Lost Half my Amps to the battery

matt0783matt0783 Posts: 1Registered Users

Hi Guys, i'm fairly new to this solar stuff and i still have alot to learn, 

here is my issue at the moment

i'm running 2 foldable solar panel that have a total of 4 50watt panels combined on an Mppt ML2430 controller
everything was running great and i was getting over 12amps to the batteries, I ended up needing more wire to put the panels in the sun, now i'm only getting 7ish amps to the batteries, figuring it was the added lenght of wire that was the problem but even when i remove it it stays at just over 7 amps

if i have not provided enough info please let me know, i'm sure its something silly but i have all my positives together and negatives together.. so im baffled..

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  • BB.BB. Posts: 28,040Super Moderators, Administrators admin
    Welcome to the forum Matt.

    If you have an accurate voltmeter, measure the voltage at the battery terminals and see what you have. Depending on how the charge controller is programmed and what type of battery you have, the charging voltage will probably be in the 14.4 to 14.8 volt range.

    If the battery is at the "absorb" voltage setting, the battery is controlling the charging current (80% state of charge, near maximum current possible from your solar array, as battery approaches 90%+ state of charge, the absorb current will drop--EVentually to 2% or less of your battery's AH capacity--I.e., 100 AH will drop below 2 amps--and even lower if left on charge).

    If your battery voltage is 13.x volts or lower, then the charge controller should be outputting the maximum charging current available from the solar array. This is "bulk mode" where the charging current is limited by the solar array+sun and (depending on charge controller) by the charge controller itself (you have a "large" charge controller, so I do not expect it is limiting charging current in bulk).

    If you determine that the charging current is too low (battery not fully charged and/or you have good sized DC load current), then wiring can be an issue.

    Make sure the wiring from the charge controller is short and heavy (low resistance, bolted connections and NOT using alligator clamps. Your wiring from the charge controller to the battery bank should be no more than ~0.05 to 0.10 volt drop (for a 12 volt battery bank).

    You are doing it correctly by adding wire length between the solar panels and the charge controller--But you need to ensure that these cables are heavy enough gauge that you don't lose more than a volt or two from array to the charge controller. You can use a voltage drop calculator to figure this out.

    http://www.calculator.net/voltage-drop-calculator.html

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
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