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by eesiason
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Managing Large Loads / Tripping GFDI
Replies: 8
Views: 4124

Re: Managing Large Loads / Tripping GFDI

@Mike Curran

Great solution! Bought the relay... I was thinking there was a far more complex solution out there that I would have to implement.

Thanks!
by eesiason
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Managing Large Loads / Tripping GFDI
Replies: 8
Views: 4124

Re: Managing Large Loads / Tripping GFDI

I use AUX on one of the FM80s (Float trigger) to turn on the circuit to the Hot Water Heater. This works perfectly. The dryer is just wired directly. The human using it is smart enough to only push the start button when the sun is out. Else, the gas dryer is used. I want to automagically disable the...
by eesiason
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Managing Large Loads / Tripping GFDI
Replies: 8
Views: 4124

Managing Large Loads / Tripping GFDI

I have a 12,000 watt array running through three strings and three FM80s into my system. (We have a 4th array and a wind turbine too, but for this excercise the issue is with the three strings and the GFDI they all run through.) The background: I have an electric hot water heater that is automatical...
by eesiason
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?
Replies: 17
Views: 8358

Re: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?

@ Kurt Lundquist - I'll add just a little to the hijack. All of the solar and wind components were procured and self installed by my kids and me, after I took a beginner's installers course at http://www.altestore.com, also located in MA (they used to give them in person, now it's on-line). I saved ...
by eesiason
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?
Replies: 17
Views: 8358

Re: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?

Sounds like a nice little getaway house. :-) One last tidbit - I'm assuming your system will have some sort of controller similar to the MATE. I'm hoping it's internet enabled like the MATE, as it is really cool to be able to monitor system status and make adjustments from anywhere - even turn the g...
by eesiason
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Stand by generators?
Replies: 17
Views: 5984

Re: Stand by generators?

The Generac 15kw ecogen 7163 seems to be a huge improvement over the now defunct 7034. (See my redundant generator post) We run it at 10kw to recharge when needed. Two wire start, controlled by Radian 8kw. Very clean power - very little noise. I'm thinking of giving "support mode" a try since the po...
by eesiason
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?
Replies: 17
Views: 8358

Re: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?

@cephus91 I have my first 7163 up and running now for a month. (It replaced the failed 7034 for "free" by Generac) It is a far simpler* machine than it's 7034 predecessor, makes very clean power, and it is very quiet. *By simpler, I mean that it is more of a traditional generator with an extended ru...
by eesiason
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Soft Start Well Pump
Replies: 4
Views: 4262

Re: Soft Start Well Pump

For what it's worth, I went with a Grundfos 10SQ07-200 3/4 HP Pump. ($669 on Amazon) It is a thing of pure beauty to watch the display on the Mate gradually ramp up to 1600 watts instead of spiking briefly to around 10,000 before settling back down to around 2,000. I'm thinking the generator will ap...
by eesiason
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Soft Start Well Pump
Replies: 4
Views: 4262

Soft Start Well Pump

Hi, who out there has a soft-start well pump? Grundfos has a ready to drop in the well set of soft start pumps advertised as "generator and inverter friendly". Any other options out there? Soft-start controller for a "regular" pump? Thoughts?
by eesiason
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?
Replies: 17
Views: 8358

Re: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?

Thanks David. I figured that out a few days ago and fixed it. :-)
by eesiason
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?
Replies: 17
Views: 8358

Re: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?

Sodamo, I believe the 7034 is discontinued. It pretty much shows unavailable or discontinued everywhere. The 7163 is it's replacement. I had about 1500 hours on the 7034, and I think I had one of the very first ones they ever made as I bought right after they hit the market. I think much like a new ...
by eesiason
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?
Replies: 17
Views: 8358

Re: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?

Good point JR. When I run my portable 12kw generator, I first have to lower the max input and the charge input so I don't overwhelm the portable. And then I have to put it back when I'm back on the regular one. Having two of the same side by side will make that PITA go away too... I wonder if the Ou...
by eesiason
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?
Replies: 17
Views: 8358

Re: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?

