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  1. The voltage on the battery terminals is 0.
  2. Good day I am not sure if this is a battery or inverter problem. I thought it was the inverter, but the chaps from Solar Advice who sold me the system tell me I should start by checking my batteries. Batteries - 2 x Pylon Tech US2000B Plus 2.4 kWh Inverter - KODAK Solar Off-Grid Inverter King with UPS 5kW 48V Yesterday afternoon/early evening we discovered that there was no power supply to our house from our solar power system. When I went out to check the system, I discovered that the inverter was completely dead. I tried switching everything off and on again, but it did not power up. The screen is dead, the fan is not running and the batteries did also not seem to have charged. The only lights on the batteries are the LEDS showing that the battery is turned on, but all the others are dead. Up to this point as far as I know the system was 100% fine aside from some initial minor teething problems in February when it was installed. According to the Solar Advice people, the inverter will not power up if there is no supply to it from the batteries. The components are still supposed to be covered by the warranties, but as I first step do I need to check my batteries? If yes, how/where? I do not have access to a battery charger of my own that I can use. (I am on the East Rand if anyone this side of the world can help me or direct me to someone who can assist). Any useful advice will be greatly appreciated.
  3. Thanks, reading the manual does help, I glossed over it and got stuck at trying to fathom out what is meant by Eco mode. Question for another day. However, I still have a problem - I set it to SLb, UdC, but it seems that solar is still only charging the battery with the load being supplied directly from the utility via bypass. I would have thought that on this setting, only spare capacity from solar would be directed to the batteries?
  4. Hi, I am new to solar power. I have recently installed a system with: 1 x 5 kW 48 V Kodak King inverter 2 x Pylontech US 2000 batteries 2 kW array of panels Output source priority is set to SBU. At the moment the system appears to configured so that the batteries are being charged from both solar and the utility. I want to change this, so that only solar is able to charge the batteries. It seems I do not have enough storage on the system and the batteries run out during the early hours of the morning, at which point they charge from mains. This seems pointless. Mains should take over and provide power to my home when the batteries are low and there is no/insufficient power, but mains should not be charging the batteries. At least not normally - I am happy to occasionally manually change this for example if load shedding is expected and the batteries are low due to say cloudy weather. Ideally - what I want is guidance on the best settings to optimize electricity saving and maximise the use of solar while minimizing the use of mains power. Thanks.

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