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Old 05-19-2017, 09:47 AM   #31
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The Blue Sky battery temperature sensor has an eyelet large enough that it can be (and directions note it should be) connected to one of the battery terminals. I suspect they give a more accurate internal temperature than the case of the battery.
I have no terminal posts on my AGMs. I could see that being a good idea though, as heat transfer would be better than through the casing with it being more of an insulator.

Maybe taped down with a thin layer of insulation on top?

The controller assumes a temperature of 25°C without the sensor to determine charge parameters.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:54 AM   #32
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I just got a reply from Epsolar.
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Hello Sir,

You just put the sensor near to one of the battery.

Thanks~!
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That helps. LOL
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Here is a copy of the layout I did a ways back for how I am wiring up my solar. Kinda boring, but thought someone my be interested.

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Old 05-19-2017, 12:59 PM   #34
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Jim - this looks like a well thought out system.

What wire sizes did you use for the roof and portable systems?
Also, how are you passing your portable system wires into the trailer? I am assuming the two 6v batteries are inside the 5.0?
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:57 PM   #35
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Jim - this looks like a well thought out system.

What wire sizes did you use for the roof and portable systems?
Also, how are you passing your portable system wires into the trailer? I am assuming the two 6v batteries are inside the 5.0?
All wiring down to the controller is #10, and from there to the battery #8.

I am using a Cnlinko 2 pin connector going inside. Even though waterproof, I am planning to put it and a few other connections in this hatch, TV, WiFi and cell booster.

The batteries are inside, you can see the box to the left in the photo of the inverter.
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I still don't have my portable tied into the system yet, but to date certainly have not needed it. We have not had a huge draw with nights not being very cold, and the furnace little duty (other than a couple nights). No problem getting charged to full by midday in most cases, a bit longer a couple times when raining or in shade much of the day.

Once we get to colder and shorter days, I will report back. I do plan to have the portable up and running soon anyway.
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I still don't have my portable tied into the system yet, but to date certainly have not needed it. We have not had a huge draw with nights not being very cold, and the furnace little duty (other than a couple nights). No problem getting charged to full by midday in most cases, a bit longer a couple times when raining or in shade much of the day.

Once we get to colder and shorter days, I will report back. I do plan to have the portable up and running soon anyway.
Very nice instalation . Very interested in your thoughts on the flexible panels . Are you happy with the panels ? Pat
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This solar configuration has had no issues with keeping the batteries fully charged, as other than at the Escape Rally, I have been off grid for an additional 20 nights so far. In most cases I was fully charged by noon. I have yet to need to set up and use my portable panel. Of course, at this time of year the furnace has not run much at all, and lights are not needed much. The awning did get deployed and retracted quite a bit, along with the landing gear being used.

Once we get into fall and colder temps, I will report back, though I suspect in most cases I should still get fully charged with no problem, and if needed will deploy the portable panel.

Everything is holding nice and neatly, so all aspects of the installation seem to be working out very well. Lots of folks are surprised I have 240W of solar power on the roof, as it is only visible in some cases from behind.

The display shows a battery with various levels of charge which is kinda hokey. At 12.8 volts it shows well less than half full. I kinda ignore this. What it does show which is nice is the voltage and current from the panels to the batteries, and the voltage level of the batteries, which is all that is really needed to monitor. To be honest, I need to play with this a bit more, but am either busy with other things while camping, and my life is super busy outside of camping right now.

Basically, all my reasons for going with these semi-flexible panels are working out as hoped. They look nice an sleek and perform very well. I like it when a plan works out like this.
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This solar configuration has had no issues with keeping the batteries fully charged, as other than at the Escape Rally, I have been off grid for an additional 20 nights so far. In most cases I was fully charged by noon. I have yet to need to set up and use my portable panel. Of course, at this time of year the furnace has not run much at all, and lights are not needed much. The awning did get deployed and retracted quite a bit, along with the landing gear being used.

Once we get into fall and colder temps, I will report back, though I suspect in most cases I should still get fully charged with no problem, and if needed will deploy the portable panel.

Everything is holding nice and neatly, so all aspects of the installation seem to be working out very well. Lots of folks are surprised I have 240W of solar power on the roof, as it is only visible in some cases from behind.

The display shows a battery with various levels of charge which is kinda hokey. At 12.8 volts it shows well less than half full. I kinda ignore this. What it does show which is nice is the voltage and current from the panels to the batteries, and the voltage level of the batteries, which is all that is really needed to monitor. To be honest, I need to play with this a bit more, but am either busy with other things while camping, and my life is super busy outside of camping right now.

Basically, all my reasons for going with these semi-flexible panels are working out as hoped. They look nice an sleek and perform very well. I like it when a plan works out like this.
Thankyou for the update . Pat
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So Jim, will you be using a flexible panel for the portable panel as well? Mine has the stock 150/160 watt (whatever it takes) panel but camping in shade maybe a problem for us. Thoughts on kind/type/brand for external panels? Also are the double breakers in your system just used as switches or do they also protect the battery and the rest of the camper? Thanks for sharing your cool solar system! I enjoy your workmanship! Bill
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