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by Surfpath
Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80
Replies: 31
Views: 21365

Re: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80

Tim, regarding my 30 minute absorb times, you said that it " sounds like your FNDC is terminating charge too early, Go through the programming and disable it ( set SOC start & stop to "0"). " I guess this is a diagnostic step? I'll try it out. Last night I took SG measurements using the new hydromet...
by Surfpath
Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80
Replies: 31
Views: 21365

Re: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80

The red line is Net charging- and after about 2 hours it has stopped decreasing, and that is when the batteries are at 100% SOC. There is then some EQ time and later it is Float until the end of the day. Hi Gordon, Novice PV battery charger here. Is this graph representative of your daily charge cy...
by Surfpath
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80
Replies: 31
Views: 21365

Re: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80

Thanks for that addition. I basically only have 1 item in total that operates in the background while I am not at home (a 115w/220V fridge). So I can add those running amps. I read the newish looking outback manual, and can't see anything different about truly establishing a minimum absorb time. My ...
by Surfpath
Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80
Replies: 31
Views: 21365

Re: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80

So. To confirm I did not enter an end amps value in the CC, nor in the advanced settings for the CC found in the Mate. What I did was (in the Mate) enter a value of "7amps" in the "ADV/DC/CHARGE--------return amps" screen. Per the FNDC manual: "Return amps: See the manuf. recommendations or set to 2...
by Surfpath
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80
Replies: 31
Views: 21365

Re: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80

Hi Gordon, Good to hear about the minimum time capability. I have a flexpower panel, standard set up, nothing exotic connected to it. I use an RTS. I am not home right now, but I have my Abs Voltage higher than the recommended 58.8V. I think it's set as 59.4. This was suggested to me when I was gene...
by Surfpath
Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80
Replies: 31
Views: 21365

Any way to set a minimum Absorb Time on a FM80

IÔÇÖm about to wrap up the 1st few weeks of charging my Trojan L16ÔÇÖs using PV. Everything is going generally fine. But a small finding is that I've experienced gradual battery SG drop-off over this time (my FM80 is inputting roughly the same number of amp hours IN (PV) as OUT (my usage) each day, ...
by Surfpath
Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:13 am
Forum: Flex Power One
Topic: FnDC Shunts for Power One systems
Replies: 2
Views: 6897

Re: FnDC Shunts for Power One systems

Hi, I agree. The Flexpower installation manual tends to be very skimpy on detail. Perhaps the FNDC manual will shed further light. I have had to piece information together all the way along my own FP1 installation. I am a novice, but on my (very recent installation) the shunts are prewired. I was ac...
by Surfpath
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: New Outback user: Genny charging the bank
Replies: 7
Views: 5312

Re: New Outback user: Genny charging the bank

Hi Tim, Shortly after I saw the flashing red light is when I turned off the AC breaker (say 2-3 seconds later). I was confused by the light. I felt sure I was following the correct charging procedures, however with the red light I thought damage was being done to the system. SO, I tried charging aga...
by Surfpath
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:37 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: New Outback user: Genny charging the bank
Replies: 7
Views: 5312

Re: New Outback user: Genny charging the bank

Hi Mary, Excellent reply. Especially as I now know more about the panel and my house/genny. The neutral bond issue has been pretty much resolved. I know for certain that the house does not have a neutral bond. Also, my genny is the export version of the Yamaha6300 (no GFCI outlets). It likely also d...
by Surfpath
Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: New Outback user: Genny charging the bank
Replies: 7
Views: 5312

Re: New Outback user: Genny charging the bank

Also: Can someone explain this in layman's terms (p.32 of the FP manual): " FLEXpower ONE comes with a Neutral-to-Ground Bond installed. If a Neutral-to- Ground bond exists elsewhere in the system (e.g., in the main panel, or a generator), the Neutral-to-Ground Bond in the FLEXpower ONE AC Enclosure...
by Surfpath
Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: New Outback user: Genny charging the bank
Replies: 7
Views: 5312

New Outback user: Genny charging the bank

Hi Outback Mates, I have recently mounted my new flexpower 1-6 panel (48v, 240v, 50hz sys). Exciting times. My 1st intention is to charge my -roughly all the same I believe- 1.250 SG battery bank (8 x 6v Trojan RE-B batts) with my 5.5kw (30amp?) generator. I understand it's important to get the new ...
by Surfpath
Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Outback Inverter/Flexpower Fuse discrepancy?
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

Outback Inverter/Flexpower Fuse discrepancy?

