How I use Solar Power & Deep Cycle 12v Battery to Charge my Battery Powered Garden Tools

Anton here from Perth Gardens and I'm here at the scene of a fuel spill and as you can see that I forgot my funnel I had to get fuel – unleaded from the Jerry tank into this little thing mix up my two-stroke for the day and unfortunately you know that's something that happens There's spills happen and not only that you know I've got to lift this heavy Jerry can on my own and hold it in the air while trying to transfer it into this little can here

Pain in the ass! But that's gonna all be over very soon This is really bad the environment right? You know if you think about how many people are doing this every day: I heard somewhere that that this is like an oil tanker worth of fuel is spilled every year in America – just from garden equipment; just from doing stuff like this, filling up the cans and then transferring that to the garden equipment So it's very bad However it's ending! It's ending for me I've already done videos reviewing some of my Ego battery powered tools and you can see some of them here

I've got my lawn mower Got my brush cutter In here I've got my multi-tool with a lawn edger attachment and brush cutter attachment and a pole hedge trimmer Then in my toolbox here – let's open that up get some of that stuff out of the way Got a blower, hedge trimmer tucked in the back I've got a pole chainsaw So all sorts of stuff And there's my batteries up the top there The exciting thing that's happened now is I've set up solar charging

This is really cool I reckon So I want to go through some of the details about this solar charging setup I've got going on here So with this now You can hear in the background over there, you can probably hear the petrol blower being used at the moment by my mate = he's cleaning some gutters That is the last of the petrol tools being used And that is about to be put away for good because I've just set this up yesterday and I will now have my fully mobile, battery powered, zero-emissions set up with me at all times So let me tell you about that Let me tell you how it works I've got the 120 watt solar panel on the top Comes through into the toolbox to a charge controller

Now the point of this is to regulate the voltage that goes through into this battery which I'll show you in just a moment If the voltage drops too low – say the solar panel goes into shade or it's nighttime or something like that then a solar panel can actually start to discharge the battery So this will stop that from happening It disconnects the battery from the solar panel when there's insufficient voltage coming through to charge the battery So inside the battery box – mounted that up nicely on top of the battery box – inside the battery box we have a big deep cycle battery

That's a 120 amp hour battery And then from there that feeds into a power inverter So back to the battery for a moment The point of the battery is we have a 120 watt solar panel on the roof 120 watts is not enough to to run these battery chargers or any of the tools that I use So we we charge a battery and then the battery stores a whole lot more energy than the solar panels can provide at any moment in time and then we can fill the battery up slowly and then draw it down fast by sucking it out as needed

Now you can take 12 volt power directly from the battery or through this charge controller here but I'm not using any 12 volt tools or equipment here but if you wanted you could run in a camping fridge or you know things that plug into a cigarette lighter that kind of thing But I've specifically set this up to run this power inverter here which converts the 12-volt power from the battery into 240 volts which I can use for my chargers And so in the back there I've got regular power leads plugged in and that goes to my Ego chargers There's the rapid charger There's the regular charger, that gets spare batteries up here as you can see And so if I start the day with all my batteries charged as soon as one's used up I chuck it onto a charger and it keeps me going throughout the day and I never need to run out of power

I carry about six batteries with me So that's my mobile solar charging setup and I'm really pleased with it I reckon it's awesome It's practical; you know apart from all of the other benefits it lets me just keep my tools charged while I'm on the road without having to bother with getting power from the clients or carry around petrol like I had to do with the petrol tools And it lets me tell people genuinely that I've got a 100% zero emissions gardening service

It's let me complete the journey which I started a year ago when I bought my first couple of battery-powered garden tools and complete that you know so that now I've from start to finish it's all environmentally friendly zero emissions and that's really cool So now you know I've got the full set of gardening equipment and my mobile charging setup The benefits of this – you know there's cost benefits as well – I'm not sure whether having the solar panel is going to actually save me any money in itself because there's a bit of cost involved in setting it up and getting all those components; so chances are it's probably not going to save me any money If you took the solar out of the equation battery power tools are definitely, you're financially better off having them than petrol tools Even taking into account things like batteries having a lifespan and needing replacing every few years or something, they're still by my rough calculations still sort of half the price per hour of usage as petrol tools and other people say it's even better value than that

That for me is not a major factor in deciding to go down this route, but it's a bonus and I think if you're doing you know hundreds of hours of use of powered equipment then those savings are probably worthwhile So financial benefits, it's very practical this setup is less maintenance of the tools you know I talked about that and the different review videos that I do so I won't go into that now but you know just being able to grab a tool slot a battery and squeeze the trigger and and you're in action you know that's great that's really good when you when you're just trying to get stuff done for me as I said you know the biggest factors were in deciding to go down this route are environmental and and you know I think it's important that we we make these these changes for the sake of the environment and you know climate change and all of that but that's not that's not something that I'm not sure that that's been a massive selling point for me in terms of marketing this to clients works for me don't what what is a good selling point in terms of pitching this kind of service to clients is the the low noise aspect of it and you know at the same time as you as you've got no pollution you've also got no annoyed noise pollution and and and that's really good you know when I'm working out in the hills you know at the moment that you can probably hear behind me as compared to before when I did the first part of this video there's no power tools going on in the background and you probably can't hear it but all I can hear is just you know the birds chirping and the wind in the in the trees and that's how you know that's how I reckon it should be out here but you know we have we have clients who have businesses and and we can um we can work on their premises without disrupting their business or their clients we can go to houses early in the morning you know 6:30 in the morning and start work which is great in summer when it's really hot and and we don't have to worry about waking people up or just staring the neighborhood so all those noise factors are really good with the with the battery-operated tools so um yeah look I hope I hope showing you what I've done with the with my setup here the solar solar power and everything I hope that inspires some some other gardeners to make these changes you don't have to go the you know the whole route of solar charging and everything but there's you know even just getting some some battery power tools I think you you'll find very beneficial and and it's you know it's it's just good all around with very little downside you know once you once you've figured out how to manage your the the batteries so that that's not an issue and you're not worried about running out of power then then there really isn't any downside there's no reason not to make the change to to battery power tools okay so I'll catch you later I've got another review coming soon

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