Vic wrote: »
Here is some additional background on the Pacific NW Electronic/Solar manufacturers:http://www.midnitesolar.com/pages/frontPage/nwHistory/history.php
This is similar to the piece linked previously, but believe it is a bit different, and has a pic of boB ... FWIW, Vic
Update 2010: We got OutBack back on the right track with new management and then sold it to Alpha Technologies. They have elected to move a lot of the manufacturing to India so MidNite has been hiring laid off OutBack employees.
westbranch wrote: »
Skyko, the MX60 is an Outback product...
Skyko wrote: »
Sorry I meant whatever the Morningstar 60 MMPT was called.
After some thought I may end up going with a Morningstar MX60.
Reason 1: It is smaller with no fan...perhaps a bit more sealed from dust, etc.
Reason 2: It self consumes about 3 watts vs about 14 watts for the Midnite classic.
On moderately bad days I may only get 100 watts an hour from my 1080 watts of panels and 14% of that lost to the controller itself seems excessive.
Reason 3: It is about $100 cheaper if you don't care about the lcd panel but still want the Ethernet (I think the Midnite Lite does not have Ethernet)
My system will be four 270 watt panels wired 2s2p for 64V 17 amps into the controller, powering a 24V battery bank. Even a Midnite kid would likely work but I still sort of want the Ethernet capability.
zoneblue wrote: »
Kid even cheaper again.
Vic wrote: »
And, Skyko, The MidNite Classic Lite DOES have Ethernet, it has an LED light panel (lacks the LCD screen), and Arc-Fault detector, but, otherwise, is the full Classic (IIRC).