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Old 04-04-2017, 11:45 AM   #1
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Our Samlex SCC 30AB solar controller has died. It has slowly reduced its output until now it is zero. I see that ETI no longer uses Samlex, but has apparently switched to Go-Power.
I've been researching replacements, and the Blue Sky Energy 3000i appears to be a good, but expensive choice. Has anyone installed and used one? Any conclusions or comments?
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Old 04-04-2017, 07:52 PM   #2
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Do you have a BSE 3000i? Any opinion - +/- ?
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:25 PM   #3
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Our Samlex SCC 30AB solar controller has died. It has slowly reduced its output until now it is zero. I see that ETI no longer uses Samlex, but has apparently switched to Go-Power.
I've been researching replacements, and the Blue Sky Energy 3000i appears to be a good, but expensive choice. Has anyone installed and used one? Any conclusions or comments?
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:00 PM   #4
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We have one and like it. Love that it's programmable to match the dual 6V recommended charge voltages, is MPPT, and true 4 stage charger. I only have our previous GoPower for comparison, and do not have a true battery meter e.g. a Trimetric, but the Blue Sky does seem to shove more amps into our batteries than either the GoPower did, OR the WFCO converter OR even the upgraded Boondocker converter we installed. This assessment is based on nominal battery voltages after sundown assessed across varied charging conditions.

I've already purchased another Blue Sky for our pending 19.
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I believe it is a two year warranty on the Samlex. If you call Samlex they'll most likely ship you a new one.
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Thanks, Pat.

Scott,
Thanks so much for the feedback. That confirms our research.

Greg,
Thanks for the suggestion. We just discussed contacting Samlex. We read the warranty carefully, and then the procedure. Since the company is in Canada, and shipping the controller to them to evaluate is on our dime, and that there is a reasonable possibility that they could say that it's not the result of mfg., we decided to use our resources to see if there was something better to get as a replacement.

The Blue Sky Energy controller was mentioned on this forum, is MPPT, and the variety of reviews we read all are positive, with particular emphasis on higher amp. input percentages relative to incoming solar panel power. The only negative was ventilation.
Ventilation may have been the root problem with the Samlex, in its home in a small cabinet above the dinette. So, we're looking at alternative locations, and ventilation provisions.

Thanks again.
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I replaced my GoPower controller with a Blue Sky Sun Power 30, a PWM controller that is very adjustable, both for voltages & times. It has worked well, and is less expensive than the 3000i. With a system using a 12V panel (what is installed on Escapes) the advantages of a MPPT are questionable. I would get the temperature sensor for the batteries.
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With a system using a 12V panel (what is installed on Escapes) the advantages of a MPPT are questionable. I would get the temperature sensor for the batteries.
If using an MPPT controller with a single panel, ore a bunch in parallel, would it not take advantage of the whole 18V most panels are at, and not just the voltage required for charging at the time? I realize this is minimal, but still would be nice to be able to use.

I will be running my 6 panels with three parallel sets of pairs in series, so my voltage will be at 36V, thus requiring an MPPT controller. I did also pay the couple bucks more for a battery temperature sensor. I also got a PC cable so I can use my laptop to set it up as it was cheap too.
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Like Jon I am using the Blue Sky Sun Charger 30 controller. I recall purchasing it and the optional temperature sensor from AltE. One of the compelling reasons for my purchase of this unit was the ability to fully charge my dual 6 volt batteries. All the comments from sclifrickson are correct as to the Blue Sky performance.

In comparing this model with the 3000 I would agree that the 3000 might be overkill for your needs. Blue Sky makes a remote monitor for their controllers but it does not appear to work with the Sun Charger 30, it will work with the 3000 however. I also have a Trimetric, I like it, but not sure it is worth the money and effort. However, it (or a remote monitor) does become useful if your solar controller has to be buried away in a cabinet or on the tongue and is not easily read.
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I'm planning to replace the Go Power charge controller with a Bogart SC2030 (PWM), plus their optional battery temperature sensor. The Trimetric TM2030 acts as a remote for the SC2030 and also increases its functionality.
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