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by fcwlp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: AC hot out function question for newbie
Replies: 13
Views: 2211

Re: AC hot out function question for newbie

his isn't unusual for my system where at times grid input is too high for my inverters to sell, and I discover my batteries have been sitting at absorb for who knows how long. Only solution for me is to drop the grid altogether until voltage returns to normal. Is this a case of the grid voltage bei...
by fcwlp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: Something strange is going on...
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: Something strange is going on...

Interesting. I looked at the systems I monitor and did not see such behavior. It looks like your original settings went to "0" or some other default setting and then 3 minutes later the original settings were restored, with several repeats. Looks like some type of OpticsRE issue. Have you been able ...
by fcwlp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Why can't FW-X240 be used for balancing two FXR Series inverter/chargers (but it is ok with FX Series)?
Replies: 8
Views: 1562

Re: Why can't FW-X240 be used for balancing two FXR Series inverter/chargers (but it is ok with FX Series)?

Do you need 240V or do you need more power at 120V? If only more power then you add the second inverter as a parallel-stacked system. The master takes up most of the load with the parallel-stacked slave coming on-line as needed. In the installation manual that you have referenced, there is a good de...
by fcwlp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: 8048 won't turn on
Replies: 17
Views: 1699

Re: 8048 won't turn on

fcwlp wrote: ↑ Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:15 am It is also the S.O.P. for FLA batteries from at least Trojan and Rolls. Hook them up and complete the initial charge using the CCs and Radian or other inverters charger w/o powering any loads. So then it still seems that your LA batteries would have to stay ...
by fcwlp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: SkyBox Inverter
Topic: CANBUS interface
Replies: 3
Views: 1050

Re: CANBUS interface

checkout https://www.canbus.us/

It is an open standard that is widely used in automobiles. Not sure about your Teslas. :grin:
by fcwlp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: AC hot out function question for newbie
Replies: 13
Views: 2211

Re: AC hot out function question for newbie

Not to butt in here, but might be better to set your sell voltage at your desired float setting, and raise the float setting 1.5 volts above that. That way your battery will be sitting at float voltage when it's selling (hopefully most of the time) rather than 1.5 volts lower. Again, 2 cents' worth...
by fcwlp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: 8048 won't turn on
Replies: 17
Views: 1699

Re: 8048 won't turn on

That's been S.O.P. with most all lithium batteries. When I get a new cell phone, it says to charge the battery before first use. It is also the S.O.P. for FLA batteries from at least Trojan and Rolls. Hook them up and complete the initial charge using the CCs and Radian or other inverters charger w...
by fcwlp
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: AC hot out function question for newbie
Replies: 13
Views: 2211

Re: AC hot out function question for newbie

If your selling something, the first thing to check is your sell voltage. On OpticsRE go to the inverter -> AC input. Try a "sell voltage" that is ~1.5V below your float voltage.
by fcwlp
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Backup Applications
Topic: AGS question
Replies: 5
Views: 1140

Re: AGS question

Or not started programatically. Has the wiring and start control module/relay (if any) been checked for proper functioning? Maybe a squirrel building a nest. In your graph during the 1400 hour, there was a 75AH load and the PV and Gen each input 25AH, so a -25AH but the V still was going up. Curious.
by fcwlp
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: FW-SP products--adaptable to Radian?
Replies: 5
Views: 871

Re: FW-SP products--adaptable to Radian?

For DC circuits, I use Midnite Solar surge protectors. I usually put one on the combiner box and one on the Radian. The FLEXPower systems come with AC & DC surge protection built-in. For AC circuits I generally put the surge protectors in load centers, where I prefer to use the Eaton CHSPT2Ultra. Th...
by fcwlp
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: External control of FM60s
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: External control of FM60s

raysun wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:13 am
Disconnecting the battery from the FM60 while PV is powered can damage the unit. Disconnecting the PV while the battery is connected is standard operating procedure.
Control the PV input to the CC with a DC SSR (Solid State Relay) versus a mechanical relay/contactor.
by fcwlp
Fri Aug 28, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: Is this wired correctly? What's going on in the white box?
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Re: Is this wired correctly? What's going on in the white box?

