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by JRHill
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: Message - Gateway Device Powered Down or Reset
Replies: 6
Views: 1354

Re: Message - Gateway Device Powered Down or Reset

I've been having this happen for some time now. FW is 003.017.001 updated July 25th, '19. We notice mainly at night when the LEDs are obvious, a reset of the Mate - the LEDs cycle around and its reset. Auto reboot is Disabled. Now that its generator season the reboot is interrupting generator runs. ...
by JRHill
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Recommend a backup generator
Replies: 34
Views: 1810

Re: Recommend a backup generator

I have my local generator mechanic do everything but oil changes on my EU7000is, and the only time i could imagine he'd do valve adjustment is annual maintenance. I've never heard him say anything about the valves needing adjusting but he may have. Other than that, no guidance about it needing to b...
by JRHill
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Recommend a backup generator
Replies: 34
Views: 1810

Re: Recommend a backup generator

Maybe I should start a fresh post... I keep seeing stuff from other places that stress the need for valve adjustments on the EU3000, EU7000, etc. at the time for filter changes and other maintenance. Yeah, I know the need and why. But has anyone done their own valve adjustments and in doing so, was ...
by JRHill
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Recommend a backup generator
Replies: 34
Views: 1810

Re: Recommend a backup generator

That's both funny and true, kind'of. I am a lover of technology and the creativity of those who brought the stuff to the market. But I'm also a cheapskate so I rarely want to pay for a technology marvel unless it pays for itself.
by JRHill
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Recommend a backup generator
Replies: 34
Views: 1810

Re: Recommend a backup generator

Here is an curious observation - real time. I'm alternating between the Champion 3100 and the Eu7000is (absent wife inputs). The reason WAS that the heaviest bulk and beginning of the Absorb need a bunch of amps. That's the Honda at 20 aac from the VFX. After that I dial back the VFX to the Champion...
by JRHill
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Recommend a backup generator
Replies: 34
Views: 1810

Re: Recommend a backup generator

It's for sure not a 3 stage charging unit but I was surprised at the price as most of the DC generators I found in the past were really pricey. I guessed it was due to them being mostly for commercial applications and also 'cause they were specialty devices.
by JRHill
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Generator Charging Current Oscillates
Replies: 17
Views: 455

Re: Generator Charging Current Oscillates

I've had years and years of experience with using small generators. My reasoning was I wanted to find the smallest possible unit for purposes of fuel efficiency as its a 3 hour round trip to fill jugs. I originally thought that I could rely on the inverter's charging circuit to scale back when a loa...
by JRHill
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Recommend a backup generator
Replies: 34
Views: 1810

Re: Recommend a backup generator

I believe the OB inverters may be more suitable to crappy AC than most connected devices. They can be set to kick out on high or low volts and high or low cycles. What of your connected devices will do that?

But why would you want to subject any of your stuff to poor quality AC?
by JRHill
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: I have a VFXR3524A and don't want to run from the generator ever
Replies: 9
Views: 266

Re: I have a VFXR3524A and don't want to run from the generator ever

The only reason that we want to use the inverter's built-in charger is so that we can monitor it on OpticsRE . What am I missing in this statement? When my genset is running, OpticsRE monitors the full load and the charging loads to the genset just fine. I'm not sure about the Ryobi 700 but the big...
by JRHill
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: DROP resets to USE
Replies: 28
Views: 3406

Re: DROP resets to USE

I stayed out of this because grid connected set up is so much different than ours. But I can say this about the M3 and the VFX3648 (and the 2 wire aftermarket module for the Honda which has nothing to do with the use/drop issue), when I kill an early morning auto start run prematurely because I'll l...
by JRHill
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Basic electrical in Spanish
Replies: 3
Views: 431

Re: Basic electrical in Spanish

Thanks for the tips, folks. I was looking for something inexpensive to give him as a gift. He's a quick learner and hard worker. I've found plenty of options in English but the Spanish stuff gets suddenly quite expensive.I am thinking that I'll get him an English text am help him with any terms that...
by JRHill
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Interesting info: Lead-Acid and LI in the future
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Interesting info: Lead-Acid and LI in the future

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2019/10/27/the-lead-acid-batterys-demise-has-been-greatly-exaggerated/#5adbb4dd4016 I'm not hesitant to change but am sometimes forced to do so - like when all my business apps changed from DOS to Windows. I think I was the last DOS user. I still kinda miss being...
by JRHill
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Basic electrical in Spanish
Replies: 3
Views: 431

