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Pitfalls to installing inverter/battery under a carport


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It depends what inverter. If the enclosure of the unit is rated IP65 (eg most PV-inverters) then there is no problem, it can in theory be mounted wherever you want to (though personally I would put it in the shade somewhere, the African sun eventually burns through everything).

I would not however install a Victron inverter (for example) under a car port. It has an IP21 rating, which means that even though they are installed on boats... it wants to be INSIDE the boat 🙂

You could also install a cabinet for it, as long as it is water tight. It would be expensive, but then it is protected against the elements. Again, keep it out of the sun.

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6 minutes ago, Tariq said:

Apologies, it is a Kodak Axpert and a Pylontech battery

I believe the Axpert is IP20 (ie even less protection against water ingress), and I would not under any circumstances put an expensive battery outside. Theft risk.

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Yes, theft was my other worry, thieves can get around security systems, when they are determined, looks like best is to mount the inverter/battery inside the house, the wire run for the ac input and ac output wire is about 6 meters, guess, best is to use 10 mm flat twin instead of  the recommended 6 mm, any thoughts on that, thanks 

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9 minutes ago, Tariq said:

6 meters, guess, best is to use 10 mm flat twin instead of  the recommended 6 mm, any thoughts on that

6 meters is nothing...

What power level are we talking about. 6mm^2 is good for 35A or 8kW. Over 6 meters (12 meters total, two conductors), at 3.1Ω per km, then 0.012*3.1 = 0.038Ω, times 35A is a 1.3V drop at full power, that is half a percent and acceptable.

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It is a vm iii 5 KVa , and yes, I have three phase supply with 35 amp circuit breakers for each phase on the main distribution board, so max load would be the 35 amps , I plan to use a dedicated phase for the inverter ( with a changeover switch ), ok, will use 6 mm flat twin.save some money also !!!

p.s.  I am assuming, since I am using a phase dedicated to the inverter, I don’t need to use another circuit breaker in series or go with maybe go with a 30 amp breaker, to allow for the 1.25 tripping current

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