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by raysun
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: Lead raises its heavy head
Replies: 0
Views: 13

Lead raises its heavy head

Most of the battery development articles I read mention some technology that never sees its way to print again. This article makes a passing mention of Silicon Joule, notable because its been in existence for over a year (an accomplishment in its own right) and because its developers kinda, sorta, a...
by raysun
Sat Jun 12, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: RADIAN Series
Topic: SLA battery voltage setting recommendations?
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: SLA battery voltage setting recommendations?

Until switching to lithium, I used an SLA battery. It was purpose designed for solar power deep cycle service. (Outback Enercell 200NC monoblocks.) Looking at the battery monoblocks specified in the OP, they appear to be this unit: https://gruberpower.com/products/batteries/elite/battery-gps-elite-a...
by raysun
Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: "Blind" system
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: "Blind" system

From the Hub installation guide: The HUB is powered by any FX or OutBack Charge Controller connected to it. That also means any other Outback inverter like the Radian. Step 1 for Hub power testing is to make sure the Inverter Hub ports are operating normally. Plug the MATE directly into an inverter ...
by raysun
Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Search Mode for LED lighting
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Search Mode for LED lighting

[Array can] be doubled in size for <$1,500 today.
True that. I swapped out perfectly good 320W panels for 440W panels I paid $200 each for last October.

Not sure of the panel size 2 - 3 decades ago, but 60 cell panels are pretty adaptable, and compatible with the trusty MX60.
by raysun
Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: "Blind" system
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: "Blind" system

Thank you raysun, I did as you proposed. It turns out that indeed the hub is dead. I could replace it but as soon as I plug in the Flexnet DC the Hub and the Mate loose power again. So, I guess, I will have to replace the shunt computer as well. Just wondering what could have gone wrong. Thanks aga...
by raysun
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: AC Coupling
Topic: GS-AC-Gen-Kit help
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: GS-AC-Gen-Kit help

That said, my client’s generator only has 120volt output.
I don't use a Radian, so can only ask. The manual specifies a split phase generator, which I assume means 240V split phase. Does a 120V single phase generator even work?
by raysun
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Cloud Edge effect (diffused light)
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Cloud Edge effect (diffused light)

Heh! Sounds like here, frequently.

When the sun busts through, like today, the insolation is brutal.

PV negative temperature coefficient? Its a benefit here, otherwise we'd need to figure radiation shielding. Those fancy sensors? Can they be calibrated for "surface of the sun" range?
by raysun
Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: "Blind" system
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: "Blind" system

The Hub sounds like the first suspect. The inverters and charge controllers are plugged into the Hub, but they don't need it to operate. Note if there are any lights on the Hub. Unplug everything from the Hub (noting which cable is in which Hub port.) Plug the Mate's Outback (Hub) port directly into...
by raysun
Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Guess how many times my generator comes on
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Guess how many times my generator comes on

Hi Jim! STFU. 😆😆😆 Seriously @pioneerman we're on your side. A bad battery is everyone's nightmare. In answer to your question. Its not out of the realm of possibility that the entire battery is bad. The pessimist in me says its entirely likely. When cells in a battery die, they don't die alone. Unfo...
by raysun
Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Search Mode for LED lighting
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Search Mode for LED lighting

" If we can’t find a sweet spot in Search, we can always turn off the inverter at night and while gone." The challenge I found is Search is TOO programmable. 😉 Trying to balance Sensitivity, Pulse Length and Pulse Spacing was a fiddly exercise that tried my patience, and since we were just...
by raysun
Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: New 18650 capacity record (maybe)
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: New 18650 capacity record (maybe)

This guy keeps coming up in You Tube. I hate 99.9% of the videos up there and rarely watch any, but at least this guy speaks rationally about Lithium (and lately especially LiFePo4) battery builds. This is a pretty good intro build video: https://youtu.be/zStEtH9Le-w I'm pretty sure Phi uses 18650 o...
by raysun
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: New 18650 capacity record (maybe)
Replies: 3
Views: 60

