Solar Regulators

Plasmatronics --- Dingo or PL20
Not educated in the field to make a decision between the two.
Can those in the know help me.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 18:35

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 18:35
Both excellent controllers.
The Dingo is a little easier to install (the PL20 reads current on the earth side). Not sure if there are other functional differences.

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Follow Up By: Member - Johny boy (NSW) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 20:30

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 20:30
Mate I bought a dingo and it has extra termanals for the wires and as far as I can see they are very much the same the wires are hidden on the dingo and I think it looks neat as for the other post above read his post and it asks which one, not suggest a differant one to confuse me ?
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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Monday, May 31, 2010 at 19:57

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 19:57
Pinko,
have to ask what reasons you have for wanting either of those you nominate ??


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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 20:46

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 20:46
Thanks Mainey
You have given me another one to research.
I chose the two I mentioned because they feture favourably in forums.
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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 08:29

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 08:29
Hi Mainey
As I said I know nothing about Solar. I chose the two plasmatronics because the feature predominatly in forums etc.
The choice of regulators is vast. I am after advice to arrive at a choice.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 10:30

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 10:30
Stan,
Whatever I type someone is going to post an opinion they honestly believe and their opinion may contradict mine.
I've been using this model Steca for a number of years now.

With the Steca you can see all the information on the LCD screen you need to know about your solar charging and power system at any time, and can then make any adjustments required to maintain your battery system in a healthy state.

The Steca controller *does* charge the batteries 100%, not just "about 100%"

Don't believe those who knock the Steca till they can actually tell you they have owned and used one in a solar system that IS set up correctly.

No pwm solar regulator will work correctly when not installed and used as it's been designed.

Steca information Link:

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Reply By: William W. Wakefield - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 21:01

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 21:01
Morningstar solar regulators should be the first choice for solar regulators under 500W. Morningstar are no 1 solar regulator manufacturer in the world. Morningstar charge earlier in the morning and later in afternoon. Built in temperature control and precision regulation are something brands you have mentioned do not have. Morningstar will bring a battery to as near as possible to 100% charge which few solar regulators can achieve.
Morningstar website.
Morningstar sales in Australia. There are others as well.

If you post your requirements on panel capacity and use in a postion to make suggestions to type of regulator and installation.
Certain installations may achieve better results with MPPT regulation.

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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 00:34

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 00:34
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You have made some very exceptional claims
can you please answer the following questions ?

(1) "Morningstar charge earlier in the morning and later in afternoon"
So with an elcrapo cheap solar panel and a low priced Morningstar solar regulator you get better performance than an efficient solar panel and decent regular?
You obviously believe a Morningstar solar regulator will make a solar panel more efficient?

(2) "Morningstar will bring a battery to as near as possible to 100% charge which few solar regulators can achieve"
Please name the "few" solar regulators that will bring a battery to as near as possible to 100% charge?

"Morningstar are no 1 solar regulator manufacturer in the world"
They are low priced, maybe that explains why they sell so many ?

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Follow Up By: ModSquad - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 11:10

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 11:10
Mainey,

As you are well aware from many previous posts where you have been moderated, a reply such as this where you take the other replier to task on his statement is none other than antagonistic behaviour that all too often escalates into unsavoury debates. No more discussion will be tolerated where the advice of another is debated within another person’s post. Just let it go.

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Reply By: Member - Simon W1 (NSW) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 23:07

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 23:07
Hi Stan, you wouldn't be from around the Woopi area would you?
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