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The Renogy Wanderer — 30A PWM Charge Controller
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- The Wanderer is a negative ground controller. This ensure compatibility with any negative ground system, which is the standard and most conventional way of grounding. Any negative connection on the solar module, battery and load can be safely earth grounded as required
- 4 Stage PWM charging (Bulk, Boost, Float, and Equalization) prevents batteries from over-charging and over-discharging. Protection against: overcharging, overload, short-circuit, and reverse polarity
- Compensates for temperature, automatically corrects charging and discharging parameters, and improves battery longevity.
- LED Indicators that inform you about the charge controller's status
- Compatible with Sealed, Gel, and Flooded batteries
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|Model||Wanderer||12V Advanturer||24V Advanturer|
|Battery Type||Sealed, gel and flooded||Sealed, gel and flooded||Sealed, gel and flooded|
|Nominal system voltage||12V DC||12V DC||12V/24V DC|
|Battery Reversed Protection||✓||✓||✓|
|Overloading & Short-Circuit Protection||✓||✓||✓|
|Over Charging /Discharging Protection||✓||✓||✓|
|Dimensions||6.5 x 4.3 x 1.8 In.||6.6 x 4.5 x 1.9 In.||6.6 x 4.5 x 1.9 In.|
|Manufacturer Part Number||CTRL-WND30|
|Package Height||1.6 x 4.2 x 5.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.3 pounds|
The Renogy Wanderer is a 30A PWM charge controller. This advanced negative-ground controller is designed for off-grid solar applications and can be used with a 12V battery or battery bank. Integrating highly efficient PWM charging, the Wanderer increases battery life and improves system performance. The controller comes equipped with fully comprehensive self-diagnostics and electronic protection functions to prevent damage from installation mistakes or system faults. Negative grounding controller ensures the broader off grid applications and safety, especially to be used on a vehicle which has battery negative on the chassis. A little extra investment on the right charge controller will generate a much higher return and prevent system failure.
Top Customer Reviews
This is one case where I can say with certainty that you get what you pay for.
I did not receive any benefits, discounts, or promotions in relation to this review or purchase. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
I've had this controller for one year, so can attest to its reliability. It has served me, and under non-ideal conditions of some rigour. It has seen the extremes of desert heat and cold. It has ventured to mountaintops and been dusted with grit and grime. And it still works, topping off my two small industrial deep cycle batteries and floating them just as specs detail. I know this because I added an inexpensive, but nonetheless equally hardy, voltmeter into the line.
It would have been nice to have that information displayed by the controller itself instead of selecting for photocell options. There is something a bit ridiculous and obsessive about the numerous options for automatic power for lighting. I've never used any of these. But if you need to light that barn or flag pole, you will enjoy this.
The unit feels well built on the whole. The enclosure is sturdy. I cracked it open to examine and all was neat, no components cold soldered. But for a unit presumably meant to be mounted outside, there is not even a fig leaf of water resistance. Also, the ports for connecting wires are perfunctory at best. If you planned on using anything better than #10 AWG wires direct to the box, think again. Even at #10, it is a tight squeeze into a somewhat jiggly screw clamp. I've hitherto had no issues with disconnection, but would tie off any wires connected to this.
A controller reliably handling 30 amps is at least better than the usual throwaway units supplied by solar power kit scams. If you are building a small system for your rv, on a budget, one could do much worse. You can probably rely on this unit. Faint praise, it sounds, but in a world where disposability is not regarded with the proper shame it should accrue, plain reliability is a rare virtue.