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by raysun
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Illegal generator fuel
Replies: 17
Views: 432

Re: Illegal generator fuel

So this is a really slow growing piece of hardwood? Seems a shame to burn anything but scraps.
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This one stands outside my front door. Its growing on a 200 year old lava flow.

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The trunk is just less than 4' in diameter. It's maybe 75' tall.
by raysun
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Simpliphi
Topic: Making them work
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Making them work

Is the FNDC - Battery Charging - Battery AH set to the battery capacity? When syncing to 100% SoC during charging, I have found the FNDC reports 100% SoC before the battery reaches the Phi specified Charged Parameters (Charge Current = 2% of C20 AH capacity.) I scarcely pay attention to battery volt...
by raysun
Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Illegal generator fuel
Replies: 17
Views: 432

Re: Illegal generator fuel

The wood almost looks like it could be related to the madrona trees on the pacific coast.. And the local co-op has $1.89 propane Saturdays - bring that tank on down... Similar appearance, but about ohia is about twice as dense. Pacific Madrona- Arbutus menziesii is in the huge Ericaceae family, rel...
by raysun
Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: Local system offline and data recovery
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Local system offline and data recovery

Screenshot_20210731-214539_DuckDuckGo.jpg A fiber-chewing domestic feline took our Internet connection out. Due to living in the sticks on a mid-Pacific island, and the general state of corporate customer service, a technician wasn't scheduled to repair it for two weeks. Happily, Daryl, a local Kan...
by raysun
Sat Jul 31, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: OpticsRE
Topic: Starlink and OpticsRE
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: Starlink and OpticsRE

There's been a few posts discussing Starling a bit, but none that I recall from an installed user. Optics is strictly "phone home" via standard protocols (https on TCP, I believe), so doesn't need any "reverse" protocols (server to client.) The closest analog world be folks using...
by raysun
Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: FM80 Not Keeping Batteries Full During Day
Replies: 30
Views: 684

Re: FM80 Not Keeping Batteries Full During Day

😆😆😆😆

I'm telling you. Get that 1/64" bit, and drill a tiny hole through that LED lens.
by raysun
Sat Jul 31, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Illegal generator fuel
Replies: 17
Views: 432

Re: Illegal generator fuel

So how does your Ohia burn? Clean? last a while? Can you cook with it? I burn ohia in my fancy Jotul wood fireplace. I can put in a proper sized load of fuel and it will throw heat for 10 hours. The embers will remain live for over 30 hours. The Hawaiians make pit ovens called an imu. Ohia coals wi...
by raysun
Sat Jul 31, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Illegal generator fuel
Replies: 17
Views: 432

Re: Illegal generator fuel

Can I watch Jim split Ohia? I’d even bring beer. When done in the south I have a nice fully contained off grid suite and an ever growing list. 😁 We will live stream it. All local kine invited to the hukilau. 😆 Beer is good. We'll have EMTs standing by. After Ka'u is done with him, he'll need some H...
by raysun
Sat Jul 31, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Interchanging / upgrading inverters
Replies: 7
Views: 93

Re: Interchanging / upgrading inverters

Also note, for the FXR class inverters the current model Mate3s is recommended. (The Mate3 is discontinued.) The upgrade will be well worth the effort, even though (like me) most of the new FXR operating modes are grid-oriented and of no use to ofc-grid settings. General efficiency, stacking modes, ...
by raysun
Sat Jul 31, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Illegal generator fuel
Replies: 17
Views: 432

Re: Illegal generator fuel

BTW, I still love splitting firewood by hand. For at least 20 minutes. Then I call the wife. Come over to Hawaii! We have a very nice guest cottage you can stay in gratis. (Comes with complimentary Catahoula for company.) Try your hand at splitting Ohia. If you can last 20 minutes, you will be like...
by raysun
Sat Jul 31, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Generator by-pass mode
Replies: 28
Views: 255

Re: Generator by-pass mode

That makes a good deal of sense.

