Updating my system this spring. few Q's on gear

kamchukakamchuka Registered Users Posts: 65 ✭✭
My current system is 12v. I'm looking at 24/48v inverters. My go to is the Magnum 4k pure sine because its what I use now (2k msw) and works good. Is anyone running anything cheaper or better in the same price range? 
Secondly I will add to and update my solar. I'm thinking outback 80. I'm only going to be running 1500-2k watts of solar. Anything new on the market thats better or old i reckon.
I'm building an entire new room for everything. generator, batteries (24 or 48v forklift), inverter...everything, and piping the power straight to house. room will be 10x12 and the run will be 100' straight to main panel. Any common sense reason I cant put everything in one room, 8k diesel exhaust will be piped outside btw.

Thanks folks
900 watts pv (building on) on poles, off grid 60a mppt, magnum 2k 12v msw, 1400 ah forklift battery (rewired to 12v), 8k diesel gen for house. honda eu6500, 2x 8D, coleman 800w inv for shop, honda 5k for well (pumps to 1000g cistern), ryobi 2k suitcase for mobile ops. 


  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 5,909 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Your 60 amp charge controller will handle twice the wattage at 24 volts and 4x at 48 volts, you may not need a new charge controller.

    Do you want to move to a 120/240 volt inverter?
    Home system 4000 watt (Evergreen) array standing, with 2 Midnite Classic Lites,  Midnite E-panel, Magnum MS4024, Prosine 1800(now backup) and Exeltech 1100(former backup...lol), 660 ah 24v Forklift battery(now 10 years old). Off grid for 20 years (if I include 8 months on a bicycle).
    - Assorted other systems, pieces and to many panels in the closet to not do more projects.
  • westbranchwestbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,183 ✭✭✭✭
    When are you going to do this project?

     MidNite Solar has a new bunch of Inverters, specs still not public, that are iminent..... 48 Volt models are supposed to be first out the door...
    KID #51B  4s 140W to 24V 900Ah C&D AGM
    CL#29032 FW 2126/ 2073/ 2133 175A E-Panel WBjr, 3 x 4s 140W to 24V 900Ah C&D AGM 
    Cotek ST1500W 24V Inverter,OmniCharge 3024,
    2 x Cisco WRT54GL i/c DD-WRT Rtr & Bridge,
    Eu3/2/1000i Gens, 1680W & E-Panel/WBjr to come, CL #647 asleep
    West Chilcotin, BC, Canada
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 6,226 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Look at the CSW inverters from Schneider in the store here. Keeping one brand of equipment will get you full communication if that is important for you and significant others. It can be monitored anywhere. Outback also has a nice system that does this.
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Nevada mountain area
    E-mail [email protected]

  • MichaelKMichaelK Registered Users Posts: 228 ✭✭✭
    I'd second the Schneider vote.  If you went with Magnum's 4024, you'd get 4000W (5800W surge) for 1770$.  If you went with Schneider's SW4024, you'd get 4000W (7000W surge) for 1475$.  Also, you'd get dual 120V/240VAC, and they have the ability to be paralleled to double capacity to 8000W.  I have Schneider's XW6848 and am very happy with it.  I run my 240VAC well pump with it.
    System 1) 15 Renogy 300w + 4 250W Astronergy panels,  Midnight 200 CC, 8 Trojan L16 bat., Schneider XW6848 NA inverter, AC-Delco 6000w gen.
    System 2) 8 YingLi 250W panels, Midnight 200CC, three 8V Rolls batteries, Schneider Conext 4024 inverter (workshop)
  • animattanimatt Solar Expert Posts: 295 ✭✭✭
    edited February 2018 #6
    Not that I am suggesting the magnum but they do also have the Magnum Energy MS4448PAE at same price point as the magnum 24volt inverter.  it is a 48volt offering
    It has 120/240v output.  They can also be paralleled with proper controller. 
    Idle power consumption I believe should be a bit less than the lower end Schneider offerings. (last I looked)

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 6,226 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Magnum until a few years ago never had a charge controller. When I tried to look at their web version for monitoring it did not work and was missing the basics that Schneider and Outback have for their systems. They are getting better at being a complete solution but....

    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Nevada mountain area
    E-mail [email protected]

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