Basic electrical in Spanish

I have a young man helping with some projects. He's a smart kid and has an interest in the solar. I'd like to coach him but his grasp of technical terms is lacking. Can anyone offer a link to some basics so I can move him along, in Spanish? I mean really basic: Voltage = pressure, amps = volume, res...
by JRHill
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: generator
Replies: 34
Views: 5804

Re: generator

I Bought a PSX-240 transformer with fan to get the full power from my SXB5500HXS Kodiak generator (4500 Watts nominal, 37,5/18,8A) which was limited to 30A on 120V.ething impossible? Could you help me? @JohnnyWalter: You have entered a complex thread of different considerations. Please start a sepa...
by JRHill
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Fires in Tesla systems
Replies: 9
Views: 1240

Re: Fires in Tesla systems

And thanks, Kurt... Yes, another thumbs up to Kurt. Four of my panel strings use in-line combiners on the roof to make a two 2x3 configuration with 10ga leading to the combiner inside. So I can't check voltages - it must be current. But I have never checked torques inside. Yup, time to do that for ...
by JRHill
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: 48v+ Charger, 48v>12v Converter
Replies: 10
Views: 2946

Re: 48v+ Charger, 48v>12v Converter

Short update: I complained and received a replacement for the 12/24/36/48 charger and used it several times. The replacement seems to work just fine. I just wish it had a 6vdc setting too. The 48>12vdc converter has a home. It should be the most valuable on a 3rd FNDC shunt inside to supply several ...
by JRHill
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Fires in Tesla systems
Replies: 9
Views: 1240

Re: Fires in Tesla systems

There's also the pattern I've noticed many times in the past in that when I pay excessive, loving attention to a "thing" it inevitably abuses me (wink).
by JRHill
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Fires in Tesla systems
Replies: 9
Views: 1240

Fires in Tesla systems

I don't doubt that many of you have seen the news about the fires in systems installed by Tesla. The pictures of burned through panels are disturbing. I read an interesting article today ( https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-solar-panel-fires-become-nightmare-some-homeowners-2019-10 ) that shed so...
by JRHill
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: grounding the subpanel
Replies: 11
Views: 1806

Re: grounding the subpanel

Weird stuff, grounding. Yup. And with reference to Sparksalot and that reference to the NEC code, there are lot of various opinions on the subject of grounding. So there is the interpretation of the code, the intent, best practices (hopefully the same in every case) and then Inspector Hector with h...
by JRHill
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: grounding the subpanel
Replies: 11
Views: 1806

Re: grounding the subpanel

Interesting subject. I'm not a sparktrician but I have to wonder having seen examples 1st hand. Could the differences between the multiple, bonded ground points in a given "circle" and those using one or two points close together be for distribution vs. point of service, respectively?
by JRHill
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Californians Learning....
Replies: 3
Views: 1230

Re: Californians Learning....

Dear PSS, it wasn't my intent to single out Cali folks - my apologies if it seems so. It was all about folks in general who are so reliant on a resource that, when gone for a moment, are in a mess of a situation. And I still am in that same boat if an EMF event happened. Hopefully that is a big "if."
by JRHill
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Californians Learning....
Replies: 3
Views: 1230

Californians Learning....

Californians Learning That Solar Panels Don’t Work in Blackouts From the recent news maybe most have heard about the issue of power cuts/outages. Combined with the recent rules on new construction requiring solar, of which I'm not fully informed, I thought this would be interesting. Sure enough, the...
by JRHill
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Priority of inverter over battery?
Replies: 16
Views: 2284

Re: Priority of inverter over battery?

5. Other things: Offset Offset is a blending of grid power and battery power to support a load. You are correct that it is non-existent when your AC input is generator. Only on inputs called Grid-Tied, support etc. Okay, I have some investigating to do here. On another thread there is discussion of...
by JRHill
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: DROP resets to USE
Replies: 28
Views: 3406

Re: DROP resets to USE

"...batteries range from 1.260-1.285."

BTW, it's probably time to run an EQ.
by JRHill
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: Optics RE large spikes in grid and then dropped grid
Replies: 2
Views: 864

Re: Optics RE large spikes in grid and then dropped grid

Did the Mate loose its connection? I've seen occasional spikes during a time when the Mate didn't have a connection. When the connection was restored Optics showed the activity as big spikes. But the next day the spikes disappeared as the activity was correctly spread through the period the Mate was...