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Old 12-15-2010, 09:44 PM   #43
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the unit has charge modes. the display shows the voltage ,amps and watts from the panels,it also shows how many volts,amps and watts delivered to the battery. it shows battery temperature and also gives you the watt hours and amp hours. it also has a 30 day history of the information that can be accessed at any time. This is the only model available right now . There is a new model coming shortly that will have a remote display. I'm not sure what the max amp it is going to be but this one is a 30 amp model.Mike I'll show it to you at Picacho.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:12 AM   #44
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Sounds like a nice unit, Anthony. Does this unit measure the amount of "boost" you get by using this type of charger? By that I mean, a MPPT charger boosts the efficiency of your solar panels by given you additional wattage. Is this added efficiency measured in any way?
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:29 AM   #45
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oops I ment that it has 5 modes.
1 - Array voltage (volts)
2 - Array current (amps)
3 - Array power (watts)
4 - Battery voltage (volts)
5 - Battery current (amps)
6 - Charger operating mode



MPPT - bulk power tracking mode



ABSB - absorb mode



FULL - battery full



FLOT - float mode



EQLZ - equalize mode

7 - Accumulated PV Watt-hours (kWh if greater than 999Wh)

8 - Accumulated Amp-hours (as delivered to BATTERY)
9 - Battery temperature (if sensor is connected)
10-13 - Keypad legend





BKLT - press for backlight on/off



DATA - press for data log



EQLZ - press to invoke equalize routine



SETUP - press to view and alter setpoints
14 - Keypad
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It shows you the wattage and voltage produced by the panels and also the voltage and wattage that are sent out to the batteries. It uses some kind of Algorithum to control the conversion while a PWM uses relays or other means to cut and restore power in order to keep the voltage at the right amount. So you are losing power when it is shut off and turned back on. The Mppt does not shut off so it can be up to 98% effiecient. Where you lose the power is voltage drop from the wire. I am going to try mine at 24 volts to see if it save me some of the power from voltage drop. The controller has a dc to dc coverter so it will still charge at 12 volts.
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$600 for everything, including shipping. I bought the solar panels and solar regulator from SolarBlvd.com and the wiring, brackets, and combiner box from AM Solar. It really pays to shop around for the best deals. You can really save if you do this and install the system yourself.
Mello Mike, congratulations on a solid job. And thank you for the many tips you shared from your research of this project.

There are many naysayers regarding solar energy, so thanks for sharing your costs, your decisions, and step-by-step process. Hopefully it'll help clarify the arguments for those who are unsure where they stand.

Thanks for leading by example. May you be showered with free electricity!

-the little green one

p.s. did you know... the state that pumps out the most solar energy in the US is Oregon. What's going on people? It rains all the time here! (to be fair, most of the energy comes from dry, rocky, Mars-like, eastern Oregon)
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I think you are right. The Rogue controller is made in Ashland Oregon and the facility that it is made at is powered by solar
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Speaking of the Picacho New Year's Rally, it would be cool if the Airstreams with solar could park together sort of in a generator-free area. Our two solar panels total 170 watts. Leon can show anyone our setup for those interested.
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Has anyone had any experience with these cells or panels made from them.
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$600 for everything, including shipping. I bought the solar panels and solar regulator from SolarBlvd.com and the wiring, brackets, and combiner box from AM Solar. It really pays to shop around for the best deals. You can really save if you do this and install the system yourself.
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Ohh good job on the install and specs guys.
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THIS AN EXCELLENT THREAD AND A GREAT INSTALL Rated a 5 star. Great installation. Can't wait to do a similar install on the GT.
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The maximum strength of VHB tape is in the shear direction......which is the horizontal when installing solar panels with it. It is very difficult (but they will come off) to lift at 90* to the installation (pulling up on the bracket) but it is next to impossible to move in the horizontal plane (trying to move the panel back or forward once attached. The 4 panels on the roof of my service van have been there for 4 years and almost 90,000 miles and I've never touched them after initial installation.

It is critical that you do the proper preparation before attaching anything with VHB tape, for even the slightest bit if grease, oil or impurity on the roof can eventually break the bond with the surface.

Clean, clean and clean again! I use several products including surface degreasers and a specialty window cleaner before I thoroughly clean the surface with rubbing alcohol 3 times before I apply the mounting feet. YMMV!
Do I understand this if you use theVHB tape you don't use screws?
And where would I get this tape?Does it work on paint?
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Thanks, everyone, for the compliments.

The VHB tape is very strong. Lewster says you don't need screws if you use this tape, but with the intense Phoenix heat I chose to use both.
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