TS MPPT 60 first impressions

mryimmersmryimmers Solar Expert Posts: 97 ✭✭
Got the new TS MPPT 60 installed over the weekend. It went quite well, I struggled a bit to get the ethernet part of it working on an old vista laptop, but it is working and got the custom settings part mastered :# , (the struggle would be on my part because I'm not great with that stuff, ip addresses and such) and live view is working on an old router if I want it.
 I think I like this unit, it seems very well built, it was decent to work on, the connection box roomy is enough. Also 2 messages to Morningstar tech support were replied to in a very timely fashion. I also got the remote display for it and put ends on an existing CAT5 cable that was already in place to run it. This display seems to have a lot of information available  in it, I first was not going to get it, but am glad that I did.
 As mentioned in this discussion,     http://forum.solar-electric.com/discussion/351944/charge-controller-done#latest      I think my batteries are going to be in absorb a lot more than they used to be, as it charges a bit differently than my last CC, the logs would already indicate this to be true. So I will need to watch water levels a bit closer for sure.
  So far so good, special thanks to a fella that goes by "Commsprepper" on youtube, he has several videos that show how to set these up that were very helpful!!
510 watt pv, TS-MPPT 60, Exeltech XP1100, XP600 & XP250 @ 24V, 4x Trojan 105RE, Trimetric 2030, Yamaha EF2400i gen.

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  • mcgivormcgivor Registered Users Posts: 1,204 ✭✭✭✭
    Good to hear feedback, keep the updates rolling in, others may benifit from your experience. 
      1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider 150 60 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 8×T105 GC 24V nominal 

  • davemacdavemac Registered Users Posts: 39 ✭✭
    My TS MPPT 60 150 V has been live now for a year and hasn't missed a beat. I started with new Trojan T105 batteries and the specific gravity of them has actually improved over the last 6 months, so what ever it is doing, it's doing it well. My bank doesn't drop below 80 % of full charge and the unit  auto equalizes every month on the FLA's battery program included in the Morningstar set up. Good luck with yours!
  • mryimmersmryimmers Solar Expert Posts: 97 ✭✭
    Well my new TS MPPT 60 has been up and running for 38 days now, I really like this charge controller. As I mentioned earlier my batteries are spending waaaay more time in absorption as this unit goes by time, I have it set at 150 min. My old CC went by end amps first, and time if loads kept end amps from going low enough to transition to float. As I expected, my water consumption appears to be increasing. I got the remote display for it and am glad I did as there is lots of info available. The display is only 2 lines however which means you have to navigate around a bit to find what you want, but it's good. I would say if you were thinking of getting the display that mounts on the unit, consider getting the remote one as you could mount it right beside the CC, provided you have the space. I used a grey plastic 2 gang box, then if you need to get inside the CC you don't have to remove the display, or you could move it in the future if you decide to.
     MSView seems to be pretty decent, I really like the data log on the live view, you can see very easily what has been going on and spot trends in your different readings. For whatever reason I could only access the CC using the ip address, but once I figured that out it's been fine, I have an old windows vista laptop that I use to set it up, that was a bit of a struggle, but it worked. Remote monitoring is not something I am planning on doing.  As far as the led lights to indicate state of charge, it seems a little gimmicky to me, unless the batteries are at rest, as loads on the batteries will change the light colours. 
       FWIW,  I'm giving the TS MPPT 60 a big 2 thumbs up!!
    I'm thinking of shortening my absorb time to maybe 120min? My system is lightly used and I usually only put 1 or 2 real cycles (down to maybe 80% from full) on the batteries a month, so I was wondering if 150min per day was a little excessive ?? I have absorption  at 29.6 volts.
     If I think of anything else I'll put it on here.

    510 watt pv, TS-MPPT 60, Exeltech XP1100, XP600 & XP250 @ 24V, 4x Trojan 105RE, Trimetric 2030, Yamaha EF2400i gen.
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,249 ✭✭✭✭
    I hardly use the front panel, and rely heavily on the web server to get charging and battery info.
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

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  • mryimmersmryimmers Solar Expert Posts: 97 ✭✭
    TS-MPPT 60 been up and running couple months now, working flawlessly. Water consumption is up as expected, been adding a bit about once a month, that is a lot more than previously. The TS-RM2 remote meter however has been giving me grief, Morningstar is sending a new one out to me. I have to say Morningstar has been excellent in terms of customer service and I would not hesitate to recommend.
    510 watt pv, TS-MPPT 60, Exeltech XP1100, XP600 & XP250 @ 24V, 4x Trojan 105RE, Trimetric 2030, Yamaha EF2400i gen.
  • mcgivormcgivor Registered Users Posts: 1,204 ✭✭✭✭
    Can you elaborate on the problems with the TS-RM 2, just curious as to what problems you had.
      1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider 150 60 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 8×T105 GC 24V nominal 

  • mryimmersmryimmers Solar Expert Posts: 97 ✭✭
    Every time the left hand arrow (or back button) is pushed, the display goes out and reboots. 
    510 watt pv, TS-MPPT 60, Exeltech XP1100, XP600 & XP250 @ 24V, 4x Trojan 105RE, Trimetric 2030, Yamaha EF2400i gen.
  • mryimmersmryimmers Solar Expert Posts: 97 ✭✭
    Morningstar sent out a new TS-RM-2 display and I installed it today, Thank you very much!!     One reading that I think I miss on the TS-RM 2 is the solar panel volts and amps going to CC (my old CC had this). Solar volts is in there but you have to dig a bit for it. (In diagnostics I think) But no big deal, there is lots of info in the display, you just need to roam around a bit to get it.
    510 watt pv, TS-MPPT 60, Exeltech XP1100, XP600 & XP250 @ 24V, 4x Trojan 105RE, Trimetric 2030, Yamaha EF2400i gen.
  • mcgivormcgivor Registered Users Posts: 1,204 ✭✭✭✭
    As with anything, with time you become more fluent, navigation becomes second nature, good to hear you got support and everything's working.
      1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider 150 60 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 8×T105 GC 24V nominal 

  • SolraySolray Registered Users Posts: 246 ✭✭
    MS is the best when it comes to initial quality and also service and support after the sale.
    You chose wisely.
  • _OS__OS_ Solar Expert Posts: 202 ✭✭✭
    edited July 27 #12
    I have had my TS-MPPT-60 running for four years now and I love it! The only issue I have had is that it resets/reboots itself from time to time. I reported this to Morningstar two years ago and they did not confirm the problem until early this year when (probably) other people started reporting the same problem (see other discussion on this forum). After that they sent me a beta-relsease (v1.27) of the firmware which I have used for three months now without any issues so I guess it will be released to the public soon.

    Morningstar Corp is a great company but at the same time they are very conservative and it takes a lot of effort for the end user, like me to convince them that there is a bug in their product. I have two more bugs reported to them on this controller that they have acknowledged but not fixed yet, after almost two years...


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