“Bullet-Proof” Batteries for Bunkers, Bug-Out Locations, & Remote Systems. The Best Batteries for Prepping

Emergency preparedness, energy independence and interest in bunkers and bug-out locations is growing at an accelerating rate. Whether you’re sheltering in place (bugging-in), or going to a safe remote location (bugging-out), you want your critical systems and equipment to be operational when supplies are scarce and you need them the most. New battery types available can provide over 5 times the lifespan of regular batteries, without freezing, drying-out, off-gassing, or needing frequent maintenance. They are already being adopted for use in remote telecom relay towers, mining, marine, and military applications. Their longer lifespans also mean lower lifetime costs since the time between replacements is extended by years to decades. If you get to your “safe” location, and nothing works, and you have no power for critical equipment, you are in serious trouble! Power needs for locations can range from a few lights, communication and tools, to more sophisticated shelters.

Power needs include:

  • Lighting
  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Refrigeration for food and medicines
  • Freezer for food and ice (ice has many uses)
  • Entertainment
  • Cooking appliances
  • Medical equipment like oxygen concentrators and CPAP
  • Fans and air exchange systems
  • Water pumps and filtration
  • Electric livestock fencing
  • Security systems
  • Powered door systems
  • Sump Pumps *
  • Lighting
  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Equipment battery charging (electric drills, etc)
  • Powered door systems
*Approximately 90% of the underground locations under 30 ft depth have water ingress problems, either from the water table or from rain. An unexpected loss of power could mean flooding or even loss of breathable air in some situations. Even people with simple systems often require power for a CPAP, circulation fans and lighting. Typical deep-cycle batteries are rated by the number of charge and discharge cycles that they can handle, at 50% depth of discharge capacity. Depending on the quality, 500 charge-discharge cycles for a low-cost battery, to around 1,200 cycles for a premium brand are the normal lifespan expectation (2-5 years). Lower-cost flooded batteries often off-gas dangerous fumes, which can cause fires or explosions in unventilated enclosed spaces. They also require regular maintenance, which can give your location away to potential threats, or require you to visit frequently. Flooded, AGM and GEL batteries are vulnerable to freezing, which can break the casing and kill the batteries. These batteries can also degrade quickly from internal corrosion and sulfation, when left only partially charged for an extended time. The solution is to use a more durable battery for prepping, bunkers and bug out locations.  Eliminate the pitfalls of older, less reliable battery chemistries. Avoid the over-reliance on Internet connectivity, complexity, high cost and narrow temperature ranges of lithium ion battery systems. Consider more stable chemistries like silicon dioxide aka “lead-crystal” batteries, and carbon foam / lead carbon batteries. These improved batteries have ultra-long deep-cycle lives, don’t off-gas, and don’t require maintenance.  They have longer shelf-life and are not as vulnerable to EMP events or electronic failure because they do not require complex Battery Management Systems to function. And importantly, these batteries do not require a connection to the Internet so you can keep your location safe and private!

Silicon-Dioxide (SiO2) AKA Lead Crystal Batteries:

A variety of sizes are available for different applications in a selection of voltages, but the most common are 12V and 6V batteries. Originally developed in the 1970’s by the US military, to be a liquid-free “dry” battery that could literally be shot and not leak its contents; these went from an early-stage, low-output weakling to a hard hitting contender, using modern nanomaterials. Silicon-dioxide (SiO2) batteries boast among the best temperature ranges and high cycle-life of any lead-based battery. Averaging 2,800 cycles at 50% depth of discharge, these outperform most premium batteries by 2-3 times their lifespans.  By reducing sulfuric acid content by over 95%, these contain virtually no liquid inside to freeze, spill, or off-gas. The result is a battery that resists sulfation and corrosion, even if fully discharged. SiO2 batteries have an impressive -40C/F to +65C/149F temperature range; making them ideal for remote arctic or desert locations. The non-corrosive electrolyte is more environmentally friendly in this 99% recyclable battery. These are available in a wide variety of sizes and voltages. The SiO2 batteries can charge in about half the time of normal deep-cycle batteries, conserving generator fuel and reducing your exposure to carbon-monoxide. Generator noise and exhaust can attract unwanted attention. Paired with solar, hydro or wind generation, a SiO2 battery bank is well suited for a self-sustaining, secluded off-grid retreat. SiO2 batteries are excellent for winter or summer high temperature use in off-grid homes, bug-out locations, underground shelters, cabins, cottages, marine and RV’s, scooters and golf carts. They can handle extreme temperature conditions without heating or cooling systems. They are extremely well-suited for outdoor applications; such as remote monitoring, security systems, trail cams, emergency lights, mobile equipment, water pumps, electric fences, UPS backup systems and communication relays.
  • Temperature range: -40C/F to +65C/149F Great for sub-freezing conditions to high desert heat.
  • Charge time: Fast 4Hrs from fully depleted. (0.25C rate)
  • Cycle Life: 2,800 Cycles @ 50%, 1,500 @ 80%. Can be discharged 100% and recover full capacity
  • Shelf-life: 2yrs without trickle-charging
  • Max Discharge Rate: Up to 9C (9 x rated Ah capacity <5 Secs) High surge cranking power.

