May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

ILFEILFE Solar Expert Posts: 364 ✭✭
Greetings:

First, I have finally got my new system up and running like I want / need.

Today, I received a communication regarding possibly having to fly to the states for three months, later this year. My g/f may or may not be able to check and fill the batteries water levels while I am away. I have not tried to show her yet. But, let's go with worst case scenario - that she can't sort it.

In that case, what should I do with my array, batteries, etc., while I am gone? (No loads will be attached while I am away.)

Is it okay just to leave it all connected without concerning myself with water levels?

Should I change any voltage levels or other settings on the charge controller like absorb times?

I am thinking that, since the system will not be used while I am away, I should change absorb to 13.8v?

Or, just disconnect everything and set the batteries in a corner for 3 months?
Paul

Comments

  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 29,511 admin
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

    Keeping the bank at float voltage with loads disconnected is my vote.

    If you still have light loads, you can dial back the absorb voltage a bit.

    How much water do you normally use per month.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • ILFEILFE Solar Expert Posts: 364 ✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".
    BB. wrote: »
    How much water do you normally use per month.

    Usually, I have to add water about every two months.
    Paul
  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 4,996 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

    I'd go ahead and turn off your inverter, it's a minor load.
    Home system 4000 watt (Evergreen) array standing, with 2 Midnite Classic Lites,  Midnite E-panel, Prosine 1800 and Exeltech 1100, 660 ah 24v ForkLift battery. Off grid for @16 of last 17 years. Assorted other systems, and to many panels in the closet to not do more...lol
  • ILFEILFE Solar Expert Posts: 364 ✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

    I consider an inverter a load.
    Paul
  • CDN_VTCDN_VT Solar Expert Posts: 492 ✭✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

    So Lady Friend staying ? Using power ? or is it just when your there?
    float cells at 2.19 V / cell if all is off , Cut absorb down if all is off is my thinking & fill cells or over fill cells with pure water to make sure they remain wet.
    If they have discharged over the 3 months , then the water will fill the void ,till you recharge them back up to EQ state. If the level gets to high on recharging , suck some out to replenish later , keeping the acid . if they charge , boil off as normal ..

    Inverter is a load , CC is a very light load & the kid can be put into Rick mode of squat used for fun.

    Best as I would do.

    VT
  • ILFEILFE Solar Expert Posts: 364 ✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".
    CDN_VT wrote: »
    So Lady Friend staying ? Using power ? or is it just when your there?

    Yeah. My g/f is Cambodian. She will stay here during the time I am in the states. The system is solely for my network, computer and other hardware, when the mains fail. So, while I am gone, no power would be used from the batteries.

    CDN_VT wrote: »
    float cells at 2.19 V / cell if all is off , Cut absorb down if all is off is my thinking & fill cells or over fill cells with pure water to make sure they remain wet.
    If they have discharged over the 3 months , then the water will fill the void ,till you recharge them back up to EQ state. If the level gets to high on recharging , suck some out to replenish later , keeping the acid . if they charge , boil off as normal ..

    Inverter is a load , CC is a very light load & the kid can be put into Rick mode of squat used for fun.

    Best as I would do.

    Thanks.

    I will be in Oregon during my trip. It's been a very, very long time since I was on US soil. I can only imagine how much it has changed in a decade and a half.
    Paul
  • RybrenRybren Solar Expert Posts: 348
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

    Paul, FWIW, my system gets shut down in mid-late October and doesn't get turned on again until late April/Early May. I just make sure that the batts are fully charged and watered ahead of time, and then disconnect the inverter. I have no DC loads. The system goes to float pretty much right away.

    Jerry
  • westbranchwestbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,142 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

    ditto situation in the winter, just leave them hooked up and enjoy the walk in the park...
     
    KID #51B  4s 140W to 24V 900Ah C&D AGM
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    Cotek ST1500W 24V Inverter,OmniCharge 3024,
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    Eu3/2/1000i Gens, 1680W & E-Panel/WBjr to come, CL #647 asleep
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  • CDN_VTCDN_VT Solar Expert Posts: 492 ✭✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

    It will be an EYE Opener Paul .
    Jerry is in Ontario (frozen north) so having water evap or loss is not the same as your temps in Cambodia.
    Thats the only reason i brought bringing up the water level . It would be best in my eyes to make sure rick mode is turned on. out of site & no flash so it looks dead.

    VT
  • ILFEILFE Solar Expert Posts: 364 ✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".
    Rybren wrote: »
    Paul, FWIW, my system gets shut down in mid-late October and doesn't get turned on again until late April/Early May. I just make sure that the batts are fully charged and watered ahead of time, and then disconnect the inverter. I have no DC loads. The system goes to float pretty much right away.

    Jerry

    Do you adjust the absorb voltage on your controller before leaving the system?
    Paul
  • ILFEILFE Solar Expert Posts: 364 ✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".
    CDN_VT wrote: »
    It will be an EYE Opener Paul .
    Jerry is in Ontario (frozen north) so having water evap or loss is not the same as your temps in Cambodia.
    Thats the only reason i brought bringing up the water level . It would be best in my eyes to make sure rick mode is turned on. out of site & no flash so it looks dead.

    VT

    VT, this is a house with proper security. Breaking in or anything like that isn't a concern at all, honestly.

    How do I enable "rick mode" on a Kid?
    Paul
  • CDN_VTCDN_VT Solar Expert Posts: 492 ✭✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

    No Paul , As in Oregon has in 15 years altered ..Like most places have . It will be an EYE Opener Paul .

    Kid is menu/aux/led or Backlight / contrast /NRML normal / Rick / play / off .
    I picked rick because Lady friend see's a yellow / red , she may tell you.
    Thats all.
  • ILFEILFE Solar Expert Posts: 364 ✭✭
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".

    Oh, you were talking about the LED display. Okay. I thought you were talking about a specific operation mode to put the Kid into.

    Yeah, I think the first time they stop me and write me a ticket, they will probably want to know why I am driving on the sidewalk. :D

    It will take a bit of time to adjust to the US again, I am sure. Either way, I am sure it will be an interesting experience for me.
    Paul
  • RybrenRybren Solar Expert Posts: 348
    Re: May have to leave my system on "auto pilot".
    ILFE wrote: »
    Do you adjust the absorb voltage on your controller before leaving the system?

    I haven't been, but probably could without issue.
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