Pastafarians everywhere can relax: I found the flying spaghetti monster.
Okay, not really. Not much of the mess pictured above is made of pasta, but it is quite a monster. After being stalled by a couple days of rain, Jef and I finally got the combiner box assembled, and all the cables hooked up. You’re probably thinking Surely, this crazy girl is going to organize those cables somehow.
Well, I would like to tidy up those cables, but how is somewhat of a mystery. Cable loom and zip ties might help, but beyond that … these cables are literally flapping in the wind … uh, crazy glue? I wonder how many electrical codes I’m breaking. Can one be cited for driving around with a rat’s nest of low voltage cables on their roof?
A total six solar panels adorn Gypsy’s roof. Each panel has a positive cable and a negative cable, for a total of twelve cables. There are ways to consolidate them, such as hooking them up in series or using branch connectors, but (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) it’s only advisable to do this in even groupings. For example, six panels can be wired in two groups of three, or three groups of two. Since I’m keeping my options open for a seventh panel, that kind of throws a wrench in any sort of consolidation scheme. Hmm . . . 700 watts of solar on top of a van. That has to be some kind of record.
I looked it up. The “Most Solar Panel Wattage on a Van” category has not yet been established. Hey, someone’s got to hold the record, why not Gypsy? Ooh, the “Most Cartwheels in a Minute” category looks fun, and I do have quads of steel …