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RE: Remote Temp Comp for Solar30 Controller?

Just a heads up, as I did not read all the fine print that came with my Solar 30. I got caught in a deluge of rain with my Solar 30 outside while experiencing horizontal rain and hail. The Solar 30 did not like this while mounted on my portable solar panel. It is now DOA. $31 trashed in the name of science. Use and mount your Solar 30 internally, out of the weather and elements. Really saddened to see it die, it was a great unit.
NinerBikes 09/17/14 09:16am Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

Understand, I am at the low end of the user range, with a single T-1275 150 Amp battery, 3 years old, and used from the local golf course, that was in essence free, I had to pay a core charge, but that was about it. My usage, daily, might be 35-45 amps, out of the original 150 amps. For all I know, it might be down to only 130-135, having lost 10% in it already hard life of 500 discharge cycles in a golf cart. My basic usage is to have this thing get me up to about a level of 90% charged. As a result, I just set it at 15.1 V on that big T-1275, and it draws what ever amps it draws. Might start out at 33 and drop down quickly to 27 or 25, or 20 amps, depending on what the battery decides it wants. If I tweak the pot voltage downwards, the amps it takes at start up drop downwards also. My take is that the higher the voltage that you start with, the higher the "water pressure", which in turn allows more "volume" or amps, to flow back into the battery, at a higher rate. These have been my observations since buying my Mega Watt 30 amp unit. Don't forget that Mega Watt also offers a 36 Amp version for like $60 instead of $50, plus shipping charges. Since I don't own a pair of GC2's, and all I really use this Mega Watt for is just a "Bulk Charge" phase charger, and I don't full time in my travel trailer, my usage needs are unique. Having said that, for me, for my usage, this makes a great bulk charger. Sure it will top charge too, if you want to back off the voltage a bit once your amp flow drops down to about a C-20 rate. For example, when I see about 10 amps on the meter, with no other current other than the basic parasitic refrig, CO and propane detector and radio off draw, about 2 amps worth, I know it's time to shut down the Mega Watt in the morning, and let the solar panel do it's thing. I know I am about 90% charged when I see those kinds of numbers when the Mega Watt is set at 15.1 V. The 15.1V charge rate, to me, is what really drives a quick charge rate to 90% charged. My goal is not to beat the battery up, per say, but get it done quickly and get off the generator in an expedient manner. Battery life, for this T1275, is in the retirement stage. It's seen better days, it's been worked hard already in a golf cart, and since it was free, I can cycle it hard with some impunity. It's used 5 or 6 times a year, for a week or so, so it has an easy life, most of the time. I will pull out the old Sears manual battery charger today, since I know the battery is top charged, and will give it a solid 16.0 V equalization, and then let it rest in peace in storage on a furlow, until I am ready to go camping again. I don't see the power supply as being super complicated. I know my battery capacity, I know that the Mega Watt will do, and I know that when I see the amps charging rate on the silly meter drop off to 10 amps, in my case, then the Mega Watt and the Honda have done their work for the day, it's time to let the solar panel take over. I'm not afraid of that 15.1V rate. Others with lead acid open cell batteries may feel more comfortable with only 14.8V. The Trojan T-1275 behaves in many ways a lot like a Screwy 31. It needs the added voltage, in my observations, for what ever reason. At the end of daylight, I might see 12.62 V on the meter, with that 1 amp parasitic draw that is constant, maybe with another 1 amp being drawn by a LED light or two, and the water pump for a 3 or 4 minute Navy shower, plus some listening to the radio. Come morning time, with some heater usage ( not a lot, perhaps an hour or hour and a half before bed time), I am down to 12.28 to 12. 36V come day break. Since this is the coldest part of the day (was 25F to 35F most mornings this past week) V is going to be lower anyways. It will take a lot, voltage wise, to push amps back into a battery that cold. 45 minutes to an hour, and I will see the amps dropped off to about 10 amps, 8 actual. When that happens, time to shut the Mega Watt and generator off, their job is done for the day. Time to let solar panel take over the super inefficient part of top charging and stuffing in that last 10% back into the battery, instead of wasting gas and time trying to do so.
NinerBikes 09/17/14 08:39am Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

put in 12 hours driving from Henrys Lake ID to Beaver, UT. At Mickey D's in Mesquite Nevada this morning free coffee but megawatt gets a day off today hope I get through I-15 n all the floods in Moapa, NV. Sections of I 15 washed away down the dry creek, er Mud River. Not good. And more rain is on the way. Moapa Flood damage
NinerBikes 09/16/14 09:40am Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

