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 1 Site Search - Quick Index   |    2 The Realities of Purchasing On-Line   |    3 Why Do Business With Us?   |    4 Distributor of IOTA Engineering, Quick Cable and Thin-Lite products   |    5 Photovoltaics,Batteries, Cable and Wire   |    6 Lumen Outputs of Compact Fluorescent and Incandescent Lights   |    7 48 volt D.C. fluorescent lights   |    8 Low Voltage DC Lights   |    9 Low Voltage DC Lighting   |   10 Thin-Lite Emergency Survival Disaster LED lights   |   11 DC Compact Fluorescent Screw-in Ballasts & Tubes   |   12 DC Compact Fluorescent Screw-in One Piece Lights   |   13 Balanced Battery Charging and Dis-Charging by IOTA   |   14 Portable & Emergency Fluorescent Light by Flexcharge   |   15 DC Fluorescent Inverter Ballasts by IOTA Engineering and Montana Light     |   16 Charge Controller Musings   |   17 Bogart Engineering SC-2030 Solar Charge Controller   |   18 PV Solar charge controllers with night lighting load by Flexcharge   |   19 Thinlite Indoor Fluorescent Lights   |   19 A - LED Lighting by Thin-Lite   |   20 Thinlite Outdoor Lights   |   21 Thinlite Replacement Ballasts   |   22 Thinlite Replacement Lens - Diffusers   |   23 Thinlite DC Lighting Products   |   24 DC Lighting   |   Glossary of Alternative Energy Terms   |   25 Parallel and Series Battery Bank Information   |   26 What we sell and why.   |   27 Amps Volts and Watts   |   CHARGE CONTROLLERS   |   28 Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Notes   |   29 Photovoltaic Module & System Wiring - Setting Up A PV System   |   30 Wind - Hydro - Solar Charge Controllers by Flexcharge   |   31 Water and Air Heating Diversion Loads for Charge Controllers   |   32 Maximum Power Point Tracking Solar Charge Controllers by Solar Converters   |   33 Solar Converters, Inc. Charge & Lighting Controllers   |   34 SES Flexcharge Solar Single or Dual Battery Charge Controllers   |   35 Thin-Lite ballast replacement installation guide   |   36 Solar Converters Special Solar and Battery Charging Equipment   |   37 TriMetric Battery System Monitors and Deltec Co. shunts   |   38 Timers,Linear Current Boosters,Photoswitch,Voltage Controlled Switches   |   39 Battery Desulphator by Solar Converters, Inc.   |   40 Solar Converters, Inc. 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Lighting Tips   |   55 Your On-Line Privacy   |   56 Electric Vehicle and Alternative Energy Battery Disconnects   |   57 Thin-Lite Special Order replacement ballasts   |   58 Cable and Butt Splices & Connectors   |   BATTERY POST & TERMINAL CONNECTIONS,  ADAPTERS AND BATTERY ACCESSORIES   |   59 Battery Post Marine Conversions & Terminal Extensions   |   60 Battery Post Connectors Conversions Adapters Repair   |   61 Battery Terminal & Post - Cable Lug Covers & Protectors   |   62 Heat Shrink Tubing & Cable Lugs by QuickCable       |   63 Cable Lugs - Compression Connectors - No Crimping & No Soldering   |   64 Heavy Duty Cast Copper Connectors - Lugs   |   65 Cable Lugs - Copper Connectors  - by Quick Cable - MAX   |   66 Cable Lugs - Magna Lug Heavy Duty & Fusion by QuickCable   |   67 Anderson SB Connectors   |   68 Anderson SB Connector Accessories   |   69 Anderson SB Connector Parts   |   70 Thin-Lite LED and Fluorescent Comparisons   |   71 Overview of Our Photovoltaic Systems   |   72 Iota Engineering Battery Chargers / Converters     |   73 SAE Connectors, Plugs, Sockets & Cords   |   74 Electric Vehicle Power Supplies Converters by IOTA Engineering   |   75 DC to DC Voltage Converters & Dimmers by Solar Converters   |   76 Universal Generator Starter switch by Solar Converters   |   77 Stranded vs Solid Wire in low voltage systems   |   78 IOTA Engineering Power and Lighting products   |   79 open page   |   80 Wire & Cable Gauges and Information   |   81 TriMetric 2030 and SC-2030 Wiring Layout   |   82 DC to DC Voltage Converters   |   83 TriMetric 2030 Battery Monitor Features   |   84 IOTA Engineering DLS Battery Charger Features   |   85 Lighting Systems   |   86 Practical Alternative Energy Applications   |   87 Portable  and Emergency Power Systems   |   88 Custom Cables   |   89 Thin-Lite Special Order Fluorescent Models & Pricing   |   90 Resources for Disaster & Emergency Preparedness   |   91 Thin-Lite Special Order LED Light Models & Pricing   |   93   |   94 Battery Wiring Diagrams   |   95 Battery Condition and State of Charge Charts   |   96 Order Form   |   97 Backup Power?   |   98 Energy Expectations   |   99 Power Needs Worksheet   |   100 Efficiency   |   101 Wire Loss Chart   |   102 Solar Insolation Map / Chart   |   103 Utility Inter-tie   |   104 About Us   |   105 Statement of Policy & Warranty/Returns   |   Contact Us   |   MPPT Charge Controllers - FAQ   |   Battery Equalizer/DC Autotransformers - FAQ   |   Constant Voltage Pump Drivers  - FAQ   |   Linear Current Boosters - FAQ   |   Information   |   1   |   2   |   3   |   4   |   5   |   6   |   7   |   NEWS-info links   |   Home Power Articles   |   R   |   P   |   A   |   B   |   C   |   D
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What we have in our home.
Our 600 watt stand-alone system we installed in 1988.
Our 70 watt stand-alone array.
Our 400 watt utility inter-tie system we installed early in 2001.
104 About Us
We have been in business since 1987. We installed our first photovoltaic
array in 1986, it is a 700 watt system with 900 amp hours of battery storage.
This system supplies dc power for outdoor lighting, runs an 1100 watt
inverter and powered a photolab for over ten years.
We have another stand-alone system, it is 70 watts and powers
outdoor lighting as well as a waterfall and d.c. outlets.
Our grid-tie system  is a 400 watt utility-intertie system which utilizes four Evergreen a.c. modules.
Our home also uses several independantly powered lights and fans.
We not only believe in what we do, we live it.
One of the largest utility power substations (Southern Calif. Edison Co. Lighthipe Sub-Station) is our next door neighbor.
We do these things by choice.
Our business philosophy is simple: when two people make a good deal, they will both be happy and do it again. I have lived by this for over 25 years.

