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2 years after purchasing the Inverter i have finally started with the installation. As is stands for now it will be back up power only. I will in the next few weeks start investigating and researching which solar panels to install

System comprise of a RCT Axpert 48v 5KVA inverter and 8X Royal 105ah batteries.

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Welcome @Richyv. Looks very professional.

Just one though, as I am quite familiar with Royals, as I started with them.

You are aware they  are UPS batteries? I guess about 150-250 cycles, depending on use, and they are done.

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1 hour ago, The Terrible Triplett said:

Welcome @Richyv. Looks very professional.

Just one though, as I am quite familiar with Royals, as I started with them.

You are aware they  are UPS batteries? I guess about 150-250 cycles, depending on use, and they are done.

Thanks TTT. I understand the shortfall on the royals. For now it's going to be used for backup supply when Eskom is down. My plan is based on changing them in 3-5 years for proper solar batteries. Due to budget I felt these at 8k will have to do for now. 

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1 hour ago, Chris Hobson said:

With 8 batteries I presume you have two strings. Ensure you know the pitfalls of multiple strings and how to connect them properly  (Do some background reading on this forum especially the battery section and download @superdiy battery guide.)

I will download the guide as soon as I've hit that magic 15 mark. I am fortunate to have a mate who installs commercial ups system so he is assisting. But will double check his work 

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8 hours ago, Richyv said:

Thanks TTT. I understand the shortfall on the royals. For now it's going to be used for backup supply when Eskom is down. My plan is based on changing them in 3-5 years for proper solar batteries. Due to budget I felt these at 8k will have to do for now. 

Just don't drain them too much, they don't like it and might possibly not survive 3-5 year.

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7 minutes ago, SilverNodashi said:

Just don't drain them too much, they don't like it and might possibly not survive 3-5 year.

My plan is to set at around 20% usage. We are removing all power hungry items and it will only be used to run 6 x3watt led down-lights downstairs. TV and Network Gear. Obviously as i change batteries after the additional of panels i will start adding items back onto the inverter. I actually only needed a 1kva unit to run the necessities but when as big as i could afford to allow me an upgrade path of sorts

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