Betcha if you turn around quick Mena won't be in sight never mind in your footsteps. You'll probably have him chewing his lower lip.LOL! I have run mine at max voltage (15.45) for a couple hours. Because of the high SOC of the batteries, amps only got up to 24 and tapered quickly (30 amp PSU). Mine doesn't buzz though. I'll experiment with this. It'll have to wait until I buy another one though. I really need it for floating. It's still 100F/38C here. Looks like Land did a BFL. Cool!I've run my megawatt at 15.1 volts for over an hour no problems. it has Sat at 33 amps for over 10 minutes no problems. YMMV
NinerBikes 09/16/14 09:25am Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

here is my contribution from very cold Montana near the Continental Divide. this morning at about 8 a.m. It was at 25 degrees. I started up my Honda 2000 generator and turned on the 30 amp mean well. to migrate surpriseat 25 degrees the mean well was showing 40 amp output at startup the rate quickly fell at about 1 amp per second such that at about 20 seconds I was showing 20 amps input where it stayed and held. it was very cold this morning and dead silent. my megawatt unit did not exhibit any unusual sounds or noises. it started out putting out 14.8 volts and finished upat 15. 1 volts. I will try to video tape it starting tomorrow morning and post up if at all possible .
NinerBikes 09/13/14 09:48pm Tech Issues
RE: How loud are 2?

Get 2 wives, run them 180 out of phase and will they cancel each other out too? That screeching has kept me from the altar for life.
NinerBikes 09/13/14 10:39am Tech Issues
RE: Costco GC2 spec

Watch it Mex. I spend a fortune on electronic and fly fishing hobbies. I'm in both camps. I am also camped on the Madison river right now with frozen pipes 2 morning s in a row. T1275 is good megawatt is great 120 watt portable solar panel with 15.0v coming from chinesium Solar 30 adjustable charge controller set at 15.0 V is good too. And the fall run brown trout bite is on! Life is good. Don't pet the sweaty stuff and vice versa.
NinerBikes 09/13/14 10:18am Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

In Montana my megawatt is working great. 1 he every evening . Thumbs up. VZ wireless is slow 3G and 1 to 2 bars by the Madison River. Lil spotty but better than AT&T. Thanks Mexico wanderer
NinerBikes 09/10/14 09:34pm Tech Issues
alternator charging my t-1275

a bit of background I Drive a 2013 Touareg TDI with a 170 amp generator and and AGM battery for the car. as we know AGM batteries require no more than 14.4 volts or charging and they charge at a very high current rate. I've been on the road since 2 days ago and will have completed 1050 miles and to overnight Walmart sessions. after two days on the road I've discovered that my prodigy RF brake control unit must be unplug in the morning when I start the motor up otherwise I will get no charging from the alternator to the battery on my travel trailer. as soon as I shut the motor off from my first start of the morning say for example to refuel that stops the prodigy RF or perhaps it's vw programming but my battery no longer charges on the travel trailer. last night when I shut down near Idaho Falls after driving from Los Angeles I checked the voltage on like T 1275 and after 4 hours of charging Salt Lake City tired hope alls I had 12.54 volts sitting on my trojan T 1275. I am used to seeing 12.65 volts sometimes 12.68 bolts when I charge to 15.0 volts on my mega watt 30 amp power supply unit. and equalize session with my old Sears 6am charger that goes to 16.0 volts equalizing will bring me to a full 12.73 volts. my point is this with a charge controllerset at a maximum of 14.4 volts you are already down .10 to .15 volts from the get go that you've just given away never to be used because your battery never gets fully topped off. this is very important if you DroidCam a lot. Don't rely on your alternator or your charge controller to get you fully charged up you are throwing away 20% of your useful battery capacity by using your alternator or your charge controller. they just don't do the job 100%.
NinerBikes 09/09/14 07:37am Tech Issues
alternator charging my t-1275

