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5 Photovoltaics,Batteries, Cable and Wire 7 48 volt D.C. fluorescent lights 8 Low Voltage DC Lights Glossary of Alternative Energy Terms CHARGE CONTROLLERS 36 Solar Converters Special Solar and Battery Charging Equipment 37 TriMetric Battery System Monitors and Deltec Co. shunts 38 Timers,Linear Current Boosters,Photoswitch,Voltage Controlled Switches 39 Battery Desulphator by Solar Converters, Inc. 42 QuickCable links to instock products 48 DC Fuses, Holders & Fuse Blocks 56 Special Order Lenses for Thin-Lite Fluorescent Lights 57 Thin-Lite Special Order replacement ballasts 58 Special Order Lenses for Thin-Lite LED Lights BATTERY POST & TERMINAL CONNECTIONS, ADAPTERS AND BATTERY ACCESSORIES 62 Heat Shrink Tubing & Cable Lugs by QuickCable 67 Anderson SB Connectors 72 Iota Engineering Battery Chargers / Converters 73 SAE Connectors, Plugs, Sockets & Cords 75 DC to DC Voltage Converters & Dimmers by Solar Converters 76 Universal Generator Starter switch by Solar Converters 79 Thin-Lite Ballast Wiring Layouts 81 TriMetric 2030 and SC-2030 Wiring Layout
At the bottom of this page is a list of page links to every page in our website.
We ship to the lower 48 States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands only.
For questions or to order by phone please call:
All of our orders are processed by hand.
Any information you give us goes nowhere else.
We are open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00, we close from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Pacific time.
3 Why Do Business With Us?
The WE of solarseller.com
1) We are a small company.
This allows us to give you personalized service.
2) We sell many items.
Only items that are instock, at our location, and ready to ship will be
available on our website.
As a side note, we now have pages with pricing for special order
When you see a website that has seven to ten day shipping, do they have
the items in-stock?
3) We have been living with and selling alternative energy equipment since
Just check the Home Power Articles from 1991 on this site.
4) We can tell you if an item is in stock and how many we have because we
will go to the shelves or parts bins and actually see the stock, not hope that
it has been updated on a computer screen.
5) We stock items that other's don't.
This can sometimes make the difference between your system being
completed or just sitting there collecting dust.
7) We can answer questions about your application.
8) We want you to know what you are buying so that the only surprise is a
9) We only carry quality items.
It is better to sell good products than to sell junk that will fail when it
Many of the items we sell are for emergency or back-up use.
When you need it, it has to work.
In the past, some of our customers have purchased power equipment from
us to operate oxygen generators, compressors and ventilators for medical use.
There is no second best when providing power for this type of
10) We accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express and PayPal (with PayPal you can
use your Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, direct funding
or an electronic check), a check or money order.
Most of the items shown in our website have two different shopping carts so you can
order securely using the payment method you prefer.
11) We gladly accept phone calls, our telephone number is on each page of
You can call us, let us know what you need and we can send you a PayPal invoice,
or take your credit card information on the phone.
12) We gladly accept special orders.
13) You will NEVER receive an e-mail nor phone advertisement from us.
We do not maintain a data base to bother our customers with.
14) Any order information you give us stays with us.
15) We ship Priority Mail Monday through Friday and
UPS Ground once a week.
16) There are no shipping cost surprises.
The shipping cost is shown on each page for orders placed through the PayPal
When using the Go e-emerchant cart, checkout will show you the shipping cost options
based on the shipping weight of your order and your zip code - before you complete
We do NOT charge handling fees.
If you ask enough people the same question eventually you will hear the
answer you want.
I have no problem answering a question with "I don't know."
When you call us you will hear what we believe is right - we won't dance
you around just to make you feel good.
We use what we sell.
We had 2,500 watts of photovoltaics in use at our old location in Long Beach, California.
Time permitting, we will be putting up an 800 watt system here in Kingman, Arizonia.
Many people want to know where our products are made.
