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Old 06-18-2017, 11:30 AM   #1
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Latest thoughts on battery monitor and charge controller

We added the Escape panel and charge controller (GoPower) to our 5.0 TA before pickup. I'm thinking about adding a monitor now and eventually replacing the charge controller. My initial thoughts were to use Trimetric for both, but I'm seeing other brands being used with success. I'm interested in current thoughts on what other owners have installed.
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:33 PM   #2
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We added the Escape panel and charge controller (GoPower) to our 5.0 TA before pickup. I'm thinking about adding a monitor now and eventually replacing the charge controller. My initial thoughts were to use Trimetric for both, but I'm seeing other brands being used with success. I'm interested in current thoughts on what other owners have installed.
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Hi Chuck was going with the Trimetic but went with Victron . Even AM solar is using as well . I found a little less money , so easy to install and everything included including the shunt .. Finally got to use in the field recently and really loved I could get better readings on my batteries . Check out their website . Pat
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I have the Bogart set (Trimetric monitor and solar controller). I like to tinker so it suits me just fine, although it might be overkill for those who just want something more plug and play.Y ou can use it as simply or as detailed as you like.

I bought it a few years ago when it was one of the few controllers that let one get the max from the Interstate batteries, this may have changed. I haven't kept up with developments.

Bogart gives you free software updates, although it's up to you to send it back to them for such, as well as knowing when they are available.

I found their tech support very helpful, you leave a message and they call you back in the next day +/-.

To really take advantage of the monitors capabilities, you need their controller.
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Like Bob I have the Trimetric, however their controller was not available when I purchased and installed so I am using a Blue Sky 30 for controller. I believe the best solution is a solar controller that has a remote viewing option or an app capability. The Blue Sky 3000i with an optional IPN monitor is an example of this. That said, who wants to toss out a functioning solar controller.

I think the Trimetric is putsy, some arcane instructions, minimal calculations, some prior knowledge helpful. The configuration information is readily available for those willing to search, the key point is it does not work out of the box. I like what it does, I think it could be better designed from a functional perspective. It is definitely a one man shop that you are buying from, good support but what if . . .

I do not know a thing about the Victron, but would certainly consider it a viable option.
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Like Bob I have the Trimetric, however their controller was not available when I purchased and installed so I am using a Blue Sky 30 for controller. I believe the best solution is a solar controller that has a remote viewing option or an app capability. The Blue Sky 3000i with an optional IPN monitor is an example of this. That said, who wants to toss out a functioning solar controller.

I think the Trimetric is putsy, some arcane instructions, minimal calculations, some prior knowledge helpful. The configuration information is readily available for those willing to search, the key point is it does not work out of the box. I like what it does, I think it could be better designed from a functional perspective. It is definitely a one man shop that you are buying from, good support but what if . . .

I do not know a thing about the Victron, but would certainly consider it a viable option.
Victron ,Besides the price , easy instructions with pictures for electrical dummies like me , great phone support . I bought the 700 because I only want to monitor one battery bank 2 6volts , wired in series .They have another 702 which has more bells and whistles for a little more . Latest technology I believe from Sweden . I couldn't believe how easy to install and set up . Everything included but you can buy extra accessories like a toggle . I only had a little volt metering the dummy meter before ,and the Victron gave all kinds of readings . Volts , %, how long I can go etc. as I said AN solar also is now selling on their website . Everything In a nice package that I can understand . Pat
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What is AN Solar? I'm interested,
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Sorry Tom my I-pad decides how it wants it spelled AM Solar . Pat
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Hi Pat,
Thank you. Yeah I wondered what. My spell check drives me nuts too but often its quite comical.

I'm trying to figure out future moves to make my trailer more efficient. Soon, I think, my microwave will go else ware. It's nice but has just too much electrical drain. What I need is accurate data collection so I can make (somewhat) intelligent decisions for my electrical system design. I'm interested in a good charge controller so am all ears here.

I'll go explore AM Solar....

Thanks for the help.

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Hi Pat,
Thank you. Yeah I wondered what. My spell check drives me nuts too but often its quite comical.

I'm trying to figure out future moves to make my trailer more efficient. Soon, I think, my microwave will go else ware. It's nice but has just too much electrical drain. What I need is accurate data collection so I can make (somewhat) intelligent decisions for my electrical system design. I'm interested in a good charge controller so am all ears here.

I'll go explore AM Solar....

Thanks for the help.

Tom
Tom you can check Victron site for information on 700 or 702 . I purchased ours at Amazon . I just recently got to test when we were boondocking and it was very nice to see what was going on with the batteries . I need a lot of help with electrical but was very happy how easy installing the battery moniter was . I mentioned AM Solar using their product because they have the latest and are respected for their installations . Pat
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