What To Check, Solar Does Not Appear To Be Working

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  1. scotzsue

    scotzsue Funster

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    New solar system. 'solar' regulator says it is charging, batteries and panel in van show it is not, any suggestions on what to check before going back to dealer who either fitted or had it fitted. CI Mizar, 2x60W panels ar roof area unsuitable for 1 larger panel.
    thanks in advance
     
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    Check the voltage at the regulator terminals. Across the panel connections you are looking for 18 volts ish in SUN across the battery terminals you are looking for 13.6 depending on Sun and state of charge.
     
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    If your batteries are fully charged, your S.P. regulator will prevent more power coming from the solar panel being fed into the batteries and this is what you may be seeing on your control panel, especially if your on Hook up too.
    I agree with Techno 100 above. This will tell you if you have an output from the solar panel.
     
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    Van is on a storage site, not on hook up have used a volt meter and batteries are not charging. They are not fully charged. Leisure battery is new, vehicle battery probably original. Off hook up will niot run John's CPAP overnight via inverter. We used this system with a smaller battery and less solar power on our previous van, could last 5 nights, in winter in the uk off hook up.
    Am thinking that solars are connected to charging system under the seat and wondering if there is a problem between the two. we use only led lights although there are others fitted, they get used if on hook up :) Go to a few folk festivals and rallies and use aires during the year and really need to have an effective solar system. Think a trip back to the dealer may be in order.
     
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    Hi Sue
    Based on some earlier experiences with your dealer and your electrics, I feel it should in the first instance go back to the dealer and if they cannot fix it, ask if they are willing for you to visit a specialist vehicle electrician, at their expense as the vehicle is still under warranty and they have already worked on your electrical system. After all John will soon need an electric winch to haul his motorbike into the garage and you will need plenty of power for that.:rolleyes:
     
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    Thanks for that Alan, am sure John will love the comment. will be contacting Dealer this week, bike has enough power to get it in the garage, just hope he doesn't go straight out the other side, you may prefer not to park next to us in the future :). Hope Rosalie is continuing to improve and that you have honed your nursing skills to a fine art.
    shall go down to the van again today just to see if anything has changed.
     
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    Been down to storage, vehicle battery on low, leisure still showing as 'charging', can't find anything switched on to cause a drain.
    Have bitten the bullet and phoned dealer, but no one from service department working over weekend, have asked that someone phone me on monday morning. Oh well can see a trip coming up, wonder of they will let me sleep in the compound.
     
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