Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-11-2020, 08:12 PM   #1
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
Victron 100/50 controller did not wake up

So I got my 600W solar system all wired, flipped the switch - nothing!

It was pretty late, the sun had almost set. Could it be that the system just didn't generate enough voltage to kick-start the controller? The Bluetooth app showed 0V. On the controller the "Bulk charge" was blinking blue every few seconds.

I'll be at work tomorrow so there will no good time to observe it during the day. Ugh.
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2020, 08:49 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
waninae39's Avatar

 
2017 22' Sport
NCR , Ontario
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 2,440
"it was pretty late, the sun had almost set."

not enough light, report again mid day with no clouds

this is VERY common with solar
waninae39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 03:45 PM   #3
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
Still nothing, plenty of sun

Does the storage mode matter?
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 03:46 PM   #4
Overkill Specialist
Commercial Member
 
GMFL's Avatar

 
2020 30’ Globetrotter
2014 23' International
Dadeville , Alabama
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 4,305
Images: 4
Blog Entries: 52
Yes it should not be in storage mode.
GMFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 04:24 PM   #5
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
Didn't make a difference, storage mode or not


*sigh*, guess i'll start debugging. I'll start with the panels and see if I'm getting voltage. Work my way down to the controller. Ugh.
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 04:37 PM   #6
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
All 3 arrays putting out 38v into the rooftop Zamp combiner


Noticed one thing: the victron controller blinks blue regardless of the setting of my Blue Sea switch! (On or off)
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 04:59 PM   #7
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
Confirmed that 38v is reaching the Blue Sea switch from the roof
Confirmed that Blue Sea puts out 38v
Confirmed that polarity is as expected: Yellow PV is positive, Green is negative


Stumped!
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 05:52 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
AirMiles's Avatar
 
2018 27' Globetrotter
Apollo Beach , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,401
Did you connect to the batteries before flipping the solar switch on? The solar controller needs to read the battery voltage first before the solar is activated the first time to set 12V. A screen shot of the status screen on your phone would help. A screen shot of the settings/battery screen would also help. You can disable/enable the charger from the battery screen. The Victron 100/50 should charge no matter the position of your store/use switch.
__________________
2021 Northern-Lite 10-2 & F350 DRW PSD, 380W Solar/Victron/600A BattleBorn
0 nights 0 miles
Sold: 2018 GT27Q, 74 nights 12,777 miles
Sold: 2017 FC25FB, 316 nights 40,150 miles
Sold: 2013 Casita SD17 89 nights 16,200 miles
AirMiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 05:55 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
AirMiles's Avatar
 
2018 27' Globetrotter
Apollo Beach , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,401
Noticed one thing: the victron controller blinks blue regardless of the setting of my Blue Sea switch! (On or off)

That's because its connect to the batteries.
__________________
2021 Northern-Lite 10-2 & F350 DRW PSD, 380W Solar/Victron/600A BattleBorn
0 nights 0 miles
Sold: 2018 GT27Q, 74 nights 12,777 miles
Sold: 2017 FC25FB, 316 nights 40,150 miles
Sold: 2013 Casita SD17 89 nights 16,200 miles
AirMiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 05:56 PM   #10
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
Yes, I connected the entire system from the bottom up - battery to controller, then the panels


Dead as a doorknob
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 05:59 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
AirMiles's Avatar
 
2018 27' Globetrotter
Apollo Beach , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,401
Battery side is working, no voltage coming from solar panels. There's got to be a problem between the switch with 38V and the solar controller input connection.