Firefly Carbon Foam Batteries:

These batteries deliver performance similar to lithium-ion at lower cost!photo showing Firefly batteries in a trailer on racks The microcell carbon technology resists the sulfation that reduces battery life, while increasing the charge-plate surface area for much faster charging (1C rate / 1hour), high current output, and deeper discharge capability. Carbon Foam batteries can recover from sitting partially charged for extended periods without corrosion damage (often the killer of regular lead acid batteries). Boasting a similar cycle-life to lithium batteries, without the drawbacks of charging damage in sub-freezing temperatures. They rival lithium ion at lower cost; however, they do not have the lighter weight and smaller size of li-ion. Firefly batteries come in two sizes of ruggedized battery: Group 31 multipurpose 12V, 116Ah, and L16 – 4V,450Ah power-storage battery. These are designed as AGM, sealed, zero-maintenance batteries with the advantages of extreme cycle-life, faster charging from fully discharged @ 1hr vs 7-10Hrs for standard batteries.
  G31: 12V 116Ah L16: 4V 450Ah
Temperature Range -20C / -4F to +50C / 131F -20C / -4F to +50C / 131F
Charge Time Very Fast: 1 hour from fully depleted (up to 1C rate)
Cycle Life 3,900 Cycles @ 50% DoD 1,150 Cycles @ 80% DoD 4,900 Cycles @ 50% DoD 1,475 Cycles @ 80% DoD
Discharge Range Can be discharged 100% and recover full capacity
Shelf life 2 Years without trickle charging
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) n/a 720A
Applications: Off-Grid, RV, Marine, Residential power back-up, Commercial-scale banks, water-well pumps, electric vehicles, trucks, and heavy equipment batteries. Faster charging for both battery types significantly reduces fuel consumption by backup generators, when wind and solar are not available, or shorter sunlight availability in winter. The recommended 7-10hr charging rates for standard lead-acid batteries require a lot more generator run-time than the 1-4hr rates for these advanced options. This is also an advantage for RV’ers facing restricted campsite hours to run a generator, or don’t want to be shackled to shore power when you want to be on the move.

Lead Carbon Batteries by Sacred Sun & Narada:

  With some of the industry’s best cycle-life performance at deep discharge, these battery systems are designed for high-capacity banks for off-grid homes, telecom, and commercial applications. These batteries are capable of high cycling and Partial State of Charge (PSOC) conditions without degradation. Similar to carbon-foam batteries, Lead Carbon AGM batteries can provide extreme cycle-life lithium-performance at about half the cost of lithium. Unlike lithium batteries, these do not require a BMS (Battery Management System) to prevent failures from imbalanced cells, as they self-balance. They have no risk of thermal run-away, a condition that can cause lithium cells to overheat and burn. These modular design of the battery banks allow for simple to setup systems that can be configured as  12V, 24V, or 48V sets, with 500 to 5,000+Amp Hour capacity. 6kWh to MWh scalable systems.
  • Cell Sizes: 2V 500Ah (10hr) to  2V 2000Ah (10hr) Capacity
  • Temperature range: -15C/F to +45C/F
  • Charge time: 0.1C to 0.2C, (5-10hr rate)
  • Cycle Life:   5,000+ Cycles @ 50% DoD, 3,500 @ 80% DoD
  • 15yr+ Design Life at 70% DoD: 4,200 Cycles
  • High Discharge: 0.4C: 400A Max Continuous Discharge for 1000Ah cells

