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Old 03-01-2019, 05:07 AM   #1
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Suitcase solar plug in to onboard solar.

I recently purchased a new 22' Sport FB with factory solar. I have "left over" a Zamp 120 W suitcase solar from my last AS. I have read on this forum that I can plug in my Zamp to the outlet on the battery box but because each array has its own controller the one that is receiving the most light will take over rather than obtaining the benefit of the combined panels. Can I run an "extension cord" from the solar plug-in three way on the roof, by pass the Zamp controller and plug the Zamp into the on board system that way thereby combining the two panels?

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Old 03-01-2019, 05:16 AM   #2
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Why not try plugging into the 7way, you may be surprised at how well it works. 🤔

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Why not try plugging into the 7way, you may be surprised at how well it works. 🤔

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Doesn't the 7-pin plug charging wire go directly to the battery just like the Zamp socket at the battery box? How would this avoid the problem of the two solar charge controllers?
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:44 PM   #4
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I recently purchased a new 22' Sport FB with factory solar. I have "left over" a Zamp 120 W suitcase solar from my last AS. I have read on this forum that I can plug in my Zamp to the outlet on the battery box but because each array has its own controller the one that is receiving the most light will take over rather than obtaining the benefit of the combined panels. Can I run an "extension cord" from the solar plug-in three way on the roof, by pass the Zamp controller and plug the Zamp into the on board system that way thereby combining the two panels?

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Did you ever find an answer? I too am wondering if I can just plug into front port and have it work with rooftop panels.
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When I ran a test some months back my 180 watt Zamp portable was additive to the 400 watts on the roof plugging into the front Zamp connector.
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When I ran a test some months back my 180 watt Zamp portable was additive to the 400 watts on the roof plugging into the front Zamp connector.
I now use two 180w Zamps. I use a Y SAE harness,(two into one), that connects thru the 7 pin.
The two controllers play well together as long as both are plugged unto the Y and then into the 7 pin. 👍
Previously I set one panel up at a time, the time difference, usually 5-10 min gave a different SOC to the second panel...one at 'full', the other still charging.

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Question - when you charge though the 7 pin does the charge go directly to the battery?
I didn't understand the schematics when I looked it up. Looks like it goes through the oem charger.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:56 AM   #10
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suitcase PV add on

Checked with Colonial after my initial question. All you have to do is plug it into the port on the battery box and it adds the suitcase array to the roof top. Couldn't be simpler.
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Will have to ask my dealer about that. Mine is 2019 and was no zamp connector at battery. When I had a 2017 16 there was but it just ran to battery. I had to connect suitcase wires to roof panel in parallel and no controller on suitcase.
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