a bit of background I Drive a 2013 Touareg TDI with a 170 amp generator and and AGM battery for the car. as we know AGM batteries require no more than 14.4 volts or charging and they charge at a very high current rate. I've been on the road since 2 days ago and will have completed 1050 miles and to overnight Walmart sessions. after two days on the road I've discovered that my prodigy RF brake control unit must be unplug in the morning when I start the motor up otherwise I will get no charging from the alternator to the battery on my travel trailer. as soon as I shut the motor off from my first start of the morning say for example to refuel that stops the prodigy RF or perhaps it's vw programming but my battery no longer charges on the travel trailer. last night when I shut down near Idaho Falls after driving from Los Angeles I checked the voltage on like T 1275 and after 4 hours of charging Salt Lake City tired hope alls I had 12.54 volts sitting on my trojan T 1275. I am used to seeing 12.65 volts sometimes 12.68 bolts when I charge to 15.0 volts on my mega watt 30 amp power supply unit. and equalize session with my old Sears 6am charger that goes to 16.0 volts equalizing will bring me to a full 12.73 volts. my point is this with a charge controllerset at a maximum of 14.4 volts you are already down. 10 2.15 volts from the get go that you've just given away never to be used because your battery never gets fully topped off. this is very important if you DroidCam a lot. Don't rely on your alternator or your charge controller to get you fully charged up you are throwing away 20% of your useful battery capacity by using your alternator or your charge controller. they just don't do the job 100%.
NinerBikes 09/09/14 07:35am Tech Issues
RE: More battery/converter/inverter questions

Welcome NinerBikes! You posted while I was responding to MW. So you indicate an 8amp difference from advertised? Maybe I should go with the 9270 to be safe? Any thoughts on the S-250-12 being adequate for Top Charge? 4 6V batteries, 420 amp hours total capacity... use 50% of that, and you need to replace 210 amps. Your Honda Eu3000i will handle what ever charge controller you throw at it. I'd go with a PD 9280. Your generator will handle it, no problem. 50 to 90% would be 80% of 210 amps to be replaced... 168 amps. Goal would be to have a charge controller that can do that in around 2 hours run time. PD 9280 sounds about right. Get Fat wire direct from stand alone PD 9280 to the batteries. Top charge with the Mega Watt. 15.3 volts. Another option... 360W of 12V solar panel and a Solar 30 PWM charge controller set at 15.0V to do the top charge instead. Your Honda Eu3000i will be hugely underutilized running that Mega Watt 35 -12.
NinerBikes 09/06/14 11:49pm Tech Issues
RE: More battery/converter/inverter questions

I've seen 37 amps, max out of my PD9245. It drops off rather quickly. A warmed up Honda Eu1000i will grunt pretty good when you first turn a PD9245 on, but it quickly seems to drop off on the amps, and the load on the motor, usually for me in 10 -12 minutes, to something less obnoxious and noisy. A hard working Honda EU1000i does tend to bark kind of loud on a quiet morning, but not for long with this charge controller. Set at 15.0V on my Mega Watt 30 amp power supply unit, I get about 700 to 740 watts showing on my kil a watt meter, when first started. Again, the amps tend to come down, albeit slowly with this unit. For some reason, keeping the voltage at 15.0V really seems to hold the amps up while charging with the Eu1000i. I attribute it to battery chemistry on the sweeper battery allowing such a charge rate for a 150AH battery and a smaller ah capacity power supply in relation to the total capacity of the battery.
NinerBikes 09/06/14 10:09pm Tech Issues
RE: 2015 F250/350 Diesel owners