Hi, Just wondering why the VFX3048E (230v) manual recommends a 125amp DC breaker, yet the Flexpower 1-6 unit that it is mounted to has a 175 Amp Breaker? Also, the VFX3048's DC Input Current-Rated power is "75 amps." No electrician here, but wouldn't a 175 amp breaker be too high? Wouldn't the inver...
by Surfpath
Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: Flex Power One
Topic: Generator for FP1-2
Replies: 3
Views: 6622

Re: Generator for FP1-2

This link to an outback brochure on generator autostart may be helpful in your generator search; it cleared 1 or 2 things up for me. By the way, it may be my computer, but many of the outback .pdf's seem to freeze my internet explorer (keep that in mind if you have also experienced this). http://www...
by Surfpath
Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Flex Power One
Topic: Generator for FP1-2
Replies: 3
Views: 6622

Re: Generator for FP1-2

Hi Belizeit, Good question. I remember seeing a thread, on this forum perhaps, regarding generators that would work in an autostart mode with Outback products. I already have a Yamaha generator which I believe will conveniently work as an autostart gen with the Flexpower unit. But I am not 100% sure...
by Surfpath
Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: Mate 3 on the flexpower
Replies: 1
Views: 2243

Mate 3 on the flexpower

Hello,
Just wondering if the flexpower 1 ships with the mate 3? If it does from when?
Thanks
SP

ps. I posted a similar question herehttp://www.outbackpower.com/forum/viewt ... =42&t=6629, but perhaps I needed to post in this subforum?
by Surfpath
Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: Flex Power One
Topic: Mate 3 on the Flexpower 1?
Replies: 2
Views: 6497

Mate 3 on the Flexpower 1?

Hi,
Just checking. Does the flexpower 1 now ship standard with a Mate 3?
-SP
by Surfpath
Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: FLEXnet DC
Topic: Flexpower 1- FlexnetDC/Mate mounting options
Replies: 8
Views: 8710

Re: Flexpower 1- FlexnetDC/Mate mounting options

Agreed, the installation of the mate in the new location would have to be done during a non-critical phase with the disconnects off. Just to clarify, I realize that there are codes/guidelines for wire in conduit, as well as a minimum wire size regarding the combiner box to the Charge controller wire...
by Surfpath
Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: FLEXnet DC
Topic: Flexpower 1- FlexnetDC/Mate mounting options
Replies: 8
Views: 8710

Re: Flexpower 1- FlexnetDC/Mate mounting options

Nice setup you now have, no cables, online monitoring from anywhere...cool Unfortunately for me I have no internet where I live (and no TV, sorry your wife would be dissappointed!) there are no problem to put the mate with any cat5 ethernet cable, I've tried to 200m and it worked perfectly ... ;-) G...
by Surfpath
Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: FLEXnet DC
Topic: Flexpower 1- FlexnetDC/Mate mounting options
Replies: 8
Views: 8710

Re: Flexpower 1- FlexnetDC/Mate mounting options

[aside: 2 replies from Espa├▒a! - Thanks] Yes, the FlexnetDC only has one "display" on it from the looks of things (an LED showing SOC). I was not aware of all the shunt cables. So, the Mate is really the focus of my question. Is it a plug and play thing to mount the mate in a remote location? (say ...
by Surfpath
Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: FLEXnet DC
Topic: Flexpower 1- FlexnetDC/Mate mounting options
Replies: 8
Views: 8710

Flexpower 1- FlexnetDC/Mate mounting options

Are there any other mounting options for the Mate/Flexnet DC monitors in regards to the Flexpower setup. Do both of these have to be mounted on the chassis of the FP1 (as noted on this photo)? Can either of them be placed in a different location, not attached to the FP 1, using cables?
Thanks
SP
by Surfpath
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:12 am
Forum: Flex Power One
Topic: Accessories to consider in setting up a Flex Power 1
Replies: 0
Views: 4694

Accessories to consider in setting up a Flex Power 1

It seems like the Flexpower 1 is intended to be a userfriendly, system inclusive package. Nonethless there are always other materials needed to set up a system like this. I just want to make sure I get the accessories right because I can only ship stuff once to me (I live on a remote island, you don...
by Surfpath
Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:56 am
Forum: Flex Power One
Topic: add micro hydro to existing system
Replies: 1
Views: 5283

Re: add micro hydro to existing system

Hello Mandy, Just checking in (no electrician here). I am also slowly assembling a PV/Hydro flexpower set up (FP1-6). Though, I am working with 48V hydro voltage. I also have the Tristar 45 as a dump load diverter. I guess the reason why you have a flexmax 60 charge controller in addition to the cha...
by Surfpath
Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: My OutBack Power System
Topic: Purchased FlexPower One
Replies: 2
Views: 3398

Re: Purchased FlexPower One

Does anyone else have the FlexPower One? I've searched the forum but have not seen any posts about them. Maybe there are, I still haven't quite got the hang of using this forum yet. Mud, Just thought I'd let you know that there is a new Outback Flexpower forum for you to post questions and contribu...
by Surfpath
Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Flex Power One
Topic: fp1-34
Replies: 4
Views: 9289

Re: fp1-34

Hi Lionel,
Sounds like your (new?) Flexpower sustem (1-34?) is working out for you. Any photos to share?
-SP
by Surfpath
Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Flex Power One
Topic: Got a Flexpower 1 or 2 panel?
Replies: 1
Views: 4765

Got a Flexpower 1 or 2 panel?

Welcome Outback Flexpower owners....!
Here's a chance to post a snapshot/summary of your system.
What's been your general experience with the Flexpower?
-Surfpath