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by Megunticook
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: forcing charge controller into bulk remotely
Replies: 13
Views: 2260

Re: forcing charge controller into bulk remotely

Bingo! Thanks Raysun, that's dirt simple. Am going to be out of town next week, this is a good thing to have in my back pocket in case the system doesn't start selling in the morning after charge parameters are met. For some reason that has been an occasional issue for me over the two years since I ...
by Megunticook
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: forcing charge controller into bulk remotely
Replies: 13
Views: 2260

Re: forcing charge controller into bulk remotely

OK, thanks. I saw your post about float earlier. I guess the best I can do is enable the "Auto Restart Mode" and then in an hour and a half a new bulk phase would initiate. Be nice if I could just trigger one immediately when I'm away from the system. Maybe that can go on the "wishlist" for future u...
by Megunticook
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: forcing charge controller into bulk remotely
Replies: 13
Views: 2260

forcing charge controller into bulk remotely

Is there a way to "force" my charge controllers into bulk mode remotely via OpticsRE? I see there's an "Auto Restart Mode" available that would force this every 90 minutes, but what if I just want to immediately kick off a bulk charge?

Thanks.
by Megunticook
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: can't see MATE3s on LAN
Replies: 3
Views: 1801

Re: can't see MATE3s on LAN

I just rebooted it and my system is back online in OpticsRE. And I checked the IP address of the MATE in Optics, it's different than what the MATE was displaying. Weird. Must be because I have DHCP enabled. Maybe I should turn that off--but for now since everything's working I'll leave it be. All se...
by Megunticook
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: can't see MATE3s on LAN
Replies: 3
Views: 1801

can't see MATE3s on LAN

While adjusting a setting on my MATE3s this morning, it froze up for a moment then rebooted. Now my system is showing as "offline" in OpticsRE and I can't pull up the MATE admin. page in my browser when I type in the IP address (192.168.1.105). I've tried disconnecting then reconnecting the ethernet...
by Megunticook
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Grid Tie Applications
Topic: no need to equalize if batteries cycled hard?
Replies: 3
Views: 1242

Re: no need to equalize if batteries cycled hard?

I don't really have a good way to discharge them hard (unless I run my well pump continuously for a few hours!) but I can push max current into them either using the grid via the inverter charger or waiting until the sun is up high so the array can put out 5kW or more. So I take it this process stir...
by Megunticook
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Grid Tie Applications
Topic: no need to equalize if batteries cycled hard?
Replies: 3
Views: 1242

no need to equalize if batteries cycled hard?

Based on some conversations with a tech at Rolls-Surette, I'm under the impression that I don't need to equalize my FLA batteries necessarily if they are cycled hard regularly (down to 70% SOC and good stiff current to recharge). Is this true? I'm in my second year with my batteries and am not even ...
by Megunticook
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: sulfation?
Replies: 28
Views: 9052

Re: sulfation?

Megunticook, I wish you can figure this out. A new bank sucks I think my bank is fine...unless I'm mistaken, I don't believe I have a serious sulfation problem after all. I think I was just getting confused by the material between the plates. But I definitely should be using my batteries more often...
by Megunticook
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Security
Replies: 13
Views: 3269

Re: Security

Thanks for the update, David. Your webmaster is welcome to contact me if there are any issues or questions, I deal with this sort of thing regularly.
by Megunticook
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: sulfation?
Replies: 28
Views: 9052

Re: sulfation?

I wonder if that gray stuff might be the insulating material that lies between plates? You may need to pull them down for more than two hours but not sure what sort of loads you have. My research (and advice from Rolls and people on this forum) is that 70% SOC is a good target. That way when you kic...
by Megunticook
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: changing OpticsRE password
Replies: 3
Views: 1698

Re: changing OpticsRE password

Thanks, found it.

In case anyone else is hunting for this: click on your name under the logo in the upper left. This opens up an "Account Settings" dialog box. Click on your name again in that box, and you get a "Personal Settings" dialog where you can change the password.
by Megunticook
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: changing OpticsRE password
Replies: 3
Views: 1698

changing OpticsRE password

I've just scoured my ORE page and can't find anywhere to change my login password. Can someone point me to where that is?

