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RS-485 to USB converters (cable conversion)

I am working on a project that involves a Solar Charge Controller. The device ships with an Ethernet RS-485 communication interface as well as a RS-485 to USB cable, which is said to be able to ...
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Simple Solar Circuit

I had a very cheap solar panel + controller where the controller died. To cheaply replace it I was going to build my own using some parts I had laying around and use a step-down (LM2596) to limit ...
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Solar LiPo battery charger: revision and improvement of the reverse voltage protection circuit for the battery

I am designing a solar charger with MPPT for a 1-cell lithium polymer battery of approximately 6000 mAh. The solar panel is 10W and 21 Voc. I am trying to ensure that the charger has protection ...
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Solar power backed circuit to light 1W LED

What I have achieved so far: Referring https://www.instructables.com/id/BUILD-A-NOCTURNAL-SOLAR-LIGHT-BULB/ , I have successfully built the solar garden light circuit to light a 5mm LED using ...
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Charging 4 x 12V lead acid battery with solar in series or parallel?

I have a small electric vehicle that currently uses 4 x 12V 8Ah SLA batteries wired in series as its 48V battery packs. I have 2 of these packs. In order to charge the batteries, I unplug all of them,...
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Can I use an h-bridge as a changeover circuit?

I have solar controller which outputs battery voltage when available. I also have a switching psu as backup. What I would like to do: Use an h-bridge, connecting its battery negative terminal to my ...
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PV with Arduino and 12Volt Sealed Lead Acid battery

I have bought this solar charger (Epsolar-LS0512E): https://www.manualslib.com/manual/970886/Epsolar-Ls0512.html#manual a 12 Volt Sealed Lead Acid battery, and I use this solar panel: Voltage: 12V ...
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Draw power evenly from two 12v battery banks, 24v solar system

I am currently running a small 24v emergency power solar system. I have a 40a MPPT charge controller with (4) 12v flooded lead-acid batteries in a 2S-2P configuration. I have a need for both 24v and ...
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How does a solar PV inverter throttle the input power

I have a solar power system (SMA Sunny Boy with 2 strings of panels). When the battery is nearing full charge or the inverter maximum output is reached and excess solar power is available the system ...
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MPPT controller with battery management system

I'm trying to create a little solar charger with backup battery for my Arduino. I would like to use a MPPT controller for the solar panels. I found a few solutions like the IC CN3722, but all of these ...
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Why are off grid solar setups only 12, 24, 48 VDC?

I am looking to produce 50kW for an off grid solar project. Ideally, I'd like to have a high voltage DC battery system with a high power battery inverter and charge controller. I have only found a ...
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Connecting Grid Tie Inverter to Solar charge controller

I've got simple solar panel - PWM charge controller with 10A max load output - 12V battery setup. I've ordered MPTT 600WATT grid tie inverter. My question is - if I connect higher load than 10A to ...
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How Can I connect My Solar Power System? [closed]

I brought this 50A Solar Controller now I want to connect an inverter to it and they said to connect the inverter directly to the battery. I also brought a 100W Solar Panel and MC4 Wires, etc What ...
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24v output from two 12v batteries in series, charge them with 12 volts in parallel

I have a solar charge controller which can charge 12volts batteries. I have two 12 volt batteries which are connected in parallel. I need to have 24volts output without using dc-dc step up converters. ...
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12V - How to activate an electric item if battery is full

I have a solar system 12V connected to a PWM controller 20A and a lead-acid battery 80Ah deep cycle. What kind of setup should I make to activate a pump (12V) if the battery is full ( >13.8V ) ?
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Is is safe to let my PWM charge my 12V battery at 14.8V?

