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Old 06-05-2018, 10:34 AM   #1
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MPPT controler recommendations

Hey guys! I'm looking at 60amp Mppt controllers and can't seem to find one I like // would trust. I'm leaning towards this one but was wondering if anyone had a system in place that they would recommend! Thanks in advance, you gusy are the best.

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Hey guys! I'm looking at 60amp Mppt controllers and can't seem to find one I like // would trust. I'm leaning towards this one but was wondering if anyone had a system in place that they would recommend!
I have had stellar success with the Morningstar TS-MPPT-45/60 products (several rigs, many years).

That said, I'd suggest you think carefully about the battery bank to which this charge controller will be connected. Be sure that whatever controller you purchase is able to properly charge YOUR battery bank. That means it either has default settings to match the batteries needs or it is configurable enough to allow you to program it appropriately.

I believe that you generally get what you pay for with these types of products. Inexpensive does not always save you money.
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MPPT controler recommendations

I am using this 40 amp MPPT controller

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That is a suspiciously low price for something that claims to be MPPT. A lot of Chinese CCs that claim to be MPPT are in fact just simple PWM - are there any independent tests to verify the manufacturer's claims? What about after-sales service and repairs? Are parts available for it? Who else is using one? How long has the manufacturer been making CCs? Do any reputable US sellers such as NAWS also sell it?

I use two Morningstar TS-MPPT-60s, and they seem to be excellent. So far so good. Along with their remote meters they weren't cheap, but quality never is. Buy wisely and buy once.

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Iím in a similar place looking for a charge controller. From what Iíve read the only brands to trust are Morningstar or victron. I donít have any experience with these products just passing along information.
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I use tracers in several formats. 2 in Elfbus and 3 in Dory. They are mppt. There is hardly anything expensive inside a mppt beside the inductor that allows higher voltage / low current to be transformed to lower voltage higher current.
The tracers have that. I use one on every one or two panels to reduce the effect of partial shading and as redundancy in case one fails. sofar that did not happen. Some I bought used


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I'm been using Morningstar for years and have friends using Outback, Midnight Solar, Victron, & Bogart Engineering. All seem to be good products. I'm not sure about service and support. The one time I've used Morningstar support they were very quick and helpful - helped me diagnose a problem that was not even theirs. Each seem to offer variations that might be more or less useful in certain scenarios.
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That is a suspiciously low price for something that claims to be MPPT. A lot of Chinese CCs that claim to be MPPT are in fact just simple PWM

I second that.


My go-to is the Outback Flexmax 60 or 80 (60A or 80A models).
https://www.solar-electric.com/outba...SABEgLkcPD_BwE


They're quite a bit more expensive, but they come with an extensive manual that I've found very helpful. I've also had good experience with their customer service. I like that the Flexmax controllers are really intuitive to use if you just want a plug-and-play installation, but have TONS of in-depth features and options if you really want to get into tracking data and optimizing your power intake.
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I second that.
"Thirded", although if the application isn't critical / you have other sources of power and you're willing to experiment... there's always cheap gems to be found out there.

Sounds like you're looking to make your money matter however, and not knowing your budget my recommendation comes down to two choices:

#1 : Victron Energy's MPPT Controllers (I have their 150V/100A, but smaller versions exist)

These guys do alot of embedded systems work with their controllers and so there's quite of bit of easy-to-use, pluggable functionality for their product line. Alot of them have bluetooth and data logging out of the box. I can see my daily yields in a bar chart on my phone, its nice.

I'm using mine on Lithium (Tesla) batteries but they support anything really. Fully configurable Bulk/Absorption/Float voltages with sane presets.

#2: Renogy 40A, 60A MPPT charge controllers
I have a 40A Tracer Renogy controller which was my first serious solar controller. Still have it and the AGM batteries for it, not sure what I'm going to do with them now, but this has been rock-solid for me in both 12V and 24V configurations.

Mine ran outdoors for two years with zero issues. Still works, its a tank. Whether or not I reintegrate it will depend on the practicality of making the two heterogeneous systems (AGM, Lithium) work together.

No links because both sets of options are fairly easy to find.
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