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by Vic
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: surge protection
Replies: 17
Views: 5216

Re: surge protection

The Delta "Surge Protectors" were the most common years ago, and not expensive -- we still have some here, still in their original packaging. The pic of the data sheet in Mike's post note that the Delta uses Silicon Oxide technology (Sand). Here is a Link that shows some comparison testing between a...
by Vic
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: My charging settings
Replies: 7
Views: 3054

Re: My charging settings

Hi Jim, I am NOT Tim, but ... Looks like your EQ voltage is a bit low -- Trojan specs EQ at 64.8 V. You might try bumping up the Vabs a bit to see if you can get the SGs up a bit closer to targer. Usually battery manufacturers recommend EQing when the SG variation exceeds a certain number of points ...
by Vic
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: OutBack Energy Cell Batteries
Topic: Battery charging
Replies: 11
Views: 4260

Re: Battery charging

Hi mevenable, Hope that someone at Outback has contacted you, with an offer to help. Outback used to, and may still have very good customer support. Hope that OB can step up and get something happening, or, at least some advice. Good Luck, please let us know how things are going for you ... we do he...
by Vic
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: PV Trigger
Replies: 10
Views: 2407

Re: PV Trigger

I am considering using the Aux PV Trigger to disconnect my array in the event of a high VOC. However I have a couple of questions that I can't seem to find answers for. 2. ... but I don't understand how it can sense the PV voltage if the relay has disconnected the PV array? Thanks for any YES, Fred...
by Vic
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: OutBack Energy Cell Batteries
Topic: battery switches
Replies: 4
Views: 2422

Re: battery switches

I recently purchased a new set of batteries for my off-grid system. The old set, though 12 years old, still has strong performance. A suggestion was made to install a battery switch to switch from the new bank to the old bank and, thus, still utilize the capacity of the old bank. Apparently, this i...
by Vic
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Davis VantagePro2 wall wart power
Replies: 2
Views: 1095

Re: Davis VantagePro2 wall wart power

I noticed that several folks have a Davis weather station and want to ask if there has been trouble with the monitor hanging up when using the OEM wall wart with inverter power? Just curious as I recently came across the wart and thought to use it instead consuming yet more batteries. 2x now, in le...
by Vic
Tue May 08, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Absorb question for lead acid batteries
Replies: 7
Views: 1978

Re: Absorb question for lead acid batteries

Mike is correct about the way to look at the Surrette Absorb time formula. This is the IUI profile, which is generally just not possible with solar-powered off-grid systems. This makes this formula (IMO) relatively useless for our solar, off-grid systems. Have always used either CC EA (ie with MX-60...
by Vic
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: midnight charge controller says unloaded Help
Replies: 2
Views: 1161

Re: midnight charge controller says unloaded Help

Hi CMsolar, I have never seen a MN Classic, or KID display, "Unloaded" on its display. BUT, when changing from 24 V to 48 V, as Greg noted you could reset the Classic or KID to factory Defaults. On the Classic, you would turn the PV input breaker OFF, turn off the CC battery breaker. Then press the ...
by Vic
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Marine Applications
Topic: 24KW diesel generator is enough to generate electricity?
Replies: 3
Views: 7475

Re: 24KW diesel generator is enough to generate electricity?

Hello CindyCu, Are you advertising for the Distributor, or manufacturer? A 24 KVA generator is larger than most homes would require. Sizing a generator really depends upon the loads that it will need to supply. The Link to the generator (genset), shows on that is NOT sound-attenuated, and is three p...
by Vic
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Breaker keeps tripping
Replies: 10
Views: 3532

Re: Breaker keeps tripping

Hi Mike, YES, you are correct about the orientation of this breaker design. IMO, the breaker mounted with its handle pointed up, or down, will still try to trip. But the Arc Chutes and/or Magnetic Arc Quenchers are positioned in such a manner that the Arc will only be reliably quenched with the prop...
by Vic
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Breaker keeps tripping
Replies: 10
Views: 3532

Re: Breaker keeps tripping

Hi publin.., Here is an example of a very good Magnetic-Hydraulic DC breaker: https://www.solar-electric.com/midnite-solar-150-volts-100-amps-dc-panel-mount-circuit-breaker.html It would need an MNDC Quad box: https://www.solar-electric.com/mnedc-quad.html The following., is a DIN-rail 100 A DC brea...
by Vic
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Breaker keeps tripping
Replies: 10
Views: 3532

