use 2 batteries on a golf cart?

Well, I'm leaving for the playa tomorrow, so it's too late to run a connection from my MV 6-volts run in series to my starter battery with a shut off switch. Wish I'd thought of that sooner! This will be my first year with the 6 volts (Trojan 125s with 240ah) and with a load of 18 amps of LEDs (or t...
by tink2011
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Flooded or AGM batteries? 6v (in series) or 12v?
Replies: 13
Views: 790

Re: Flooded or AGM batteries? 6v (in series) or 12v?

That's what I've read too: two 6v are better than one 12v. Do you have a preference for flooded (cheaper per Ah) or AGM (more expensive)?
by tink2011
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Flooded or AGM batteries? 6v (in series) or 12v?
Replies: 13
Views: 790

Re: Flooded or AGM batteries? 6v (in series) or 12v?

You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the input. Yes, I will get a separate 120v charger for the generator 120v plug. What about linking two 6v batteries in series versus one 12v battery. I've heard the two 6v would be better. Anyone with experience? Getting closer to the burn!!! If you guys see a gi...
by tink2011
Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Flooded or AGM batteries? 6v (in series) or 12v?
Replies: 13
Views: 790

Flooded or AGM batteries? 6v (in series) or 12v?

I'm buying new batteries for my mutant vehicle this year. They will be used exclusively for my LED lighting. My lights should draw between 20 or 25 amps (haven't put them all on yet, so not sure if I'll need all of them). I have been told that attaching two 6v golf cart deep cycle batteries in serie...
by tink2011
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED bulbs, Batteries & Charging
Replies: 31
Views: 2344

Re: LED bulbs, Batteries & Charging

Just some advice here from a long-time burner and mutant vehicle owner. Go with the generators at every site. They will last longer than the batteries and be little to no work. Since you are virgin burner, you are imagining running all over the place dragging batteries and regulating generator use a...
by tink2011
Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel
Replies: 20
Views: 4656

Re: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in para

It's funny you say that wire using power was a common misconception. I had a little sneaking feeling that was wrong.


Thanks for your advice. Quite invaluable!
by tink2011
Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:28 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel
Replies: 20
Views: 4656

Re: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in para

Tis the season! How does Burning Man creep up on me every year? What is your mutant vehicle? Mine is an alien atop a space ship. I'll see you in the dust.
by tink2011
Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel
Replies: 20
Views: 4656

Re: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in para

I need a mechanic! It's only a month plus to the burn! Anyone know anyone in Sacramento who would be up for the job of evaluating and maybe switching out my generator/alternator? I AM ABLE TO PAY CASH FOR THE JOB!
by tink2011
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel
Replies: 20
Views: 4656

Re: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in para

Thanks for bringing up the alternator issue. My base car is an EZGO gasoline golf cart. I have the starter battery and then also plan a brand new deep cycle. I am not sure if my car has a true "alternator" but the starter battery stays charged and serves my kick ass stereo and headlights, ...
by tink2011
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel
Replies: 20
Views: 4656

Re: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in para

So, if I decide to run each single fairy light strand back to my Busbar, does the wire take much power? Would this be stupid because so many wires (30) will use enough power that it doesn't make sense?
by tink2011
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel
Replies: 20
Views: 4656

Re: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in para

I have done lots of soldering and shrink tubing., so I'm pretty comfortable with that part. How many wires can you add to one larger wire to split to different areas? Can you just twist in and add, say, three to hot side and then three to the ground wire? So it would look like two forks? For some re...
by tink2011
Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel
Replies: 20
Views: 4656

Re: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in para

Thanks so much! Question, if I were to use the 12 guage wire and run it about 15 feet, exactly how to I attach a bunch of strands to it? I guess that's a stupid question, but I've never done it. I can't use another busbar, as that doesn't make sense for my application. Also, do you know how long it ...
by tink2011
Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Lighting yourself-help!
Replies: 42
Views: 7326

Re: Lighting yourself-help!

