"Nubile Southern Sailor"
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Columbus, Ga
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Re: PHOCOS solar charger experiences?
I have juice!
didnt use any ground but I used the old controller I found, the 5 amp one
the battery was my car battery so it was fully charged so when testing the controller I would only get a trickle voltage which is barely over 12.75 volts but as soon as the battery was let sit for a while for a while and got to a specific voltage the charger started pumping nice voltage...it will cycle from 13v to 14.5 every 15 seconds or so so its a pretty basic charger(maybe even shunt) but enough for my needs as of now
so this saved me from testing and maybe damaging the PHOCOS charger I bought.
so hopefully I can return this "positive" ground phocos charger and use the money for something else!
I also found out my panel was sold by downwind marine in san diego...although the brand is not common im pretty sure its a standard negative ground but it really doesnt matter now...
in any case this SUN SELECTOR 5 amp charger I found I basically just hooked it up like the diagram on it explains and no issues whatsoever
so I have juice for being out at anchor now
thanks for all the advice and help guys!