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Old 03-24-2013, 11:19 AM   #21
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No, Carol, the EMS will protect your trailer's 110v electrical system and everything inside from surges and spikes that can travel thru your electrical hookup. In addition it will also prevent electrical problems with miswired campgrounds and over/under volt issues. The battery monitor discussed is an advanced 12v monitor that tells you a lot more about your battery and it's efficiency, if you wanted that information. So one is like an alarm system and the other is like a battery meter. I have had the EMS on all my trailers. I also had the Trimetric monitor on one and never fully understood it's use and therefore did not use it as it was intended, while the EMS protected my trailer and it's electronics from outside electrical problems.

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Old 03-24-2013, 10:13 PM   #22
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Very clear, helpful explanation. Thanks Jim!

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Old 03-24-2013, 11:19 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by bvansnell View Post
I just came across an excellent source of information on managing power on trailers and RVs. The author recommends a Bogart Engineering Trimetric 2020 or 2025 for determining State of Charge. This device calculates State of Charge from measuring power into the battery and power out and other factors rather than estimating it from battery voltage.
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Great info Brian. Thanks!
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:28 PM   #24
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Response from Carmanah Technologies Corp. (GoPower -

My original email to the company:
Dear Sirs:

We have a GoPower 95 watt solar panel and GP-PWM-30 solar regulator which was installed in our trailer by Escape Trailer Industries.

I have noticed that the GP-PWM-30 seems to read 100% state of charge when it is charging during the day, but this number drops to a much lower number when it is not charging in the evening even if there is no load. Can you tell me how the solar regulator determines state of charge? Is it based just on the voltage? Won't this give erroneous information if the battery is under charge or load? Would it make sense to take a reading of state of charge early in the morning before charging starts and in the evening when it is dark, making sure that there are no loads?
The response which I received today:
Yes the GP-PWM-30 reads the state of charge based on Voltage. And yes this number will change due to voltage drop due to no charge coming in from the solar module. To get the most accurate reading of battery state of charge you would need to use a shunt style measurement device like an E-meter or a Link 10. These devices look at every item that brings power in and every item that pull power from the battery. unfortunately we do not offer this measurement style in our regulator as this would drastically increase the cost of the Solar Controller.


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Yesterday I installed a Trimetric TM-2025-RV in our trailer. It is nice to be able to see the net amps going in or coming out of the battery and a more accurate estimate of state of charge. The Trimetric does use a shunt to measure amperage. The installation was easy, the documentation was excellent. I bought the unit from a Canadian distributor, WeGo Solar. Their prices are competitive and their service was great. Highly recommended!

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:10 PM   #25
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The "Link 10" mentioned in Carmanah's response is the predecessor to the current LinkLITE.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:07 AM   #26
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Another option for monitoring: Victron Energy BMV-600S and -602S. I have no specific knowledge of this product; I just ran across it and it noticed that it operates similarly to the Xantrex LinkLITE and Trimetric TM-2025-RV.

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