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Old 02-13-2019, 08:47 PM   #1
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Which Magnum remote is this?

I'm looking to add automatic generator start to my Magnum inverter but I'm not sure my current Magnum remote supports AGS. Does anyone recognize this model with 3 buttons below the display instead of the typical 5?
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Old 02-14-2019, 02:38 PM   #2
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As far as I know, you will just have to set up, and enable/ disable, the AGS, from the AGS module itself, rather than the monitor you have.
Contact Magnum and show them the controller you have.
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I'm looking to add automatic generator start to my Magnum inverter but I'm not sure my current Magnum remote supports AGS. Does anyone recognize this model with 3 buttons below the display instead of the typical 5?
The ME-BMK manual will have program instructions for the ME-RC and ME-ARC...but I donít think that one is covered. I would call their tech support and get a recommendation. The AGS come in two varieties,,,a stand alone where you set it on the AGS...and the ME-AGS-N Network type...which is setup under the AGS button or SETUP button on the Regular or Advanced remotes.
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After looking at my remote's menus, it appears this is a bare-bone model that does nothing more than turn on the inverter from the front panel. The only configurable menu item allows setting the battery type. No AGS or BMK support.

So, I need to upgrade to a ME-RC or ME-ARC remote before adding the battery monitor and AGS modules.

Is there any reason to spend the extra $$$ on the ME-ARC? The ME-RC seems to have a plethora of options for AGS (time, temperature, battery charge), so I'm not seeing any advantage purchasing the ME-ARC. What are the "advanced" options on the ME-ARC?

BTW, I have a ME2012 inverter with software version 3.6.
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If you haven't already looked at them, you may want to review the "compatibility" documents (several versions at this link). They may give you some idea of what works well with your current inverter and its software revision level. The folks at Magnum/Sensata tech support may also offer guidance.
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After looking at my remote's menus, it appears this is a bare-bone model that does nothing more than turn on the inverter from the front panel. The only configurable menu item allows setting the battery type. No AGS or BMK support.

So, I need to upgrade to a ME-RC or ME-ARC remote before adding the battery monitor and AGS modules.

Is there any reason to spend the extra $$$ on the ME-ARC? The ME-RC seems to have a plethora of options for AGS (time, temperature, battery charge), so I'm not seeing any advantage purchasing the ME-ARC. What are the "advanced" options on the ME-ARC?

BTW, I have a ME2012 inverter with software version 3.6.
Step 1...figure out what “Level” your Inverter is. Turns out...with version 3.6. you have a Level 2 Inverter.

Next...download the pdf attachment. It shows what a newer ME-ARC can do with different Level inverters. Many apply to Level 1 or greater. This pdf is for ME-ARC with Rev 4.0 software.

The ME-ARC is a very worthwhile upgrade. If you have the ME-AGS-N and ME-BMK installed it gives you many powerful tools. As you can see...there are a lot of menu options...so many OEM’s just don’t want to get involved. The ME-RC will not program the AGS to use SOC...so you are stuck with voltage. This is NOT very accurate for two reasons. Lead Acid batteries have a large voltage swing when loads are varied. This means if you simply stick something in the microwave...the AGS will likely start. Or if you eventually get lithium batteries...quite the opposite. Very flat voltage curve...making the voltage trigger almost worthless. Having SOC trigger is more reliable...at yielding what you are looking for.

Anyway...having AGS triggers for time of day, state of charge, quiet hour top off, exercise, etc...are amazing. Having AC-IN to SOC is amazing. Just as an example...I have two 15k dometic A/C’s. I have solar. If I put AC-IN and set the SOC trigger down around 70-80%...the Inverter will invert provided the batteries are charged above the set point Level...so all of your Inverter loads and Direct DC loads are now on Battery/Solar power. The converter is off and not charging. This gives you all of the shore power to dedicate to air conditioners. In this arrangmemt...I can run two 15k units in a 30A campground connection. If I couldn’t do this..one air conditioner would load shed and trigger the start of my AGS. Anyway...you can dream up ways to better manage your electrical needs with this combo. Skip the ME-RC remote. It really has a limited skill set.
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Great info! Calculating the battery SOC makes the MS-ARC worth the extra cost.
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Great info! Calculating the battery SOC makes the MS-ARC worth the extra cost.
Thanks!
Just to clarify...the ME-RC can DISPLAY the SOC when used along with the ME-BMK. However...the ME-ARC makes this information ACTIONABLE. You can actually use the information to do something. I don't want there to be a chance of misleading you.

My coach came with the ME-RC...and it wasn't until after I had installed the ME-BMK that much to my disappointment...I found out that you can't do anything actionable with it. So, I purchased the ME-ARC as a replacement. Very happy with it.
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