I have a 12V battery linked to my solar panels. In the middle I have a PWM charge controller, that is configured by default to charge the battery if Voltage if lower than 14.8. At night, battery ...
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CN3722 charging issue

I'm using CN3722 for 2 cell battery charging. I have two way supply, it gets power from Solar as well as DC 12V whichever is available. The MPPT is set at 11V. Solar panel maximum goes to 21V. I ...
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Current and voltage increasing with duty cycle from buck- converter

I am designing a 2s Li-ion battery charger using a buck converter from a 10W (18V, 0.55A) solar panel. So I understand that the duty cycle controls the ratio of the input power vs output power and ...
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LM741: voltage comparator Issue

I'm working on an automatic battery charging source switching between solar power and a 24Vdc wall adapter.I'm using a LM741 as voltage comparator and a relay for power switching. Basically, if solar ...
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Using a 12V battery while simultaneously charging via Heavy Duty battey charger

Very similar to a question asked and answered but using solar panels.. BUT this time I'm asking, Can I use my 135Ah deep cycle battery to power a 2000W inverter and at the same time charge my battery ...
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PV voltage on solar charge controller always 13V [closed]

I just wired a solar panel with solar charge controller (SCC) and battery. The photovoltaic (PV) voltage displayed on the SCC is 13V, even though the PV voltage without load that I measured with a ...
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Solar inverter stops drawing power from PV

I have 3.2 kVA solar inverter with MPPT charge controller along with six 340 W solar panels installed. What I have noticed is that the inverter stops drawing power from PV though there is bright sun ...
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TP4056 doesn't work without power source connected [closed]

I have a problem with my TP4056 circuit. My goal is to (solar)power a NodeMCU V3 with the TP4056. I simply connected the output from the TP4056 to VIN and GND from the NodeMCU board The TP4056 ...
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Solar charge set up damaging battery?

I've installed a 12V 80W solar panel plus controller and attached it to a 12V 105Ah leisure battery. At first it (appeared to?) work. The charge status on the solar charge controller was at max and it ...
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How should a load be connected in a configuration of a MPPT solar charger and a LiPo battery?

I am designing a circuit for MPPT solar charger SPV1040 which could charge a single-cell LiPo battery. I am using AN3319 and AN4050 application notes for reference. I also want to connect a load ...
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Measuring current from solar panel using an arduino?

I am designing a MPPT buck converter and bought ACS712 30A arduino current sensor and it is awful. Not accurate at all. so I find two configurations circuits that might help find an alternative to ...
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Different Wattage Solar Panels for Home [different Voltage/Ampere]

My current solar system for home 12V 100W polycrystalline Solar Panel. 12V 75Ah Lead Acid solar tubular Battery. PWM 12V 10A Solar Charge Controller. 12V Input and 200VA Output Inverter. Current ...
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EV Car's battery voltage and charging with solar panel

How much is the voltage of electric car's batteries? I was thinking about a DIY electric van (Mercedes Sprinter) with 3x200 watts solar panels on the roof. I'm not sure but let's say the EV batteries ...
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battery charge controller with small panel

i am designing a battery charge controller with a small panel of 4.5V and 250mA in Arduino UNO. I want that the panel charges the battery(1.2V 3000mAh AA NiMH). i wonder where i place the panel in ...
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Can I charge this li-ion battery with this solar panel setup? [closed]

Since a couple years I've been messing around with a raspi and some motors. Building random stuff with dc-motors and such. I now want to power a self driving boat-robot with some solar power. For this ...
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Best practice: Should I charge a battery while also pulling load?

I have an off-grid solar panel setup. The solar panels send current to an MPPT charge controller. The charge controller controls current to a lead acid battery. On these same battery terminals I have ...
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Can I use a MPPT Solar Controller to charge my auxillary 12V AGM Battery from the car battery/alternator?

I have a RedArc solenoid and a Victron 75/15 Smart Solar Controller. Can I use the combination of these two units to charge an 12V AGM Deep Cycle auxiliary battery from the car battery/alternator ...
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Is MPPT of PV array possible if only converters are used and the connected load is a battery?

