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  1. stuvo

    5Kva Axpert clone inverter/charger died

    I reached out to Victron Solar and a very helpful local (Philippine) representative got back to me. He recommended the EasySolar model. After looking at the spec sheet, I agree. It is an amazing piece of kit that fits my needs perfectly. I expected a big price difference ( X1.5 or double), but it's 4 times as expensive as a replacement Axpert clone. Axpert clone: USD 1132 Victron Solar EasySolar 48V: USD 4245 WOW, big difference. Now, I have just spent USD 60 for shipping and another USD 10 for a part that in a normal market should cost less than 1USD, and when it gets here may not even fix my inverter. In hindsight, I would buy quality Victron in the beginning, but right now I am living my learning curve. Best case, the varistor replacement gets me another couple of years or so. I think the lesson here is, the further from civilization you live, the greater the quality your equipment should be for long-term use.
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    5Kva Axpert clone inverter/charger died

    My next search - "Victron Solar"
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    5Kva Axpert clone inverter/charger died

    Upon researching the above mentioned BiTEK hybrid inverter a google image search http://bitek hybrid inverter 4kw/5kva shows a bunch of Axpert clones. I don't mind spending some money, but I just want a decent inverter charger that will last for more than a couple of years. I know I live out in the ass end of the Philippines, but MOTHER FUCKER PLEASE! Seriously, does anyone know of a reliable dealer I can work with?
  4. stuvo

    5Kva Axpert clone inverter/charger died

    If I can't get it fixed, my solar tech (A smart guy I trust. He didn't sell me my initial setup. I messed that up all by myself.) is recommending a BiTEK 4kw/5kva for 59,000 pesos (USD 1,135.) Do any of you have thoughts on this model?
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    5Kva Axpert clone inverter/charger died

    UPDATE... The first problem they found was a varistor protector 471KD20 clearly burnt (it melted part of a plastic shield, sorry no pics.) The part is not available anywhere in the Philippines, but I've managed to order a set of 5 from China via Alibaba.com ($10 + $25 express shipping.) Hopefully, they will arrive soon and then we will see if that is the only problem or are other components damaged. By the way, I paid USD $634 for this inverter. EST-000285.pdf
  6. stuvo

    5Kva Axpert clone inverter/charger died

    I'm pretty sure it was made elsewhere. Thanks for the advice. I'll pass it along to the technician.
  7. My 5kva Axpert clone died last night. We were on grid power at night time so no PV in. I got a beep no error code and I could smell burning electronics. After turning everything off, I checked the battery voltage (good 50V) and tried to turn the inverter back on. The 3 front indicator lights all flashed rapidly in sync. This was accompanied by a rapid clicking noise (relay?). My plan is to just take it to a local electronic tech and see if they can find a damaged component unless someone has a better idea. The item is less than two years old.
  8. stuvo

    AXPERT 5KVA ERROR CODES

    My Axpert 5kva clone is giving me an 04 (low voltage) error at around 50.3V regardless of the value of program 12 (back to grid) I can set program 12 to any value 50V and below and I still get error 04 at just above 50V. What determines a low voltage error? Also, the inverter will not revert to battery after exceeding the threshold in program 13 (back to battery) unless I turn off the grid circuit breaker. Help Please.
  9. stuvo

    HA02 wire length

    I just received a couple of HA02 balancers and the wires are not long enough. Is there any issue with lengthening them? Do all wires need to be the same length? I just need to insert one foot (30cm) into the negative lead on the right side and one foot into the positive lead on the left side.
  10. stuvo

    An easy way to find faulty a battery?

    This worked great for me. Six of my eight were at 12.3V. Two of them sitting next to each other in a string are at 12.6V and 11.9V. What do I do now? Note: I recently ran an AGM RECONDITION cycle on each individual battery with a CTEK 5amp smart charger. I put the bank back together this morning. Everything seemed to equalize out fine. Mid-point voltage looks good on the 702, but this evening I checked with the volt meter and found the above discrepancy. I hooked my CTEK charger up to the low volt battery while it is in the bank. Thinking this will maybe act as a balancer.
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    Battery lugs and terminals

    Would this be appropriate? Carplan/Carlube Mullti-Purpose Grease Copper 20g https://www.lazada.com.ph/products/carplancarlube-mullti-purpose-grease-copper-20g-i120057417-s124749710.html?spm=a2o4l.searchlist.list.7.25027cccXRCKYf&search=1
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    Battery lugs and terminals

    Are battery ring terminals and the like really necessary? It seems like twisted copper and a couple of flat washers should do the job just fine. Please crucify me now.
  13. I have 12 260W. I wish I had 3 more on cloudy days.
  14. stuvo

    Regarding downloads & Hi!

    I had the same problem when I first joined, but several users responded to my requests with private links to the files I wanted. powerforum is the best. @Chris Hobson axpert guide should be the first thing you download as a new axpert owner. https://www.dropbox.com/s/udzwb3gi7rza9z5/Axpert Settings 1.1.pdf?dl=0
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    Axpert not using the available solar energy

    I have some more info which may be relevant. The resets only seem to happen when I am operating at nearly full PV capacity. Since I can't sell my excess back, I bought an air conditioner. My battery bank gets to full charge around 1100 to 1200. Then on hot days I turn on the AC. The input watts go from around 900w to 2200w or greater (3.12kw max array). I'm still getting a 2amp trickle charge to the batts, and everything is fine on a full sunny day, but if it's partly cloudy, that's when the MPPT reset occurs. edit: Did mouse wheel scrolling stop working on only this site, or is it just me?

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