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EDIT : PROBLEM MOSTLYSOLVED. TURNS OUT THE ROUTER WAS CONSTANTLY CHANGING THE IP ADDRESS OF THE RASPBERRY EVERY TIME POWER FAILED. 

 

FYI: SA does not control your inverter fully. 

I've been trying to change output source priority in SA to no avail. 

Got an email this morning from Pierre at support saying the software is not supposed to change how the inverter behaves, it can only change certain values. 

Im thinking here he means say battery volts etc. 

Thought this would be useful to people thinking about buying it. 

The graphs and data are great though. And for R900 not so bad. 

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  • sunset1 changed the title to Solar Assistant - ask for a trial before you buy

Fair point, but it is a continuously evolving piece of software that allows you to do quite a bit remotely on your inverter and battery.

I have seen quite a few new features added over the past 18 months which has given me more and more control over my entire system.

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2 hours ago, sunset1 said:

FYI: SA does not control your inverter fully. 

I've been trying to change output source priority in SA to no avail. 

Got an email this morning from Pierre at support saying the software is not supposed to change how the inverter behaves, it can only change certain values. 

Im thinking here he means say battery volts etc. 

Thought this would be useful to people thinking about buying it. 

The graphs and data are great though. And for R900 not so bad. 

what did you want to change / control that wasn't provided for?

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8 hours ago, abd7 said:

Output source priority would change fine for me on kodak systems. Most settings would change fine, some required to be done twice then it would reflect. 

Solar assistant is worth it's weight in gold

Hi, can you explain what you mean by it needs to be done twice? The same toggle just twice, or do the same thing somewhere else in the configuration?

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1 hour ago, PsyWulf said:

Some clonexperts are sticky with changes ie they need to be done in an order,that sounds more like an inverter issue

SA sends the command,whether the inverter listens to the standard command and does it - that's a different question

Makes sense since it seems most don't have this issue. 

For the record, full circle solar VM 1000, ie Voltronic is not configurable as of yet with SA. Despite their documentation saying so. 

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7 minutes ago, sunset1 said:

For the record, full circle solar VM 1000, ie Voltronic is not configurable as of yet with SA. Despite their documentation saying so. 

I wonder if the Full Circle is a Fake Axpert,or Axpert-like clone rather,some chinese units do a pretty bad job of duplicating the software. Did you test configuring the unit with Watchpower?

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On 2023/03/23 at 9:16 PM, PsyWulf said:

I wonder if the Full Circle is a Fake Axpert,or Axpert-like clone rather,some chinese units do a pretty bad job of duplicating the software. Did you test configuring the unit with Watchpower?

Looks like the problem is fixed. 

Its strange because everything works great now except that the inverter gets hung up on utility powering the loads even when it's set to solar first with good sun and a full battery. Not sure where the hiccup lies here. 

I did notice this morning it kicked over to solar after a high load kicked in - sort of woke it up. 

Or perhaps she needs a good 10-15.min to adjust to the setting. 

 

 

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