Originally Posted by israndy
Yeah, the Xantrex 458 is new since the RV was built, no idea what year, but they wired in a display panel in the bath as it was a smidge too big to fit where the other panels go. But the Xantrex AGS panel should fit were the original Xantrex inverter's panel was, so I'll stay with Xantrex. I hear good things about Magnum, but have not heard anything about them integrating with a solar controller.
Lewster, I was looking at the Link 1000 from Xantrex as that show the inverter charger and the battery monitor on the same panel too. Just not available anymore. Seems smart to have the battery monitor tell the battery charger what to do. Even if I got the TriMetric it won't help the solar/AGS. I think I will simply install the AGS and see what the solar does over time... Perhaps if the batteries are getting low and the sun is going down, the generator will kick in
The battery monitors won't tell the chargers how to respond, unless it is fully integrated unit like the Blue Sky with the iPN-PRO remote. They are a fully integrated solar charge controller along with full battery monitor functions.
Magnum's BMK will not control the charger section of the inverter either, as the inverter is smart enough to perform that function seamlessly thru it's own voltage sense.
Your AGS will not function while you have a second charging source like solar putting voltage into your batteries. The AGS will 'see' this voltage and consider it as a fully charged battery. It will only start the Generator when your batteries are at the pre-set level. You have to be careful about setting that lower level, as using the inverter under large loads like a microwave will produce temporary transient voltage levels approaching 11.0 VDC and possibly less for a lead acid based battery bank.
Lithiums will not show this type of voltage drop, but they will also not work with AGS systems because of that feature.