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  1. Hello @Coulomb, Thanks for replying. It seems like a clone and I have set SBU. On a good sunny day battery reached 53.9 - 54.1 on the display. I changed 27 Float to 56.0 (it was 54) and now the reading is 56). That was easy! I know the settings are interrelated. Could you give better suggestions for 26, 29 and maybe others? They are still on factory settings. For example, would 16 OSO save Eskom use? J
  2. Hello all, maybe 'introduce yourself' was not the best place for this post but i won't cross post. Possibly @plonkster , @Pietpower , @Coulomb or someone else would care to comment first on whether I can benefit from fine-tuning the inverter settings based on the installed capacities of batteries and panels and my stated aim? Thanks a lot, J
  3. Hello all, This is my installation which has been running since just before lock down in Pretoria. My home is a small, two-bedroom unit. · 18x 340W/375WP A++MULTIC PERc SCHR 50VP panels · 2x HYBRD SMRT+SchAexKl 5KW 48V9KVAP 6KVAP MPT 1/3PHAPROG manufactured 12 2019 from the label · 8x Schubart 6-GFM-240J 12V 240AH · 1x Geyser collector panelRetr150/215LP BlackCobal2M EFFITEMP/HP · 1x Circulation G-Pump 12VDC 10L/min2.5M head 100CelsiusBR · 1x Solar panel 10 Watt SM ADVANCED A+GRAD 18 VOC Previously installed GeyserWise The driving force for going solar was to limit payments to ESKOM (zero if possible) and overcome the frustrating, random load shedding episodes we had earlier in the year (remember them?). Cost-benefit was not the main issue although the thought of excessive ESKOM price hikes and worse load shedding in years to come was a consideration. During lock down I have tinkered with some settings and hooked up a laptop to get a log from WatchPower but don't really know what I am doing. As others have noted, the pdf output is not much use. I have recorded metered kWh daily and find a range of between 4 and 8. This is partly because of household routines that are not going to be easy to change, like doing the washing at 5:30 instead of midday. Based on what I am trying to achieve, namely minimum grid use, please help with settings of the inverters. The installers told me that it was best to leave settings at factory defaults. When I asked them about firmware updates and they told me that the units would have to be taken back to the suppliers for updates, I knew I was on my own! (I don't want to update firmware). I have noticed that there is often a 'spike' or 'dip' in the current in the early evening as if the switch from solar to battery or battery to grid is not as smooth as it should or could be. Rather than try to sort that out on its own I would rather ask for help. There are dependencies between the settings, as I have read here. Your help will be appreciated.
  4. Good morning all, I wish I had known about this forum before embarking on my recent solar journey. Fantastic sources of information. Thank you for approving my registration. My first question concerns batteries. I was quoted for 12V 240/280AP FTM8 SCHUBRT GL DEEPc BLACK and just before lockdown Schubart 6-GFM-240J 12V 240AH were delivered. Can these be considered 'the same' to all intents and purposes? Apart from 12V and 240 the code letters mean nothing to me. The supplier is in lockdown and I would prefer an independent opinion anyway. Thanks in advance. Jeff


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