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blueh20

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Posted: 03/14/19 05:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A solar newbie,
I have 3 100w renolgy eclipse panels and a renolgy 40amp commander controller.
A 255ah lifeline battery.
I do have a breaker between my pv panels and the commander.

Am wondering , when the commander is flashing green lights, which mean, pv is charging the battery and the other green flashing means battery is fully charged should I throw the breaker and disconnect the pv array from the commander just to be on the safe side.
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Posted: 03/14/19 05:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No. Leave it to do its job.


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Posted: 03/14/19 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As BFL says, no need to disconnect the array from the controller. Even when plugged into shore power you can leave the array and controller on to do it's job.

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Posted: 03/14/19 05:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok, great,will leave it alone and let it do its job, thanks

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Posted: 03/14/19 07:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is a rebranded EPSolar Tracer controller, which is a good one. It gets the batteries to Absorption voltage (for AGM or else you can change that with the 50 remote) and holds it for two hours then drops to Float voltage. Good in most situations, or you can fix to your needs with the remote.

Good to have the breaker! Big warnings about that in the manual to not ever have no battery with array connected.

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Thanks, I have read the warnings about not having a battery hooked to the controller before the pv array is hooked up.

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Error Error! The battery MUST be connected before the panel. Failure to do so may let out the magic blue smoke from the controller.


blueh20 wrote:

Thanks, I have read the warnings about not having a battery hooked to the controller before the pv array is hooked up.



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Yes,that's what I was trying to say, ,,battery always hooked to controller first,
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Renogy. Breaker is not needed unless that's just acting as a convenience switch. At least I haven't heard of 'solar panel surge.'

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Posted: 03/15/19 09:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would be helpful to have an actual voltmeter instead of just a few flashing green lights.


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