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Old 04-16-2016, 10:05 AM   #15
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A Blue Sky solar charge controller will only regulate the input from either a solar array or wind generator. It will not control the charging process when in grid power, but will still operate regardless when plugged in.

The PD 4655 is still your least expensive option for on-grid charging, even though it's not perfect.

If you intent to increase the size of your solar array and use an MPPT charge controller, you should first check that all of the panels' output voltages are within 0.3VDC, as at larger differential will confuse the MPPT function.

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Old 04-02-2017, 06:30 AM   #16
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The biggest problem with any battery is OVERcharging. For the most part, AGMs are happy with flooded battery settings. The problem is the 14.8V range. According to Deka, their AGM spec is up to 2.4V per cell (x6) for charging (14.4V) with a float of around 13.2V. All the cycles on the PD4655 are within the tolerances though the 15 minute "burn off" is unnecessary on the AGM but it is at 14.4V anyway.

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Old 04-02-2017, 07:54 AM   #17
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On my 11th year with Lifline batteries and a PD Converter. Pair of of group 24s and PD9245 to be exact. Not saying they aren't getting a little tired but they are still holding charge after 10 years.

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