Here is the breakdown:
Bogart Engineering - all products: Sunnyvale, California, USA
Deltec Shunts and Fuse Blocks: Norwalk, California, USA
Flexcharge - all products: Charlevoix, Michigan, USA
IOTA Engineering inverter/ballasts: China
(offices, warehouse and testing facility in Tucson, Arizona)
Littelfuse Class T and ANN Fuses: Mexico
QuickCable - MagnaLugs, Flextube heat shrink tubing, compression lugs,
tab insulators, "L" tractor covers, battery post adapters and terminal
extensions, military terminal clamps: Franksville, Wisconsin, USA
QuickCable - MAX lugs: China
Solar Converters - all products: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Thin-Lite - all products (except LED311 & LED312): Camarillo, California, USA
Thin-Lite NOTE: the LED311 & LED312 are imported from China
To return to our home page please click on the following link:
There are a few reasons why most of our products are made in this part of the world.
If you, the end user, have a question that I can't answer, you can call the
manufacturer directly without a translator.
In most cases you will be speaking either to an engineer or the people who actually
Our products are of the highest quality.
By stocking and selling these kinds of products, neither Christine nor I get to deal
with irate phone calls for selling lesser quality items.
As the old saying goes, you can either buy fresh hay, or hay that has been through
As a side note.
I am not an isolationist, but I would like to see people in our neck of the woods
working and thriving.
We live five minutes away from the local food bank.
This is a constant reminder that we need to help out our neighbors.
That's it for my soapbox.
And we will do our best to make your dollar do the most for you.
Please click onto this link for other payment options: How to Order
John Drake Services, Inc.
3131 E. Ames Avenue
Kingman, Arizona 86409
As a kid in the early 60's I saw a movie on television called "The Flame Barrier"
starring Arthur Franz, Kathleen Crowley and Robert Brown.
This movie was made in 1958 and in it the world was saved by "solar batteries."
Well that put the hook in me.
A few years later, while visiting one of my uncles, he showed me a solar powered
radio made in Japan by Hoffman Solar.
It intrigued me how you could move your hand around the top of it and make the
volume go up and down.
The hook was set.
The next thing you know I was in the local hobby shop counting out my cleaning up
the shop money to buy a "Solar Experimenter's Kit" made by International Rectifier -
this was around 1964-65. In the early sixties they made a number of items using
solar energy, from model cars to windmills.
I bought my first "real" solar panels in 1978 - four Solec modules for around
$375.00 each, you can see them on 47 Our own alternative energy systems
in a rack, and still producing power at our location.
I finally found a copy of "The Flame Barrier" as well as a Hoffman Solar, solar powered
radio, that still works, like my Uncle Ben had.
I look in wonder at the modules we use, that those big flat panels could make
electricity just sitting in the sun - a great idea.
As some of you know, especially our local will call customers, we had a solar electricity
museum/display in our old location in Long Beach, California.
Because of our move, most of the items are long gone.
I kept a couple of items.
This is one of the original "solar batteries" from 1954.
On the left is the booklet I purchased around 1964, the solar cell is long gone.
And on the right is an original sealed replacement selenium cell I picked up
many years ago.
1 Site Search - Quick Index | 2 The Realities of Purchasing On-Line | 3 Why Do Business With Us? | 4 Distributor of IOTA Engineering, Quick Cable and Thin-Lite products | 5 Photovoltaics,Batteries, Cable and Wire | 6 Lumen Outputs of Compact Fluorescent and Incandescent Lights | 7 48 volt D.C. fluorescent lights | 8 Low Voltage DC Lights | 9 Why buy Thin-Lite lights? | 10 Thin-Lite Emergency Survival Disaster LED lights | 11 DC Compact Fluorescent Screw-in Ballasts & Tubes | 12 Educational Pages On This Site. | 13 Balanced Battery Charging and Dis-Charging by IOTA | 14 Portable & Emergency Fluorescent Light by Flexcharge | 15 DC Fluorescent Inverter Ballasts by IOTA Engineering and Montana Light | 16 Charge Controller Musings | 17 Bogart Engineering SC-2030 Solar Charge Controller | 18 PV Solar