Am I the only one that misses NewsW? Fanbois don't miss him, people that perhaps deal in facts and reality do. If you've ever been on the wrong side of a legitimate Ford warranty rejection on their 6.7, you probably should miss him. Ford is pretty slimy, in my books, with that... What I would do if you suspect your Ford ate and sh*t out the guts of it's Bosch CP4.2 HPFP is file a complaint with NHTSA before you dump your heap off at the Ford dealership for repair work under warranty. Get the ball rolling, and make reference to EA11003... That's right Engineering Analysis 11003 for Bosch 4.x series HPFP'd vehicles here in the USA. Things to look for. You'll have a Check Engine Light. Pull and print out the codes, you are looking for a 0082 Low Fuel Rail Pressure code. Next thing is pull samples of fuel. You have saved all your fuel receipts, haven't you? You should, so as to have evidence that you fueled your truck properly in good faith, with diesel. Next, I'd get a torx bit and pull that big black pressure reading dome that sits in the middle of the "V" on your HPFP with a elecrical plug and sensor on it, open it up, and take some pictures of what's inside. Do you see metal shavings or filings, like what you'd find in a machine shop, down at the bottom? Is the screen clogged with metallic debris? Yep, that's your HPFP that just ate itself, and it contaminated your WHOLE FUEL SYSTEM, COMPLETELY, FROM TANK to filters to HPFP, to accumulator, to rails to injectors too. Take pictures of it. You'll want it as evidence, possibly for your attorney. Screw everything back together That should get the ball rolling in your direction. This is how the VW Touareg, AudiQ7 and Porsche Cayenne TDI folks get 'er done, when their CP4.2 pump pukes it's guts out into the whole fuel system. File that NHTSA complaint first, then tow it off to the dealership in a couple of days. It's all about following proper procedure. Close the door and lock them in to warranty coverage BEFORE they get any funny ideas about blowing you off for warranty coverage. EA11003 investigation Comparitive documents from major auto diesel MFGS.
NinerBikes 09/06/14 01:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 F250/350 Diesel owners

Don't think to many are on the road yet but they sure have tons of HP. Tic, Tic, Tic. That CP.4 must really be cranked up IMO along with the better turbo. AFAIK they have made some changes to the CP 4.2 pump for the 2015 versus what was in the vehicles from 2011 - 2014. Exactly what changed, that I am not sure of. But I have read a few articles, all saying some changes to the CP 4. Appears one may be a longer piston stroke compared to the older models. There won't be any good changes to a Bosch CP 4.1 or 4.2 HPFP until it's fully retired and out of the lineup and Bosch comes up with a 5 series. Any cam roller that can rotate in the bore and no longer stay trued up to the cam is a defective and deficient design, in my book. Delphi came up with, designed and patented a Roller Shoe Follower to negate the Bosch CP 4.X series design flaws. Shoe roller follower prevents catastrophic "self aligning" HPFP failures on Bosch CP 4.X series of pumps on Ford and GM trucks.
NinerBikes 09/06/14 12:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Portable solar

Batteries are amp-hour rated, I don't think solar panels and charging devices are. :hSolar panels and charging devices don't store power. It's like comparing a tank to a fire hose. Yeah, and solar panels don't get clogged jets and fail to start, due to alcohol induced hangovers from storage time. My Mezcal doesn't degrade like that in it's tank? Dunno what gives?
NinerBikes 09/06/14 12:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable solar

Niner, you keep on using "amps" to be short for "amp hours" which is very confusing. You know better than that. :( On daily hauls, I did a measuring trial (where I had to keep loads running all day so the amps didn't taper as battery SOC rose) using my Trimetric for the AH count. May, sunny all day each trial, 49.3N, 130w panel got 8.2 Isc as rated panel aimed at high sun. Flat- 56AH, Tilted up facing South all day- 70AH, Tilted up and turned toward sun three times a day SE, S, SW- 90AH Of course you can't get that many AH when charging batteries because the batteries make the amps taper later in the day. But you can run loads and capture those amps and so get your AH haul if needed. Exactly. Run additional loads once your battery is getting near 90% charged, and you'll harvest additional amps for free, that were being wasted as the battery nears top charge. I own a 3 season travel trailer, and live 34N, so winter time... I might be a little hard pressed come Christmas time and short days with long nights,to get all the amps I need with just solar. No worries, that's what the Mega Watt 30 amp charger (hey, it doesn't say anything about hours) is for first thing in the morning, come winter time, if I get out there. Batteries are amp-hour rated, I don't think solar panels and charging devices are. :h
NinerBikes 09/06/14 12:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable solar

