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RE: Westinghouse i4500 Generator

MNRon, I looked at the fault history and to be honest nothing looks out of the ordinary.  Just the point when it switches from inverting to pass through from the generator that it just doesn't play well with eack other at times. Here is how mine looked H1 D 6 11:18 Inverting 12.8 -336a (this amp # is the locked rotor peaking from the A/C unit, I know the inverting at time of this happening would be around 10-15a normal minimum daily draw.) BTS:77F TFMER:122F FETS:104F There was a couple of older faults with amp being 110 upto 200a but from the same issue of inverting to generator pass through not playing well with each other. Since raising the load share incoming AC to 16a instead of 15a no more faults.
Itinerant1 07/23/21 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Westinghouse i4500 Generator

I’d tried a ton of steps too, starting with adding a soft-start, then switching out my Honda 2000 for a 2200, then had some limited success by adding a Hughs autoformer (though not it’s intended purpose…), but uber hot weather was the variable that seemed to always kill the Eco-mode deal…But as I recalled long ago with our previous camper using the same air conditioner (no soft-start), the Honda 2000 would run it while in Eco-mode, so the more and more I thought about it, what came into my field of view was the fussy pass-thru inverter…Sure enough, it turned out that was the problem all along…Either way, I prefer the slightly larger genny for the additional head room, and with the new strategy we can run the microwave or coffee pot (via inverter) and air conditioner at the same time, so in the end I’m truly more than pleased :) 3 tons I don't even try eco mode not worth the hassle. Full fuel tank on the eu2200i lasts exactly 4 hours running the A/C, can put a stop watch to it. ;)
Itinerant1 07/21/21 05:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Westinghouse i4500 Generator

Yes the red light would come on while the A/C attempted to start. I looked at the fault in the me-arc along time ago but not the recent one, which should be still there. I wont be back to till Friday to look at it. Other than that glitch which I believe I figured the "work around" by just increasing 1a. The Magnum equipment is pretty robust, that inverter has been on in use everyday since April 2016, inverting loads of 150a a couple times a day up to near 200a+ on occasion, the Magnum PT100 scc has not given one issue at all. The system as awhole with lfp batteries truely has been a set it and forget system in everyday use, it just works quietly in the background while we boondock.
Itinerant1 07/20/21 04:25am Tech Issues
RE: Westinghouse i4500 Generator

MNRon, Before installing the Micro-Air on the unit if I was in AZ (low elevation) during Dec-Apr there wasn't an issue at 15a load share. As I moved north during the summer and climbed in elevation 4,000' or so and ambient temps of 90f was the range that it would be hit and miss with 1 generator set at 15a load share. If I put my eu2000i and the companion eu2000i together and set load share to 30a there never was a problem even at elevations of 6,000' or so. I never ran the A/C unit off of batteries before adding the micro-air. Since adding the Micro-air last year I can use either 1 eu2000i or 1 eu2200i generator with eco off and it will start the A/C unit up to 6,000' or so without issue as long as I have 16a as the load share, 15a is a fault every once in awhile especially if the temps are in the mid 90's. I don't allow it to charge the batteries while running the A/C off of the generator because my 1,280w solar covers that. When I run the A/C off of batteries there is never an issue even if the ambient temps are high. I can watch as the micro-air start to spool up for a few seconds on my display and max's out at 190a before settling down to a steady 13a draw of the A/C.
Itinerant1 07/19/21 10:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Westinghouse i4500 Generator

Do you have easy starts (micro-air) on the units?
Itinerant1 07/19/21 05:45am Tech Issues
RE: Westinghouse i4500 Generator