Standard Lead Acid Batteries

These batteries come in Flooded, AGM and Gel varieties. Flooded battery banks often need a watering system, proper venting and regular maintenance to prevent sulfation damage. They are prone to freezing damage when temperatures drop below -18C if not kept fully charged, and can suffer from electrolyte loss and break-down in hot conditions. Checking and topping off the electrolyte levels adds additional complexity and danger of splashing or spills. The vapors from these batteries tend to corrode nearby terminals and electronics. AGM and Gel, (VRLA/Sealed), batteries eliminate the need for regular maintenance and ventilation at a higher price, but still have temperature and lifespan limitations. Well known batteries of this type include Trojan, Outback, Interstate and Rolls-Surrette. The cycle life of these batteries commonly range from 600- 1400 cycles @ 50% depth of discharge.

Nickel-Iron Batteries

Nickel-Iron Batteries have exceptionally long lifespans, but require weekly maintenance and a lot of ventilation. They are lower in efficiency, with a self-discharge at about 1% per day. If left unattended, they can dry out or lose their charge relatively quickly. They are a higher cost and much heavier and about 9-times larger than a lead-acid battery of the same power storage capacity. Charging efficiency is only approximately 65% of the power put in, vs approximately 90% for most other battery types. Many solar charging systems are not compatible with the narrow voltage requirements of these batteries.

Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries can charge quickly and have a great cycle-life capability. They are more compact than regular deep-cycle batteries. A limiting factor is that they can only be charged above 0C/32F.  Unless lithium cells are above freezing temperatures, lithium ions will electroplate onto the anodes, lowering capacity, and permanently damaging your batteries. A lithium Battery Management System (BMS) will shut off charging at freezing temperatures, so for winter-time, your batteries could be either quickly drained, or damaged if not kept in a heated location. Lithium Ion batteries used in vehicles or Tesla Powerwalls have a heating system built into the power pack to overcome this; drawing extra power off the charging system. Another consideration for Lithium-ion Batteries is that BMS systems for most DIY or retail li-ion batteries are often limited in their power output. You may have a large battery bank but may only be able to draw 50-100A current per battery on a continuous basis. Tesla Powerwalls and some other lithium banks require Internet connectivity to work and manage. Most of these must directly communicate with the manufacturer on a regular basis for updates and diagnosis or they could stop working. This may compromise the security of your location. Tesla Powerwall batteries require installation and maintenance by a certified technician.

Available soon: Lithium Titanate, LTO Batteries:

Lithium Titanate, or lithium-titanium-oxide batteries have the highest cycle-life of any battery currently available. 20,000 -30,000 cycles at 100% DoD! They can be fully charged in approximately 6 minutes and output current at 10 times their capacity rating, They are the most thermally stable of available lithium chemistries, and are not subject to thermal runaway; no fire risk. Unlike other lithium-ion batteries, these do not require heating to be charged in freezing temperatures, with a charge and discharge temperature range of -50C/-58F to +65C/149F. These are not as energy-dense as other lithium chemistries, but are still only about 2/3 the weight of a lead-acid battery with the same power capacity.  Their fast discharge and recharge cycle ability has made them extremely useful for high-cyclic use, where frequent recharges are needed. Applications where these batteries are being used include Amazon’s robotic inventory systems, and high-output applications such as turbine ignition systems for military jets. Azimuth Solar Products has recognized that their extreme safety, temperature range, and 25 to 50+ year durability makes these ideal for rugged, reliable systems, which can withstand intense use and environments.  Scalable battery packs (12V, 24V, and 48V) are under development for production in Canada this fall. These will be available in standard 100-150A charge/discharge capable packs, and high charge/discharge rate packs with 400A+ capability. Information available on request.

Final Thoughts

There are battery chemistries and concepts still in experimental and development stages. Graphene super-capacitors, salt-water batteries, thermal storage, flow batteries, and other lithium variations are some examples. Many of these are either years away from commercialization or have proven to be too expensive for consumer use or only suited for large utilities. Having batteries that can go long intervals without charging or maintenance, are sealed for use in confined spaces and that can last several lifetimes of a regular battery; will save you money, time, and possibly your life, in the long-run. For specifications, whitepapers and other additional information, please contact Azimuth Solar Products Inc. www.azimuthsolarproducts.com  [email protected]  Toll-Free: 1-888-252-2452 **Note: batteries are not warrantied against bullet holes or other deliberate or accidental physical damage.