Thanks for the idea on the transfer switch. Which ecogen. :-) We went live in 2012 with the 6kw, because that's all they had at the time. It was way too small to run the house and charge batteries. Within six months, they came out with the 15kw (current model is 7163) so I bought one the next fall a...
by eesiason
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?
Replies: 17
Views: 8358

Two Generators? Anyone setup redundant generators?

Has anyone out there setup two generators to eliminate that single point of failure? Suggestions? I have 17,000 watts of solar on 4 strings feeding 4 FM80s and two Radian 8048s - everything is at least redundant or spares in hand (hub, mate). Been running fat dumb and happy for over six years and ju...
by eesiason
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: GSLC 80A GFDI Tripping
Replies: 25
Views: 29558

Re: GSLC 80A GFDI Tripping

Outbacknewbie, this thread has a lot of discussion on the topic if you scroll to the top. If for some reason you dont see the whole thread, search the forum for "GSLC 80A GFDI Tripping". You might also want to engage Outback's support team. They have been really helpful with questions that I have ha...
by eesiason
Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: GSLC 80A GFDI Tripping
Replies: 25
Views: 29558

Re: GSLC 80A GFDI Tripping

Ha. This happened to me today. Freaked me out it did. :-) Three times! I have an 11,800 watt array, and it went way higher than that today. Crystal clear day, quite cold, and an ice covered snow pack on the ground in front of the array. 3 FM 80's and 2 GS8048s. I have an 80 gallon electric hot water...
by eesiason
Mon May 02, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: Automatic Daily Reboot - use it?
Replies: 1
Views: 2400

Automatic Daily Reboot - use it?

Hi, anyone using this feature? Every few months my mate 3 goes unresponsive / loses it's display, etc, and I do a reboot and we are happy again for a few months. Can you say small memory leak? Of course, this always happens at the worst time - I'm away and the generator needs to be kicked on for a b...
by eesiason
Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Upgrading from Generac EcoGen 6KW to new 15KW model
Replies: 1
Views: 1622

Upgrading from Generac EcoGen 6KW to new 15KW model

Hi. We've been happily living off grid (12,000 watt solar, 2000 watt wind) for three years now and love everything about our system except our wimpy Generac EcoGen 6000 watt generator and the crappy Chinese made wind turbine (you get what you pay for). The 6000 watt genny is too small, has to run at...
by eesiason
Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Making hot water with excess solar electricity
Replies: 9
Views: 26198

Re: Making hot water with excess solar electricity

Hi Jason, To be honest, I stopped checking specific gravity about two weeks after we went live in 2012. The system just works and we live like you would in any grid tied house - just no bills. I just add a little distilled water to the batteries at the beginning of every month and forget about the s...
by eesiason
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Making hot water with excess solar electricity
Replies: 9
Views: 26198

Re: Making hot water with excess solar electricity

Pleased to report using the "float" AUX trigger worked like a charm. As soon as the system got to float stage, the aux engaged, the relay worked, and we quickly made 84 gallons of "free" hot water.
by eesiason
Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: mate3 firmare 003.009.000 available
Replies: 11
Views: 8112

Re: mate3 firmare 003.009.000 available

Hi. I had the same issue as described here. Mate3 unresponsive (just beeps weekly) on pressing the "LOCK" button and then goes to solid tone on the next press. I loaded firmware 002.019.000, released 12/14 and this solved the issue. I had to reenter system sizes, but everything else seemed to stick....
by eesiason
Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Making hot water with excess solar electricity
Replies: 9
Views: 26198

Re: Making hot water with excess solar electricity

Well, I bought an 84 gallon HW heater and set it all up this weekend. I used the "Float" trigger for the AUX on my first FM80 rather than the "Diversion" trigger. Seemed like a much simpler option - please chime in if you have an opinion otherwise. Should be a good sunny day tomorrow, so we shall se...
by eesiason
Sun May 31, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Making hot water with excess solar electricity
Replies: 9
Views: 26198

Making hot water with excess solar electricity

Hi. We are happily off grid, with a 12,000 watt solar array, three FM80's, 2 Radian 8000 watt inverters, and more electricity than we could ever hope to use, especially in the summer. We make hot water with a Wood Gun wood gassification boiler year round (awesome furnace). But, it would be more conv...