Thank you for the great forum, Safe Driving over the weekend. Sincerely Jason
So, I have been using a second-hand Imeon 3.6 for just over a year now, so it's time to give my pro's and cons:
This unit has never failed to impress, and keeps completely within the rules defined
The quality of the product
It's ability to take small hits to well over it's specification (when asked by my wife's stove while no grid power)
(both Pro and Con) It's brilliant software management interface that gives you a fairly decent readout
Whilst everyone has been thinking about Solar solutions aver the lat 9+ months, I took a serious look at where I could reduce my water consumption.
Since my last formal post, the Western Cape region of South Africa has gone through some severe water crisis's, even having to drop their water usage to 50l or less per day. I set my household a challenge last December, and that was to support the principal of surviving on under 50l of water per day per person. To date at September 2
Ok, firstly my apologies - I didn't post immediately after my previous dilemma, nor have I posted in a while. My only excuse is that once I had my system working, my bosses got me back working... I really haven't had a gap in a long few months.
The good news though is that my new battery situation has worked brilliantly, and with minimal effort, and for a decent period... So hopefully this is good news to a new investor in the solar word.
My experience over the last 9? months or more,
Yesterday morning my inverter went up in smoke. It was a cool day and still had 74% of usable battery life left under very low load.
When contacting the reseller I was told the unit is out of warrantee and I need to buy a new motherboard and have it repaired. This at a cost of +- R5000 + shipping costs.
Has anyone managed to get support direct from Voltronic ( the manufacturer ) as I believe that after just under 2 years of use, this should not happen and I want to
Well....after one year of testing and experimenting with this cheap MPP SOLAR rebranded hybrid inverter...I'm ready to break it down. I spend little time and money doing fancy productions on any of my solar topics, but I do try to get straight to the point. Hoping this will help anyone trying to examine this particular product for purchase.
So, remember I told you about the new batteries I was waiting for?
Well I got 8x 200Ah C10 batteries at an awesome price from @Mike here on this forum, so not only did he help me get a decent replacement invertor (the Imeon 3.6), but these batteries really came through. Again, these CybiPower RB200's are not perfect for the job, and there are a lot of better solutions out there, but at a price difference of over R40k, I had to take the cheaper option.
So after adding the battery balanc
Solar is awesome, but it comes at a cost... Solar Electricity, and it's costs, are still way off the mark to warrant a "saving" of your Metro cost or Eskom cost, Solar Water heating is still best value for money so far.
So how can you implement Solar power and get both the known "green" benefits and the cost benefits? (ie: We want to get the best of both worlds)
If you have a small or no budget:
Start with Water (it is much cheaper) - Solar Geysers, Solar Water Panls and
Ok, so here are a few items that I wish I had known about in advance, they would have changed my entire solar experience:
Not All Batteries are Solar batteries - I cannot emphasis this point enough, no matter how many uninformed people will tell you that their batteries are "Deep Cycle" or "Brilliant for Solar". Unfortunately, true solar battery storage is NOT cheap. Unless the brand is Trojan, and you are prepared to look after them properly, almost NO Lead/Acid or Calcium/Calcium batter
So the new panels went up. Its only a day so far but it's amazing... I think there should be a basic rule book for people trying to dabble in solar for the first time (kinda like my lessons learned but just trying to do things the right way?)
So here are KLEVA's rules so far:
Unless you are completely off-grid, don't think that a hybrid type system is going to save you money! A generic hybrid like the Axpert is only going to act like a UPS. Save your money and st
So, 2 years since the last Blog post, so many new lessons to impart...
After the last battery debacle, I had almost given up on PV Solar, so became very quiet on the forums and just concentrated on my new toys (Camping). The Axpert and the rubbish Calcium batteries just ticked over occasionally giving us UPS like power when no Grid available and would switch it over on some weekends to reduce my municipal bill - nothing major.
In June this year our local provider started really messing
Hi all, Total noob here, not to solar but linux......
