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26 May ’12 - 1:26 pm
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I was stoked to see some of my parts come in yesterday

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I still have those solar panels from solar blvd kicking around

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I am going to try combining these two designs together so we have a radio/power station for the gazebo, will report back!

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27 May ’12 - 2:19 pm
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went and picked up the rest of my supplies today, will report back later

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27 May ’12 - 9:43 pm
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so after I had assembled all the parts, I set the battery in the bottom of the toolbox

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I used some cardboard to help keep the battery from moving around

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after looking at it and thinking how to lay everything out, I decided to center the battery in the box which also made it more stable

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Once the battery was set, I put the tray in and messed around with placing the inverter, it fit into the tray well, but the sides blocked the outlets and the posts

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so I took my blade and jig saw and cut out the sides

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and set the inverter, the resulting gap was good for running the wires

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I screwed down the terminals to the posts

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and mounted the inverter

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and ran a 12 volt connector from the batteries

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I traced out the speakers and used my razor to cut out the holes

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28 May ’12 - 8:07 am
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I mounted the charge controller between the speakers, this location works well also because it sits under the lip of the lid which will protect it from the rain

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and wired up the speakers

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and wrapped some electrical tape around the speaker to secure the wires

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I used some sheet metal screws to mount the speakers so that they would self tap into the hard case

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28 May ’12 - 8:16 am
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I picked up a cheap mounting kit and broke all the tabs off the bracket and traced out the opening

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I used my utility knife and cut out the opening

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and set the radio down into the bracket and set it the hole, I popped on the face plate for the radio and it locked the radio in place snugly

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the only thing not waterproof is the speakers, but I can run a silicone bead around them to fix that

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I wired up the power and the ground

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and the speaker wire, making sure that the positive and negatives were correct

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all wired up

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and ready to fire up

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28 May ’12 - 8:18 am
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today I just need to mount the solar panels and wire them up, will report back later

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28 May ’12 - 9:10 am
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oh yeah, here is the price break down

12v clip on adapter 5.02

400 w inverter 26.84

charge controller 34.95

tool box 60

radio 49.97

speakers 29.95

wire 8

dash kit 18

panels 75.38

battery 80

for a total of 388.11

compare that to the prices of the ones online that are 2000 dollars. My specs and theirs are very close except they have a single 45 watt panel I have 2 20 watt panels. They also have a 1500 watt inverter while mine is a 400, but it only costs another 80 dollars to upgrade to a 1500 watt inverter. If you take away the stereo and upgraded the inverter you would still be about the same price point though.

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28 May ’12 - 9:11 pm
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cool man! I have had something like this on my mind for awhile. didn't think about a radio tho. wanted something that I could run a fridge on in a emergency and a few plugs for ipods and such.

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