Disconnect order

Chris11Chris11 Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭
I just finished making my bat box with ventilation....so had to change the wiring somewhat.  A new item I put in was a disconnect switch that can simultaneously disconnect both feed from the panel to the CC, and feed from the CC to the batteries.  I didn't "throw the switch" yet as I started to wonder if that can do damage to the CC somehow.

Thanks, Chris

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  • westbranchwestbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,183 ✭✭✭✭
    as a habit I like to shut off the PV input to the CC first, then the CB to the battery. , Reason is most CC's like to be powered up before the PV is connected as they will not run on panel output, just the battery output.
     
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  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,854 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Agreed, always battery first, wait for startup sequence, then solar. Disconnect in reverse order.
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  • Chris11Chris11 Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭
    Thanks for your replies.

    Yep....I understand that.  But will simultaneously disconnecting/reconnecting both hurt anything,  I'm chomping at the bit to turn it on....although here in Eastern WA we haven't seen the sun for a month.  Feels like Seattle which likes to pretend it's on the coast when in reality it ain't....it just rains so much there that water is everywhere.
  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,854 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Personally I would not recommend both simultaneously as the solar open circuit voltage could be much higher than the battery voltage and could potentially damage your controller.
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  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 1,628 ✭✭✭✭
    Breakers are cheap. Charge controllers aren't. Strongly recommend you nix the 2 pole and just buy 2 single pole.

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  • AguarancherAguarancher Solar Expert Posts: 313 ✭✭✭
    If that is a double pole breaker and not a switch as you stated, you can simply drill out the pin bonding the 2 breakers and have 2 single pole breakers. Hope you do have breakers or fuses in your system though.
  • Chris11Chris11 Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭
    Thanks all.   Last night I emailed Morningstar for the their answer.  Just as you all suggested...they also suggested NOT to simultaneously disconnect both sides of the CC.  

    It is a double pole double throw switch, not a breaker.  I was just using one throw but both poles.  I'll now put another switch into the CC to bat. line.  And yes I have a fuse in each segment of wire.

    Again, thanks to you all for taking the time to reply.

    Chris  
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