Understanding your Electrical
Updated: Jul 7, 2021
When converting a bus/van/car/boat or building a tiny home from scratch it's extremely important to understand your electrical system. There are 2 different kinds of electrical currents that you should be aware of before starting your build.
#1 DC (Direct Current) power is commonly found in battery powered electronics and your car accessory (cigarette lighter) sockets
#2 AC (Alternating Current) power is what you find in the wall outlets of your house.
Now that you understand DC and AC currents your going to need a power source to run your appliances. I recommend running most of your things off a 12 v DC current
!!!!!!!!!!!Some batteries will require outside venting!!!!!!!!!!!
STEP 1: Find Your Batteries
Choosing a battery bank size for your RV is crucial in having enough power to go off-grid.
We chose the 100ah lithium deep cycle Battle born Batteries because of its LITHIUM ION TECHNOLOGY: Unlike Lead Acid batteries, Battle Born's deep cycle lithium ion batteries have unlimited mounting capability, exceptional longevity, and are more cost effective.
STEP 2: HOW DO YOU WANT TO CHARGE YOUR BATTERIES?
There are many different alternatives to charging your batteries
#1 Solar #2 Generator #3 DC to Dc Charger
We used 400 Watts of solar and the Renorgy 40A Dc to Dc charger on our build and together they works amazing.
STEP #4 WIRING
Wiring is one of the most critical step's because you will depend on it daily, so take your time finding the right places to run your wiring and try to make it as organized as possible.
Run your wiring from its designated spot to your DC fuse box. (linked bellow)
Once you have ran all of your wiring to your fuse box and connected properly you can now connect your battle born batteries to the fuse box. We used 8 gauge wire and ran it from our batteries to the fuse linked bellow then from the fuse to the fuse box. (example bellow)