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Old 12-06-2010, 02:59 PM   #29
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Is there a reason to run 8 awg? The person that installed mine with 3 panels used 10 awg service cord from the panels to the charge controller and then 10 awg THHN from the controller to the batteries. The controller is a xantrex c35 however i have been considering upgrading to the XW MPPT 60 Amp Solar Charge Controller with control panel. Do you think there would be any advantage to this?

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Old 12-06-2010, 04:09 PM   #30
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Is there a reason to run 8 awg? The person that installed mine with 3 panels used 10 awg service cord from the panels to the charge controller and then 10 awg THHN from the controller to the batteries. The controller is a xantrex c35 however i have been considering upgrading to the XW MPPT 60 Amp Solar Charge Controller with control panel. Do you think there would be any advantage to this?

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Hi Chris,
You'll have less loss by going with 8 awg vice 10 awg, but it really depends on the length of your wire run. What are you solar panels rated at in watts?
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:23 PM   #31
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My panels are around 100 watts each. The run from the panels to the controller is 15ft and another 15ft to the batteries.
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Old 12-11-2010, 04:56 PM   #32
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I did some more testing today in the full sun of the afternoon. The charge controller (top pic) varies the voltage based upon the needed load. When I was running a fan and my radio the charging voltage read 14.4 volts. After turning these items off, the charging voltage dropped to 13.5 volts (bottom pic). I have the say the system works great, I'll never need to plug my trailer in again to recharge the batteries.
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Very nice thread. Bookmarked.


I was able to bend the aluminum by using my vice.

My vices have bent any number of things . . and my bench vise, too.

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Very nice thread. Bookmarked.


I was able to bend the aluminum by using my vice.

My vices have bent any number of things . . and my bench vise, too.

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Old 12-15-2010, 03:11 PM   #35
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I have been considering upgrading to the XW MPPT 60 Amp Solar Charge Controller with control panel. Do you think there would be any advantage to this? Thanks,

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Chris,
I think a MPPT upgrade would be beneficial for you. I, personally, don't have any experience with them, but I hear they're as good as adding another solar panel on the roof. But I also hear they're expensive. If you want more efficiency and have limited roof space, going this route might be the right thing for you.

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If you want an MPPT controller I have used the Rogue 3024 for a year and it works great . It costs 295.00
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Looks like a great install Mike. Thanks for posting the process. I too plan on comming down the refer vent. Panels forward of the AC aft of the first front vent.

Anthony's controller seems like the ticket for this as well. Looking forward to seeing these units, I have so much other work still to do on our Safari... Panels well be a summer project in 2011, lord willin" .
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If you want an MPPT controller I have used the Rogue 3024 for a year and it works great . It costs 295.00
Anthony, is this the unit you showed me in your '69? Does it display voltage and amps? What other features does it have?
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Looks like a great install Mike. Thanks for posting the process. I too plan on comming down the refer vent. Panels forward of the AC aft of the first front vent.

Anthony's controller seems like the ticket for this as well. Looking forward to seeing these units, I have so much other work still to do on our Safari... Panels well be a summer project in 2011, lord willin" .
Thanks, Bob. Are you coming to the New Years Rally? I can show you my install if you attend.
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If you want an MPPT controller I have used the Rogue 3024 for a year and it works great . It costs 295.00
I understand what they are talking about with this unit except for "power point tracking".

What does this mean, please?
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Well, what a clever device! Thanks.
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