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Post by Administrator on Sat 29 Dec 2012 - 15:07

Any advice?
Don't trust this one I have got, just been down to the van and a red light was showing meaning there was no battery connected, checked all connections, disconnected and re-connected in right order and the light won't go out, after checking the battery there was only 11v in it, went through all its history and at some point it had put 15v in, might have only been momentarily but it has still done it, it has done this once before so now's the time for a new one I think.
I have 3 batteries, 2 run the van and the 3rd one just runs 2 x 12v sockets used for phone charging, wireless router and also stays live while the ignition is turned on, rest of the van goes off with ignition on. It's the single battery that was down, going to put it on charge and see if it's any good or not.
The regulator I have is a dual one but I might have a re-think about my layout, get 3 new batteries and connect them all together and forget about the separate one, I only did that because the battery I got with the van was a different size from the other two, biggest I can fit in is 315mm X 175mm - height isn't a problem, I have found 3 x 100AH Numax for £190
Ones in now are only 85AH, so that will give me a lot more ie 300 instead of 170, that should keep Adele and her telly happy for a bit longer Very Happy
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Re: A new solar regulator & possibly some batteries

Post by KSH on Sat 29 Dec 2012 - 15:09

Oops, wrong account Embarassed

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Sat 29 Dec 2012 - 16:08

Where the heck did you get 3 x 100ah batteries for £190 at £63 each, that's an amazing price
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Post by tessajoe on Sat 29 Dec 2012 - 16:58

i will have a look at it for you next week ken.Very Happy

i will bring my book.

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Sat 29 Dec 2012 - 18:32

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:i will have a look at it for you next week ken.Very Happy

i will bring my book.

Frank it's a new battery Ken needs not a good read
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Post by KSH on Sat 29 Dec 2012 - 19:07

I don't mind him bringing the book, It's the lump hammer that scares me.
Decided to go for the 3 batteries and connect them all together, after all these I have now must be 6 year old so they have done pretty well

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Post by Leapy on Sat 29 Dec 2012 - 21:04

Might need to replace my batteries soon - I'm looking for a bargain too
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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 12:13

Had spotted them, both 15mm too long for me.

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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 12:26

Any advice on regulators?
I don't need a dual one now, my regulator goes under the seats where the batteries are, so I could do with one with a separate display panel if possible so I can keep my eye on it Very Happy

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Post by Polly on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 13:13

Hia


now don't shout at me or groan at me
I know all this tech talk is mans talk

BUT

I have 2 x 75 batteries --- now is I changed them to 2x110 will i have to change the wiring connection or any other electrical function
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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 13:19

No, everything will be Ok Polly
Just make sure they will fit, your are probably the same size as mine, about 260mm long, the 110's will be 330mm or above, I Can fit up to 315mm and found some 100ah batteries at 302mm long

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Post by Polly on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 13:26

Hia

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Post by Polly on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 13:28

Hia

can I ask another question PLEASE

solar panels keep the leisure batteries topped up is there a way to keep the van battery topped up as well
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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 13:31

Yeah
Either get a dual regulator or there's a device you can get that will charge your vehicle battery once the leisure batteries are charged, Andy will tell you what it's called when he comes on, I have one fitted and they work well, they are about £25 if I remember right

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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 13:43

Look for BCM12 on this PDF file polly

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Post by Techno100 on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 20:42

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I don't need a dual one now, my regulator goes under the seats where the batteries are, so I could do with one with a separate display panel if possible so I can keep my eye on it Very Happy



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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 20:56

Cheers Andy, but that's the one I have now and don't have much trust with them now.
THESE use the same remote display panel, whats your thoughts on these?
I have had a thought of somewhere else I could possibly mount the regulator, will need to go to the van tomorrow and check if it is suitable, if it is then I wont need the remote display

PS - why have they got a load terminal? mine doesn't have this, just solar in and battery 1 and 2 out

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Post by Techno100 on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 21:06

Nearly all regulators have load terminals. They are commonly used for remote traffic signs illumination or speed warning signs where mains electric would cost to much to get there and have user programmable timers
If your going to buy from china don't by that crap welsee have the worst reputation for mppt regulators
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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 21:13

Cheers, advice taken.
Just looking at that one because of the remote meter.
I'll have a look tomorrow and see what alternative locations I can use, about 4 foot away from the batteries should be Ok shouldn't it with 4mm cable?
I don't want to be lifting the seats up to check the charging affraid

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Post by Techno100 on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 21:24

I think that one comes from the same source hence the same remote meter and all sold by photonic universe but I don't think it's wellsee
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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 21:28

I'll leave that one just in case it does come from the same source, don't want another that puts 15v in Shocked

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Post by Techno100 on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 21:29

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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 21:33

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Nearly all regulators have load terminals. They are commonly used for remote traffic signs illumination or speed warning signs where mains electric would cost to much to get there and have user programmable timers
If your going to buy from china don't by that crap welsee have the worst reputation for mppt regulators
Just thinking,
Because all my electrics go off when the ignition is on, if I decided I wanted some power in the back when moving, ie for a small light, charging a phone or something then I suppose I could use the load terminals on the regulator, maybe wire that up to the 2 x 12v sockets my 2nd battery used to supply

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Post by KSH on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 21:41

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:My Tv is wired to the load terminal on the regulator so Rina can watch Tv while I do the driving
Can you not whisper that Baza, I don't want Adele getting any ideas Very Happy

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Post by The Burchies on Sun 30 Dec 2012 - 22:19

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Julie watches the tv while I am fast asleep driving lol!
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Post by The Burchies on Mon 31 Dec 2012 - 8:46

And sometimes she tells me to turn right & I turn left Embarassed
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