Alternative energy is a passion for us - why soil our nest by polluting our world and why throw money away by not getting the most out of what we have?

I have completed the ARCO Solar Course in PHOTOVOLTAIC TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEM DESIGN which was held in August of 1989. This was the last Arco school before they sold their photovoltaic division to Siemens.
It was an intensive six day course which required both written and practical exams to pass.
On July 10, 2001, I attended an excellent two day workshop on PHOTOVOLTAIC UTILITY INTER-TIE SYSTEMS DESIGN AND INSTALLATION sponsored by the State of California. I have made it a
way of life to keep up with the new developements in this field.
Whether it is in technology or building codes, there is always more to learn.
Please click to our articles in HOME POWER magazine Feb/Mar and
April/May 1991.

Shipping Costs:

We ship using the following:

U.S. Postal Priority Mail.
UPS Ground, 3 Day, 2nd Day and Next Day.
Fedex 3 Day Express Saver, 2nd Day and Next Day.

When using the PayPal shopping cart we ship Priority Mail
or UPS Ground, whichever makes the most sense for the
package weight and type of delivery address.
Shipments going to a P.O. Box will be shipped Priority Mail.
The shipping costs with the PayPal shopping cart are based
on the dollar value of the order - there is a chart at the bottom
of each page showing the cost with the exception of the items
shown below.
On heavy items such as battery chargers, tools and
battery boxes, the PayPal cart has a fixed shipping cost for that
item which is clearly shown with the item description.  

With the Verisign shopping cart you can choose the shipping
method you prefer in check out, Priority Mail, UPS Ground,
UPS 3 Day, UPS 2nd. Day, UPS Next Day and UPS Next Day
Air Saver.
These rates are based on your zip code and the shipping weight
of the order.
For Saturday delivery orders must be place by telephone by
12:00 p.m. as both UPS and Fedex add a sur-charge to the shipping
cost for Saturday delivery.
On large items, the Verisign shopping cart has a
shipping weight based on the Over-Size shipping
These items are battery boxes and large QuickCable tools.
Due to the size of these packages, UPS charges by the
dimensional weight instead of the actual weight.
This means that a ten to twelve pound battery box can ship as a
20 to 25 pound package.
The best deal on shipping for large Quick Cable tools and battery
boxes is to use the PayPal shopping cart for Priority Mail shipping
where the shipping cost is fixed and there is no extra charge for the
size of the package.

On phone orders we offer Fedex Express shipping and you pay the
actual cost.

If you have a UPS or Fedex account we can ship a phone order
with the shipping costs billed to your account.

We do not have any handling nor add-on charges.

If you have any questions, just let us know.
(562) 423-4879 fax (562) 728-9941