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Old 09-19-2018, 01:53 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!

Love this place so much, I have used the site for so much help with our Skokie Build!

I am going to be using an inverter charger in my setup,

My question today is, what order is everyone wiring their bus?
-(Shore power inlet) to (breaker box) to (inverter/charger) to (another panel)
or
-(Shore power inlet) to (inverter/charger) to (breaker box) to (outlets)

I plan to have the battery bank wired to the 12v circuit.

I have done about a weeks research on this and read many MANY different ways of running the system.

That you so much!

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Old 09-19-2018, 02:24 PM   #2
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im no expert, but i would say

shore power to transfer switch to panel to outlets

and

solar panels to batteries to inverter to transfer switch to panel to outlets


the transfer switch is your key. it detects the incoming source and switches over. it usually prefers one side of the switch (like the shore side) until it detects current on the other side.
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:29 PM   #3
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im no expert, but i would say

shore power to transfer switch to panel to outlets

and

solar panels to batteries to inverter to transfer switch to panel to outlets


the transfer switch is your key. it detects the incoming source and switches over. it usually prefers one side of the switch (like the shore side) until it detects current on the other side.
Thank you, the inverter/charger has a switch to go between shore and a generator. It'll kick the gen on if shore disconnects or goes out.

we can't add solar just yet, but would love to if finances let.

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-(Shore power inlet) to (inverter/charger) to (breaker box) to (outlets)

This is how ours is wired up. 30A shore power to the Inverter/Charger (with integrated transfer switch) then that goes to the panel. Also, don't get a bigger inverter than your battery bank can handle.
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This is how ours is wired up. 30A shore power to the Inverter/Charger (with integrated transfer switch) then that goes to the panel. Also, don't get a bigger inverter than your battery bank can handle.
Thank you very much! This sounds very close to what we were thinking.
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50a

do The two hot legs from 50amp shore both go into the invertsrt/charger? Then out to the panel like we said previously?

Or would only one hot leg run into the inverter/charger then to a sub panel and the other leg run to the main panel?

I have my electrician here with me and there are now so many cans of worms opened up about things weíve read.
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I'm planning my system pretty much the same way this guy did...

https://faroutride.com/electrical-system/
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I'm planning my system pretty much the same way this guy did...

https://faroutride.com/electrical-system/

this looks amazing, thank you very much!
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Or would only one hot leg run into the inverter/charger then to a sub panel and the other leg run to the main panel?
That's how mine is wired. Your inverter/charger should have detailed wiring diagrams.
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do The two hot legs from 50amp shore both go into the invertsrt/charger? Then out to the panel like we said previously?

Or would only one hot leg run into the inverter/charger then to a sub panel and the other leg run to the main panel?

I have my electrician here with me and there are now so many cans of worms opened up about things weíve read.
I am researching the same thing right now. I think it depends on what inverter charger you get. Gopower has one that takes 2 50 amp legs. Which one are you thinking?
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I am researching the same thing right now. I think it depends on what inverter charger you get. Gopower has one that takes 2 50 amp legs. Which one are you thinking?
Iíve been thinking about an AIMs Power inverter charger. Which one are you looking at that accepts two 50a?
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The aims is what I was looking at too, 3kw for 24v battery bank.
I believe it only supports a 30 amp supply.

Go Power! GP-IC2000 was one with dual 50 amp pass through
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:04 PM   #13
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The aims is what I was looking at too, 3kw for 24v battery bank.
I believe it only supports a 30 amp supply.

Go Power! GP-IC2000 was one with dual 50 amp pass through
When I emailed aims I asked if it could take 50amp shore power and try said yes. But there are so many options 120 to 120 120 to 240, 240 to 240 haha

If I have 50 amp shore coming in I need 240?

Also, is 2000 watts enough?
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What is the size of your battery bank? Have you calculated loads yet? I am pretty new to this. Let me see if I can find the link where I got bashed over on solar panel forums.
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What is the size of your battery bank? Have you calculated loads yet? I am pretty new to this. Let me see if I can find the link where I got bashed over on solar panel forums.
I suspect that you were over on www.sloarpaneltalk.com .

They can be pretty harsh on new members. If you can tolerate the coarse attitude that some there have there is a wealth of good information.
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They can be pretty harsh on new members. If you can tolerate the coarse attitude that some there have there is a wealth of good information.
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What is the size of your battery bank? Have you calculated loads yet? I am pretty new to this. Let me see if I can find the link where I got bashed over on solar panel forums.
I havenít purchased my batteries yet because Iím always reading that depends on what invertaer charger I have. And that depends on what my loads are. They would be:

A/C-8a/15apeak/1530w, stove top, 15a/1800w, refrigerator max 3a, mini oven: 11a/1200w, water heater:12a/1440w, washer/dryer combo: 10.5a/1300w
Misc: 10a/1300w
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They can be pretty harsh on new members. If you can tolerate the coarse attitude that some there have there is a wealth of good information.
It was but I can handle it, learned a few key things that have helped a lot
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I havenít purchased my batteries yet because Iím always reading that depends on what invertaer charger I have. And that depends on what my loads are. They would be:

A/C-8a/15apeak/1530w, stove top, 15a/1800w, refrigerator max 3a, mini oven: 11a/1200w, water heater:12a/1440w, washer/dryer combo: 10.5a/1300w
Misc: 10a/1300w

Are you planning on running any of that off of batteries or all shore power, that is a heavy load for a battery bank.
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Understatement of the year.

First lesson of DC power - reduce consumption, heating and cooling appliances are best run off mains or a genny.
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