Showroom Closure Due to COVID-19

The Azimuth showroom has closed due to COVID-19. At this time we are still able to ship orders and our shipping/receiving staff are doing their best during limited hours to make sure your orders arrive as fast as possible. If you are local to us in Kelowna, BC, Canada and looking to pick up your order, we are doing curbside pickup only at this time by appointment. Please call 236-420-4228 to schedule that. Our phone lines are answered by our answering service who e-mail and text our cell phones with your messages. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Azimuth Solar Products Response to Covid 19

Azimuth Solar Products Response to Covid 19

We are concerned about our employees and customers, so we are limiting in-person contact as much as possible during this difficult time.

As of noon today, all of our staff will be working from home and our showroom and pickups will be by appointment only. Please call 236-420-4228 or email [email protected] .

Products may be ordered thru our websites or by email or phone.

www.azimuthsolar.ca  – CAD funds

www.azimuthsolarproducts.com – USD funds.

All our supply chains are still operational. We are still shipping product daily via Post, Courier and Freight. Management will be handling all shipping and receiving to limit in person contacts.

Our phones will remain forwarded to our answering service and we will be returning calls via personal cell phones and email.

We have implemented extra sanitizing measures and all packages and products will be wiped down with sanitizer before shipping.

We holding prices of in stock items at this time. Clearance items are still at clearance pricing.

Thank you for your support! Take care everyone!

Shari McDowell &  Matthew Longman.

Azimuth Solar Holiday Hours 2019

We are open limited hours and by appointment from December 21st to January 5th and reopen with regular business hours on January 6th at 8 am PST.

  • Monday, December 23rd open 10 am – 2 pm
  • Tuesday, December 24th – by appointment only for shipping and receiving
  • Wednesday, December 25th – closed
  • Thursday, December 26th – closed
  • Friday, December 27th – by appointment only for shipping and receiving
  • Saturday – Sunday closed
  • Monday, December 30th – by appointment only for shipping and receiving
  • Tuesday, December 31st – closed
  • Wednesday, January 1st – closed
  • Thursday, January 2nd – by appointment only for shipping and receiving
  • Friday, January 3rd – by appointment only for shipping and receiving
  • Saturday and Sunday closed
  • Monday, January 6th – open regular hours 8 am – 4 pm PST.

We will have a skeleton staff handling email inquiries, quotes and sales during this time. Most of our staff is off for a 2 week holiday to give them a much-needed break. Non-time critical inquiries may be handled after the holidays on January 6th. Phone calls will be forwarded to our answering service, but we will be checking messages daily and returning any time-sensitive phone calls.

Have a wonderful holiday!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Staff of Azimuth Solar Products!

Getting the Most out of your Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) Batteries – Charging Instructions

The Charging Parameters for Lead Crystal/SiO2/Silicon Dioxide Batteries are a bit different than regular lead acid batteries. To Optimize your charge efficiency, if you can, it is better to manually set the charging references.

The State of Charge chart is for zero or minimal load on the batteries, if there is a load on the batteries, then the voltages would be lower.

State of Charge Parameter for EFSN SiO2 Batteries

State of Charge Parameter for EFSL SiO2 Batteries

Bulk/Absorption Charging voltage range is 14.4V – 14.7V, with 14.6V optimal.
Float Charging voltage 13.5V – 13.8V.

For SiO2 Batteries, the Maximum/Optimal Charging Current is 25% of Ah capacity. This can be expressed as a 0.25C, C/4, or 4-hour Charge Rate.
Charging at lower current is fine, but these batteries actually charge more efficiently at the maximum rate. This also minimizes run time for a generator, and reduces fuel use, and reduces RV and boat docking time for shore power AC charging.

When the battery is fully charged, there is often an initial “surface charge” voltage normally starting at around 13.5V with no load, and will stabilize at around 13.05V after 4-6hrs. Or you can run a small load on the battery for a brief period to dissipate the surface charge for a more accurate voltmeter reading. This is common with most lead-acid batteries as well.

This should help you fine-tune your charging and monitoring systems to get the most out of your silicon dioxide/SiO2 battery.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

How to Optimize the Power Efficiency of your PV Panels

Whether you have already converted to solar power or you are considering the switch, it is important to understand the best positioning and angling of your photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate the highest levels of power. Orienting your PV panels correctly varies with different locations around the world and is essential to getting the most out of the sun’s power to meet your solar energy needs. This blog post will provide valuable orientation tips as well as some insight towards the topic of solar panels and their ability to produce electricity on cloudy days.Continue reading

Silicon Dioxide Battery Excellent Performance in Extreme Cold Conditions!

