wiring up my solar in the next week or two.. any tips?

Can you guys throw some tips my way before i start wiring all this stuff?
Stuff that I dont want to overlook?

Like for example.. put a blanket over the panels before connecting wires to them... stuff like that..

Thanks!

Chris

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,380 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: wiring up my solar in the next week or two.. any tips?

    Have MC -3 or -4 jumper cables and disconnect tool on hand. Or know how to get them quickly. Never cut or splice a panel's intergal cord, it voids the warranty.
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  • CariboocootCariboocoot Banned Posts: 17,615 ✭✭
    Re: wiring up my solar in the next week or two.. any tips?

    Connect batteries together first.
    Connect charge controller to batteries second.
    Connect panels to charge controller third.
    Connect inverter to batteries fourth.
    Check each circuit for function as you go so there are no surprises when you turn the inverter on.
    Double check wiring before energizing it. Don't rush any part of the job.
    Do not forget the fuses/breakers!
  • petertearaipetertearai Solar Expert Posts: 398 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: wiring up my solar in the next week or two.. any tips?

    Include a battery monitor in your system from the start.
    2225 wattts pv . Outback 2kw  fxr pure sine inverter . fm80 charge controller . victron battery monitor . 24 volts 450 ah surette batterys . off grid  holiday home 
  • peakbaggerpeakbagger Solar Expert Posts: 341 ✭✭✭
    Re: wiring up my solar in the next week or two.. any tips?

    Have a big bag of lots of UV resistant tie wraps and the little square plastic blocks with adhesive on them used to attach tie wraps to flat surfaces. It doesnt take much longer to route things properly and cut wires to length (except leads with connectors) and makes for a lot better looking job.

    Use stainless fasteners with nylock nuts. They arent that pricey if you buy them by the box from a marine distributor like Hamilton Marine and they arent going to rust or stain.
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