MNRon, I was looking at your other thread and noticed this. "With that said, I tried it two or three times and got similar results: arc50 shows +30A or so charging batteries from generator; AC turned on and current swings momentarily to -400A 12v current or so, oscillates briefly then 3012 kicks generator out and settles down to -180A (had some lights and other things on) running AC fine; after little bit 3012 tries to bring generator back in (still running) and current jumps back up to -400A range again. After a few sequences watching this oscillatory behavior I chose to run AC off of batteries alone for an hour or so (it was HOT out) but didn’t want to subject my AC to any further experimentation." When your trying to start/ run your A/C are you allowing the Magnum to charge your batteries at the same time? If so have you tried the A/C with the charger turned off and if so is it faulting off also? When I use my generator I do not allow the Magnum to charge from the inverter/ charger while using the A/C. You know it takes maybe a minute +/- or so for the Magnum to sync with the generator when it excepts the generator turn off the charger and see if you still have issues...if you haven't tried this already. ;)
Itinerant1 07/18/21 02:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Westinghouse i4500 Generator

Don't have your answer but I would like to learn more. Can you explain why you have both genny and inverter going at the same time. I would think even at altitude that the 4500w genny would be all you need. How does the inverter know when to come online? Thank you for any answers. The hybrid inverter/ charger gives options, you can turn the inverter off and just let shore power/ generator power pass through supplying the ac power. It also allows to leave the inverter on and "load share", with this option you can set the incoming "amps" you want the generator (in this case) to supply and if it requires more power the batteries will assist. When I'm in an rv park I use load share set what ever the pedestal power is supplying this way if the rv park loses power the batteries pick immediately and I never know there is a power lose without seeing the loads being drown on the display. Or, if your moochdocking at a friends house and all they is 15a service you set incoming to 15a ac is supplied first and the balance is picked up by batteries if needed. Example of displays from the Magnum & LFP batteries while under load at a lower SOC. On the Magnum remote it has the buttons to turn on/ off inverter and or charger. https://i.imgur.com/fQffk5Vl.jpg
Itinerant1 07/18/21 06:36am Tech Issues
RE: Westinghouse i4500 Generator

I noticed you said that your VAC Drop out is set at 60 VAC, mine is 80.
Itinerant1 07/17/21 08:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Westinghouse i4500 Generator