Many places in North America are experiencing cold snaps this time of year. Extreme temperatures can decrease performance or cause damage and failure to most batteries.

If you are using batteries for off-grid, RV or backup power, or are planning to start, it is important to know what batteries can withstand extreme temperatures. Azimuth Solar’s Silicon Dioxide (Lead Crystal) batteries provide outstanding performance in extreme hot and cold weather conditions, faster charging and over 10 year lifespans, at lower lifetime costs.

Silicon Dioxide batteries (aka SiO2, Lead Crystal, or just Crystal batteries) are built to last in rough conditions. These batteries can be discharged deeper, cycled more often (even in extreme temperatures), charge faster and have longer lifespans. They recover to full-rated capacity. They do not require maintenance, special ventilation or cooling, and can be stored up to 2 years without recharge.

Extreme Cold Performance

Lead Acid batteries will freeze at -25C/-13F at 50% charge. The more you power you take from the battery, the easier it is to freeze and damage. Once a battery has frozen, you cannot use it until it is slowly defrosted and checked. This usually kills the battery. Lead Acid batteries can have lower freezing temperature ratings, but that is only helpful if you don’t plan on using them. The freezing point of Lead Acid batteries rises as their charge level drops. If you need a battery during an ice storm or winter blackout, you may not be able to use your Lead Acid batteries when you need them the most.

SiO2 batteries do not suffer from freezing damage and retain more available power at lower temperatures.

A Lead Acid battery at -30C/-22F has only 50% available capacity and you can access only 40% of that before it freezes. For example, a 100Ah battery becomes a 50Ah battery at -30C/-22F. You can only use 40% (20Ah) of that capacity before it freezes. At this temperature your available power is 20Ah if the battery is fully charged to begin with.

Lead Crystal Capacity and Temperature Charge

SiO2 batteries will have reduced capacity at low temperatures, but not the freezing limitations. You can use up to 100% of the available capacity of a SiO2 Battery. For example, at -30C/-22F, a 100Ah SiO2 battery retains 60% capacity, so will have 60Ah of available power (3x power vs. Lead Acid).

SiO2 batteries also outperform most batteries at high temperatures. They are rated to +65C/149F vs, 45-50C/113-122F for Lead Acid. Lead Acid batteries off-gas Hydrogen and Oxygen at high temperatures, an explosive mix that needs to be vented. Flooded batteries require fluid replacement.

Unique Chemistry

The SiO2 technology is unique. Standard Lead Acid batteries suffer from freezing, poor low & high temperature performance, sulfation/corrosion, water loss, off-gassing, transport safety issues and short life cycles. The non-corrosive electrolyte in SiO2 batteries forms crystalline salts when charged/discharged. SiO2 batteries use 95% less sulphuric acid than Lead Acid batteries. They are essentially a “dry-cell” battery with no liquid to freeze, spill or off-gas. Eliminating most of the acid, means that the lead plates last longer and weigh less. Sulphation does not build-up and reduce capacity over time. With the crystalline structure, they can also be used in any orientation.

Longer Lasting

SiO2 Batteries last 2-5X as long as Lead Acid batteries. Deep-cycle Lead Acid batteries are rated from 500 charge/discharge cycles (discount batteries) to 1200 cycles for premium batteries, at 50% depth of discharge levels (DoD). The SiO2 batteries offer a much higher cycle life of 2800 cycles at 50% DoD. Their lifetime cost per cycle averages 1/2 to 1/3 of most deep-cycle batteries.

High Current Discharge Ability

SiO2 batteries have excellent high-current discharge ability and will not suffer any capacity loss when discharged to 100%. The Silicon Dioxide batteries have a rapid charging time in comparison to conventional alternatives. At 25C a 100Ah battery can be charged at 25A per hour resulting in a 4 hour charge time (20-40% faster than AGM and Lead Acid batteries, which typically charge at 15-20C which is 5-7 hours for a 100Ah battery). In practical terms, if you are using a fuel generator to recharge your batteries, you will need to run it 20-40% less with SiO2 batteries, than with Lead Acid batteries.

