OUR VIDEOS GALLERY MEMBER SPONSORSHIP VENDOR SPONSORSHIP

User Tag List

Page 2 of 6 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 51

Thread: Solar reg question

  1. #11
    I am he, fear me the evil twin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    W.A. (wandering aust)
    Posts
    6,245
    Thanks
    871
    Thanked 6,320 Times in 3,165 Posts
    Mentioned
    38 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    snip...

    In future how can I stop lightning strikes
    face the panel away or simply un plug it during a storm ????
    Panel would be used mainly over the warmer months
    when the storms are about

    Must remember to move my 20 watt panel that keeps my Radio battery[backyard] topped up
    if there are electrical storms in the area
    You can't stop them as such, just reduce the chances of damage etc.
    If you have portable panels sitting out on the ground with a nice yummy copper cable snaking over the ground, unplug and stow the panels till the storm passes.
    Direction they are facing etc won't matter to Mr Lightning, he's a prettyy indiscrimanant fella.

    The odds of portable panels getting a direct hit is quite remote, more likely gear will get damaged from a near miss hitting, say, a tree in close vicinity but even that will be rare.
    Doesn't hurt to check voltages and/or happy LED's are doing what they should after a storm.

    On a related theme I have seen some awesome damage to electronics and batteries in remote transmitter sites around Oz but those sites have big metal sticks stuck up in the air higher than anything else for miles just asking for a touch up.
    Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to the evil twin For This Useful Post:

    threedogs (16th January 2015)

  3. # ADS
    Circuit advertisement
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Advertising world
    Posts
    Many

     

  4. #12
    Dribble Master Clunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Perth, WA
    Posts
    27,953
    Thanks
    14,229
    Thanked 12,382 Times in 7,071 Posts
    Mentioned
    104 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    In future how can I stop lightning strikes

    while a storm is going off, stand next to your panels wearing a metal cap with a long spike, yes you may get electrocuted but, lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice


  5. #13
    Patrol God threedogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Melb
    Posts
    33,134
    Thanks
    10,200
    Thanked 9,749 Times in 7,301 Posts
    Mentioned
    103 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    hooked up my solar reg up just to try as Im not familiar with type as my other on was 20 odd years old.
    Anyway from the panel I hooked pos and neg to the pos /neg with the panel icon, From there I ran two wires from the
    pos/neg battery icon to the pos and neg on the battery.
    It showed all red leds on that red sliding graf, solar led is green.
    anyway does that sound right, it is very sunny atm
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by threedogs; 22nd January 2015 at 03:22 PM.
    04 ST 3lt auto, not enough Mods to keep me happy, but getting there

  6. #14
    I am he, fear me the evil twin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    W.A. (wandering aust)
    Posts
    6,245
    Thanks
    871
    Thanked 6,320 Times in 3,165 Posts
    Mentioned
    38 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    If that is an MPPT Reg then always make sure you connect the Battery to the Reg first.
    PV Regs doesn't matter
    LED's sound like they are correct
    Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

  7. #15
    Patrol God threedogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Melb
    Posts
    33,134
    Thanks
    10,200
    Thanked 9,749 Times in 7,301 Posts
    Mentioned
    103 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    plan is to have 5mtrs of figure 8 with a merit plug to connect to the panel. at the other end
    I'll have a 50 amp anderson plug off the battery to the MPPT reg
    Last edited by threedogs; 23rd January 2015 at 04:52 PM.
    04 ST 3lt auto, not enough Mods to keep me happy, but getting there

  8. #16
    I am he, fear me the evil twin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    W.A. (wandering aust)
    Posts
    6,245
    Thanks
    871
    Thanked 6,320 Times in 3,165 Posts
    Mentioned
    38 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    plan is to have 5mtrs of figure 8 with a merit plug to connect to the panel. at the other end
    I'll have a 50 amp anderson plug off the batterry to the MPPT reg
    I wouldn't use a Merit Plug. Something like an Anderson Powerpole would be heaps better.

    Is there a reason you don't want to "hardwire" the Reg to the Battery?
    You could simply have 5 metres of cable from the Panel with an Anderson on the cable end that plugs into an Anderson fly lead on the "Panel Connection" of the reg?

    Simpler and less connections means less issues and less voltage drops
    Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

  9. #17
    Patrol God threedogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Melb
    Posts
    33,134
    Thanks
    10,200
    Thanked 9,749 Times in 7,301 Posts
    Mentioned
    103 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    thats to use my battery box , but I then cant plug the lot into my Patrol.
    Maybe I could if I made a small lead 50amp to 50 amp.
    6mmsquared over 5 meters should be ok IMO is that correct.
    Too bloody hot to play with it today as in lay it out and see what goes where
    04 ST 3lt auto, not enough Mods to keep me happy, but getting there

  10. #18
    Patrol God threedogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Melb
    Posts
    33,134
    Thanks
    10,200
    Thanked 9,749 Times in 7,301 Posts
    Mentioned
    103 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    What I've decided to do is buy a 6" x 4" x 2" project box from Jaycar with a clear lid.
    Into that I'll mount the MPPT regulator with 2 x 50 amp anderson plugs bolted to opposite side to the box.
    Nice and compact IMO.
    As for the panel from the junction box on the back of the panel I'll run 5mtrs of 6mm sqrd fig 8 wire which I
    take it should be ok over 5 mtrs, I'll terminate that with another 50 amp anderson plug,
    I can then plug it via an anderson from my AUX battery and into my battery box the same way.
    If anyone sees something wrong or why it wouldnt work ,happy to hear you
    04 ST 3lt auto, not enough Mods to keep me happy, but getting there

  11. #19
    Patrol God
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    brisbane
    Posts
    5,039
    Thanks
    963
    Thanked 1,830 Times in 1,250 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sounds like how I've got one of my old regs I just keep it as a backup now.

    Mines fixed next to the batteries but via Anderson plugs so it can easily be removed and used elsewhere if needed
    Attached Images Attached Images

  12. #20
    Patrol God threedogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Melb
    Posts
    33,134
    Thanks
    10,200
    Thanked 9,749 Times in 7,301 Posts
    Mentioned
    103 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Thanks Mega you're a star thats what I want it to look like an
    as you said still be able to move it around, .
    is 6mm figure 8 over 5 mtrs ok
    04 ST 3lt auto, not enough Mods to keep me happy, but getting there

Page 2 of 6 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •