Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries

rss2qrss2q ✭✭✭✭Solar Expert Posts: 75 ✭✭✭✭
Attached is a simple block diagram of my current problem I'm trying to figure out.

Basically, I have a 36v battery, and then I have 2x 12v batteries hooked up in series to create 24v.

Now what I need help with is, what do I need to charge each one of these batteries correctly? I'm looking for a simple setup if possible. More than 1 charge controller may be needed, I don't know, but the picture should give you an idea of what I'm trying to accomplish.

Thanks

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  • nielniel ✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 10,311 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries

    sorry, but you will need 2 separate controllers for this.

    even if the batteries were all identical and you wanted to use something like the classic to charge them all at once by putting them all in series that this won't work due to unequal loads presented to each battery bank.
  • rss2qrss2q ✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 75 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries
    niel wrote: »
    sorry, but you will need 2 separate controllers for this.

    even if the batteries were all identical and you wanted to use something like the classic to charge them all at once by putting them all in series that this won't work due to unequal loads presented to each battery bank.

    Yeah that's what I thought. However, I didn't find many 36v charge controllers. Can you recommend any basic controllers? It doesn't have to be a MPPT or some really advance tons of features controller, but something to just get the job done of charging my batteries, preventing the back flow of current...etc.

    Thanks!
  • nielniel ✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 10,311 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries

    not too many of the cheap controllers will do 36v, but this pwm will do it,
    http://www.solar-electric.com/trts12vochco.html
    as would many (but not all) mppt controllers.
  • rss2qrss2q ✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 75 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries
    niel wrote: »
    not too many of the cheap controllers will do 36v, but this pwm will do it,
    http://www.solar-electric.com/trts12vochco.html
    as would many (but not all) mppt controllers.

    Thanks. Maybe you can clear up something that I'm misunderstanding, I've ran into that controller before, but it only lists 12, 24, 48v, but my system is 36v. I was just wondering how you knew it would work for 36v even though it's not listed in the system voltages that it handles?

    I'm guessing it's due to the fact that it can work with 48v systems, however, will it think that my battery should be 48v and try to charge it to 48v, which of course would probably mess up the battery?:roll:

    Thanks
  • rss2qrss2q ✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 75 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries

    Update: After re-reading the description, I see it stated that it can be setup with a DIP switch, however, I'm not sure what a DIP switch is or how to hook that up :p.

    I'll Google some more on that, but if you can, as I'd like to buy that from Wind Sun to help support this forum, point me in the right direction on how to go about hooking this up for my 36v system...meaning what other components are necessary.
  • dwhdwh ✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 1,341 ✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries
    rss2q wrote: »
    Update: After re-reading the description, I see it stated that it can be setup with a DIP switch, however, I'm not sure what a DIP switch is or how to hook that up :p.

    It's a switch on the unit that sets the configuration. Lots of devices have them.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=dip%20switch&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1366&bih=622
  • rss2qrss2q ✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 75 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries
    dwh wrote: »

    Wait, so this switch is actually on the charge controller that niel linked me to?

    I know my motor controller has a DIP switch on it, so if so, then I understand now. I'm assuming the manual included with the charge controller will tell you what switch configuration you need to set it up for 36v?

    Thanks
  • SlappySlappy ✭✭✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 251 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries

    Other battery chemistries such as NiCad, or special voltages such as 36V, can
    be charged using a custom charging algorithm modified with the PC
    software. Only the standard TriStar battery charging programs will be
    discussed here........got this from the manual, section 9.0 on the tristar manual.

    http://www.morningstarcorp.com/en/support/library/TS.IOM.Operators_Manual.04.EN.pdf

    you can use "msview" and a computer to set the custom settings. 36volt is an "odd ball" set up.
  • rss2qrss2q ✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 75 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries
    Slappy wrote: »

    you can use "msview" and a computer to set the custom settings. 36volt is an "odd ball" set up.

    Yeah I'm starting to see that. I wish someone made a controller that was not super complicated to setup for a 36v battery. I even searched Google and haven't had much luck finding a controller that is dedicated for 36v batteries.
  • rss2qrss2q ✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 75 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries

    Here is a charge controller that is made specially for 36v batteries: http://www.altestore.com/store/Charge-Controllers/Solar-Charge-Controllers/MPPT-Solar-Charge-Controllers/Solar-Converters-Charge-Controllers/Solar-Converters-PT-36-5A-36V-MPPT-Charge-Controller/p1380/

    What do you think about this?
  • mike95490mike95490 ✭✭✭✭✭ Solar Expert Posts: 8,417 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Need Suggestions For Charging A Group of Batteries
    rss2q wrote: »

    It's only a 5 A controller, from a mfg, that I know nothing about. If you really need 36V, and can't upgrade to 48, then it may do the job.
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