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Old 01-30-2015, 02:29 PM   #11
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Thanks for the link, this is the seller Topstore222 on Ebay who sold me the fake MPPT Controller so a bit reluctant to purchase of this guy again, do you think it is the same model above that's available on Ebay that's on Amazon, going to search Amazon now.

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I wonder if that Ebay seller actually knows it is a PWM controller with a MPPT logo on the case.

I had a look at the Tracer controllers on Amazon and they are true MPPT controllers. Decent price too.
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:58 PM   #12
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The dealer knows this is a PWM controller and has craftfully hidden that fact. He does however protect himself with the intentionally confusing statement " MPPT+PWM charging modeController Provided MPPT Maximum power point tracking Function,charging mode is PWM). This is common on Ebay listings, It is amazing how he spins a circuit board that is clearly inferior to the real one as having advantages. State of the art surface mount technology vs discrete components. It also appears that the name of the unit is MPPTD30 controller, not much different from the Chinese clothing manufacturer whose company name is "Made in America"
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:40 PM   #13
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It really depends on your budget. I got a Renogy 40AMP MPPT charger for $210 on Amazon last year that seems to be working fine. Size really depends on if you ever plan on adding additional solar panels to your system. Originally I was going to get the 30AMP but found if I decided to upgrade to 2 panels (250W panels from Renogy) the 30AMP would not work.

What panels are using with your system?

MorningStar MPPT have great reviews, but also cost more.
BLUE SOLAR MPPT 75/50 are interesting as you can remotely monitor them if you have internet access and their Color Control GX monitor. I'm sure its costly

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This is the one i may go for
SOLAR CONTROLLER NEW TRACER MPPT 30A BN SERIES | Trade Me as its here in NZ and looks to be cheaper buying it here then the States as the NZD is less then the USD, if you got time go in the search part of the site and enter MPPT controller and see what you think, i am still learning a lot about Solar Controllers.
I have decided to go for 30amp controller as will have fitted one more 200 watt panel soon,

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I installed a 3 x 100 watt panel system with the Tracer MPPT 20 amp controller and a Samlex 1,500 watt inverter on two 125 APH bats. After trying to use my 1100 watt microwave, the inverter would not carry it. Works all else in the unit. Iv'e ordered a Samlex 3000 watt inverter that should run anything on board. I'm now stuck with a 1,500 watt brand new inverer. Anyone need this unit, let me know. Also have a new Duralast 600 watt inverter.
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I have this same Tracer 20 Amp unit. Works great!
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:16 PM   #16
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I installed a 3 x 100 watt panel system with the Tracer MPPT 20 amp controller and a Samlex 1,500 watt inverter on two 125 APH bats. After trying to use my 1100 watt microwave, the inverter would not carry it. Works all else in the unit. Iv'e ordered a Samlex 3000 watt inverter that should run anything on board. I'm now stuck with a 1,500 watt brand new inverer. Anyone need this unit, let me know. Also have a new Duralast 600 watt inverter.
You might consider hanging on to it. The overhead on your 1500 watt Sammy will be much lower than your 3000 watt'r. Use your 1500 for your day to day, and hook your 3000 watt'r for dedicated microwave use.

Worst case, you don't take a bath on the 1500 watt'r.. you save ah's daily, and you always have a backup on hand.

If you're still looking to get rid of it, you might want to include the model number so folks know what you have up for offer.

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