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13 Minutes Ago 06:58 AM
chall03
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
I know but I couldn't resist! It is a Hunter, after all...... (ducking)
Damn it you beat me too the Hunter reference....

Smack, I echo everyone else. In the slip,with the fridge off (and with us away from the boat) we leave solar on and shore power off. If the fridge is on then shore power goes on.

I do also have a simple switch in circuit to engage/disengage solar power.

I actually have a lot of switches on a a variety of stuff which I find is handy for diagnosing/fault finding at the least. (When freaky stuff is going on, it is handy to add and remove components one by one).

We have 200w of Solar with a 4 stage PWM charge controller.
5 Hours Ago 01:56 AM
Faster
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by overbored View Post
I think he means turned on but not running unless it needs to on the float switch
I know but I couldn't resist! It is a Hunter, after all...... (ducking)
5 Hours Ago 01:46 AM
overbored
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

I think he means turned on but not running unless it needs to on the float switch
5 Hours Ago 01:18 AM
Faster
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
......I'll only have the fridge and bilge pump on full time.
Your bilge pump is on full time?????
7 Hours Ago 11:24 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by Jaramaz View Post
During sailing season, ie May -- Sept I leave the fridge on. Only power source is the solar panels, which are marked as total 50 W. ( note where I am sailing. ....)

Not good for a number of reasons to have the AC plugged in all the time. Would avoid this!

/J
Ah yes, sunny Sweden!

I'm going to try to go Full-Solar for a couple of months. I'll see what happens. We have a lot of sun here in Texas. If nothing else it will show me how the panels keep the bank up. I'll only have the fridge and bilge pump on full time.
8 Hours Ago 10:13 PM
Jaramaz
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

During sailing season, ie May -- Sept I leave the fridge on. Only power source is the solar panels, which are marked as total 50 W. ( note where I am sailing. ....)

Not good for a number of reasons to have the AC plugged in all the time. Would avoid this!

/J
11 Hours Ago 07:44 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

For flooded lead acid, the Blue Sky bumps up to 15.2 V for equalizing. Don't try that with gels.

Ralph
11 Hours Ago 07:41 PM
Faster
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Seems to me that if any solar controller 'sees' 14+ volts from whatever source (fully charged battery or other charger) it should cut itself back?
12 Hours Ago 06:55 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Okay - cool. Thanks.
12 Hours Ago 06:51 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

We have the same panels, but I have the Blue Sky controller. I don't have a way to turn off the controller, but plays fine even if the AC charger is running. The Blue Sky jumps to Acceptance charge (14.4 volts) for two hours after Bulk charge, then goes to float automatically (13.2 v).

Once you get the Link up and running, you can monitor how things work. When I started posting this, I was down .3 Amps, and the solar was putting in 1.1 Amps. I turned on the AC charger, and it jumped up to around 4 Amps coming in for a moment, then started dropping. Right now, I'm sitting at 14.2 V, charged 100%, and putting in 1.1 amps, with solar and the AC charger running. You'll just need to play with that charge controller, and see what it does with the charger running. I don't know.

Ralph
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