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Old 01-15-2015, 01:21 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Solar Problem

Hi All,

My Solar system seems to be working fine, except when attempting to use the "Inverter Outlets. The outlets will work when initially when cutting the system on. In less than a minute, the outlets will not work at all. The reason I say my system is working fine, is my Control panel readings are constantly good. They read:
1. Batteries % Remaining - 1.00
2. Battery Voltage - 14.2
3. Solar Charge Amps - 1.9
4.Solar Amp Hours - 3.62

The 25 Amp Shunt - Reads:
Red Light - Charge
Green Light - Full

Could I be looking a Faulty Inverter?

Forgot to mention, we are just out of warranty, 2 months. Our unit is a 2014, 30 Ft., factory installed Solar system.

Would appreciate any help and suggestions.

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Old 01-15-2015, 01:37 PM   #2
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I assume it's been working okay until now, right? What are you plugging into it? If you're plugging an appliance that draws more amps than your inverter is rated for or that has a high startup amperage, that can cause the problem you describe. Do you have the problem when plugging in low wattage items such as a light bulb?
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:15 PM   #3
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acstokes,

Thanks for your input and you are on the money. I checked and found my printer voltage was to high (9.5). Low voltage items it works fine and stays on.

However, a weird thing just happened. Just returned home and read your post, and saw something I have never seen before. Mr controller is stuck on "Battery Voltage" flashing at 17.5, two minutes later 15.5, a couple of more minutes later, after switching my "Battery Disconnect Switch" off and back on, it went to normal on all settings. While it was flashing on 17.5 Battery Voltage, it would keep returning to this setting and stay there, until manually changed it.

Would you know, if this could be a sign that I should be looking at my "Parallax Converter". I have noticed on the forum many have had problems with their batteries charging, and have replace with a better converter/charge? Your opinion would be much appreciated.

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Freedomrider,

I can't say for sure if the Parallax is causing your problem, but they are known to "cook" batteries. I could believe 15.5 v if your batteries were going through equalization, but no way 17.5v. Check your batteries and if they are hot and/or the electrolyte is boiling vigorously, then they're being overcharged. To ascertain the battery voltage, check the specific gravity with an inexpensive hydrometer. If the s.g. checks out okay, then it's a problem with your battery monitor and it's either damaged or mis-calibrated.
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your solar controller might have an issue. i think the voltage display flashes when over a certain voltage. the first think to do is to check each battery individually.
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Thanks guys. Your help is much appreciated. I will address this issue the next time we are in for service. This was something I had initially wanted to address when we bought.

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