New to the side and have very little knowledge on electrical systems. I'm trying to come up with a good off-grid system for my small house and have the idea of a PV array with a battery bank, charge controller, and inverter to charge during the day, and then have a bicycle running a car alternator to charge the batteries/help with load during the evening when I workout.
Now my question is, we intend to run some high-draw appliances such as a vitamix blender, food processor, etc. from time to time, and will these appliances need a capacitor to help with the large draw when we first turn them on? Both to protect other devices running off of the electric system and also for the batteries? I'm assuming so, but wanted to make sure so I don't spend money unnecessarily. Also, how would I calculate the size of capacitor I'd need if it is necessary?
Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I should not be overly concerned with the battery bank being depleted from appliances like this since they are on for a minute or less at a time? I'm planning on a bank of about 400-800 amp-hours. Please correct me if I'm mistaken!
Thank you all very much in advance!