I am wiring up the solar system in my van and I need help with claryfing some things up.
I have a Phocos CA08-2.2 controller and in the manual one can read:
Be aware that the positive terminals of the controller are connected internally and therefore have the same electrical potential. If any grounding is required, always do this on the positive wire.
Right, but there is a remark later on that actually corresponds to my situation:
If the device is used in a vehicle which has the battery negative on the chassis, loads connected to the regulator must not have an electric connection t the car body. Otherwise the Low Voltage Disconnect function and the electronic fuse function of the controller are short circuited.
So clearly I am missing something because it sounds contradictory to me. In the very first paragraph it says that "any grounding should be done on the positive wire" but later on it says "if you have your battery grounded on the negative side, then...". How should I understand this?
I figured the following circuit and after reading the manual about grounding the positive, I got my concern.
(I skipped the controller loads that are not grounded, and solar connectors in the solar controller for the clarity.)
So all in all - I have my 12V battery connected to my van chassis. Is it safe to connect the solar controller such that the controller negative connector will be grounded because the battery is grounded on the negative?