State: off - is it dark outside? Still should be seeing voltage from the solar panels on the status screen I believe.
__________________
2021 Northern-Lite 10-2 & F350 DRW PSD, 380W Solar/Victron/600A BattleBorn
0 nights 0 miles
Sold: 2018 GT27Q, 74 nights 12,777 miles
Sold: 2017 FC25FB, 316 nights 40,150 miles
Sold: 2013 Casita SD17 89 nights 16,200 miles
AirMiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 06:02 PM   #12
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 06:03 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
AirMiles's Avatar
 
2018 27' Globetrotter
Apollo Beach , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,401
Charger is enabled. Just missing voltage from panels???
__________________
2021 Northern-Lite 10-2 & F350 DRW PSD, 380W Solar/Victron/600A BattleBorn
0 nights 0 miles
Sold: 2018 GT27Q, 74 nights 12,777 miles
Sold: 2017 FC25FB, 316 nights 40,150 miles
Sold: 2013 Casita SD17 89 nights 16,200 miles
AirMiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 06:04 PM   #14
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
Sun went down, I'm done for the day. Need a couple drinks after this
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 06:04 PM   #15
Rivet Master
 
AirMiles's Avatar
 
2018 27' Globetrotter
Apollo Beach , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,401
Can you check the voltage at the Victron solar controller inputs? By probing into the inputs while leaving everything connected?
__________________
2021 Northern-Lite 10-2 & F350 DRW PSD, 380W Solar/Victron/600A BattleBorn
0 nights 0 miles
Sold: 2018 GT27Q, 74 nights 12,777 miles
Sold: 2017 FC25FB, 316 nights 40,150 miles
Sold: 2013 Casita SD17 89 nights 16,200 miles
AirMiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 06:07 PM   #16
Rivet Master
 
AirMiles's Avatar
 
2018 27' Globetrotter
Apollo Beach , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,401
I would focus on the solar controller input connections. If there's voltage there, it could be a bad solar controller.
__________________
2021 Northern-Lite 10-2 & F350 DRW PSD, 380W Solar/Victron/600A BattleBorn
0 nights 0 miles
Sold: 2018 GT27Q, 74 nights 12,777 miles
Sold: 2017 FC25FB, 316 nights 40,150 miles
Sold: 2013 Casita SD17 89 nights 16,200 miles
AirMiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 10:05 PM   #17
3 Rivet Member
 
Paradise , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 155
If you bought the controller from Amazon, message seller, get another.



Or, you might have a wire strand crossing paths at the controller.

If that checks out, I would definitely be worried about charge controller.
Crackerman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2020, 10:20 PM   #18
Rivet Master
 
waninae39's Avatar

 
2017 22' Sport
NCR , Ontario
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 2,440
my first victron solar controller was bad. it was swapped. now working fine for 2 + years
waninae39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2020, 05:08 AM   #19
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
Quote:
Originally Posted by AirMiles View Post
I would focus on the solar controller input connections. If there's voltage there, it could be a bad solar controller.
Will double check by probing the inputs.

Really hope it's not the controller, I have a big trip planned and there's little time to find another.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crackerman View Post
If you bought the controller from Amazon, message seller, get another.

Or, you might have a wire strand crossing paths at the controller.

If that checks out, I would definitely be worried about charge controller.
The crossed strands is a possibility. Some of my wires are 6awg, a little too fat for the controller.

Quote:
Originally Posted by waninae39 View Post
my first victron solar controller was bad. it was swapped. now working fine for 2 + years
Amazon has plenty of 3rd party vendors but I'm not seeing any with overnight shipping. I need one NOW! Closest dealer is three hours away (6hr round trip.)
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2020, 05:45 AM   #20
4 Rivet Member
 
2019 28' Flying Cloud
Dripping Springs , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 294
It's still pitch dark outside but I went to the trailer and checked for crossed wire strands - it's totally ok.

I ended up finding another on Amazon when searching only for "Prime" items (I don't even have Prime), paid $9 for shipping and it's supposed to arrive today.

Fingers crossed!
Kalashnikov is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Where did you wake up this Sunday morning ILOVESALLY On The Road... 939 03-29-2021 07:10 AM
Victron MPPT 100/50 went to float too soon? Omnial Generators & Solar Power 5 09-20-2019 11:02 AM
2 AGM Batteries, Victron 100/30 and 1500 Watt Vertamax Pure Sine Inverter under Dinet JMB11 Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 0 02-28-2019 04:14 PM
Unable to reconnect to Victron 100/20 marter Generators & Solar Power 41 10-13-2018 05:35 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.