I have a 120 watt 27 lb monocrystaline portable solar panel kit, very lightly used, one trip of 12 days. I learned a lot from it. At around latitude 46 at summer solstice, it will put out 65 amps or more, no problem. I know, I measured it, aimed it a few times a day. . I think you mean 6.5 amps output or do you mean 65 amp hrs per day ? That would be an awful lot from that size panel, 30~40 amp hrs per day is a more reasonable number 65 amps charge would be 910 watts, not possible from a 120 watt panel I mean that if my usage is there, I have no problems with 14 hour or more of sun and a little bit of aiming, harvesting 65 amps-hours, total, for the day. At day break, pointed west, once the sun came over the mountains to the east, I was getting 4 Amps. Around 6 AM in Montana. I think I adjusted the aim 2 or 3x in the morning, laid the panel flat by 10 am, lifted it up from flat at 5 pm, and chased the sun until 9 PM at night. My total yield that day was 65 amps. The sun stays up a long, long, long time in Montana around June 21st. Lots and lots of time to chase it with a portable solar panel, and in my case, my battery was low, plus I ran a lot of devices that day that also needed charging up from 2 days of 12 hour days on the road. But yes, I did harvest 65 amp hours, the Solar 30 does keep tabs on your total amps charged. It just takes long shoulder hours and being pretty far north, and being in thin clear, fire and smoke free air at 7000 feet to get that kind of yield. It can do it. Would I guarantee it? No. Circumstances make a lot of seemingly improbable things possible. Putting a portable solar panel down on a white tarp laid in front of it doesn't hurt either. I may be a freak about maximizing efficiency at times, just to see what she's capable of. All those little things add up.
NinerBikes 09/06/14 11:00am Tech Issues
RE: Ethanol in small engines

When oxygenators came to gasoline here on the West Coast, Arco brought out MTBF. Cut gas mileage, and had a short shelf life, and if it spilled and got into the lake, it killed fish people fished for and ate for dinner. We now have lakes where you are mandated to run MTBF free fuel. We now have lakes where 2 stroke boat motors are no longer allowed. We now have crappy gas, also. As a boy mowing lawns in the 1970's, the Honda mower my dad bought for me to push never had carb problems. That changed around 2003 or 2004. I drain the fuel tank come fall, or when I think it's the last mow job of the year. Gas quality in storage has declined a lot. The West coast does not have access to huge cornfields to make alcohol out of... all our corn goes into corn chips, corn meal, corn tortillas, etc, so it took a long time for us to start seeing cut fuel with alcohol in our fuel supply.
NinerBikes 09/06/14 09:38am Tech Issues
RE: For Folks With MeanMega Well Power Supplies

IMHO, the savings come in to play on a Mean Well /Mega Watt if you need a single 30 to 40 amp Power Supply playing to up to a pair of GC-2 Batteries in terms of total amps/hrs to recharge for your battery pack, in bulk Mode, for NON pedestal camping. My thought process is that I usually run a 150AH battery on my small travel trailer, and I run the voltage at 15.0V when charging. Since I am bulk charging at 15.0V, I want to keep my eye on the amp reading going in to the battery. When I get down to 12 amps flowing in, I am pretty close to where I want to be to let the solar panel finish the job on a sunny day, and let the Honda Generator slack off and rest. Let the generator and Mega Watt do what they do most efficiently, bulk charge, and let the solar panel do what it does most efficiently, top charge. If it's a foggy or overcast day, I might run 15.0v, get the amps down to 6, shut down the generator, disconnect the battery from the rest of the trailer for an hour, and bump the voltage up to 15.5V for 45 mins to an hour, for a mini EQ or a super top off charge session, knowing it really takes 16.0V to do a EQ charge session properly. Or you can be like Mena, and have a huge battery bank on your motor home, and set this up as a maintenance charger, at a lower voltage to maintain your battery banks charge.
NinerBikes 09/06/14 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: For Folks With MeanMega Well Power Supplies

EDIT: Found it and the website link to the actual part. 400A 45V Schottky rectifierThis diode would only work with two MW's right? Or can I put three on this? Each tower isolates, and rectifies one way (DC) for one power supply unit. Good for 2 MW units. Go up with the 40 amp units if you are going to only be able to use 2 of them.... 80 amps worth / hr. Will 2 hours running time and 160 amps put a dent in fully charging your batteries?
NinerBikes 09/05/14 11:30pm Tech Issues
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