I live in a remote part of Tanzania with no mains electricity. We have had solar power for some time, but on purchasing a new inverter, battery and extra solar panels have run into problems.
The problem can be simply stated.
We have two N200 lead acid batteries both yielding 12-13V each. Connected in series we get 25v from the system.
The inverter (Shiv Solar Comercial UPS 2000-24V) requires that the batteries be connected in series. If they are connected in parallel the inverter quickly triggers a ‘low battery warning’.
But the batteries will not charge when connected in series.
Each will charge on its own. So there does not appear to be a problem with any of the connections.
Moreover both will charge together when connected in parallel.
Nor does it make any difference which way around we connect the batteries in series.
When I say that they do not charge I mean that the charging sign on the controller indicates that the batteries are not charging. Also the Amp level reads ‘0’ for both the solar panels and the batteries. The volts show a positive reading (batteries on 25, solar panels vary according to the sunlight).
We know that single batteries charge on their own because the charging sign on the charge controller indicates that they are and the ampage is positive both for the panels and the battery (varying according to the sunlight).
What would cause this problem?