Re: Breaker keeps tripping

It is not exactly clear what is the system voltage, but, with 58 A max observed output current, would guess that this might be a 24 V system. But, anyway, this class of circuit breaker might be considered to be junk. It is a Thermal breaker, with an unspecified AIC rating. Breakers that connect to o...
by Vic
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: wring solar array
Replies: 6
Views: 1692

Re: wring solar array

... PS to Vic - How does your MX60 handle those 18, 175W panels feeding it :?: Hi Mike, First, have upgraded the main system here, several times, and built-out the second system, which is about half a mile away from the main. Should have updated the Signature, BUT, have switched to MN Classics, and...
by Vic
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: wring solar array
Replies: 6
Views: 1692

Re: wring solar array

Bear.., Strings of two of those PVs should be fine. Did the typical de-rating of STC PV power verses more normal output -- about 75% for typical sunny conditions, and at 29.7 V, and got 47-ish Amps typical output from the MX, to me, not a problem. Those Aquion batts have a wider voltage range than L...
by Vic
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: wring solar array
Replies: 6
Views: 1692

Re: wring solar array

I have a simple question. I have an off-grid system with a VFX34524 inverter. I am replacing my old array with 6 - Canadian Solar CS6K-305MS solar panels (24 V). Do I wire them is series or parallel ? Hi Bear.., The simple answer is probably, YES. According to this data sheer, these PVs are 60 Cell...
by Vic
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: Wire Size
Replies: 12
Views: 5665

Re: Wire Size

Mike is correct. In the US, # 10 AWG is limited to 30 A ... AND furthermore UF cable is 60 degree C cable, but that is an aside. If you care about Code, placing two cable connections directly into one breaker terminal is not permitted for most common breakers. Have seen terminal adapters that permit...
by Vic
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: Wire Size
Replies: 12
Views: 5665

Re: Wire Size

Hi whans .., Generally, circuit breakers protect cables connected to them. So there are probably circuit breakers on the genset, and on the input to Radian system. So, the cables should be sized to the smallest breaker in use, or a larger cable size. Use an NEC Ampacity table for the 75 degree C Amp...
by Vic
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: RFI
Replies: 5
Views: 4071

Re: RFI

Hi Itak, Thanks for the added detail. Is the CC is causing unwanted emissions, the VHF, and particularly the UHF frequencies are generally much easier to suppress than are the HF range. You may have some Snap-On type ferrites that could be placed on all coax feedlines, PV cables and battery cables. ...
by Vic
Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off
Replies: 22
Views: 14801

Re: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off

OK, thanks Rhys. Am stumped, will look for that diagram, Good Luck, again, Vic
by Vic
Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off
Replies: 22
Views: 14801

Re: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off

Hey Vic I cant find an the isolater link but its a standard 4 pole unit. I don't "think" it could be an isolater problem, I woudl have thought it would have been on or off, not really much it could do wrong. ... If an Isolator is a switch, and a 4 pole isolator is four switches that are activated s...
by Vic
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off
Replies: 22
Views: 14801

Re: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off

OK, in Searching around, seems that an Isolator may just be a DC switch ... guessing.

Sorry, have no ideas on this one.

Someone can tell us what circuit that blown up capacitor is located.

Have nothing to add. Good Luck! Vic
by Vic
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off
Replies: 22
Views: 14801

Re: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off

equis said, "the PV "breaker" is not a breaker but a 25 amp DC solar isolater". I do not know what the isolator is ... The blown up part is an Electrolytic capacitor. I do not have any FM CCs, so cannot say what it might be doing. Thanks for the pic ... sure do not know what may be the problem. Do y...
by Vic
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off
Replies: 22
Views: 14801

Re: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off

Hi Rhys, Thanks for the added info, BUT, cannot see any image, could you try to post that pic again? What ARE the DC Disconnects for the PV input to the CCs? Are they switches or breakers. Are they OV CBI type circuit breakers? (yes, you DID call them breakers ...)/ Cannot imagine what would cause t...
by Vic
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: RFI
Replies: 5
Views: 4071

Re: RFI

Hello Itak, Welcome to the Forum. What is/are the frequency range/es of this system? If the issue IS caused by your Charge Controller (CC), then perhaps a PWM CC would be best, if your PVs are conducive to that switch. In general, the cables between the PVs and the CC, and the PVs themselves can be ...
by Vic
Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off
Replies: 22
Views: 14801

Re: 2 FM 80's blew up when I turned PV off

Hello Today I noticed one of my Fm80's was not showing and amps out, it was getting dark so I didn't think to much of it but for good measure turned the Pv off. All 5 of my fm80's rebooted after about 10 seconds. I thought that was odd so I turned the pv on then off again In about 10 seconds I hear...