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Building a battery enclosure for your off the grid power system is essential. Not only is it required in most places in order to pass county inspections, but also critical to protect those important and expensive batteries.
I thought about buying one, until I saw the price tag ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Not only were these pre-built enclosures expensive, but they were pretty much one dimensional. Since my power shed is also my work space until, or if I build a garage, I needed something that just didn’t take up space, but served a couple different purposes.
Since selling my last house 6 plus years ago, I haven’t had a real work bench or work area. I decided this was a good time to reorganize the power shed and turn it into a more usable work space. As you can imagine it was pretty chaotic in there after almost 3 years of working on my off the grid project. In addition, to the battery enclosure you will see some more storage using some wood scraps in the roof rafters.
In the end I’m pretty happy with my off grid solar battery enclosure. It serves three purposes at the moment: 1) Solar Battery Enclosure 2) Work Bench 3) Extra Tool Storage. The best part is it was made with 100% building scraps and parts I already had, so the cost was $0, just my time and patience :-)
I would love to hear from other people who have built their own battery enclosures as well, and it would be great if you shared your project with us.
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