This post was written while we were in Chad.
As the sun was setting, I was wearing my old clothes saved especially for the job of dealing with battery acid. Before pouring the battery acid into the container, I used a battery acid tester to make sure the acid was of a good quality. In the past, the stuff I bought tasted watered down… but this time, the little balls in the tester all floated! So we filled up all the compartments with acid, and let the battery sit overnight.
This morning, we brought them in, and I spent most of the morning carefully attaching the solar panels and the battery to the charge controller… only to find out that the charge controller is defective out of the box. The charge controller keeps the solar panels from overcharging the batteries (which may create an explosion), or drained of electricity from the lights and appliances on the solar system (which would permanently keep the batteries from charging ever again). So the charge controller is a vital part of a solar electric system. There was a need to return and replace it, so the prospect of a quick trip to N’Djamena looked more and more likely.
Benefits of Acid
But friends from America who came to visit us and many others ate supper with us tonight. They even brought hair brushes… no more scrub brush for me! All the girls are glad to not have to share a hairbrush anymore. And our friends also offered to take the charge controller to N’Djamena with them! So I may not have to go in after all! We’ll be praying.
I went to withdraw money for the batteries from the ATM. When I got there, there was a fellow customer trying to get in; the ATM was on inside the room, but the handle had been removed from the door! An increasing number of customers tried to open the door. That’s when I got into a rickshaw, picked up some pliers and other tools, and rode back to the bank. When I arrived, everyone had left!
But I got into the ATM room, and withdraw the money by opening the door with alligator pliers. It was a good thing that today was a holiday, Eid Al-Adha. We laid low that, because I just returned from my trip, and used it to settle in a bit more.
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