|Item Weight||8.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.3 x 3.6 x 3.2 inches|
|Item model number||60031|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Manufacturer Part Number||60031|
Sunforce 60031 10 Amp Digital Charge Controller
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.3 x 3.6 x 3.2 inches|
|Item Weight||0.55 Pounds|
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- Protects battery from overcharge and discharge
- Handles up to 10 Amps of array current and 150 Watts of solar power
- Maintains 12V batteries in a fully charged state
- LCD digital display shows battery voltage
- Small and compact for added convenience
The Sunforce 10 Amp Digital Charge Controller is the perfect solution to prevent the overcharging of 12V batteries. It protects the battery from both overcharge and discharge. This product is for use with 12 Volt solar panels and batteries only. The unit handles up to 10 Amps of array current, and 150 watts of solar power. With an LCD digital display, this unit also allows for completely maintenance free protection of solar panels and batteries and maintains the battery’s voltage.
The Sunforce 10 Amp Digital Charge Controller is the perfect solution to prevent the overcharging of 12V batteries. It protects the battery from both overcharge and discharge. This product is for use with 12 Volt solar panels and batteries only. The unit handles up to 10 Amps of array current, and 150 Watts of solar power. With an LCD digital display, this unit also allows for completely maintenance-free protection of solar panels and batteries and maintains the battery’s voltage.
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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Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2013
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However, I don't know that the voltage-reading LCD display is accurate. I store the batteries and charge controller in a larger storage container outside the cabin. At first, when I opened the lid, the voltage display showed around 14V in the batteries, but immediately started declining down to the low 13.XXV (within a minute), yet still showed 100% charged the entire time. I don't know if stored heat alters the reading, or maybe even charging management. So, I decided to prop open the top of the container a half-inch to allow heat to escape, and the next time I checked the voltage reading (a week later), it showed 12.16V. The inverter connected to the battery did show corresponding voltage readings on its end, though not identical - when at 13.XXV on the controller, the inverter showed 13.3V.....when at 12.16V the inverter showed 12.6V (which is a fully-charged battery as far as I know).
So, I don't really know what's going on here with the voltage fluctuations because I don't run much off the batteries at all when I'm there, and I turn off the inverter when I'm gone. But I guess as long as the float/maintain light is on, that's what counts.
If you have any ideas about what's causing the voltage fluctuations, let me know.
A year later.
Have had this in my travel trailer for over a year. Solar panels are rated at 100 watts. Battery is a telecomm battery designed for sitting around on a charger then providing, in this case, up to 100 Amps for about 20 hours when needed. The trailer has not been connected to AC since panels/battery/charge controller installed. The panels have provided enough power and the controller has kept the battery at 13.8 volts the whole time. The max charge current I have seen so far has been about 6 Amps. Not bad for the Pacific North-west.
I have looked inside the controller. The switching devices are wired like MOSFETs and they look like they would max out at 10 Amps. Part numbers on the devices are in-house numbers and impossible to find. I would limit this unit to no more than what I have it doing. i.e., 100 Watt panels. That would keep the charge current at around 8 Amps max.