MPPT Dual?

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  1. Xan

    Xan Read Only Funster

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    I want to put together a kit comprising a 100W mono panel and an MPPT controller along these lines

    http://www.photonicuniverse.com/en/...oller--regulator-for-up-to-100V-PV-input.html

    My questions:
    1. Can a MPPT controller work in a dual mode to charge (and prioritise) the cab battery and the leisure batteries?

    2. I know that a 10A controller would be enough for a 100W panel, but I would like to have the option of adding a second panel at a later date in case I feel I need more power. Will having a higher rated controller have any negative effect on output?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I dont think any free standing controller can prioritise battery charge....that would need another bit of kit.

    the size of the controller will have no effect on the smaller panel or battery size.....the one you refer to is 20amps MAXIMUM so will be suitable for 2 x 100watt panels

    a 20 or 30amp controller will still charge what battery you have just the same as a 10amp but will allow for future panel output upgrades
     
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    This device here takes input from the alternator and solar panels to charge the leisure batteries. It also has an auxilary output to charge the vehicle battery (from solar only).

    Good price as well. I have one of their 25 Amp charger/supply and it has been great. If I didn't already have a 50Amp Sterling B2B I would have got one of these.

    It is effectively a B2B charger, a Solar Controller and a (vehicle) battery master all in one.
     
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    depends how much you want to spend really.

    a small panel would probably keep the cab battery topped up when the sun shines but a 'battery-master' will probably be cheaper, far easier to install and doesnt rely on the sun if on hookup.


    BATTERY MASTER
     
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    Vanbitz battery master is £100 cheaper though.
     
  7. Xan

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    Local fitter is telling me the same thing, solar system plus battery master to ensure cab battery is maintained.
     
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    But a battery master doesn't do all the other stuff my link does.

    This was supposed to be in response to PappaJohn but the quote button isn't working????
     
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    I can vouch for the Battery Master fitted for me by VanBitz, along with the Sterling Battery to Battery Charger AND the Strikeback alarm, Along with the Webasto dsl Air Top heater. All this super gear along with the two 110watt solars on the roof of our Bailey 740 motorhome which has grade 3 insulation, have made this the warmest m/hme we have enjoyed. Thanks to Eddie and his staff for helping to make us so comfortable. Ed
     
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    This seems to have just started happening. Certain posts will not quote yet yours has just worked.

    Just tried all 3 of PJ posts, it's the last one that will not quote.
     
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    Yours was the last one and it quoted fine here.

    Last time wasn't the last one...:Doh:
     
  12. SomeoneElse

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    The MPPT unit you reference is one of a number to come out of China. These are sold in the UK under a variety of names and you can find the same unit available at very different prices. Look at http://www.amazon.co.uk/SainSonic-Tracer-2215RN-Controller-Regulators/dp/B008RJEWU0

    Here is a comprehensive list of the controllers from China: http://www.chinasolarregulator.com/
    The MPPT range doesn't include a dual battery version. There is a dual battery version in the PWM series.

    The MPPT range will extract more power from your solar panel in low light conditions and is ideal if you are out and about with no EHU. The dual battery model will keep both batteries fully charged ideal when you store the vehicle for long periods with no use. You need to determine your priorities.

    Operating a 20A controller with only a 100W panel will not cause any problems.
     
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