FossaFerox! What happened with your silicone aquarium adhesive? I'm looking for something to attach the copper 12 volt fairy lights to my mutant vehicle. Did you use the adhesive down the entire piece of wire to attach it to your holster and at the same time make the light scatter? How did it work o...
by tink2011
Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel
Replies: 20
Views: 4656

NEED HELP! Wiring LED copper fairy light strands in parallel

Hi fellow awesome burners! I have used EL wire on my mutant vehicle for the last five years. This year I am switching all EL out for LED copper wire fairy light strands. Here's the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/10M-100-LED-Blue-String-Fairy-Light-Lamp-Waterproof-DC-12V-Copper-Wire-Christmas/40095209...
by tink2011
Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Rope light and 12 volt car battery
Replies: 14
Views: 5134

Re: Rope light and 12 volt car battery

I should have said I have a deep cycle battery, cuz that's what is is. I misspoke with "car battery." It is separate from the start-up battery. Hmmm...I really love the look of my car with EL, as it looks magical. Maybe using the rope lights will "ruin" the effect. I'm attaching ...
by tink2011
Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Rope light and 12 volt car battery
Replies: 14
Views: 5134

Rope light and 12 volt car battery

Hi everyone. My mutant vehicle has always used EL wire (lots of it) run to a 12 volt car battery. It seems the EL is only lasting two years, and then begins to fail with splotchy areas. I only use the car at Burning Man and otherwise it's inside my garage. The guys who sell me the EL say it really c...
by tink2011
Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

Okay, I just put 3-AA batteries in a brand new light string (the ones that ran beautifully on the playa last year using AA batteries) and measured the voltage drop across the itty-bitty resistor inside the battery pack as it came from the manufacturer. It measured 1.9 drop. Would it be correct to sa...
by tink2011
Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

I set the multimeter on voltage and got the following numbers: Voltage leaving 5-volt reducer was 5.08 volts Each 1 ohm resister had a voltage drop of 0.63 consistently. So, I should add one more 1 ohm resister (to make a string of 5) and that should lower the voltage at the LED to a good level, rig...
by tink2011
Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

Hi BBadger! You receive the bonus prize of a trip around the playa with a chocolate bar! Seriously, thanks so much for the input. As I laid in bed last night I actually dreamed about electrical and soldering on playa. It was a weird dream! Anyway, I am wondering if I may have caused a problem when I...
by tink2011
Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

Hi Everyone! It's me again with the "ribbon" light strings ordered from China that everyone helped me get changed over from a 4.5 volt (3 AAs) to the 12 volt deep cycle battery. The first LED string that I wired with the step-down voltage reducer (12-volt to 5-volt model posted earlier in ...
by tink2011
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

Alrighty then, great info! I have already run all the wires and have them zip tied to the main underbody (chicken wire over welded metal) and have begun the fabric top covering, so the conduits (although a great idea) won't work. I like the metal box idea, and will head to Home Depot later this week...
by tink2011
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

Thanks so much for the great idea on the box. What would you suggest I get? An acutal fuse box? That might be a good idea, but pricey? Also, how to secure the stuff inside? I was thinking velcro...but I am a seamstress at heart and this metal and welding/soldering is all new to me! Any advice would ...
by tink2011
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

GOOD NEWS! I got the LED ribbons all wired up from 12 v deep cycle battery through step down converter (Bought the exact ones suggested earlier in this thread) to 5 v, then wired four 1 ohm resistors in series. IT WORKED! The step down converter gets pretty warm, but it works great. The 1 ohm resist...
by tink2011
Wed May 30, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

Hi 5280MeV, I am not sure how you got 7.14 Ohms - maybe you could post your calculation or assumptions? I'm not sure how I got that either! Your calculations actually match mine that I did later in the day yesterday, so I am a happy girl! I think maybe that was my calculation if I went from the full...
by tink2011
Wed May 30, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

Looking back, I'm not sure how I got that either! I hadn't had my coffee yet? :-) My calculations later in the day told me 4.0 ohm, 2 watt. So, this morning reading your calculations matched mine made me a very happy girl! I will keep you posted on my progress. I plan to order the step down DC/DC un...
by tink2011
Tue May 29, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 6826

Re: LED electrical question

I am down to final calculations before purchasing items later today. Am I correct on the following? If I run the 35 LED all wired in parallel (red or amber) from 12v deep cycle battery through DC/DC converter step down to 5v, then I will need a 7.14 ohm, 3.5W resistor. Is this correct? I understand ...
by tink2011
Wed May 23, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Dust proofing our sound system.
Replies: 22
Views: 3864

Re: Dust proofing our sound system.

Thanks for the great tips. I have a marine amplifier that is separate from the head unit. So, it sounds like I can wrap the head unit in a zip lock bag & some plastic wrap (if I'm not using the internal amp) and should also seal the CD compartment -- won't be using it. I will poke a hole through...
by tink2011
Tue May 22, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Dust proofing our sound system.
Replies: 22
Views: 3864

Re: Dust proofing our sound system.

Wanting to make sure my receiver and amp survive on my mutant vehicle. This will be the vehicle's first year with sound, but it's survived two years without. Great information on this thread. One question, if I wrap in plastic won't the amp overheat? I'm thinking of wrapping receiver and amp and hav...

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