Environmentally Friendly

Because the SiO2 batteries have less Acid, no cadmium, no antimony, the batteries are up to 99% recyclable and are classified as non-hazardous goods for transport. These batteries are a sustainable, environmentally-friendly, less-toxic option using about ¼ of the resources of regular Lead Acid batteries.

Wide Range of Uses

Silicon Dioxide Batteries come in a variety of sizes for many applications!

They have almost no off-gassing and are well suited for marine use and in enclosed spaces, such as RVs and campers. They are widely used by Telecoms due to their long life span, and extreme temperature resilience. SiO2 batteries are available in a wide range of sizes and voltages, even up to 270Ah 12V 8D batteries and do not require a Battery Management System.

Solar Power 101: An Introduction

150W Briefcase Mini Solar Generator System.

As concern over the increasing cost of energy grows, many people are looking into alternative sources of power, like solar. There are four main components in a basic solar setup: Solar Panels, Charge Controller, Batteries and Inverter. All components and the wiring connecting them need to be carefully chosen and sized appropriately to work together. Use this guide to demystify the terminology behind solar, and kick-start your journey to energy independence!

Solar Panels absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity through the Photovoltaic Effect (PV). They are available in rigid glass panels (seen on rooftops), flexible panels (for curved surfaces), folding solar panels and blankets. Panels are rated by their maximum power output in Watts, and produce Direct Current (DC). Many factors, such as angle of the sun (azimuth), shading, temperature and weather, influence how much power a panel will produce.

Charge Controllers are an important buffer between Solar Panels and the Batteries they charge. They monitor the settings of both the panel(s) and the battery and make adjustments during charging so that the power from the panels does not overload the battery. There are two types of charge controllers Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) and Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM). MPPT charge controllers are more efficient and are programmable to work with a wider range of batteries and settings.

Batteries are used to store the power your panels produce. Battery capacity is determined by multiplying the Voltage (V) by the Amps (Ah) to get the Watt-hours (Wh). Example: a 12V 100Ah battery can store 1,200Wh of power. Batteries come in a wide range of sizes and chemistries. Your optimal battery choice will depend on what you’re using them for, your budget and the conditions of use.

The Inverter transforms the Direct Current (DC) stored in your battery to Alternating Current (AC). Your fridge, television, coffee pot and most electronics in your home run off of AC power. USB plug-ins, most RV appliances, and well pumps are examples of DC appliances that do not need an inverter and can be powered directly from the battery. Inverters come in two types: Pure Sine Wave and Modified Sine Wave. Pure Sine Wave is preferred. Modified Sine Wave is cheaper but can damage sensitive electronics. For ease of use, some inverters come with plug-in outlets built into them.

The Boler Turns 50!

Matt & Shari’s Green Egg!

UPDATE: Matt and Shari’s presentation has been rescheduled to 3:00 pm on Saturday the 18th August at the Red River Exhibition Park. A reminder that the event will be open to the public on this day – the gates will open at 10:00 am and admission is $10.00!

August 15th kicks off the beginning of a four-day event to celebrate the iconic Boler trailer’s 50th anniversary! Boler enthusiasts are set to travel from as far as Southern California all the way to Winnipeg’s Red River Exhibition park to attend the event. Winnipeg’s Mayor Brian Bowman will be attending on August 16th at 3:30pm to officially open the event; and a special open house for the public will begin on Saturday August 18th. Public attendees will be welcome to tour the trailers, chat with the owners while enjoying live music, a beer and wine garden, and various food trucks. The gates will open at 10 am and admission is $10.

Azimuth’s owners Matthew Longman and Shari McDowell are Boler enthusiasts who are excited to join in on the celebration and will be driving to Winnipeg with their own lime green egg in tow! For any fellow attendees Matt and Shari will be speaking from 11:15 am – 12:15 am on Friday August 17th as part of a workshop and demo presentation on Batteries and Solar for RV’s and trailers.

Be sure to go check out http://www.myboler.com/ for full details of the event schedule and location!

The inside of the Green Egg; lots of work being done.

Boler History

The Boler was one of the first moulded fibreglass trailers to be introduced in Canada and are known for their lightweight towing ability. The original Boler has inspired the design and manufacturing of many fibreglass moulded trailers since.