New 18650 capacity record (maybe)

"There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip" and nowhere is this truer than battery development. But in a hopefully hopeful development: https://electrek.co/2021/06/10/egeb-nanograf-achieves-28-longer-run-time-in-a-18650-li-ion-cell/ U.S.A. designed and planned for on-shore manufacture.
by raysun
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: OPTICSre "connected" but nothing shows up in portal
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: OPTICSre "connected" but nothing shows up in portal

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By clicking the ? in the lower left corner of the OpticsRE summary screen ( barely visible as pictured above) and submitting a service request to the Optics team.

Be sure to include the Site Name so they can find the system in their database.
by raysun
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Search Mode for LED lighting
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Search Mode for LED lighting

LOL! I feel that sharp elbow. In the delicate balance of marital accord, I too was the receiver of very sharp "wakeup nudges" when the Operational Level Agreement was not meeting expectations. Other partnerships are more tolerant, I'm given to understand. The FXR class inverters' full idle...
by raysun
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Guess how many times my generator comes on
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Guess how many times my generator comes on

Or pitch the mess, go to 48v and update your inverter..
Starting with a more efficient inverter / battery infrastructure would make a big difference.
by raysun
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Meter Change
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Meter Change

Oops! Sorry.

🙄
by raysun
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Meter Change
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Meter Change

Anyway, doesn't your jurisdiction have a similar net metering permit process? The question refers to the State and County of Hawaii, right? 😁 Like most every 3rd World country of the modern era, we have every rule, regulation, burocracy and agency one could imagine. One would also need to imagine t...
by raysun
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Meter Change
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Meter Change

😆😆😆😆

All good as long as the they didn't put an electronic thumb on the scale.
by raysun
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: Guess the SoC prediction game
Replies: 100
Views: 1285

Re: Guess the SoC prediction game

:grin: :grin: :grin:

We all have weird weather it seems.
by raysun
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Search Mode for LED lighting
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Search Mode for LED lighting

Sorry, it was years ago now, and while I considered it an interesting exercise, it served no purpose for us, so I didn't keep any notes on it.
by raysun
Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: OpticsRe going offline for days
Replies: 14
Views: 695

Re: OpticsRe going offline for days

It works now, I believe.
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Click the gear for System Tools. Select Profiles.
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In your active profile click + Add a Person
by raysun
Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Guess how many times my generator comes on
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Guess how many times my generator comes on

Heh! Go from Hawaii Island to Utah, and leave my ultra-clean lithium battery setup to muck around with lead-acid? As my dear, sainted grandmother would say: I'd rather have a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. 😆 Let that be an object lesson in good battery bank design. Study the implementation clos...
by raysun
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Guess how many times my generator comes on
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Guess how many times my generator comes on

Actually, a "high resolution" Specific Gravity test isn't absolutely necessary. That's helpful for keeping a healthy battery healthy, but its a good bet these battery blocks aren't that. A simple voltage test, under the right conditions, will tell enough of a story. Start by disconnecting ...
by raysun
Mon Jun 07, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: Solar array max for flexmax80
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: Solar array max for flexmax80

pss wrote: Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:54 pm Please clarify that your 300 watt panels are only VMAX 27 volts. Most panels of that power are 37-39 volts so 3 series and 4 parallel strings is safe.
Good point.
by raysun
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: OutBack Energy Cell Batteries
Topic: NorthStar NSB BLUE+ 190FT Imbalance or Bad Battery
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: NorthStar NSB BLUE+ 190FT Imbalance or Bad Battery

I've no experience with this battery, but ran very similar EUROBAT designs with similar VRLA/AGM lead-carbon architecture for about 5 years. One characteristic I noticed is they run great, until they fail catastrophically. You may wish to try a "rejuvenation" charge, but to have one monobl...