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HF charge controller died. Danger!

Started this discussion. Last reply by dave simmon Aug 2. 7 Replies

Just glanced over at my charge controller in the shed. It was reading 18.8 volts! Check out the battery!

My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people

Started this discussion. Last reply by Renewable Ray Nov 1, 2013. 13 Replies

This is my power usage since I got my first HF kit.House is 1344 sq. ft.  2x4 walls  4 people - two of them small, but they come with lots of laundry.All electric + woodstove - electric heat is used…Continue

Let's talk DC components - Breakers , Fuses, Disconnects.........

Started this discussion. Last reply by dave simmon Aug 31, 2013. 7 Replies

I'm interested in hearing what you guys are using between panels and batteries and panels to grid inverters.I have a friend who is an electrical apprentice and solar happens to be what they are…Continue

What Plug-In Grid Tie Inverters Have You Tried? What Are Your Experiences?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Noob Oct 25, 2012. 4 Replies

I have had two SUN 250s and a SUN 300 (which said 250 on the circuit board). I killed all of them. The 300 I think with too much voltage. The other two were overloaded.I now have a Greenergystar 400…Continue

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dave simmon replied to hoopty_yo's discussion HF charge controller died. Danger!
"Mainly Interested most of my system is old jumper cable wires and Garage Sale wire and seeing that Battery is wild. Mine are the Golf cart batterys. I Had one CC Go Bad one of the 30 amp APGtek it went out and stayed out. I have been at it a year…"
Aug 2
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Carl Stevenson replied to hoopty_yo's discussion HF charge controller died. Danger!
"Yeah, seeing that makes me realize my idea to move my batteries outside underneath my cottage is a good idea. Currently they are in the gazebo attached to the cottage, and sometimes I am not there for a couple of weeks. I guess my batteries will…"
Jul 31
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion HF charge controller died. Danger!
"It's the standard cc that comes in the 45 watt kit. Guess it's just a power distribution unit now. I was also running a 7 amp Northern Tool CC (same as HF/ICP/others)that seems to be working fine. I'm hardly ever in the shed or if I…"
Jul 31
dave simmon replied to hoopty_yo's discussion HF charge controller died. Danger!
"Wow What model of CC was it. I use the APGtek 30 Amp CC. But I have 3 of the HF 30 Amp CC as Backups. Could I get a pic of the CC And my the Battery RIP"
Jul 31
dave simmon replied to hoopty_yo's discussion HF charge controller died. Danger!
"Wow what model of the CC was it?? I use the 30 amp"
Jul 31
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion HF charge controller died. Danger!
"There we go"
Jul 31
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion HF charge controller died. Danger!
"There is supposed to be a pic. Hold on I have to figure out how to do that on my mobile device"
Jul 31
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HF charge controller died. Danger!

Just glanced over at my charge controller in the shed. It was reading 18.8 volts! Check out the battery!
Jul 31
hoopty_yo replied to Thomas Matica's discussion Diodes to Prevent Unwanted Battery Equalization Currents
"My first question is why would you have unequally charged batteries? The diagram has me confused too. EDIT: nevermind. Is this diagram showing two batteries? Are you concerned about voltage bleeding back into the charge controller?   As far as…"
Nov 5, 2013
Johann replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"Most nominal 12 volt solar cells will put out between 17 volts to 18 volt, lets say 17.5 volts average. Now we have a 15 watt panel that has a amperage of 0.857 amps. 17.5 volts times 0.857 = 15 watts. Now we hook up this 15 watt panel via a regular…"
Oct 22, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to dave simmon's discussion Amorphous 24V Solar Panel 144 Watts
"This will require about 180 amps from the batteries (@ 12 volts)and a 240v output on the inverter. I don't know much about pumps, but I think running a DC pump to supplement the existing would be best. Possibly a direct connect setup that fills…"
Oct 20, 2013
Mr. Noob replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"Correct me if I am wrong here but as for batteries it is amperage and not voltage and wattage...right?  Think about it...that's exactly how a battery charger works...amperage. If you had a couple small panels like the two 15w's you…"
Oct 20, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"I checked the furnace a couple years ago for a way to run the fan. I have two wires from the thermostat :-(. At the furnace I have a large circuit board that everything was connected to. Can't remember what I was looking at now, but I…"
Oct 19, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"I have not seen anything definitive yet as far as amorphous being better in low light. I have two 15 watt panels mainting some cars that sit (4 panels, two controllers, 2 batteries), and I saw 12.4 volts when I checked the panels. So that sucks. I…"
Oct 19, 2013
Johann replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"We used to have an oil furnace and the manual fan switch was on the furnace itself. It was a white pull-push button the size of the pencil. If you would have such a switch, all you have to do is run a switch in parallel from the existing switch and…"
Oct 19, 2013

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