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Chris Louw

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Chris Louw last won the day on July 23 2018

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  • Birthday 28/12/1954

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  1. I try not to discharge lead batteries below 70 SOC. Use ballencers and checked them regularly. They then last a few years depending of the quality of the battery. I have found that the maintenance free batteries of cars run low on electrolyte after 3 years. Their life can be extended by opening them and correcting the electrolyte levels. Thanks for lithium batteries they make life less complicated.
  2. The reason for my setup is also to get maximum battery life out of the batteries. If 1 off the 12 volt batteries fail, I use the rest in lower voltage inverter until they are of no use.
  3. @SassI also use my old Lead Crystal batteries as a extra source off power. Main inverter on Pylontech batteries. The second inverter is not connected to Solar panels. When we need extra power we switch on the 2nd inverter witch has its own plugs. If the Pylontech of the main system are fully charged we charge the Lead Crystal batteries for the next time we need them. Running like this for 2 years. Use ICC to know when the Pylontechs are full and then switch on the charging for the Lead Crystals with Sonof Wi Fi.
  4. I have a few hundred of these lights. They are in a sealed watertight plastic tube. The lights are 1 meter long. 0.333 amp 4 Watts. Still thinking of what the possibility is with these or maybe sell some
  5. I really thought you were wrong but a clamp meter agree with you. Thanks you for the information
  6. Easy to install with excellent service from Pierre. Software at a good price.
  7. We run most off the water through 50mm pipe to the main heating panels on the roof and the rest of the water through this 20mm pipe connected to the flat panel heat collector . This way we benefit from both heaters and have a balance in the water flow.
  8. You don't need to run all the water through the heating system. I installed a T piece in the outlet pipe of the pool filter and use a watertap to control the amount of water going through to this heating system. There is some heating panels on the roof. This pipe feeds water to a old flat plate collector for extra heating. The normal black pipe wall thickness is very thin and only last a year or two. Try to get good black pipe with a thicker wall.
  9. Want a 250Watt poly sp enersol solar panel or semilar to replace 4 year old panel with hot spot. Would also think of 2nd hand. Thanks
  10. If you reset the Geyserwise. Swith of the power supply to the geyser. Then also disconnect the battery or solar panel so that there is no power supply 12v and 220 v and then restart.
  11. I installed solar assist and experienced some installation issues, but with the help of Pierre at Solar Assist who assisted us with the installation it was running in no time. It was great service and I would definitely recommend Solar Assist.
  12. @AntonDjCheck your setting 29 Low DC cut off on both inverters. This could be the diverence
  13. @AntonDjCheck your setting 29 Low DC cut off on both inverters. This could be the diverence
  14. With the dry contact set to 51v on and 50v off the geyser will only run in this range. If any other large load example the oven is on then the oven will receive priority, the geyser will switch off. If there is not enough solar power the battery voltage will dip below 50v and the geyser switches off automatically and will not drain the batteries. We're running off grid, this voltage range works well with our batteries and system.
  15. Although the geyser is connected through Geyserwise and I have the simpel old Axpert inverter, the supply to the geyser is also controlled by the Dry Contact of the inverter. It will switch off when the battery go below 50v. This with 2kW element works good and inverter and batteries are well protected.
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