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Old 05-12-2014, 07:27 PM   #11
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Switched my order back to standard kit with Phocos controller based on fudge_brownie's comment. The monitor system might be useful. While I could clamp down on the battery terminals, it think the original idea with the 7-pin is the ticket. Thanks again Paul for all your help.
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:08 AM   #12
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I bought a 120 watt solar suitcase with a built-in controller and made a 10ft 7-pin connector cable. When I plug it into the pigtail on the trailer, the controller does not power on. However, when I plug it directly to the battery with alligator clips everything works fine.
Why is the controller not detecting the battery when plugged into the 7-pin? Im not sure how it is wired. Has it something to do with the converter?
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:26 AM   #13
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Are you still using the 10' cable with the 7 pin connector when you use the alligator clips?
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:35 AM   #14
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Are you still using the 10' cable with the 7 pin connector when you use the alligator clips?
No. But I triple checked the wiring on the cable and controller output. Everything is correct.

I should add that my batteries are dual 6s, located under the dinette bench.
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I just have a 40W portable, and wire it through the 7 pin connector with no problem.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:29 AM   #16
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I have the dual 6V under the dinette seat too, though that should make no difference.

So, not sure the issue, but I would double check the trailer wiring from the connector to the batteries, along with your connections to the plug.
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I bought a 120 watt solar suitcase with a built-in controller and made a 10ft 7-pin connector cable. When I plug it into the pigtail on the trailer, the controller does not power on. However, when I plug it directly to the battery with alligator clips everything works fine.
Why is the controller not detecting the battery when plugged into the 7-pin? Im not sure how it is wired. Has it something to do with the converter?
Check your battery disconnect switch, it must be on.
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Need to see 12v+ across the GND and +12v pins on the 7 pin trailer connector (either side of the key), without the solar panel connected. Should see the same on the 2 wires of your adapter cable that connect to the panel, also before hooking up the solar. If you have it you have a good connection, if no go then you have something wrong on your adapter. Or as suggested, you have the battery disconnect thrown.
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I bought a 120 watt solar suitcase with a built-in controller and made a 10ft 7-pin connector cable. When I plug it into the pigtail on the trailer, the controller does not power on. However, when I plug it directly to the battery with alligator clips everything works fine.
Why is the controller not detecting the battery when plugged into the 7-pin? Im not sure how it is wired. Has it something to do with the converter?
Have you done as this .pdf from the files section describes?
Solar Made Easy

Some seven pins might use a unusual pin configuration. I had a female version that showed the numbers after taking it apart, even then they were very difficult for these old eyes to read.
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Have you done as this .pdf from the files section describes?
Solar Made Easy

Some seven pins might use a unusual pin configuration. I had a female version that showed the numbers after taking it apart, even then they were very difficult for these old eyes to read.
Im stumped. I used jumper wires to connect the controller directly to the pigtail, and it still didn't work. Voltage from the pigtail is reading 12.7 - 13.4v, so the controller should be powering on. Im using this controller.

It must be in the way that the 7-pin trailer cable is wired to the battery?
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