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by JRHill
Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Simpliphi
Topic: Making them work
Replies: 12
Views: 260

Re: Making them work

Oops, unintentional loads. Yesterday I did a BUNCH of watering of the garden and ground cover around the house while the DW was filling tanks. The sun was waning so I plugged the well into the house system so I wouldn't pull the well batteries too low as they're on their last leg. When I was done I ...
by JRHill
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Simpliphi
Topic: Making them work
Replies: 12
Views: 260

Re: Making them work

[BTW, I haven't used it for months. Connections? The silly little automotive relay? I don't know - hopefully I can find it] This is a bit disconcerting as I am about to switch over to SimpliPhi batteries with my existing OB 3648VFX inverter. Did you ever get the AGS to work properly with the report...
by JRHill
Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: communications upgrade
Replies: 34
Views: 353

Re: communications upgrade

For that matter, I could just run the generator which would take all the loads from the house and the solar would charge the batteries. Re-read Raysun's recommendation. I believe the point was to run strictly off the generator to charge the batteries. Yes, its fine to feed into the house for the AC...
by JRHill
Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Big load
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: Big load

I always get excited over stories of testing the limits..... I've been known to test limits but its usually with another's patience. When it comes to our system I play it way conservative. As you mentioned, I know I can hit the system really hard. But I neither need to do that nor will I because if...
by JRHill
Sun Sep 12, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: need well pump advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

Re: need well pump advice

Pebble drop - that's kind of funny but I suppose it would get you in the ballpark. At one time I thought I'd better check my static level after a neighbor had to have his pump lowered (we're in the 8th year of drought and that was 5 years ago.) I used a spool of fishing line with a couple of washers...
by JRHill
Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: need well pump advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

Re: need well pump advice

I'm sure the State of Maine requires a well permit doesn't it? If so the well driller probably had to file a report with some detains of the drilling. Total depth, static level, GPM and maybe even the stata at various depths as drilled. Does the well head have a plate attached to it or any ID number...
by JRHill
Sat Sep 11, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: communications upgrade
Replies: 34
Views: 353

Re: communications upgrade

sodamo wrote: Sat Sep 11, 2021 1:54 pmeven my bedroom.
David, David, sigh. You should at least have to get up and walk to the console.
by JRHill
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Mate3 / Mate3s
Topic: communications upgrade
Replies: 34
Views: 353

Re: communications upgrade

Is that right? All I can say is that once you get familiar with the Mate3(s) you will wonder why you used the oval Mate when you had another (more user friendly) option. And then there may be the other people than you needing to adjust something if you were not there. With the Mate3 series it can b...
by JRHill
Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Battery College Link
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: Battery College Link

raysun wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:00 am https://batteryuniversity.com/
Thanks. I want to make this easier to find 'cause searches are difficult on this forum unless you hit the search term/phrase accurately:
- battery information
- battery college
- battery university
- battery selection
- battery
- batteries
- battery types
by JRHill
Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: need well pump advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

Re: need well pump advice

So my primary goal here is to reduce load on the battery bank. Does something like a Grundfos SQF use less power that a conventional pump, or is the soft start the only advantage? That is a curious question. We use a lot of water in the summer with water tanks for the critters and the gardens. My p...
by JRHill
Fri Sep 10, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: My LiFePO4 and PSoC
Replies: 69
Views: 1410

Re: My LiFePO4 and PSoC

Darn it! Lost my reply. Short of it - I'd think 6 blocks more than enough, unless there are very high power demands. Additional capacity could be added later, but I bet it won't be necessary. Not sure what your solar day situation is, but the recharging efficiency alone is going to make more power ...
by JRHill
Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Grid Tie Applications
Topic: Dead system
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Dead system

Andrew, would you detail your profile so people seeing your post know what devices are in play?

How old are your batteries? What model, number of 'em, strings, etc?

You may be at the time to do a set of lithium blocks?
by JRHill
Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: My LiFePO4 and PSoC
Replies: 69
Views: 1410

Re: My LiFePO4 and PSoC

It was my fault - I posted an incomplete message before you.

