I thought this solar stuff would be easy........NOT!
I have a 120w Solar Cynergy Polycrystalline solar panel on the roof of my TC.....7' of #10 wire to the controller....18" of #10 wire to the shunt....12" #10 wire to the battery
I have one brand new 95AH Deep Cycle, Walmart (Johnson Controls) 12V battery....
I have a Phocos 20A controller....
My TC has a Centurion 3000 power converter , 1998 vintage...
I have a Trimetric 2025RV with a 500 Shunt....
Volts ... 13.2
Amps .... -00.3
Percent Full... - - -
My battery will only get to 13.2V and there it stays.
I have used a SEARS smart battery charger hooked up to it for a couple of days...13.2V..no more
I've left the Centurion 3000 on for days...Battery gets to 12.9 on a digital VOM and no higher
The solar panel is putting out 19- 27V over the course of the day (The camper is parked in a partially shaded area when not being used)
The Phocos is outputting only 12.8V no matter the output of the panel.
I have a feeling the Phocos is garbage.....Just a hunch. I want to replace it with a Morningstar Sunsaver 20A PWM
I have a feeling the SEARS charger is rubbish. I've ordered the Black and Decker VEC1093DBD as it is spoken of extremely highly on this and other forums.
I'm not sure I have the Trimetric set properly. ??? Why is "% Full" still showing three dashes?
What is the best way to monitor the solar panel output....Simple volt meter or a clamp on amp meter? When I park for best sun exposure, does it matter whether I'm monitoring Volts or Amps?
Looking at my system, how come my battery won't come up to 14+ volts as I see referenced in many posts and articles here on the internet.
Any help is greatly appreciated.