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How much power do portable Solar Panels gather?

There are a few factors which determine how much power your portable solar panels gather such as size, the amount they’re used and number of sunlight hours they are exposed to. One of the biggest misconceptions of solar power is that all sunlight created is equal. There are also a number of factors which affect the output of your portable solar panel including geographical location, time of the year, temperature and cloud cover.

With these factors combined it makes it difficult to give a definitive answer on how much power your portable solar panels  will gather. The map below highlights the amount of sunlight the various regions in Australia receive on average per day. Useable sun hours can vary from over 11 hours in Karratha to just 5 hours in Hobart, significantly varying the amount of charge generated by a portable solar panel.

The Image below shows the amount of sunlight the various regions of Australia receive on average per day.





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LED Car Lights | Vehicle Lighting | Super Bright LEDs

Light emitting diode or LED lights are excellent light sources for vehicles. LED lighting is more popular these days than in years past, because people are discovering how long lasting LED lights are. They may be a bit more expensive than regular light bulbs, but because they conserve energy, emit a brighter light, and last longer, it makes the investment in LED light bulbs worth the price. Now LED lights are used more and more on vehicles too because of their great energy saving and illumination properties. With LED lights, you get a brighter, longer lasting bulb from one that is much smaller than normal light bulbs.

LED lights are used in many different applications including vehicles for the brake lights, reverse lights, and the turn signals plus the driving lights, parking lights, headlights and the lights within the interior. These specialized lights make up part of the vehicle electrical system. When there is an issue with the lighting system, a qualified auto electrician should be who diagnoses and repairs them. Service providers like ACE Mechanics employ qualified auto electricians because they know how important it is for the vehicles on the road to day to have the most qualified people to work on them.

LED lights are composed of arsenide and aluminium. The materials are purposefully impure to help the semiconductor to conduct electricity from the free electrons of the impurities. Different kinds of impurities create different colours. These tiny lights punch more of a brightness, which makes them so appealing to the automotive industry, who tries to use less intrusive materials to make vehicles streamlined. LED lights last a long time; sometimes people will trade their vehicle before they ever have to replace the LED lights.

LED lights are also cool burning, so they are cased within plastic without worry of melting or catching the plastic on fire. The bulbs are heartier than regular bulbs making them perfect for use on vehicles. Even though the cost per bulb is higher than the price of fluorescent or incandescent bulbs, when you average out the amount of electricity they use plus the fact they rarely if ever burn out, you will see they are actually less expensive in the long run to use.

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How Electric Brakes Work

Electric brakes work off an electric motor that powers them. The system is backwards from a regular electrical motor. A regular motor works the shaft with electricity forcing it to turn.

The way an electric motor works is by the electricity moving through the wires in effort to move a centralized shaft by way of an attached magnet. The magnet helps the shaft to turn, giving it torque, when they turn off, the torque, or turning stops. If the magnet changes orientation, the magnetic fields of electric wires will work or not work according to the orientation. Unless you are an expert at how this works and you try to break into the system to repair it you may mess it up more. Only qualified electricians should attend to the inner workings of electrical motors.

The electric brake is a big part of the electrical system; it is not something you want to go out, if it ever did, always call a qualified auto electrician to repair it.

When the electricity stops flowing, the shaft that turns the wheels are forced to spin the opposite way. This is what helps the vehicle to brake. The faster the vehicle travels, the more revolutions goes with each minute, the more force it makes for braking with the vehicle. This actually helps to preserve brake pads, and because it produces electricity, it helps to build up the battery charge. Ironically the effectiveness of electric brakes goes down at slower speeds, because the magnet in the center is spinning at a slower speed. This is why it is important to have friction brakes to help vehicles completely stop when needed.

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Truths about Engine Oil Heating

Why do I need to heat the engine oil? We have an engine heater so I don’t need to heat the oil.

Heating an engine before use is great but it’s like only putting one shoe on! Only half the job is done! Sure any oil that is in the pan will get some heat transfer from the heated cooling system, but the oil inside a dry sump tank is still cold. What happens when you start the engine is that the oil pump tries to suck the cold oil from the tank into the engine. When oil is cold the viscosity is very thick. On a racing engine with tight clearances this could be catastrophic! It can cause bearing failure, valve train failure and excessive wear on the cylinder walls. Any failure will cost money! The thick viscosity of the cold oil may not allow it to flow through the tight orifices of an oil system meaning that the oil cannot lubricate the entire engine properly. Additionally, due to the high oil pump pressures it may get the oil to the top of the engine but when the oil tries to drain back unpressurised it takes an extended amount of time creating unwanted oil pooling in the cylinder head.

By heating the oil in the dry sump oil tank prior to engine starting will allow the oil pump to flow the oil throughout the engine as designed for optimum performance.

Should I only heat the oil at the start of the night?

Not always. Have you seen cars start a feature race and blow smoke for the first few laps? This can be caused by the oil losing temperature from the last race. The oil viscosity increases and is pumped to the top of the engine but is still too thick to drain back to the pan. All the oil is “stuck” at the top of the engine and finds a way to leak out the valve cover and drips onto the hot headers.

It is best to keep your oil warm throughout the nights racing. Oil heating all night is common in the Spring and Autumn months of the racing season but may be required in summer if the ambient temperature drops in the evening.

P1 Australia’s oil tank heat mats quickly allow you to heat the oil inside the dry sump tank to optimum temperature.

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