Thanks.
by Megunticook
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Security
Replies: 13
Views: 3269

Re: Security

Thanks for cracking the whip there.
by Megunticook
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Security
Replies: 13
Views: 3269

Re: Security

Seconded. I had an email exchange with an Outback web tech. back in August 2018 about this, and again on the forum a few months ago, but no follow through. I do web development professionally and installing an SSL certificate on a web server is not hard. Let's Encrypt ( https://letsencrypt.org ) off...
by Megunticook
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: low battery cutout voltage
Replies: 9
Views: 2232

Re: low battery cutout voltage

Thanks--I'll have a closer look at that chart. I reviewed the Rolls manual since my last post and found this: To prolong battery cycle life, Rolls recommends setting the Low Voltage Disconnect (LVD) between 1.85 volts per cell (VPC) to 1.95 volts per cell (VPC). This may be adjusted up or down, depe...
by Megunticook
Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: low battery cutout voltage
Replies: 9
Views: 2232

Re: low battery cutout voltage

After looking carefully at the Radian manual, I can confirm has a non-adjustable 5-minute delay on the low battery cutout voltage setting. Also says that if the DC voltage drops below a certain point, the quality of the AC output can be poor. Anybody know what that point would be? sounds like I need...
by Megunticook
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: low battery cutout voltage
Replies: 9
Views: 2232

Re: low battery cutout voltage

It's actually the inverter settings where I have "Low Battery Cutout Voltage" and "Low Battery Cutout Delay"--I'm seeing that when accessing the GS8048A settings in Optics, but I could swear when I checked directly on the mate it just had the voltage setting, no delay. And my MATE manual shows just ...
by Megunticook
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: low battery cutout voltage
Replies: 9
Views: 2232

Re: low battery cutout voltage

It's in the Mate3s.
by Megunticook
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: low battery cutout voltage
Replies: 9
Views: 2232

Re: low battery cutout voltage

Thanks for the reply. Dropping the LVCO would probably solve this. But I wonder if that "delay" setting would also solve it and still retain the LVCO protection if the SoC happened to drop to 50% or lower. Good point on the real-time data--I should've been observing the Mate datafeed directly in my ...
by Megunticook
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: low battery cutout voltage
Replies: 9
Views: 2232

low battery cutout voltage

Last night I intentionally dropped my grid connection in order to "exercise" the batteries with a discharge/recharge cycle. At one point I monitored the system with Optics while the well pump was running and the inverter was pulling 60 amps out of the battery bank, which was 95% SoC. Then suddenly t...
by Megunticook
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: system won't automatically shift into selling mode
Replies: 16
Views: 2762

Re: system won't automatically shift into selling mode

I know from past threads your system and mine seem to behave slightly differently here--when selling, my charge controllers display "GT Mode" which appears as "Float" in the OpticsRE log, but I've checked the target voltage on both controllers when they are showing "GT Mode" and they are both pushin...
by Megunticook
Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: system won't automatically shift into selling mode
Replies: 16
Views: 2762

Re: system won't automatically shift into selling mode

I'm still finding that adjusting the sell voltage doesn't seem to have any effect. The only way I can control that is by adjusting the Radian charger's float voltage. Not a deal-breaker since at the end of the day I'm still able to control the sell voltage, but I wonder why the setting designed to d...
by Megunticook
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: Radian GS8048 with no inverter output voltage
Replies: 6
Views: 2033

Re: Radian GS8048 with no inverter output voltage

Is the battery bank OK?
by Megunticook
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: Radian GS8048 with no inverter output voltage
Replies: 6
Views: 2033

Re: Radian GS8048 with no inverter output voltage

What's the AC Output setting in the MATE?
by Megunticook
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: system won't automatically shift into selling mode
Replies: 16
Views: 2762

Re: system won't automatically shift into selling mode

Hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving yesterday. We had a little storm here in Maine so I didn't get to test my configuration--panels were snow covered. However, this morning I see that the system is selling all on its own so lowering the Radian charger's voltage parameters must've done the trick! Than...