If the inverters can't be configured to deal with the issue, I wonder if some sort of "soft start" mechanism can be put in-line with the SawStop?
by raysun
Sat Jul 31, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Illegal generator fuel
Replies: 17
Views: 432

Re: Illegal generator fuel

I could find several sites stating use of > E10 fuel in outdoor power equipment is "against the law", but no actual citations. Sounds to me like a classic case of internet confirmation bias, where articles simply copy other articles' content, and do no fact checking. In any event, my mecha...
by raysun
Fri Jul 30, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Simpliphi
Topic: Boss 12 Cabinet
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Boss 12 Cabinet

No experience with the cabinet, but I used similar cabling scheme - the SimpliPhi Bus Bar and one cable per shelf to a parallel bus that connects all shelves. In this arrangement, according to Phi tech support, battery blocks must be added (and removed) in sets of 3 (one entire battery bus bar at a ...
by raysun
Fri Jul 30, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Generator to maintain batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 1422

Re: Generator to maintain batteries

The "here and now" is a good place to start. AGS or not, getting the charge parameters right is necessary for inverter charger / charge controller coordination. In practice, its a matter of the voltage setpoints being compatible, the devices properly calibrated to accurately read the batte...
by raysun
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Generator to maintain batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 1422

Re: Generator to maintain batteries

An old app note, but useful background info on some of the more arcane aspects of battery charging, as well as overview of basics.) https://www.outbackpower.com/downloads/documents/appnotes/batt_chg_app_note.pdf Again, I have zero hands on AGS knowledge, so all that follows is supposition... • The t...
by raysun
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Classic Stacking - VFX3024E and VFXR3024E
Replies: 8
Views: 118

Re: Classic Stacking - VFX3024E and VFXR3024E

Thank you very much. Clearly seems better to buy another VFXR than go the route i was thinking (replacement of parts if possible). Need some clarity - when you say "split the AC loads at the main AC panel, adding a sub panel to service part of the loads. That way, both inverters could be run -...
by raysun
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Generator to maintain batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 1422

Re: Generator to maintain batteries

During a "normal" charge cycle, charge controller charging current and inverter charging current will combine, using both sources to charge the battery. This is especially so during the Bulk phase, which is putting as much current as is permitted into the battery. Bulk is referred to as a ...
by raysun
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Generator to maintain batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 1422

Re: Generator to maintain batteries

Both the Global Charge and the Automatic Charge Termination are both set at their defaults, which is DISABLED. What kind of subsection is Global Charge? If there wasn't a clear instruction on how to or why to or what to use/change, then i left settings at default. Being that it's disabled by defaul...
by raysun
Thu Jul 29, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?
Replies: 16
Views: 192

Re: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?

Yeah, a FNDC. But since the batteries are lithium, it's not the best at percentages. And yes, after the fact, I can tell if I'm making more or less than the PV is providing. But like I said, that doesn't let me make informed decisions. It lets me regret uninformed ones. Hmmm... that hasn't been my ...
by raysun
Thu Jul 29, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?
Replies: 16
Views: 192

Re: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?

Is there a battery monitor on the system?
by raysun
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?
Replies: 16
Views: 192

Re: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?

because it was always in bulk, it would always say exactly what the maximum the panels could provide was. That makes sense, when in Bulk, the PV array is providing maximum output. The normal metrics would reflect that. I guess I'm not following the need behind monitoring potential solar array outpu...
by raysun
Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?
Replies: 16
Views: 192

Re: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?

All that would be fun for some hacker who's grown tired of playing Minecraft, but how about simply deploying sufficient PV panels such as to make "penny pinching" watts immaterial? .... Have you given any thought to upgrading the arrays? Oh, I don't know -- even with a ton of panels, you ...
by raysun
Thu Jul 29, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?
Replies: 16
Views: 192

Re: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?

Is it possible to calculate, estimate, or display the PV's current wattage on the MATE3 without maxing the amperage out with a load? I don't see how that could be done without some kind of photometer (a 10W solar panel would do) mounted right next to your array at exactly the same orientation. It w...
by raysun
Thu Jul 29, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: FLEXmax Charge Controllers
Topic: FM80 woes
Replies: 6
Views: 75

Re: FM80 woes

I'd think it is OK from that test's perspective. but the FM80 says 49.6-50.5 or so. Is this IN or OUT voltage? If you would be so kind, please fill out your profile with a list of the equipment in the system. Check other's profiles for examples. Having comprehensive info helps us help you. Otherwise...
by raysun
Thu Jul 29, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?
Replies: 16
Views: 192

Re: PV Input Wattage Without Load Amperage?

On my old 12v Lead-Acid MATE1/MATE2 system (which I did not put together or program myself) it always showed the PV wattage as a maximum that could be used. I have no idea if it was constantly using that wattage, since I don't think the batteries ever went into float; I think they may have just sta...