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Old 05-15-2021, 01:39 PM   #1
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Atkinson Sun Explorer charge controller not working

The Atkinson Sun Explorer charge controller display in my 2017 International has stopped working. Currently the selection indicator for the solar amp hours is lit but nothing is shown on the display. And I am unable to change the mode. Does anyone have experience with this problem?
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Old 05-15-2021, 03:23 PM   #2
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I had one on my Interstate (van) but replaced my whole solar system. These are known to fail. Depending on your level of diy you can replace the gauge with a Bogart Engineering Thrimetric and if you do not have allot of solar use their solar charger. Those both have about the same footprint as the Atkinson monitor and controller. To take better advantage of their system you could install their shunt.
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Old 05-15-2021, 04:46 PM   #3
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Do yourself a favor and replace the solar controller with a Victron with bluetooth. But check your cable connections at the controller and behind the display. Mine was loose when purchased.
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Hi

I'm not a big fan of the stock controller, replacing it with a Victron would be my vote. However, the control panel probably can be reset:

1) Unscrew the faceplate mounting it to the wall

2) Carefully pull the assembly out of the wall of the trailer

3) There is a very normal looking "telephone wire" going into the assembly. Unplug it and wait a minute.

4) Plug it back in and the control will ( maybe ) reset and go back to working.

Before I replaced mine, I had to do this a couple times ....

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Atkinson Sun Explorer charge controller

Thanks everyone for your comments. I unplugged the RJ-45 JACK and reconnected it. It's working again now but for how long?
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Thanks everyone for your comments. I unplugged the RJ-45 JACK and reconnected it. It's working again now but for how long?
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Should keep running for a year or two. Then you may need to repeat the plug-in / reset process. It's not broke when the display goes away. The display simply has gone out of sync with the main device.

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