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    Quote Originally Posted by sooty_10 View Post
    This is the solar controller I run. I didn't get it from this seller so shop around.


    I also have a Bluetooth dongle for it so I can check it out on my phone.



    Gives me 30day history with total times in each charge mode. Voltages customisable through the app for the different modes too.



    I have a 160W folding panel on the roof and car doesn't move often these days. Fridge is on permanent with it.

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    Wow I was going to get a victron any way but I guess now I'll be getting the Bluetooth dongle too. Looks like a great bit of kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucus30 View Post
    Wow I was going to get a victron any way but I guess now I'll be getting the Bluetooth dongle too. Looks like a great bit of kit

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    Yep, I don't think you'll regret it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuppa View Post
    Yep, I don't think you'll regret it.
    They are a quality unit. My original pwm on the back of the solar panel (cheap Chinese crap) was always dying and never could use the solar panels properly eg. In the sun. This controller runs flawlessy.

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    Heres one a bit cheaper, same thing imo
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VICTRON-E...AAAOSwp5JWXSoR
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    I think I will end up with one of these .

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    Quote Originally Posted by GQtdauto View Post
    I think I will end up with one of these .
    where would you mount it, Im thinking of mounting my mppt somewhere
    inside the bullbar on the AUX battery side,
    Question how close to the battery do these things have to be, 600mm-900mm
    enough??? no eye dear lol
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    Might fix mine to near the spare batt in back but do a fly lead .

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    Now you guys have really confused me.
    @Cuppa

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VICTRON-B...26.m2548.l4275

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    One MPPT, one PWM.
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    Thought that might happen , the PWM reg on my 200 watt panel is going bonza, the one on the 100 watt is not delivering the power it should be and yes it's a cheapie and about a year old .
    Given that I've got 2 spare batteries in the GQ both gel cell I've been watching the charging over the last two days and I'm not getting past 13.8 , these are new batteries and I don't want to take a chance now I know I could have a problem .
    Because most regulators are not water proof and I'm limited for where I can mount any regulator I like the idea of the app , so I can mount the reg on cargo barrier behind fridge and still know what it's doing .
    The 200 watt panel is mounted on my camper trailer in the shed and I'm not sure it's getting any direct sunlight at all but every time I check it the volts are 13.3 so no need for me to touch that PWM reg as it's obviously a good one .
    Not all PWM regs are crap and the one on the 200 watt panel is proof of that and it came with the panel so I have no idea of quality price etc I just know it's working very well .
    Of the cheap regs I have brought over the years and ones that came with portable panels all have been replaced except one , but I don't look after my stuff and leaving them in the rain and heavy mist/fog has cost me a couple for sure .
    I do now tend to look after things a bit better .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay see View Post
    Now you guys have really confused me.
    @Cuppa
    No need for confusion! Previously I recommended a cheaper Victron on the basis that it was good value & from a manufacturer with a reputation for quality. This reg that Sooty posted is from the same manufacturer but a step up in regard to being MPPT (which would be genuine MPPT, not just letters on the outside of the case) & more so because of it's ability for remote monitoring on a phone (for additional cost). Also the previous one I recommended was a bit small for the 200w of panel(s) you mentioned. This one is the next size up (15 amp instead of 10 amp) & would cope with up to 250w pane(s). If you want to keep costs down restricting yourself to 170w panel(s) & are happy to have no monitoring the previous Victron reg would be a reasonable choice.

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