Mystery load

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Mystery load

Postby JRHill on Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:02 pm

After years, all of a sudden I have a 700 watt load hitting for a few minutes. Nothing is different. And not the time of the year that it is welcome. I'll find it but what a PITB.

Why the post? A bunch of new folks have come in lately. Everything from SGs to connections to settings to.... If I can state it again: this off grid/RE stuff is really much more than a new hobby but more of a 2nd job. And It NEVER ends. Maintenance++, tracking, logging, troubleshooting is a daily occurrence. WHEN ALL IS WELL AND UNDER CONTROL life is wonderful. Hopefully that is most of the time.

The better your records, the better of ease/reliability/troubleshooting.

Just a random thought but I thought it worth posting.
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-Well: Grundfos 11-SQF-2 pump, controller & AC switch (CU200, IO101), Morningstar 15a/48vdc Controller, 780w SunTech 195, Trojan golf cart batteries.
-All running since July '11 with no critical problems.

Re: Mystery load

Postby Mike Curran on Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:59 pm

Being connected but able to get by during outages is a lot less work, I bet. Although the idea of being off grid does have its appeal...
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Re: Mystery load

Postby JRHill on Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:10 pm

Found it! The small burner on the hot plate - still plugged in from the summer season - the dial was bumped and rotated ever so slightly toward warm. Duh.
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Location: South central WA
My RE system: -House: FM 80, VFX 3648, FlexnetDC, FlexWare xformer, Mate 3 / Hub, WattPlot/, 2925w SunTech 195, Trojan L16RE-B Batteries. Backup 1: Champion 75531i 3100, backup 2: 11kw Miller Bobcat;
-Well: Grundfos 11-SQF-2 pump, controller & AC switch (CU200, IO101), Morningstar 15a/48vdc Controller, 780w SunTech 195, Trojan golf cart batteries.
-All running since July '11 with no critical problems.

Re: Mystery load

Postby David LeBow on Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:23 pm

I'm feeling a lot better about this post already... ;-)

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Re: Mystery load

Postby JRHill on Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:31 pm

David LeBow wrote:I'm feeling a lot better about this post already... ;-)


There are so many things I could tease about but I'm still glad, after team reviews of my posts each day, that I'm not blocked out.
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Location: South central WA
My RE system: -House: FM 80, VFX 3648, FlexnetDC, FlexWare xformer, Mate 3 / Hub, WattPlot/, 2925w SunTech 195, Trojan L16RE-B Batteries. Backup 1: Champion 75531i 3100, backup 2: 11kw Miller Bobcat;
-Well: Grundfos 11-SQF-2 pump, controller & AC switch (CU200, IO101), Morningstar 15a/48vdc Controller, 780w SunTech 195, Trojan golf cart batteries.
-All running since July '11 with no critical problems.


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