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groundhogy

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Posted: 02/04/20 09:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What are the best charge controllers out there?
Mostly looking at Mppt.

Reading about some doing flaky things, or not charging properly (bad electrical design).

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Posted: 02/04/20 09:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First you need to know what you want it to do with your batteries.

Then there will be several to choose from that can do that, especially if they are adjustable. No point asking anybody else who doesn't know what you want it to do.


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Please elaborate as I thought there was only one thing to do to batteries.

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Posted: 02/04/20 09:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can get lower cost but my Morningstar has been perfect.
Very flexible programming.


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I have the EpSolar
charge controller with 200 watts of solar.
The controller is 8 years old and has been charging the same batteries (a pair of GC2's) for the full 8 years. The batteries are still going strong.

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Posted: 02/05/20 06:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

groundhogy wrote:

Please elaborate as I thought there was only one thing to do to batteries.
Batteries can have different charging protocols. Find out from the manufacturer what's needed for your specific batteries and narrow it down from there.





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My thought leans toward one of the Renogy Rovers for the simple reason they will accept a #4 gauge conductor on the input and output. I like big conductor.


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My WindyNation MPPT has worked without a problem for three plus years.


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WindyNation TrakMax MPPT 40A. .... $40 (too good to be true??)
Flooded/Sealed-AGM/Gel/Li
Some type of Bluetooth module.
Max operating temp. 113F. (This seems concerning)

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