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BTS sensor

Postby Saggy on Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:14 am

Will one BTS sensor be sufficient for generator and mx 60 battery charging? I have a fx2524 with mate. Would BTS be connected to inverter or MX 60?
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Re: BTS sensor

Postby Mike Curran on Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:54 am

The manual for my GVFX's says "When a HUB is used, the RTS must be plugged into the master GFX which must be plugged into port 1 of the HUB. If this is the case, only one RTS is required for all devices plugged into the hub."

My translation: I would connect it to your inverter and make sure your inverter is plugged into port 1 of your Hub. You only need one (1) RTS (Remote Temperature Sensor) per system.

- Mike

Edit: Found this application note which may be helpful: http://outbackpower.com/downloads/docum ... p_note.pdf
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Re: BTS sensor

Postby Saggy on Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:04 am

Thanks Mike,
Forgive my ignorance but is a mate considered a hub? My experience is with old Trace equipment from turn off the century.
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Re: BTS sensor

Postby jguzman on Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:21 am

Here's a quick video tutorial that talks about the RTS: https://youtu.be/O2rz4D_TQ_w

Your MX60 will need to be on a current firmware revision 5.11 is the latest. Once you have connected the RTS into the Master Inverter, you may check to see if the MX60 is also taking the data. From the home screen go to "Misc" then press "Next" twice. If the BT is other than 0 or 255 then it means it is reading it from the mater.

HUb: is a communications manager device that usually will allow 4 or 10 devices to connect.
Mate: is your remote controller/Display
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Re: BTS sensor

Postby Mike Curran on Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:23 am

No, they are two different devices. A hub is like an ethernet switch, connecting various devices in your Outback system and allowing them to communicate with each other. Unfortunately you must use an Outback hub, a regular LAN switch will not work.

Sounds like you currently have a Mate, connected to your FX2524. If you're going to add an MX60 I strongly suggest you add a HUB so that charging is coordinated between your FX and MX. - Mike

PS Great video Jorge!
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Re: BTS sensor

Postby jguzman on Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:32 am

@Mike.

Thanks!
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Re: BTS sensor

Postby Saggy on Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:01 pm

I think another BTS sensor is cheaper than a hub, I don't plan to have any remote monitoring. Thanks for the link.
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Re: BTS sensor

Postby blackswan555 on Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:53 pm

think another BTS sensor is cheaper than a hub,
I will second that, No point in spending 10 times as much money,,,, If you did the data you would get from MX would be limited anyway, Get another temp sensor and put it by the side of the FX one (about half way down what will be warmest cell)

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