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Posted: 07/30/22 01:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have 2 100 watt solar panels on my roof, and a Zamp solar controller which came standard with the trailer.

On the display it shows that the battery is sitting at 16 volt, when the sun is out and charging and I can hear the battery hissing.
I always thought that that the controller holds it at 12- 14 volt.

Does this mean that my controller is pooched?

With this over charging at 16 volt, my inverter won’t work either.


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Unless your Zamp is in 'equalize' mode, it's malfunctioning.

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Time for a new controller IMO…and quickly.


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Posted: 07/30/22 04:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Verify with a separate voltmeter. Otherwise need to disconnect solar asap and look for a new controller.


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If your battery is a wet cell, have you checked the electrolyte levels lately? Voltage will rise as the plates become exposed to air... and battery will get hot and hiss as more electrolyte is gassed off.

* This post was edited 07/30/22 08:16pm by Ed_Gee *


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“On the display it shows that the battery is sitting at 16 volt”…

Not saying it is incorrect (??), but it’s no substitute for a decent shunt-based meter - makes such validation (and much more like SOC, amps, history, etc…) a snap…[emoticon]…BTW, if the controller is bad you might consider upgrading to a MPPT type controller to further exploit harvest…

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Posted: 07/31/22 06:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ed_Gee wrote:

Voltage will rise as the plates become exposed to air...
Current will rise but not voltage while using a properly functioning controller. The controller should hold its 13.x to 14.x set point voltage up to its current limit regardless of battery condition. The voltage will decrease once the current limit is reached.

eend - Is this the same battery you said was toast or did you buy a new battery? My guess is your bad controller toasted the old battery.


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2112 wrote:

Ed_Gee wrote:

Voltage will rise as the plates become exposed to air...
Current will rise but not voltage while using a properly functioning controller. The controller should hold its 13.x to 14.x set point voltage up to its current limit regardless of battery condition. The voltage will decrease once the current limit is reached.

eend - Is this the same battery you said was toast or did you buy a new battery? My guess is your bad controller toasted the old battery.


I took the bad battery back to Costco last week and got a full refund and I bought a brand new one back.

But I did order a new controller yesterday so it should be here today according to my friends at Amazon.

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