I am currently working on a project to harvest energy from solar PV panels. There are some difficulties that i am facing. I was able to achieve mppt using a constant resistive load with a converter. ...
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Possibilities for 24v Solar charging of 12v batteries in series and parallel with different Ah capacities

I have two 12 volt 200Ah lead acid batteries and two 12 volt 150 Ah lead-acid batteries. I have a 24 volt 50 Amp charge controller connected to a 150 watt PV panel (overkill for now, but ready for ...
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Minimum current for charging a battery

Recently I bought a 12V 200Ah battery for my solar system with 500W 18v (27A) solar panels. I find a label on the battery which is notice that the minimum charging current is 10% of the battery ...
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How to measure available amps? Do i need more load?

My new 200W 18v 11a(max) solar panel reads about 24v 4a 50% efficiency at midday on my MTTP Rich solar controller. I presume this is not great. I was wondering... I have a 48v to 12v stepdown ...
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Van with Solar power but no auxillary battery and only on sunny days. Do I need switches and isolators?

I have a 2018 Ram Promaster city cargo van with OEM 12v 70AH 120RC Sealed Led acid battery and a 160a alternator. Sitting on top of the battery I have a 1200 Watt pure sine 110v inverter connected ...
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Heating issues with solar charging circuit

I am using the above circuit to charge a 7.4V Li-ion Battery.With input MPPT voltage set at 12V, I have applied 13V input voltage to the circuit. The battery is charging at 1.4A. (according to the ...
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Solar Panel Peak Power Tracking

I have a solar loader circuit where I only know that it handles "17 V Peak Power Tracking". Is this comparable with Maximum Power Point Tracking? Which voltage should the solar panel deliver?
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Battery float voltage of CN3722

I want to charge a 2-cell Li-ion battery with CN3722 charging IC. According to my circuit design, the float voltage at the battery terminal should be 8.4V. But, the float voltage is measured as 13.44V ...
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Solar Charging Transfer Switch

I am trying to figure out a way to have a power bank in the middle of a field. It would have multiple battery packs. I would like to try to create a system where a solar panel would charge one battery ...
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Using SLA in place of LFP to test an LFP charging device

I'm testing a solar charge controller for LiFePO4 that uses absorption and float stages. By design, power-on initiates the absorption stage, and a timer terminates absorption and initiates the float ...
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Solar Panels: Charge Batteries via MPPT Charge Controller *AND* Power PV-Direct Load At Same Time?

I have two 290 watt panels in series that are currently used to charge a 48V battery bank via a MPPT charge controller. The run from the panels to the charge controller and batteries is about 70', and ...
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MAX17205 battery pack fuel gauge configuration

I am working on the fuel gauge by MAX17205 for my project. https://www.maximintegrated.com/en/products/power/battery-management/MAX17205.html I am able to communicate with the chip using I2C protocol ...
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What happens inside a battery connected in parallel to a load and MPPT solar charger?

This seems like a common configuration: connecting solar panels + MPPT charger to lead-acid batteries which are also connected in parallel to an inverter. Assume that, momentarily, the battery has ...
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Solar Charge Controller with SMPS Power Supply

Hi, I want to charge a 2-Cell Li-ion battery (7.4 V) using CN3722 Solar Charge controller and a SMPS power supply (instead of using solar supply). I have designed my circuit to charge with maximum 1A ...
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Combining solar panel strings with different azimuth

When combining strings with a different azimuth in an off grid system, lets say NNE facing with North Facing and NNW facing (Southern Hemisphere), you catch the morning and evening sun better, this is ...
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Designing an effective extensible solar cell + car battery setup [closed]

I've got a cabin that I visit on weekends and because I need to charge my computer and tools there, I decided to bring an old car battery and bought a solar panel to charge it. Right now I use a cheap ...
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Bypassing solar charge controller using trickle charge voltage?

In an effort to simplify a small solar system and to keep the cost down, I am wondering what (if any) drawbacks there are to having the Vmp (voltage at maximum power) in a solar panel setup, at 12.5% ...
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How to calculate step-down current

I am getting ready to set up a solar system. I am having trouble choosing the right MPPT charger. I know how to calculate the input current but is that all you need ...