Welcome To the Solar Addict Blog

The Solar Addict Blog

Hello there, I am Jesse the Solar Addict.

Ever since I was young I have been fascinated by renewable energy sources. I mean, how could you not be? It sounds amazing to be able to continue living our lives the way we know it without leaving the earth worse than we found it.

One way to do this is to produce electricity without polluting the earth further. Unfortunately, we’re not there yet. Solar panels have issues with toxic waste and recycling problems, and so does wind and water.

So what is the best way to produce power right now? Well, nuclear plants are great at producing electricity without leaving much toxic waste, but there aren’t nuclear plants in every little corner of the world, and the material used in nuclear plants is non-renewable. This makes solar power one of the cheapest, most accessible ways for people to get into renewable energy.

Do you use solar panels?

I travel fulltime with my wife in our travel trailer, and we spend most of the time boondocking, which is when you’re off the grid completely without hookups. We still charge our laptops, watch TV, use our toaster, microwave, basically all our electronics, and this is possible due to our solar panels.

We have a 12V lithium battery that can hold 100Ah, which is enough power to last us a day or two, more if we needed. As soon as the sun rises, it starts recharging this battery and we can either use it while it’s charging, or let it fully charge and use it in the evening. I am going to make a post about our solar setup where I will go into further details.

I decided to create this blog to help share the knowledge I have gathered over the years. I am hopeful that others will find the blog and help me share their knowledge along the way. Feel free to leave a comment with either a question or your thoughts, I appreciate any improvements you can help me make, to make it a better, more accurate page.

For now, thank you for stopping by!

4 thoughts on “Welcome To the Solar Addict Blog”

  1. Dig your site, especially the Goal Zero stuff. Sadly, I have a LOT of their stuff. One of the items is their Tank Expansion. Since I have a camping van with both a starter & house deep cycle battery, I’ve been trying to find or figure out good ways to use the Tank in lieu of the house battery in the event my house battery dies. Maybe one day you’ll find that a good thing to look into. In the meantime, I continue to review some of the videos I’ve found where folks figured out how to run their van DC circuits using the Goal Zero 3000.

  2. Hi Jesse – after a few hours on the web I still cannot find any help with my Goal Zero problem. I don’t know if you respond to questions, but I am desparate at this point, so here goes:

    I own 2-3 of the older GZ Solar Panels (Nomad 27 and Elite Nomad 7). The cable coming out of these can’t charge either my Extreme 350 or Yeti 400 because the input plugs do not match. I think the newer ones are 8mm and don’t even know the size on the ones I have.

    Is there an adaptor available – or do i have to just chuck them?

    One other issue: My never-used Sherpa 120 is dead – my bad, because I never charged it. Is there any way to salvage this perfectly new unit even though the battery is now dead?

    Thanks you so much if you can help!!!!



    • Hey Tim,

      I Googled the two Goal Zero panels you have and based on what I could find they both have the 8mm Solar Port, which is the input on the Yeti 400. Do you have an older model of these panels that only have USB ports?

      Even if you got it to work, it would take a really long time to recharge the Yeti 400 with them since they’re so small. If I were you I would just buy a new 50W or 100W panel so you could charge the Yeti relatively fast.

      Regarding the Sherpa, I don’t understand how it would be completely dead, but if it won’t take a charge you would have to send it to Goal Zero for a repair. I assume you’ve tried to charge it in several ways to make sure it doesn’t work?



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