Your 3-line looks good given the location limitations on wiring the generator to the inverter. You should consider adding a generator at some point to for battery charging. I understand what you are doing with the auto-transformer input (running 120V from inverter or 240V from gen). I have not done ...
by fcwlp
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: Outback Radian 8048a and GSLC wiring question
Replies: 1
Views: 610

Re: Outback Radian 8048a and GSLC wiring question

Your answers are in the GSLC Installation Manual
- Negative battery lead to shunt - p.36
- PV and CC wiring - p.38
- Wiring diagram - p.52
by fcwlp
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: SimpliPhi warranty and installation requirements
Replies: 7
Views: 1127

Re: SimpliPhi warranty and installation requirements

"As luck would have it, we are removing the requirement for a "licensed" professional as it states in our warranty. We have softened the language to read "qualified installer." Interesting. A "licensed electrician" means someone passed a state administered test at some point in time, could read the...
by fcwlp
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: Is this wired correctly? What's going on in the white box?
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Re: Is this wired correctly? What's going on in the white box?

fcwlp wrote: ↑ Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:54 pm This looks like a Delta surge protector, picture at https://www.galesburgelectric.com/delta ... gI-QvD_BwE. Their website is at http://www.deltala.com but I have never seen a website with so few pictures. They also have surge protection capacitors. Aha! That ...
by fcwlp
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: Is this wired correctly? What's going on in the white box?
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Re: Is this wired correctly? What's going on in the white box?

I've already found a number of improper ground/neutral bonding points as well as improper use of conduit and romex. Welcome and you are ahead of the game in knowing about improper bonding of grounds and neutrals. Don't forget the N-G bond that may be present in the generator. I think your Inverter ...
by fcwlp
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: OUTBACK inverter AC IN has current
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Re: OUTBACK inverter AC IN has current

That’s a great point and makes total sense, was all excited to check if I may have done that, but unfortunately grid use is off, I use the mate to control the inverter. That does eliminate that possibility. Are you measuring a voltage across the AC input terminals and a current flow. Simple test is...
by fcwlp
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: OUTBACK inverter AC IN has current
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Re: OUTBACK inverter AC IN has current

If you were grid-tied it would be normal. What is the model of inverter that you are using? Are you measuring the voltage across the AC In terminals and/or the current?
by fcwlp
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Tractor PTO Generator
Replies: 10
Views: 1231

Re: Tractor PTO Generator

sodamo wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:04 am
I can’t start my tractor with the PTO engaged.
I forgot that one, same for me. :grin:
by fcwlp
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Tractor PTO Generator
Replies: 10
Views: 1231

Re: Tractor PTO Generator

I have a Kubota tractor that I use about every other day with a variety of implements to maintain 150 acres. I would find it to be a PIA to unhook an implement from the draw bar or 3-pt hitch, hook up a generator (mechanically & electrically) every time that I came back from some task or the opposit...
by fcwlp
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Off Grid Generator: Diesel, Propane or Gas
Replies: 8
Views: 1231

Re: Off Grid Generator: Diesel, Propane or Gas

According to the referenced article. If you use diesel within a year there are minimal issues if you store at 70F or below and minimize the amount of moisture accumulation in tank. Interesting cost differential between PEI and AZ for diesel and propane. I just did my pre-buy of propane for next year...
by fcwlp
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: AC hot out function question for newbie
Replies: 13
Views: 2211

Re: AC hot out function question for newbie

Hello, I'm brand new here and we are getting ready to connect our VFXR3524A to a 120V breaker. We aren't using a subpanel as shown in the schematics for the AC hot out. Do we actually need to connect AC hot out if the AC hot in is connected? I think I saw that the grid will be fed from the AC hot i...
by fcwlp
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: Generator considerations
Replies: 8
Views: 1140

Re: Generator considerations

In my system, my off grid system is connect to my main panel by a 240 volt 50 amp circuit. That's 12,000 watts that can handle running the Radian at 8,000 watts and 4,000 left for battery charging. But I also have a Generac 7550 generator that can be connected to the Gen IN of the Radian. I really ...
by fcwlp
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: Loose DC Neg Terminals GS-1 Active Fault GS8048
Replies: 17
Views: 14069

Re: Loose DC Neg Terminals GS-1 Active Fault GS8048

May be a coincidence, maybe not: lately have been running on GridZero, where I have never experienced the "loose DC terminals fault", did experience on mini-grid and grid-tie. Thanks for the update. Both GridZero and Grid-Tie maintain a connection to the grid but in GridZero you are not selling bac...
by fcwlp
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Off Grid Generator: Diesel, Propane or Gas
Replies: 8
Views: 1231

Re: Off Grid Generator: Diesel, Propane or Gas

All of my off-grid customers use propane. Gas especially with ethanol is problematic to store due to moisture absorption. Diesel can be stored but after some period of time you have to treat it with biocides, fungicides, stabilizers, and filtering. Good review at https://www.bellperformance.com/blog...