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Old 09-19-2016, 03:17 PM   #1
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Samlex reset

Has anyone reset their Samlex solar monitor?
Ours needs it. Had a low voltage incident a while back but were plugged in almost constantly so batteries went back up if ever down. Monitor and solar are apparently not working until reset.
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:37 PM   #2
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Mine is mounted so that the dip switches are exposed inside of a cupboard. In the rolling earthquake that is trailering ( ala Donna) dip switch no 1 got flipped to off and batteries would not charge. Flipped it back, good again in a couple days. Pulled the panel just to get a good look at it. Four screws, no problemo.
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I know there are some folks here who have had a similar situation and reset their monitor. We were told some instructions about removing and replacing wires on monitor and battery (but neglected to say we had two batteries). Wonder who knows about this or has reset in an easier way. Someone here mentioned resetting theirs.
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I know there are some folks here who have had a similar situation and reset their monitor. We were told some instructions about removing and replacing wires on monitor and battery (but neglected to say we had two batteries). Wonder who knows about this or has reset in an easier way. Someone here mentioned resetting theirs.
If removing the connection between the battery and controller resets it (and I don't know that it does with this controller) be sure to disconnect the solar panel connection first. Many controllers can be damaged if there is power at the solar panel connection without a battery connected.

As long as you disconnect the solar panel first, it can't hurt anything to disconnect the controller, wait a couple of minutes, then connect the batteries first, then the solar panel.
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You mean disconnect the panel up at the panel? They did not know our model when suggesting this so don't know but we obviously have a permanent low-voltage message that calls for something like that, not to mention no green light or battery reading.

I take it that if we disconnect one battery, positive first? that we have disconnected both, so only a need to disconnect from one. They referred to disconnecting a non-battery wire first and holding it up! Doesn't sound exactly safe. Was hoping there is something easier.

I almost wanted to disconnect the batteries when the refrigerator would not shut off. Did not know to disconnect solar panel first. Thank you for that.
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Jon, couldn't Cathy just cover the panel then disconnect the battery? If I put something like cardboard over mine output drops to 0v.
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Did you check your dip switches for the default settings and are you getting a message on the monitor?
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Not at the trailer now. Have low voltage message but batteries are fine.
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Jon, couldn't Cathy just cover the panel then disconnect the battery? If I put something like cardboard over mine output drops to 0v.
Yes, or do it at night.

As to where to disconnect, I'd do it at the controller since both connections are there, however if it is easier at the battery, that would work as well.
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We put the first two, on left, dip switches up but the fault message is still there.
Anyone reset their Samlex monitor?
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We put the first two, on left, dip switches up but the fault message is still there.
Anyone reset their Samlex monitor?
Yes, I have. You remove both panel connection wires and both battery connection wires. Make sure none of these make contact with each other. Wait a few minutes and the connect the battery back first, your panel will light up and give it a few minutes to settle in and then reconnect the solar panel wires. Should be all reset and total amp hours will read 0.
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Yes, I have. You remove both panel connection wires and both battery connection wires. Make sure none of these make contact with each other. Wait a few minutes and the connect the battery back first, your panel will light up and give it a few minutes to settle in and then reconnect the solar panel wires. Should be all reset and total amp hours will read 0.
We have two batteries and more than two wires on one. One has a bypass for the solar. We have to disconnect all wires on both batteries? Samlex told us an order as in pos or net first but we have several to disconnect. Will see if I can post photos. Thank you.
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It's not done at the batteries, you disconnect panel and battery at the back of the Samlex controller. On mine the panel wires are the top two and the battery wires are the bottom two.
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It's not done at the batteries, you disconnect panel and battery at the back of the Samlex controller. On mine the panel wires are the top two and the battery wires are the bottom two.
Got it. We will try it. Thank you so much.
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So much for removing wires. No change. Still a message on the monitor that does not belong saying low volt. (Batteries are fine with independent tester, and use.) Samlex says we need a new charge controller.

I removed according to their instruction order which was positive PV wire first, then positive battery wire (both at the monitor). Then put them back, battery first. This was a lot of trouble because I couldn't get the screws off as if they had been tightened a lot. Went out and bought another screwdriver and managed to get them off. Well, put the battery screw back on just snugly to make sure that I could get it off again and put back PV wire. One minute later, could not get battery wire off. Tried many times. So will have to have try to do that, otherwise, don't know what we are doing.

Batteries are fine at the moment but that won't last long. They said to send them the serial number. Guess it is back to the storage place unless we can find it on paperwork. At least we are winterized!
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