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    1 h 20 min into loadshedding things look better if not perfect.

    One is on 79% and the other on 89%

    There is also an alarm red light on the one that is 89%
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    Today is a good test again.

    We went off at 7 am 5 hours later the batteries are at 33 and 58%

    Although they are not equalized they are working g well. I just hope Citipower gets this sorted soon. We are busy with the installation of the solar panels but the electrician will only come next week to connect.

    Last few days of struggle
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    We went off at 7 am 5 hours later the batteries are at 33 and 58%
    What others have done in similar situation, if you are comfortable to do it, or lean how, pick your time, no LS.

    Disconnect Bank 2.

    Charge Bank 1 to 100%.
    Disconnect Bank 1.

    Connect Bank 2.
    Charge Bank 2 to 100%.

    Connect Bank 1 again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_terrible_triplett View Post
    What others have done in similar situation, if you are comfortable to do it, or lean how, pick your time, no LS.

    Disconnect Bank 2.

    Charge Bank 1 to 100%.
    Disconnect Bank 1.

    Connect Bank 2.
    Charge Bank 2 to 100%.

    Connect Bank 1 again.
    OK that is very doable.

    We are now close to 7 hours and still on.

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    Power was off for 3 days and when power came back both batteries started charging without any intervention.

    Thanks Keith that is what I needed!

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    Default Re: Hansie's solar challenges en journey.

    I got 99% of what I need for going live with the solar on the Kodak Inverter.

    I just need a switch to switch solar off before connecting solar to inverter.

    Any recommendations for this switch so that I can buy it tomorrow early.

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    By a ‘switch’ I would hope you mean a DC protection DB incl DC rated breakers, fuses and SPD’s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bees View Post
    By a ‘switch’ I would hope you mean a DC protection DB incl DC rated breakers, fuses and SPD’s?

    Yes, he means Solar Combiner Box as per the link, or so we hope.
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    Lost in translation and lack of knowledge.

    The electrician said a breaker. Then when I asked for more detail he was quiet and so I came to the forum but translated breaker to switch.

    It dit not sound as dramatic as what is reffer3d to above so I will wait.

    Don't worry the sparkie will make sure I don't mess up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    Lost in translation and lack of knowledge.

    The electrician said a breaker. Then when I asked for more detail he was quiet and so I came to the forum but translated breaker to switch.

    It did not sound as dramatic as what is referred to above so I will wait.

    Don't worry the sparkie will make sure I don't mess up.
    Dramatic (assuming you are referring to my post)

    That is what one needs to protect the wires, protect against surges, to also switch off the panels if there is a DC switch also installed ... or just pull the fuses in case of emergency.

    Your sparkie will now that. If not, then you have the wrong sparkie.

    Sparkie must be a Installation or Master Electrician to install solar systems, be qualified to give a CoC for it.

    But you know that.
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    Ok so looking forward to settings once Solar is connected (hopefully soon).

    our biggest usage is during the night for various security lights and systems.

    To get more of a return on investment I need to run a part of the night on battery.

    My current batteries can do about 6-7 hrs at night. If I choose SBU settings batteries will be drained early hours of the morning and if loadshedding hits we will be completely dark during loadshedding. High risk not worth it.

    If I use SUB there will only be saving during the day.
    Long term solution is more batteries.

    Is there a short term solution? In other words as an example: a setting that will use batteries up to 50% while there is Eskom. When there is no Eskom batteries can drain to 25%. Or a timer that will use batteries to midnight and then save whatever is left for a possible loadshedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    Is there a short term solution? In other words as an example: a setting that will use batteries up to 50% while there is Eskom. When there is no Eskom batteries can drain to 25%. Or a timer that will use batteries to midnight and then save whatever is left for a possible loadshedding.
    You will need some software to handle that/do that:
    https://iccsoftware.co.za/

    https://solar-assistant.io/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    Ok so looking forward to settings once Solar is connected (hopefully soon).

    our biggest usage is during the night for various security lights and systems.

    To get more of a return on investment I need to run a part of the night on battery.

    My current batteries can do about 6-7 hrs at night. If I choose SBU settings batteries will be drained early hours of the morning and if loadshedding hits we will be completely dark during loadshedding. High risk not worth it.

    If I use SUB there will only be saving during the day.
    Long term solution is more batteries.

    Is there a short term solution? In other words as an example: a setting that will use batteries up to 50% while there is Eskom. When there is no Eskom batteries can drain to 25%. Or a timer that will use batteries to midnight and then save whatever is left for a possible loadshedding.
    OK your Inverter has setting to change modes based on time of day.

    you will need to set the inverters clock to the correct time and program

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    2. Timer Setting for Output Source Priority

    This timer setting is to set up the output source priority per day.

    Or maybe now is the time to dive into Solar Assistant, seeing as you have a Raspberry Pi lying around
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    OK your Inverter has setting to change modes based on time of day.

    you will need to set the inverters clock to the correct time and program

    Page 28-

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    This timer setting is to set up the output source priority per day.

    Or maybe now is the time to dive into Solar Assistant, seeing as you have a Raspberry Pi lying around
    Keith Thank you I'm sitting here with my manual for the Kodak(I found it) and looking for any setting where I can set a timer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    Keith Thank you I'm sitting here with my manual for the Kodak(I found it) and looking for any setting where I can set a timer.
    OK, it’s possible if it is an older version that it doesn’t have it. Which model number is yours
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    OG 7.2

    Edit an upright photo

    Ha ha even more upside down

    Edit no 2 3rd time lucky I hope photo should be upright now
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    Ok I'm impressed with my little steps. I managed to set the date and time correctly.

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    Default Re: Hansie's solar challenges en journey.

    OK, that looks good.
    Attached is the manual that I use.

    Clock time is set up menu options 95-99


    Page 28 For timers for changing mode. This is not part of the setup options menu.
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    Have you shared what panels you’re installing and in what configuration?

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    Hi Bees I will answer your question now.

    Keith I think I have managed to setup Sub from midnight until 6 am. So default is now SBU and fom 0h00 until 6h00 it is SUB.

    Thank you for your help.
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