Solar controller to starter battery connection (1 Viewer)

Aug 26, 2022
254
486
North Cumbria.
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90,895
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Hobby Vantana
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Since 2013
I have a Votronic MPP controller as part of my pending solar install, which has a single feed to the starter battery proving 1amp supply. The wiring diagram shows this feed connected to the + terminal on the battery, but as my Schaudt B2B is located alongside where the controller will be fitted, I was thinking that I could just connect the feed to the + input ( from the starter battery) terminal on the B2B. Which would save having to get the feed cable from under the drivers seat (Ducato) along into the starter battery bay.
I believe this is the method that a Van Bitz battery master would be connected up to the starter battery, but can anybody advise if my thoughts are ok, or if I should run a cable direct to the starter battery from the Votronic controller ?
 
Feb 19, 2020
1,454
1,609
North Ayrshire
Funster No
68,864
MH
Adria Matrix 670SC
Exp
Newbie
It will work fine. Not sure about that type of controller but on my Nordelectrica unit there is a plug for connecting feeds from solar controller. It means I can see on the Adria panel what the solar is producing.
 
Dec 17, 2016
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995
Malvern
Funster No
46,488
MH
Hymer B525 2006 A cl
Exp
2012
What you propose is fine. Alternatively if you have the Schaudt electro block as well as a Schaudt B2B you can connect it to the solar input (block 6 on my EBL 101) as this has pins for both starter and leisure batteries . This as IRHP mentioned will then show the overall solar output on the control panel.
Some versions of the EBL I think may not have this starter battery option
 
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TrudeandDall
Aug 26, 2022
254
486
North Cumbria.
Funster No
90,895
MH
Hobby Vantana
Exp
Since 2013
Thanks everyone for your replies - this is great help from the Funsters....................
The Hobby Vantana electrical control system is not an EBL and as far as I can see (unless somebody tells me different), does not have an input from a solar controller, so there is no way of seeing the solar info on the main control panel. What the panel does have is the function to provide battery (hab and starter) voltage and current flow via Bluetooth, so at least I can see the important bit - what effect the solar is having on the batteries!
Cheers Eddie.

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