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  1. Every sentence in the above quote defies my understanding of the terms and experience with the components. I admit the possibility that I am just be seriously confused. :-) Here is my take: PD says this about the purpose of a converter: "The power converter recharges the battery and supplies 12-volt power for the lights and appliances when 120–volt AC power is available." They do not mention the absence of batteries. A converter is only on when connected to shore power, and may have a power switch, depending on model and producer. Always on does not mean always charging. Indeed, in the proposed batteryless system there would be nothing to charge. there is no bulk voltage that I know of, as bulk stage is current limited. Perhaps you mean Absorption/acceptance voltage here? I do not understand the claim that a converter with 3 stage charging is not a charger by any usual definition. PD even calls them converter/chargers. Bluelghtning's question and comments is more like what I would expect.
  2. Right, it's not tethering as it's not providing network access to the display device. It does use wifi in a peer-to-peer mode (not through an access point). I think you already know this but I wanted any interested onlookers to make the distinction, too.
  3. I would also recommend making backups before you need them; and run windows on a virtual machine; or run linux
  4. Log into the hotspot over it's default LAN IP (192.168.1.1 or whatever, see the particular manual). That info should be front and center, or maybe on a Status tab or similar. Varies by device.
  5. Here's a demo of a tiny panel overcharging a battery (no CC): PWM controllers are so cheap it is false economy to skip using one.
  6. There's a little lodge on America's Mailbox site outside Rapid City. It might simplify matters if they were already on your radar. Would be nice to walk over and talk to the folks setting up your domiciliary if a thought occurred to you... It's a small thing, but Pennington county (where AM is located) does not appear to have a wheel tax (pdf).
  7. Interesting. This could affect my decision on domicile. I live in Tx but was considering SD so I wouldn't have to mess with inspections if I popped back into texas during my snowbirding retirement. Edit: the bill's progress can be followed here: http://www.legis.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=SB1588
  8. USMobile is a T-Mobile MVNO, so be sure Tmo meets your needs.
  9. Is there some reason you want to get rid of the batteries? I'm with the others who have recommended leaving them in place.
  10. I am of this opinion, too. I also opted for a flashed phone rather than a flashed hotspot because I suspected (correctly or otherwise) that it flies a little lower under the Vz radar.
  11. Right on, wild man. I automate that process with something Llama (free) or Tasker ($). It keeps me from forgetting to use wifi where it available. Using Llama more these days. My house, work, and other known wifi points are collected in a profile I call WIFI_HERE. Llama knows where it is by looking at nearby cell towers, which the phone is already doing anyhow. So when it sees a tower near WIFI_HERE it turns on the wifi. So before I get through the door the phone is already talking to the wifi. And the phone isn't draining the battery looking for wifi when there is none nearby. Food for thought.
  12. On android you can look under Settings | Data Usage to see data use and how much each app uses. There's also a tab for Wifi data usage but I haven't played with that so much. One of the keys for me in saving smartphone data was to restrict app background data for data-thieving apps. That way only use data when they are running in the foreground or on wifi. I've collected some data-saving ideas on a dinky wiki..
  13. TMO looks spotty outside Livingston proper.
  14. Some folks mod these to drain into the sink or similar. They drill a hole low in the dehumidifier's catch basin and friction fit or silicone in a bit of tubing. I suppose if one was hardcore and did not drink from the freshwater tank one could drain into there. Reminiscent of the stillsuits in Dune.
  15. Perhaps. An overview of this thread (or the one on CRVL) suggests the confusion pre-exists my documentation of the process. It's not like we can call up Verizon and ask them how to game the system, right? We are trying to fly under the radar. I think having clear and correct information is valuable. If that is repugnant it is easy enough to add me to the ignore filter. I won't be offended.