Surge / Lightening protecters - arresters...

alyazalyaz Solar Expert Posts: 114 ✭✭✭
I'd like to find out if anyone out there has purchased, for example, any of the Midnite Solar surge protectors or any facsimile that they are happy with. The Midnite Solar ones are about $100 each, so not sure it one needs to spend that much or not. Thinking of having a proper set up on both the Gen-set and the off-grid control panel...

http://www.midnitesolar.com/productPhoto.php?product_ID=285&productCatName=SPD

I've been told that these are suitable for both AC and DC installs? Feedback please?...


Regards,
3.3 kW solar.  3 Midnite Solar controllers; 5 lightening suppressors.  Magnum’s inverter; auto gen start, BMK.  Davidson 2 v FLA’s - 24v bank.  Perkins diesel gen.

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  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Surge / Lightening protecters - arresters...

    i have a couple. and yes, they work for both as i have 1 for ac and 1 for dc. they won't advertise that they were triggering due to a surge. they are heavy duty and have leds to show they are on. be sure to not to apply voltages that exceed their working volts.
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,359 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Surge / Lightening protecters - arresters...

    I got 2, one 300V for the 120VAC lines, one 115V for the 80V PV feed lines. They use a bank of LARGE MOV's in them, and are supposed to trigger well before the 6KV deltecs kick in.

    But if a direct lightning strike hits, I doubt anything would survive.
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  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Surge / Lightening protecters - arresters...
    mike90045 wrote: »
    I got 2, one 300V for the 120VAC lines, one 115V for the 80V PV feed lines. They use a bank of LARGE MOV's in them, and are supposed to trigger well before the 6KV deltecs kick in.

    But if a direct lightning strike hits, I doubt anything would survive.

    i agree, but with the lowered trigger point and heavier movs in the midnite surge arresters they do increase your odds of survivability even if from a nearby lightning surge as an example.
  • halfcrazyhalfcrazy Solar Expert Posts: 720 ✭✭✭
    Re: Surge / Lightening protecters - arresters...

    Here is a little video we did: http://www.midnitesolar.com/video/spd/spd.php

    We have been doing a few videos and have tried to add a fun flair to the educational portion. The second half of this video is shot in a lab that specializes in simulating lightning.

    Ryan
  • boBboB Solar Expert Posts: 995 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Surge / Lightening protecters - arresters...
    niel wrote: »
    be sure to not to apply voltages that exceed their working volts.

    Unless it's from lightning !

    boB
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Surge / Lightening protecters - arresters...
    boB wrote: »
    Unless it's from lightning !

    boB

    well of course, lightning, but i don't think anybody will be applying it deliberately.:p i was just addressing the possibility of pv voltages being higher than the rating on the surge arrester.
  • WaterWheelWaterWheel Registered Users Posts: 340 ✭✭✭

    I have 4 Midnight Solar surge protectors ( MNSPD300 ),    two are on the AC side and two on the DC side.

    Massive lightening strike the other evening in my front yard, two neighbors 300 yds away (closest houses to me) lost lots of stuff in their grid fed houses even being that far away.        All electric fences for 600 yards went down on several properties.

    I was the closest yet all I lost was things that grounded separately from the house wiring (inverter ground) such as electric fence, internet modem (phone line for modem grounds outside the house) and satellite which also grounds separately from surge protected house circuits.         Satellite system had 2 box covers blown off, 3 cable connectors and ground block burned, 1 cable melted inside the insulation, and inside dish box was fried.      My TV is undamaged.

    I strongly believe that without the surge protectors I would have lost a lot more.       They kept the voltages on the household wiring clamped down.         The satellite repair guy was impressed.

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