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Old 02-11-2016, 09:47 AM   #1
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Anyone using the Outback Controllers?

How do they compare with Morningstar and Blue Sky? I am looking at the Outback Flexmax 60, a 24V system.

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have seen fake ones on ebay by a seller from australlia.
heard the fan is constantly on and noisy. no hands-on experience.
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All 3 are good charge controllers. The OutBack is superior because of the company that stands behind it and it is more efficient in harvesting electric from the solar panels. The FM60 is also more programmable and user friendly IMUO.
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Anyone using the Outback Controllers?

Suggest to consider MidNite controllers as well. I have Morningstar 60 on the PA, but considering MidNite for the Phaeton due to higher capacity availability.

I have been very satisfied with Morningstar. It has just worked and worked very well for me over the past few years. Have used their tech support a couple times, very responsive and knowledgable.
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:46 PM   #5
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Midnite Solar Classic has the best performance but small terminals. Kid is a waste of money. Outback has poor customer service so we quit sell thoses years ago. Morningstar would be good if you did not need a computer, software and a special cable to program for correct battery charging. Blue Sky Energy 3024iL is outstanding for small systems (under 1100 Watts) and has the best battery capacity monitor (IPN Pro) on the market. Their controllers can be networked so you can grow your system using different size PV modules. We have sold and installed over 800 BSE controllers with extremely low failure rate.

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Old 02-24-2016, 08:44 PM   #6
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Anyone tried the Magnum Dimensions PT 100? If you have a Magnum inverter and the right remote control it looks like they have done some nice integration between the two products...

It will output 100A at 12v as well making it the highest capacity MPTT controller out there.

http://www.magnum-dimensions.com/ren...ts/controllers
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Anyone tried the Magnum Dimensions PT 100? If you have a Magnum inverter and the right remote control it looks like they have done some nice integration between the two products...

It will output 100A at 12v as well making it the highest capacity MPTT controller out there.

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I was a beta tester of the PT-100 for use with our Lithium Ion battery systems. Integration with late model Magnum Inverters is excellent. Performance is good and we have installed about a dozen so far. I would not recommend it for a stand alone controller because there is no programming available, only DIP switch settings.

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Larry (Battery Pro), I'm curious about your comment about the KID charge controller. I have one in my truck camper and have been fairly pleased with it. I installed the Whiz Bang Jr., temperature sensor and the shunt and thought that the overall price was fairly reasonable, but then again I don't sell and install these things regularly.

The thing that I do like about it is that it is an all-in-one package and that I was able to make good use of a couple of older but unused Shell Solar SQ-165 modules., which just fit into the roof space that I had available.

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Hi Tom,

Perhaps that was poorly said by me. We don't like the Kid because the terminal block is far, FAR too small for a 30 amp controller, the unit is too heavy for many RV walls and can only be surface mounted, the tiny display is hard to view from angles, fat fingered people will have a real hard time with the buttons and there is not much room for wiring in the wire box. Then you have exposed wires running in side your RV.

It does have some good features so Im sure for some it is not a waste of money. I would like to withdraw that comment and say when compared to other charge controllers, we don't recommend it.

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Larry,

I agree that wiring it was a bit of a challenge due to the terminal block issue, but being that I'm using 72 cell "string" modules, the wire size, #12 XHHW, is manageable. I see that they've announced a new, larger enclosure with an additional terminal block in it, which should help a bit. The buttons do take bit of getting used to, but once one gets the hang of them they're not so bad, and this is coming from the king of the fat-fingered. The display can be difficult to read without turning the backlight on, but one push of a button takes care of that. It's still not as good as others with LED or larger LCD readouts, but again it's an all-in-one unit. I hear you on the weight, the aluminum casting is, shall we say, "robust" (and I think indestructible) at the very least.

The one thing that I do wish Midnite Solar would change is the physical size of the battery temperature sensor. My installation would have been easier if the thing was made to slide through a 1/2" conduit, or at least through a 1/2" locknut.

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I have a Flexmax 60 controller that came with my rig it currently only has 4 100W panels feeding it i believe strung in series because my input voltage is usually in the upper 30's or just over 40 last time i checked in the daytime. I get 70-80Ah in a day in north dakota into a 12V AGM/LA bank ( i know not a excellent idea to mix battery types, but its already integrated into the RV systems to top off the house battery and cab battery, as well as run the DC portion of the rig.)

I only get 3-4 hours at best for peak sun and it does well even when the panels are only putting out for example 20V 1A~ collectively at the end of the day it will convert that right down to 13V 1.6A~ just about until dusk.
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