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  1. Morning guys, Anyone with Trojan T105-RE's that's planning to upgrade to Lithium soon? I'm looking for 8 T105-RE's to add to my system. Money is tight so no Lithium for me soon so I'm looking for another 2nd hand bank that's still got some life left..... Thanks in advance
  2. When trying to update, my Smartsolar says "Your product is already running the latest firmware version" which it v1.54. It seems to be happening more frequently...
  3. All Hardware has got the latest available firmware installed but this is the first video with a similar incident. It's doing exactly the same as mine...
  4. I've checked the PV voltage. The voltage increases as soon as the amperage decreases, which I guess is normal. Once again, I do not have this problem when ESS is set to "keep batteries charged" making me think that it's not voltage/current/temp/hardware issues but a setting issue
  5. I did connect but did not change any settings. MPPT settings is supposed to be defaulted to the ESS setting, controlled by the VenusGX. Have not fiddled with settings on the Smartsolar itself yet.
  6. Morning guys. I installed 6 x 330W solar panels in 2 strings of 3 about 2 weeks ago with a 150/35 Smartsolar MPPT. I set up ESS and everything is working great except for one thing that is bothering me and I would like to know if any of you have experienced something similar in the past. At sunrise the MPPT will start to charge the batteries and when PV is enough it will start taking over the loads, like it should but.......Every now and then the MPPT drops out completely to 0w-5w's for anything between 10-30 minutes. I tried checking data downloads via spreadsheet but just cannot f
  7. Hi guys, Everything solved. I contacted victron's sales manager (if i'm correct), Gerrit Tromp, and he sorted everything out in a matter of days. I sent the Multiplus back to my supplier and no more than a week later it was repaired (actually repaired this time), under warranty and is now working perfectly. In the time i was without an inverter and had to use my generator more often i decided to automate it completely. I ordered a Linixe generator controll module from Aliexpress and less than 14 days later, at a total cost of R927, it was delivered to my door. I also acquired a pro
  8. Good day guys, long time no see. Since I've "upgraded" my 5Kva Axpert to a 3Kva Victron Multiplus late 2018 I've only been lurking in the dark and watching forum posts from a distance. I have recently run into a problem though. I'm using a Multiplus 48/3000/35-50 with Venus GX. This is connected to 8 105Ah high cycle batteries which is never run down more than 90%SOC because then the load is taken over by a 8Kva Diesel generator. No solar, only used as UPS to power lights and other basic loads. Max power comes to about 1400W. All non essentials like pumps, AC, microwave, etc is conne
  9. I've got a 2010 Pajero Sport 3.2Did. I fitted a snorkel mainly for cleaner air intake seeing that we do A LOT of gravel road travelling but also for that once or twice I HAVE to do a water crossing that MIGHT be deeper than the original air intake (that was behind the grill) but I don't go and look for [email protected] If I see it's deeper than my groin and there's a way around, I stay out of it. It's not worth risking any vehicle to try and prove to your tjommies that you bought a submerine. As soon as water enters the cabin you're screwed. Most of the control units are behind panels at about pedal heigh
  10. Yes! You need a special tool to remove the clutch pulley. Most Modern diesel engines have got them. Fit a solid pulley and the Crankshaft damper pulley WILL fail. Make the crankshaft pulley solid (like any old diesel engines had for years) and you will have endless belt noises and failures. Sometimes it seems technology is only "improved" to improve the turnover of parts suppliers. Have you ever had such [email protected] with an old Toyota 2.4d/2.8d or an Isuzu KB250/KB280? NO! I guess Technology needs to take us somewhere......not always in a positive direction though
  11. I've been an Indy for 22 years and believe me, you already need an IT degree to repair simple stuff these days. Good example. I've got an 2012 Audi A3 Tsi in the shop. Came in with a complaint that some lights were blown. Client when he brought it in "Hie's soe paar liggies doed. Druk gou da a paar nuwe globes in toe" Well, the few lights that was dead included: LH front foglight, LH low beam, LH High beam, LH front indicator, LH rear indicator, LH number plate light, LH front parklight, LH rear parklights, LH brakelight. Great! Took out all globes and tested, none was blown and worked p
  12. Which way is the fans blowing on the new models? If down, invert the fans to blow upwards. Mine's runtime halved after doing this....
  13. A LOT of work went into developing ICC Software. You can run it on any Windows OS as well. I ran mine on a MiniPC with Win10. It used about 5W which is about the same as RPI. As monitoring your system though I don't think you'll find better. Aftersales support is Excellent.
  14. Thanks for the input. Exactly my idea with a cheap inverter for basic needs. That's why I'm looking at a 24v Axpert 3Kva. I can get these for as low as R3500. This is perfect to use as UPS. Pure sinewave, built in charger, built in 1500W MPPT (should I decide to put a solar array on it) and hey, if it only lasts 5 years so what, At least I still have an arm and a leg to buy a new one then. Throw 2 x 105Ah high cycle batteries (FMF100's or similar) into the mix and I've got a UPS system for less than R7k. Remember this part I can always upgrade again in future, my main concern is then to genera
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