Raymond Olecko and his idea to manufacture a lightweight, fiberglass trailer came to fruition in 1968 when he approached Sandor Dusa, a fibreglass mould maker, to help him create his vision. Olecko wanted to build a compact trailer for his family to take on camping trips. Once complete Olecko realised they had manufactured a product that would appeal to the small, average income family who did not want to tow the standard heavyweight camper. They continued production and in 1969 moved to a larger facility to keep up with demand.

Rigged for power! This Boler is powered by ULL batteries and the 800W off-grid mini!

Before Olecko’s invention of the Boler trailer, he found success manufacturing and selling a fibreglass slingshot from the basement of his Winnipeg home. This unique design that could be ordered for either left or right-hand use was the first of its kind to be introduced to the outdoors/sportsman market and quickly gained popularity. He went on to register his slingshot business as Boler Manufacturing Co. and it was the success this business saw which lead to him continue the use of the Boler name for the fibreglass trailers (not to mention their uncanny resemblance of the Bowler hat!).



Unrivalled Systems: How ASP Portable Solar Generator Systems Compare to Leading Competitors

At Azimuth Solar Products Inc., we want to give you powerful and dependable solar power when you need it. Whether you’re an adventurer looking for a safer and cleaner way to keep comfortable on the edge of the wild or just looking to keep your fridge and lights running when the worst happens. We know solar power has a lot of ways to improve security and the quality of life of anyone to whom the grid is unreliable or inaccessible. That’s why we’re raising the bar for portable solar and introducing the first affordable mid-range solar generators to take advantage of the falling costs of solar panels to deliver something truly durable and life-saving to as many people as possible.

Affordable High-Power Solar

Our solar generator systems offer unparalleled power output for each dollar. No other portable system in their price range offers the same power rating or includes as many essential components as the ASP Portable Solar Generators. We’re taking advantage of the falling price of solar to offer high-range portable systems for prices that compete with systems with less than a third of their capacity.

These portable and dependable solar power generator systems have unique, compact folding designs suitable for disaster recovery, off-grid living, tactical expeditions, and adventuring. Our systems use high-quality solar panels with a specially designed high capacity tripod and frame support for unrivaled high-output mobile solar power. Our rugged systems use the most innovative components to function in extreme conditions from arctic, desert, to downpour. There are some comparable solar generators used by the US Forces, but our systems are a fraction of the cost, weigh less, and are quicker set-up. Our M400 system has been developed in collaboration with SBM Solar, a primary supplier of ballistic-rated solar panels to the US Marines. Read SMB Solar’s Press Release here.

The ASP 360 features compared to those of nearest competition. Watt-per-dollar, we offer a smarter, cheaper, and more powerful generator than any other portable solar on the market.

Powerful Portables

All the support components for our systems are designed for easy assembly, disassembly, and transport. They can be set-up in less than five minutes without tools and the tripod, pillar, and 2-axis frame fold into compact pieces to be carried by hand or in a case. The highly portable designs allow Azimuth systems to be put into a trunk of a car and set up in any location no matter how remote or hard to reach.

Most portable solar is designed for charging small devices or topping off partially-discharged batteries. Meanwhile, with a single day of sunshine, Azimuth’s portable solar generator systems can power appliances, entertainment, communication and medical equipment, and construction tools. Traditional portable solar generators may only charge a few cellphones or laptop computer, and can take several days to charge a battery pack. Our systems will run appliances and work as a back-up generator for adventure or crisis.

Our systems will recharge large, deep-cycle battery packs in less than a day, and the scalable design allows the systems to be expanded for additional power. The 2-axis, 360 full rotation frame can easily tilt and rotate to follow the sun for maximum input – up to 40% more power than a fixed solar panel, such as the popular folding briefcase style mini systems. Our exceptional efficiency and flexibility makes our systems suitable for micro-grid systems in cabins, micro or tiny homes, RVs, mobile work sites, boats, and off-grid homes.

Our compact design features on-board electronics which neatly nestles the combiner box and charge controller directly behind the panels. An output panel includes a 12V lighter and SAE socket so appliances, devices, and battery-packs can be plugged-in directly. Our RV connector cable can be connected through the 7-way socket on RVs and trailers to recharge their batteries without hassle. The charge controller can also be remotely mounted indoors for use with a battery bank for an off-grid home.

Comparison of practical use of ASP portable solar generators compared to leading competition.

We’re always working to improve our selection of high-quality components and reduce the cost of our systems. Visit our online store to learn more about these portable generators, or calculate your solar needs to find the right products for you.