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    Calculating panel load for pwm controller

    Setting aside optimal high-amp charging an mppt can perform, the issue you need to be aware of is the ‘equalize’ function of a pwm that usually is defaulted to charging lead acid batteries. It seems doubtful that battleborne would not know what their batteries need.
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    Combiner box confusion

    I watched or rather listened to that video on the way home yesterday. I’m evaluating my needs. I’m going to decide if I’m going to go with a future-think big system (combiner box makes sense) and incorporate a minisplit, OR if I should go with my original progression to 900W max. You see the...
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    Combiner box confusion

    I’m going to go to midnite’s website and research a little. The company has a good rep and the prices don’t seem crazy more than ecoworthy- EXCEPT that you have to buy the breakers separately, they’re not shipped populated. Of course I realize I can take apart the MC4 fittings on the...
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    Combiner box confusion

    The fuse that blew was a 20A on the 8ga cables to the battery bank. When I went to the mppt and installed two more 100W panels for 2S2P this spring I neglected to change the fuse from when I was 200W; I usually overcable stuff but use a fuse for a lesser value around the max expected load (as if...
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    Branch connector in parallel setup not doubling amps?

    I saw that after I posted. Still not sure about his 2s6p situation myself
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    Combiner box confusion

    So maybe it’s that amazon doesn’t search well but I can’t find what I’m looking for. My own unfamiliarity may be a part but I’m not an idiot. Backstory: had sudden sun today with batteries at 12.0-12.1ish. Blew 20A fuse for my 2S2P @400W setup. (I am aware fuse should have been 30A; neglected...
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    Branch connector in parallel setup not doubling amps?

    I think you have something wonky for one. Second, your descriptions sound like you missed the step of testing branch connectors at alternate legs. Third I’m not sure you addressed the significance of this question: You have 6 series strings, right? Series doesn’t increase amps, just volts...
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    24 volt to 12 volt battery charging method?

    he will still have other ‘house’ 12V stuff
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    No crimper needed anymore: "Compression Lug Connectors"

    It’s not heat hardening. Annealing copper or aluminum softens them. They work-harden and fail due to cyclic inertial strain or- with aluminum- crystalline embrittlement.
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    Bouge MC4

    The Bouge RV MC4 crimpers with six pairs of connectors for 8ga got used today. The gusting 40mph winds at my elevation blew the 8ga solar wires around enough to snap an MC4 electrical female which apparently caused some resistance. I assume. The sun has peeked out after days of overcast this...
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    Crimp Tool

    I’d tighten that up with a C retaining washer and some whacks with a 3# hammer :) I guess I bought and forgot that I did the Bouge RV crimper with 6 MC4 pairs. I discovered it under some tee shirts on my bureau a week or so ago lol. I used it today and was very impressed. It’s a...
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    24 volt to 12 volt battery charging method?

    In typical fashion for me I’ll ask the question: is there any reason why you can’t run a single 12V deep cycle and a 100W panel with pwm like https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JML23X0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_E99XDCJP80VR6MPP2HX3 and keep that for non-inverted loads like the jack? (Price though- I...
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    Wind generator with solar panels?

    Exactly :) like I said, I’ve been tempted - not succumbed
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    Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment Will Soon Be Banned In Cali, a broad category that includes generators.

    There is the truth. We have the technology. The VW diesel diagnostic low emissions programming “scandal” was humorous to me. Just a more direct approach to what’s been being done for 40? years. The second thing that crossed my mind: if “they” can break and create ransomware attacks on...
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    Wind generator with solar panels?

    OP: what have you done? Sometimes I’m tempted with wind. I can see about a dozen turbines a mile away behind me. Wind can produce here- but not all the time, not consistent, not something to depend on. What I can depend on is the low-to-no production from solar this time of year. Wasn’t a...
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