Need Help Finding This Electrical Box

RWBRWB Solar Expert Posts: 168 ✭✭✭✭✭
Does anybody know where I can find these electrical boxes with the buss bars?

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  • newenergynewenergy Solar Expert Posts: 291 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Help Finding This Electrical Box

    Looks jerry-rigged.

    What do you need it for?

    If you are combining 3 or more PV strings, each string needs to have overcurrent protection.
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Help Finding This Electrical Box

    it may be commercial, but certainly can be made at home. that is a double outlet box with buses attached within and matching plastic box entrances to secure the wires. this, as it is, should not be used outdoors as it would not be able to weather well.
  • Solar GuppySolar Guppy Solar Expert Posts: 1,963 ✭✭✭
    Re: Need Help Finding This Electrical Box

    That's all stock Home Depot stuff, thats a 6" PVC work box with buss bars ( next isle over from all the PVC stuff )
  • RWBRWB Solar Expert Posts: 168 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Help Finding This Electrical Box

    Thanks Solar Guppy!
  • RWBRWB Solar Expert Posts: 168 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Help Finding This Electrical Box
    niel wrote: »
    it may be commercial, but certainly can be made at home. that is a double outlet box with buses attached within and matching plastic box entrances to secure the wires. this, as it is, should not be used outdoors as it would not be able to weather well.

    That box will be filled with Epoxy to seal all the connections.
  • dwhdwh Solar Expert Posts: 1,341 ✭✭✭
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    I think that is actually an outdoor box. If it were positioned so that the single fat cable with the gripping connector was "up" then it should be fine outdoors.

    I personally would *never* fill an electrical box with epoxy - it needs to be "inspectable".
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,822 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    I don't like those buss bars, they come VERY close to the box chassis, with no visible insulation (maybe there is a clear plastic shield under and over them)(edit duh - it's a plastic box) You are combining your PV in there ? Fuses ?
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  • RWBRWB Solar Expert Posts: 168 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Help Finding This Electrical Box
    mike90045 wrote: »
    I don't like those buss bars, they come VERY close to the box chassis, with no visible insulation (maybe there is a clear plastic shield under and over them)(edit duh - it's a plastic box) You are combining your PV in there ? Fuses ?

    We are building a Connector System for 20 60w PowerFilm Foldable Solar Panels.

    This is just one of many boxes. I just didn't know where to find the boxes with the Buss Bars so we can make our own cables.
  • WindsunWindsun Solar Expert Posts: 1,164 ✭✭
    Re: Need Help Finding This Electrical Box

    Why don't you just use standard array combiner boxes that are made for such things? http://store.solar-electric.com/sopawiinco.html

    I might add that the lifespan on those foldable panels is not very good compared to standard panels.
  • audredgeraudredger Solar Expert Posts: 272 ✭✭
    Re: Need Help Finding This Electrical Box

    Bus Bar the box comes from Home Depot, Grovers Electric or, Lowes. Some assembly required!
  • RWBRWB Solar Expert Posts: 168 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Help Finding This Electrical Box
    Windsun wrote: »
    Why don't you just use standard array combiner boxes that are made for such things? http://store.solar-electric.com/sopawiinco.html

    I might add that the lifespan on those foldable panels is not very good compared to standard panels.

    Thanks for the ideas but the client specifically wants this made a specific way. The standard combiner boxes will not work for this project unless we want to waste tons of money on extra wiring.

    This project calls for foldable panels, the glass aluminum frame panels are way to heavy, fragile, and big.
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