MNRon I have the Magnum hybrid 3000w inverter/ charger for over 5 years now using everyday (fulltime 99% boondocking). I can use either my eu2000i or eu2200i to run the Carrier Air V 15k air conditioner at elevation as high as 6,000' with outside air temps in the 90's range. I did add a micro-air 365 to the A/C unit which made all the difference, before the micro-air it was hit and miss. I set the "loadshare" to 16a when above 5,000' this keeps the Magnum from faulting, but with your larger generator you shouldn't have a problem getting one going. I also run my A/C off just batteries/ solar assisting for a few hours at times. I'm using LiFePO4 batteries which helps. Here are the setting I've used since day 1 on the Me-Arc50 for the Inverter. Favorites (can be changed to personal taste) F1_ Bat amps - PT  ADC (present be produced) F2_ AC output - 121 VAC/ 60.0 HZ F3_ AC input - Amps= 15a (adjustable with incoming power) F4_ Load amps - 0 amps AC F5_ AC Amps - -2 amps CRTL 01_ AC in Control - Auto Connect 02_ CHG Control - Multi Stage 03_ Gen Control - Off 04_ PT Control • a_ PT Chg CTRL 1 - Multi Stage • b_ PT Aux Relay - Control= Disengage • c_ PT Alarm - Control= Off • d_ PT Mppt Ctrl - 15 min sweep METER Inverting_ DC (present time reading) 01 DC Meters • a_ DC volts (present time reading) • b_ DC amps (present time reading) 02 AC Meters • a_ AC output (present time reading) • b_ Load amps (present time reading) • c_ Input AC (present time reading) • d_ Inv/ Chg amps (present time reading) • e_ Input AC1 (present time reading) SET UP 01 System Set up • a_ Set Clock • b_ Screen set up (press select) _ Brightness (50%),  Contrast (100%),  Power save (1 min) • c_ Temp select - Fahrenheit • d_ Max charge- Amps 200 adc • e _ Link PT Chg - setting - yes 02 Inverting/ Inverter set up • a_ Search watts - Off • b_ LBCO setting - 12.0 vdc • c_ AC In time - 6:00am-6:00pm • d_ AC In VDC - 11.O-14.1 vdc • e_ AC In SOC - 80%-100% SOC • f_ Power up - Always off SET UP INVERTING 03 Charger Set up • a_ AC Input - Amp= (can be set to available shore power/ generator incoming power) • b_ VAC Drop out - 80 VAC • c_ Battery type - Custom (with in here absorb voltage can be adjusted) • d_ Absorb done - Time= 0.1 hrs (minimum, can't be turned off) • e_ Max charge - Rate= 100% • f_ Max charge - Time= 12.0 hrs • g_ Final charge - Stage= Multi • h_ EQ Reminder - Days= Off 04 AGS SET UP - No AGS Present 05 BMK SET UP - No BMK Present 06 PT SET UP (Magnum pt controller follows Magnum inverter settings) • a_ Battery Type - Linked • b_ Absorb Done - Linked • c_ Maxed Charge - Rate= 100% • d_ Max Charge - Time= 12.0 hrs • e_ Bulk Start (press select) - select Bulk Start, Daily / sun up= yes - set Bulk Start, Volts= 12.0 - set Bulk Start, SOC= 80% • f _ PT Aux Relay - 10.0 to 14.0 • g_ PT Alarm - 10.0 to 14.0 • h_ Power Save PT - Display= 15 min TECH 01 Temperatures (press select_ scroll) - Inv BTS (present time reading) - Inv TFMER  (present time reading) - Inv FET'S  (present time reading) - AGS Sensor 0ff - ACLD Temp 32f - PT BTS  (present time reading) - PT Inductor  (present time reading) 02 Versions (press select_ scroll) - Inverter: 1.2 - Remote: 4.0 - AGS: 0.0 - Router: 0.0 - ACLD: 0.0 - PT: 1.1 03 Inv Model - MSH3012H (3000w hybrid) 04 Fault History 05 Set up pin 06 Ext Control - No ext control 07 Show all - Menus= No 08 Load Defaults The following parameters are for programming the ME-ARC Version 4 advanced control. Setup 02B LBCO Setting: Volts = 12.0 Setup 03C Battery Type: = Custom Set Absorb Volts: = 14.1v or  14.2v (depending on season) Set Float Volts: = 13.6 Set EQ Volts: = 14.1 Set EQ Done Time: = 0.1 Setup 03D Absorb Done Time: = 0.1 (minimum) Setup 03E Max Charge Rate: = 100% Setup 03G Final Charge Stage: = Float
Itinerant1 07/17/21 08:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Inverter Power Draw Question

You're using LFP so the SOC or "I’m curious if the fully charged battery can take more inverter load" doesn't really have an effect the way I think you're thinking that lead does, but when the lvd (low voltage disconnect) is reached it will shut itself down. As an example the other day I turned the A/C on when the the SOC was 60% and ran it till 35% (near 2 hours) so it was inverting at 140a +/- for a couple hours, the inverter was showing 12.2v before I shut it off. If I kept it going the inverter would of shutdown at 12.0v probably in another hour or so. Edit.. the inverter will shutdown before the batteries have reached the lvd (vpc). The charge/ discharges source should be setup to disconnect before the battery bms does the shutting down.
Itinerant1 07/12/21 11:51am Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Inverter Power Draw Question

KJINTF are your cells GBS? I use "LFP" but technically it would be "LFMP", I figured why confuse the crowd.
Itinerant1 07/11/21 07:35am Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Inverter Power Draw Question

It appears they've been as low as $699 on sale to everyday price $899, for a dropin that seems reasonable. After watching the tests they seem well made, as far as longevity only time will tell but that goes for all LFP's. I think the bms's might be the weak link for all LFP's.
Itinerant1 07/10/21 12:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Inverter Power Draw Question

EMD360 what brand of lfp batteries are you using? Don't they have low temp protection, ... Splitting hairs here. You have manufactured LiFe 'batteries'. LiFe cells do not have temp protection. You have an assembled battery of LiFes where the inclusion of a BMS can do the protecting. HTH; John Future LiFe DIYer What are you talking about??? If you're going to split hairs how about your abbreviation for LiFePO4 or the commonly used abbreviation LFP so not to confuse new comers to the meaning of "life". ;)
Itinerant1 07/10/21 12:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Inverter Power Draw Question

