• Bogart charging LiFePo
    There seemed to be some relation to the swinging of the amps and voltage to the lower setting according to previous responders. I will set it to 15V which should work fine, thanks.
  • Bogart charging LiFePo
    Something interesting happened today, my inverter tripped out under high voltage, hummmmmm why???? I had changed my bogart controller settings today so I could top balance my 3 lithium batteries. Absorption 14.6V, was 14.2 originally and left everything else the same which meant the P8 setting stayed at 20V. The BMS said the batteries were full and shut down any more current coming in but the charge controller didn't see it that way and decided to up the voltage to P8 at 20V to force more in. I shut down the controller and put the P1 back to 14.2V. I let the batteries fall to 13.6V and switched the controller back on, everything worked as normal including inverter. The next time I want to top balance I will use my small DC power supply which I have done when the batteries were at home and not in use.
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  • Solar Calculations
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  • Wire gauge rooftop solar to battery compartment
    In my humble opinion one of the first tools to acquire for solar work is a DC clamp meter like the UNI-T
    UT210E. This $50 meter (simple to use) takes all the guesswork out of what is lost from the panels to the batteries. I run 900 watts total, split into 2 fuse blocks, which feeds two trimetric controllers (slaved)
    That means I have a max of 450 watts available to each controller in the Arizona sun. The total length of cable for each controller is about 30 feet and the largest gauge in the system is 8 if I remember right, no larger than 6 for sure. I took a reading of how many amps were produced directly behind each panel
    and then just before the controllers. There was NO measurable loss in the 30 feet. My trimetric battery monitor confirmed my readings. I forgot to say this system is 12V (parallel) . This $50 meter and any good battery monitor will take all the guesswork out of most situations.
  • Bogart charging LiFePo
    Interesting, I have been hesitant to increase the voltage on P8 for one main reason, lack of knowledge LOL. Actually my concern is with the inverter, which runs 24/7 to power my fridge and deep freeze. Let us say the high limit shut down for the inverter is 15.5 Volts. If P8 is set at 16-20 Volts is it possible the inverter will detect this higher voltage and shut it self down???
  • Bogart charging LiFePo
    AH HA I have the same problem but wasn't smart enough to call Bogart. I was trying different settings but never getting the results I needed. If we ever get back to Arizona I will have to check my P1 and P8 and not be shy about asking Bogart if I need more help with the system.
    There is nothing like a GOOD forum (Ray's) to help so many of us that need it.
  • Bogart charging LiFePo
    Thanks Ray, good information.
  • Bogart charging LiFePo
    Ray, with the voltage on P8 set at 15V is there a point on the charging cycle when the batteries might be charging at 15V even if the charged set point is 14.6V ????
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  • Nice Surprise
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