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Old 11-30-2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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solar controller mounting

Where do you mount your solar controller. I was thinkin the engine room would be to hot ??
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:45 PM   #2
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If it has a inbuilt temperature sensor, then it should be mounted as close as possible to the battery bank as it will adjust the charging voltage depending on the temperature.

I dont think the ER temperature will be a major issue for the controller.
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:06 PM   #3
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Mine (digital) are in the ER. A friend has his on the switch panel. I`d have mine near the helm if I had room, they tell you a lot about what is happening, both ends.
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:17 PM   #4
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Mine (Morningstar Pro-Star30) has a separate pair of wires to detect temperature at the batts. I have mine in the cabin where I can read it all the time. It's nice to know the amount of amperage in and when I'm at absorption charge status and I would not want it hidden away.
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:51 PM   #5
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Mine is on the helm.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:04 PM   #6
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Mine is in the ER with the battery bank.
I would prefer it to be up where I could read it all the time but was informed it had to go as close as possible to the battery bank.
I can still read what is going in and out of the battery bank from my BMV battery monitor.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:50 AM   #7
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In the wiring space behind the helm.

Easy to take a quick look and see if the set is 100$ and on Float.

We chose the Trace C 12 (12A of charge control).

The unit is very easy to adjust , so in summer when the boat sits for 6 months the charge voltage is lowered to reduce water use.

In winter during boat use the full charge is set back to 14.4 , and the float to 13.8 , as we check batt water monthly in season.
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