charge controllers with night lighting load by Flexcharge | 19 Thinlite Indoor Fluorescent Lights | 19 A - LED Lighting by Thin-Lite | 20 Thinlite Outdoor Lights | 21 Thinlite Replacement Ballasts | 22 Thinlite Replacement Lens - Diffusers | 23 Thinlite DC Lighting Products | 24 DC Lighting | Glossary of Alternative Energy Terms | 25 Parallel and Series Battery Bank Information | 26 What we sell and why. | 27 Amps Volts and Watts | CHARGE CONTROLLERS | 28 Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Notes | 29 Photovoltaic Module & System Wiring - Setting Up A PV System | 30 Wind - Hydro - Solar Charge Controllers by Flexcharge | 31 Water and Air Heating Diversion Loads for Charge Controllers | 32 Maximum Power Point Tracking Solar Charge Controllers by Solar Converters | 33 Solar Converters, Inc. Charge & Lighting Controllers | 34 SES Flexcharge Solar Single or Dual Battery Charge Controllers | 35 Thin-Lite ballast replacement installation guide | 36 Solar Converters Special Solar and Battery Charging Equipment | 37 TriMetric Battery System Monitors and Deltec Co. shunts | 38 Timers,Linear Current Boosters,Photoswitch,Voltage Controlled Switches | 39 Battery Desulphator by Solar Converters, Inc. | 40 Solar Converters, Inc. Products | 41 SES Flexcharge Products | 42 QuickCable links to instock products | 43 Thin-Lite products we stock | 44 DC Fuse & Circuit Breaker Types & Installation | 45 Switches - DC rated wall switches | 46 IOTA Engineering IQ4 Smart Charge Controller Owners Manual | 47 Our own alternative energy systems | 48 DC Fuses, Holders & Fuse Blocks | 49 Class T- DC Fuses & Fuse Blocks | 50 ANN - ANL - CNL DC Fuses & Fuse Blocks | 51 Inverter Cable and Overcurrent Protection Guide | 52 Installation and trouble shooting low voltage d.c. lighting | 53 Diodes - Blocking & Bypass, What do they do? | 54 Low Voltage D.C. Lighting Tips | 55 Your On-Line Privacy | 56 Special Order Lenses for Thin-Lite Fluorescent Lights | 57 Thin-Lite Special Order replacement ballasts | 58 Special Order Lenses for Thin-Lite LED Lights | BATTERY POST & TERMINAL CONNECTIONS, ADAPTERS AND BATTERY ACCESSORIES | 59 Battery Post Marine Conversions & Terminal Extensions | 60 Battery Post Connectors Conversions Adapters Repair | 61 Battery Terminal & Post - Cable Lug Covers & Protectors | 62 Heat Shrink Tubing & Cable Lugs by QuickCable | 63 Cable Lugs - Compression Connectors - No Crimping & No Soldering | 64 Heavy Duty Cast Copper Connectors - Lugs | 65 Cable Lugs - Copper Connectors - by Quick Cable - MAX | 66 Cable Lugs - Magna Lug Heavy Duty & Fusion by QuickCable | 67 Anderson SB Connectors | 68 Anderson SB Connector Accessories | 69 Solar Converters Special Order Items | 70 Thin-Lite LED and Fluorescent Comparisons | 71 Overview of Our Photovoltaic Systems | 72 Iota Engineering Battery Chargers / Converters | 73 SAE Connectors, Plugs, Sockets & Cords | 74 IOTA Engineering inverter ballasts | 75 DC to DC Voltage Converters & Dimmers by Solar Converters | 76 Universal Generator Starter switch by Solar Converters | 77 Stranded vs Solid Wire in low voltage systems | 78 IOTA Engineering Power and Lighting products | 79 Thin-Lite Ballast Wiring Layouts | 80 Wire & Cable Gauges and Information | 81 TriMetric 2030 and SC-2030 Wiring Layout | 82 DC to DC Voltage Converters | 83 TriMetric 2030 Battery Monitor Features | 84 IOTA Engineering DLS Battery Charger Features | 85 Lighting Systems | 86 Practical Alternative Energy Applications | 87 Portable and Emergency Power Systems | 88 Custom Cables | 89 Thin-Lite Special Order Fluorescent Models & Pricing | 90 Resources for Disaster & Emergency Preparedness | 91 Thin-Lite Special Order LED Light Models & Pricing | 93 My solar / photovoltaic history | 94 Battery Wiring Diagrams | 95 Battery Condition and State of Charge Charts | 96 Order Form | 97 Backup Power? | 98 Energy Expectations | 99 Power Needs Worksheet | 100 Efficiency | 101 Wire Loss Chart | 102 Solar Insolation Map / Chart | 103 SAE Connector Selection | 104 About Us | 105 Statement of Policy & Warranty/Returns | Contact Us | MPPT Charge Controllers - FAQ | Battery Equalizer/DC Autotransformers - FAQ | Constant Voltage Pump Drivers - FAQ | Linear Current Boosters - FAQ | Information | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | How To Videos and Reference by Quick Cable | Home Power Articles | R | P | A | B | C | D