I have just come back from morning row with the birds it is another nice
clear day with a table cloth stream coming off the volcano in the distance.
The tide is running out, and the odd fish man is out in their canoe throwing
out nets all been reflected in the morning sun light.
Yesterday we went to beach again to surf. Sean was so much into it and
success, he wanted to do it again, Tracy and Alex came with us, and we
enjoyed the beach, pool and surf. I must say it is nice to be body surfing
again, and enjoying it, we have not had many chances to do this and we want
to leverage it here.
While in the pool Mike from "Joss" and I discussed power consumption, he has
the same solar set up as I do, and I talked to him about the issue I have
with one panel, which I believed we were running on one panel vs 2, and
nothing seamed to be wrong. But what he did was motivate me to re look
again, I did try at Bahia de Sol, and in Mexico but to no effect, but I was
hopeful he would see something I have not. Sure enough he viewed it and came
to the same conclusion I did that everything including the panel seamed to
be working putting out voltage but when loaded not current, so he was
baffled as well. But I got on skype and to Kyocera to check and actually got
some body effective in technical support, who was very constructive. He said
the panel was working but it was probably a connection in the junction box
between the diodes. So I loosened them and tighten them, and then decided to
do a detailed cleaning which Mike and I did. Sure enough we now have current
out of the panel, this is not written up anywhere we had seen but it is key
the diodes have a clean and tight connection otherwise current is lost.
This is nice as we should be positive and adding current to the bank during
the day exceeding consumption, where as one panel would only break even. We
also looked at an arrangement to add at least another 3 panels easily, this
I will do when we get to Brisbane. This is a positive step forward, Mike
gave me the motivation to dig deeper into it.
We expect the Australian family with boys same age as ours in today, and
this will be good for 2 to 3 days before we look to leave on Tuesday.
It is so quiet and peaceful here, we have great weather, which is nice as we
really are waiting out the finish of the rainy season, it is still raining
down south but has reduced and they get dry days now, we will still go
slowly until end of the month enjoying the coast line hoping to avoid the
rains or the worst of it.