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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-01-2022, 16:43 Thread Starter
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MPPT controller wanted

I have two 80w panels sat doing nothing in the garage so though I may as well have one on the van so I'm not dependant on EHU so much at home, but I'm out of touch with what is good and what is crap nowadays so looking for a lower-priced MPPT controller that is efficient, Ebay has plenty but I've no idea if they're any good or not, annoyingly I bought one of a Facts member a few years ago with this in mind but it appears to have disappeared leaving me wanting, I have some 4mm2 cable kicking around as it's a short run the LB.


Preferably from someone who has an idea of what's good or not.
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I have two 80w panels sat doing nothing in the garage so though I may as well have one on the van so I'm not dependant on EHU so much at home, but I'm out of touch with what is good and what is crap nowadays so looking for a lower-priced MPPT controller that is efficient, Ebay has plenty but I've no idea if they're any good or not, annoyingly I bought one of a Facts member a few years ago with this in mind but it appears to have disappeared leaving me wanting, I have some 4mm2 cable kicking around as it's a short run the LB.


Preferably from someone who has an idea of what's good or not.

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No Steve, I generally have a clue with a solar set up haveing done quite a few, I'm just out of touch, I've just ordered all my cable and mountings etc, just need the controller at a sensible (low) price.
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Just looked at his prices, and his gear is a bit OTT for what I need.
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Try the wildies Kev. They know a thing or two on there it being a "wild camping" forum an all that.


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Hi kev just wandered how oldthe 80 is it might be better to just get a cheap pwm i have just 2 victron controllers in my van and they work a little better than the old pwm but need to see 5v more than the battery voltage to kick in barry
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Sorry kev it was supposed to say fitted 2 victron and once kicked they will charge as long as the voltage is above the battery

These cheap pwm controllers are not to bad for a simple system as the mppt controllers work better with 2 panels wired in series barry
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Sorry Barry (hope you are fairing well) only just seen your post, I have just bought this one it should do all I need, panels are quite old now but not been used for many years, I bought them off Techno100.



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Hi kev that looks like it will work fine for you and handy having the option to charge both engine and hab battery, can you put both panels up and wire them in series or do you only have space for 1 barry
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