Anyway, now with B&S at the helm I'm sure everything will be better at PHI.
by JRHill
Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: My LiFePO4 and PSoC
Replies: 69
Views: 1410

Re: My LiFePO4 and PSoC

So from this am I to understand these Simplifi 3.8 batteries could still be producing substantial kwh at 10,000 cycles? If so that is a huge wow! The longest life is centered around 50% SoC. If one was to keep the battery between 30% and 70% SoC, theoretically it would last forever. This was my ori...
by JRHill
Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: need well pump advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

Re: need well pump advice

Actually, its a pressure pump, rather than a well pump. (Private wells are rare on Hawaii Island.) I have it wired for 120V. Starting amps = 29. Running amps = 10. Since its a different pump and application, my comment was just about general build quality. I have an 11SQF2 that was the first improv...
by JRHill
Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Simpliphi
Topic: Briggs & Stratton acquires SimpliPhi Power
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Briggs & Stratton acquires SimpliPhi Power

This stuff can be a good thing or a train wreck:

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/genera ... pl/606272/
by JRHill
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: OutBack
Topic: Battery College Link
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Battery College Link

I know I saved the link but can't find it in bookmarks or in this forum. Does anyone have it handy?
by JRHill
Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: My LiFePO4 and PSoC
Replies: 69
Views: 1410

Re: My LiFePO4 and PSoC

jainsw wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:03 amOn the subject of cycles, I'm being told that "6000 cycles" is not the end of the battery life but rather the number of cycles where in the batteries have over 80% of their life left. Does that sound correct to you?
I'm not sure anyone knows yet.
by JRHill
Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: My LiFePO4 and PSoC
Replies: 69
Views: 1410

Re: My LiFePO4 and PSoC

Raysun, I know you've had your system challenges. But power draw aside, have you convinced the wife to not use a blow drier while doing dishes, etc? :lol: I don't even try. They are on separate circuits. I have no problems, why make any? 😂 Yeah, I could talk about separate circuits for a while.
by JRHill
Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: My LiFePO4 and PSoC
Replies: 69
Views: 1410

Re: My LiFePO4 and PSoC

Raysun, I know you've had your system challenges. But power draw aside, have you convinced the wife to not use a blow drier while doing dishes, etc? :lol:
by JRHill
Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Third-Party Batteries
Topic: My LiFePO4 and PSoC
Replies: 69
Views: 1410

Re: My LiFePO4 and PSoC

Last winter I moved from Trojan FLAs to SimpliPhi 48v. The application note using the FNDC relay to shut down the VFX3648 didn't work for me (go figure) so I ended up with upgrading to the VFXR. Don't get me wrong, the problem I had has not been reported by anyone else, and with OB being as conserva...
by JRHill
Sun Sep 05, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: MX60 Charge Controller
Topic: MX60 self-protection?
Replies: 65
Views: 2163

Re: MX60 self-protection?

Mike Curran wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:17 pm
What else can I try to resurrect it?/quote]How did it die?
Maybe I missed it in the messages that followed. It is a really good question.
by JRHill
Sun Sep 05, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Big load
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: Big load

Yeah, at 52.6 the AGS was higher than necessary and was left over from the days of charging to 54.6 and those tuning games. Then I added the additional Phi and went to 56.4. So I haven't had a voltage AGS since last spring. I adjusted it down a bit - or so I thought. This AM the generator started at...
by JRHill
Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Off Grid Applications
Topic: Big load
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Big load

I started a message but it seemed I didn't get enough info so deleted it. This afternoon I was doing some ribs on an electric smoker. 1560 watts on and off. I was doing laundry on 'high' heat which is electric assist. 1200w on and off. I was vacuuming Cataloula and Pug hair with the Dyson, no small ...
by JRHill
Thu Sep 02, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Photos of My OutBack Power System
Topic: Trying to decide which battery for 3 - VFX3648 system
Replies: 9
Views: 747

Re: Trying to decide which battery for 3 - VFX3648 system

He has since upgraded to a far more complex system with radian inverters and Simpliphi lithium 3.8 kWh batteries, and I was given his old vfx3648 inverters, and some other components which include a Mate 3S and a Hub10.3. Wow, the right job at the right time. What a cool opportunity and nice equipm...