Itenerate1 wrote: “I'm a fulltime rv'er that mostly boondocks that use lfp everyday for over 5 years now with solar as my charger 99% of the time, even if I'm on pedestal power”. I well concur Sir… We camp 90% of the time off-grid…I use the Honda 2200 strictly for extended air cond. run times…LFP charges via solar with a relative (to FLA’s) rapid recovery, though with no real need to routinely top-off to 100% SOC…Daily operating range is typically somewhere north of 35% to 90% SOC… 3 tons With the heat wave happening I've been running the A/C almost everyday for 3-4 hours off of batteries/ solar then switch over to the generator if needed for any longer A/C time. By the time the sun is down my SOC will be 60-65% and morning SOC will be 35% +/-, even with the morning breakfast loads and other daily loads by 1-2 pm it's back to a full pack off of solar to do it over again. LFP/ solar is the cats meow. ;)
Itinerant1 07/10/21 10:26am Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Inverter Power Draw Question

This link will be for the "inards" of the LIon Safari batteries, then to the side of the page will be links to the "tests" he did with the batteries. They appear to be as advertised, it might be worth while to view all of them to gain confidence with the brand and how they'll perform or atleast "should" perform. https://youtu.be/ODOOOa2bgs8 He didn't have all these videos the last time I viewed his channel and watch them all yesterday. ;):W
Itinerant1 07/10/21 10:16am Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Inverter Power Draw Question

I've watched Ray from "Love your rv" on YouTube awhile ago showing/ using the LIon Safari battery, it looked like a decent battery with a bms protecting the battery. If you haven't seen his channel using the Safari batteries check it out. Once you have your system dailed in to your liking, lfp batteries really are a set it and forget battery. I'm a fulltime rv'er that mostly boondocks that use lfp everyday for over 5 years now with solar as my charger 99% of the time, even if I'm on pedestal power. I have 2 displays, 1 for the Magnum equipment and 1 for the GBS system, that is where I get the #s in my recorded data. The flat voltage of lfp is nice and as you might have noticed ability to still use high draw appliances at low SOC is nice, plus having the option to use lfp in a PSOC fo long periods with the occasional full charge to reset or resynce your capacity meter to the batteries.
Itinerant1 07/09/21 05:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Inverter Power Draw Question

EMD360 what brand of lfp batteries are you using? Don't they have low temp protection, which will stop charging till the cells get above 32F but still allow you to use the batteries? Your #s look ok in the 1st post except for the SOC taking a dive. Here are some recorded #s from my system in April of using microwave, air conditioner and other misc items at different SOC's to give an idea. I do have solar which does help during the day. https://i.imgur.com/4riT61Tl.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/iADOrEJl.png
Itinerant1 07/09/21 07:54am Tech Issues
RE: Solar panels vs shade cloth

I think the entire trailer contributes to heat or cold felt. Solar panels are made to produce power and never gave a thought to them shading or help cool the trailer until I turn the A/C on then they're contributing to the power to run the A/C. ;)
Itinerant1 07/03/21 03:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panels vs shade cloth

Just a follow up. It's 97f ambient, rv roof is showing 97f, top of solar panel 101f, rv roof under solar panel is 104f and that's 4" of space so not much cooling going on.
Itinerant1 07/03/21 02:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panels vs shade cloth

Nothing scientific here 80f outside ambient with barely a breeze, using the infrared thermometer just hit these spots. 89.9f on the rv roof, 93.2f on top of panel, 94 on roof under the panel. There is 2" space between bottom aluminum edging around the panel to rv roof and another 2" space from the bottom edging to underside of panel. Edit: producing 55a, 749w at 10:00 I'll catch a reading later in the day when it's hot. Looks like this. https://i.imgur.com/lRs6cjRl.jpg The sun is out and suppose to be a warm one today near 95f.
Itinerant1 07/03/21 09:33am Tech Issues
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