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Sunforce 60032 30 Amp Digital Charge Controller

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  • Charge controller prevents overcharging of 12 volt batteries
  • Intended for use with 12 volt solar panels
  • Handles up to 30 amps of array current and up to 450 watts of solar power
  • Continuously displays the charging current or battery voltage on the LCD digital meter
  • Automatically indicates the charged condition of your battery on the LED bar graph
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BrandSunforce
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions4.2 x 7.2 x 2 inches
Item model number60032
Manufacturer Part Number60032
  
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ASINB000FIWKQE
Best Sellers Rank #18,372 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableApril 19, 2006
  
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The Sunforce 60032 30 Amp Digital Charge Controller prevents overcharging of 12 volt batteries. It is intended for use with 12 volt solar panels, and can handle up to 30 amps of array current and up to 450 watts of solar power. The controller will continuously display the charging current or battery voltage on the LCD digital meter, and also automatically indicates the charged condition of your battery on the LED bar graph. The 60032 is designed to work with a variety of 12 volt solar panels for indoor use.

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The Sunforce 60032 30 Amp Digital Charge Controller prevents overcharging of 12 volt batteries. It is intended for use with 12 volt solar panels, and can handle up to 30 amps of array current and up to 450 Watts of solar power. The controller will continuously display the charging current or battery voltage on the LCD digital meter, and also automatically indicates the charged condition of your battery on the LED bar graph. The 60032 is designed to work with a variety of 12 volt solar panels for indoor use.

Key Component of a Solar System Over 15 Watts

A charge controller is a very important feature of a solar system and must be used on all systems over 15 Watts. A charge controller protects your batteries from overcharge and discharge. Charge controllers are the maintenance free protection of your solar panel and batteries.

A charge controller monitors the battery’s state-of-charge to insure that when the battery needs change-current, it gets it, and also insures the battery isn’t overcharged. Connecting a solar panel to a battery without a regulator seriously risks damaging the battery and potentially causing a safety concern.

Charge controllers are rated based on the amount of amperage they can process from a solar array.



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397 of 412 people found the following review helpful By HMMWV VINE VOICE on May 13, 2010
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If you've read the reviews, by now the acronym MPPT has shown up more than once. If you know what that means, read no further as this is not too entertaining. If you would like to know the difference in MPPT and non-MPPT solar regulators, and can tolerate some basic math or skim through it, read on and I can explain why this non-MPPT regulator will do the job, just not the BEST job possible.

MPPT stands for Maximum Power Point Tracking, which sounds like a good thing, and it definitly is a must for large house size systems, but what exactly is it? Simply put MPPT finds YOUR solar array's Maximum amount of power for a given condition (full sun/overcast/panel tilt). It is always searching for the best voltage and current conditions to maximize power from the panels, which after all is what you paid big bucks for, right?

Let's explore how MPPT works. Normal power regulators like this one interface between the solar panel array and the storage battery. When the battery is full, they quit charging to protect the battery from boiling the electrolyte away. Pretty simple. But what if you need more power from your solar panels than the simple case? It turns out that MPPT can, using more electronics and some intelligence, harness more power from your solar arrays than a simple on/off charge regulator. How? by using a small IC chip that searches for the highest POWER from the panel, hence the name maximum power point tracking. The tracking just means that as the sunlight changes, so does the maximum power location.

Unfortunately Solar Panels are not just a source of simple DC power - that is they don't behave like a battery does. The fewer amps you draw from the panel, the higher the panel's voltage across the wires becomes.
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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Andy Baird on November 1, 2008
The Sunforce #60032 controller is a decent product at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, it doesn't include maximum power point tracking (MPPT) technology, so it wastes about 15-25% of the incoming power, especially at times of low solar input (which of course is when you need it most). To be fair, no charging controller that I know of in the under-$100 price range has MPPT, so I'm not knocking the #60032's value--just pointing out that if you're planning on spending the money for hundreds or thousands of watts of panels (like one recent reviewer), it probably makes sense to spend another hundred bucks and get an MPPT controller (e.g., Blue Sky or Heliotrope models) that can milk the maximum power from that expensive array... instead of throwing away part of it, as this unit does.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Tim G on May 30, 2009
When I hocked this up I instantly started ruining some tests to see exactly how well it works and after some tweaks I can tell you I am very happy and recommend this to any one that wants to keep there battery's healthy.
This thing will automatically throttle up and down the current to any battery to keep the voltage exactly were it belongs. The only had 3 problems with mine.
1. The voltage meter was off by +.2 volts!
2. The amp meter was off by -600ma!
3. This is not a mppt controller and wastes about 1 amp in my set up but for the price that is not bad.
Both points 1 and 2 were easily fixed by tweaking 2 pot's inside that are very easy to get to.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joe Abrahamson on August 8, 2009
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Bought this controller from Amazon and really liked it at first. In fact I still like it but am having to return it.

The controller works great and is a lot better than the previous model I had on the solar panels.

Problem is that the voltage display on the unit is not working right. I have 3 80 watt GE solar panels hooked up to this controller. They put out about 22 vdc to the charge controller, which is then regulated by the controller going to the batteries at anywhere from 12-14 vdc.

Hooked the controller up and it was fine for the first hour or two. Then checked the voltage display and it was reading 20 vdc! If it was really at this level, it would overcharge my 12 volt batteries and ruin them very fast. Checked the actual output with a digital volt meter and it was actually at 13.7, which is normal. Tried a second meter and got the same reading.

End of the story is that the new controller works great, but the meter on the front of the unit that tells you what the meter is putting out to the batteries is defective 1-2 hours after being hooked up. Its going back and will be getting a better controller and hope it works better and for a longer time. Amazon was very easy to work with but hope that they get things like this fixed.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence L. Dee on September 8, 2010
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I purchased the Sunfoce controller which failed soon after it was installed. I returned it to Sunforce for repair or replacement under the warranty. After six weeks with no controller and no emails or calls answered by Sunforce I notified Amazon who refunded the purchase price.

It is obvious that Sunforce has no intention of standing behind their products even when they are in violation of federal law. I would not take the chance of having to deal with them by finding another manufacturer in the United States.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Read on April 2, 2011
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Had product for 8 months and display stopped working, also voltage/current selection switch stopped working. Sorry to say company doesn't stand behind this product, has no US office, but wants me to mail both directions at my expense and they will only repair. Why repair a questionable product and who knows how long it would take for repair and return. This is an "off shore" company. Good news is Amazon is great, they are refunding after I return to them. I will buy a different vendor's controller from Amazon.
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