First off, I would like to appologize for draging this up again, but I am in a hurry and can't find the ***** post now, I know the MAIN person helpings name/ handel is Plonkster, so Plonkster if you could help it would be good, I've had my last straw with windows and am now on mint 18.3 Is there a way to run the VE connect for my invertor and the Victron connect app for my mppt and bmv on linux?
Also. I am using an arduino as a seri
Got a chance to view a friends' 100kW Trina Solar Array powering four, in parallel, Schneider Electric Inverters that help to power his factory. During an overcast day it produced 90+kW. I can only imagine a sunny days' production of power. Very impressive indeed.
I love it. At the end of this video it shows the inverter getting power directly from the sun converting it into usable AC power. I can't be more pleased. I can't wait to start a larger project. I am so impressed by this choice of inverter. I pray it continues to last and work the way it does. I do have it set up as DC Coupled, but the fact that it inverts directly from sun to AC is priceless.
I caught this inverter powering a 1.1kW water pump early in the morning. The battery was a bit low (almost at 50%), but was still operational after a long night of powering lights. 200W came from early morning light but was interested to see if anyone has a video of their own that shows this behavior in an MPP. Thanks ahead.
Hi - I have converted and constructed a number of electric vehicles (EV) over the past few years but I have yet to find someone else in this country doing the same thing. Let me know if you are so that we can get together and pursue this fascinating and practical hobby...
I have a customer with a 3-phase InfiniSolar 10K which is giving a fault code 3 = "BUS soft start time out". The unit is out of warranty. The original supplier can not help me. Does anyone know of a local business which repairs these units ?
Hi, I am new to the forum, I have a 3kw plus Infinisolar inverter. I reside in Port Elizabeth and our utility frequency continuously exceeds 50.1 hz. It goes to 50.2 and I would like to change the setting to 50.3. Is there anyone out there that can help me with he factory password to correct this situation? It would be very much appreciated.
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Having spent time on this forum I was ready to tackle the project. The bulk of the materials was sourced from Rubicon and a couple of design decisions was decided on.
I decided to do a ground mount which resulted in a slightly more expensive structure but our roofs are steep and old and suitable roof space was largely shaded and not exactly north more like NNE. The ground mount meant I could implement a seasonal tilt very cheaply and so gain a bit as my solar day is short in winter as we
Many of you will have noticed that I have been absent from the forum for a while, and there are reasons, a few related to power that I will relay, but a few personal which I will keep to myself...
But anyway... I eventually after 4 months got my battery equalisers from overseas... What a headache... They might have been cheaper than the local alternatives, but the effort and chasing that had to go into simple import of balancers were a pain in the butt!
He he - You know life wants to b
Hi – I have a Axpert MKS 5K inverter. Spec are as below.
MODEL: Axpert MKS 5K Rated Power: 5000VA/4000W INPUT Voltage: 230 VAC Selectable Voltage Range: 170-280 VAC (For Personal Computers), 90-280 VAC (For Home Appliances) Frequency Range: 50 Hz/60 Hz (Auto sensing) OUTPUT AC Voltage Regulation (Batt. Mode): 230VAC – 5 % Surge Power: 6000VA Efficiency (Peak): 90 % Transfer Time: 10 ms (For Personal Computers), 20 ms (For Home Appliances) Waveform: Pure sine wave
BATTERY & AC CHAR
We continue on my solar journey.
The installer I was due to use had larger fish to fry so I thought to myself this cannot be too difficult and decided to proceed without him. The first thing that I realised was that when I upgraded from the envisaged 1-2 kW system I was planning to a larger system there was going to be some redundancy when I upgraded This caused me to decide to go for a larger inverter even if I could not afford a large battery bank and enough panels. I had spent 3 months l
Today is a crisp winter day and my solar system is performing well. It is lunch time and we have produced 9 kWh so far. We are likely end with 13kWh for the day, which is more than enough to power the needs of our home. We have had solar for a year now and I thought of recording my experiences, perhaps it will help others. My solar journey has been convoluted with some cul-de-sacs and eventually in June 2015 I bit the bullet and installed a system using information gleaned on this forum and the