Category Archives: Charge Controllers

Further Data on the Xantrex Autopsy

Seems a shame that people just give up on these older inverters when something small like a thermistor fails. Seems those that only promote replacement are made of money and likely will never read this blog. Their loss. But why replace an inverter when the failed part is about 3 dollars US? Or less…. Continue reading

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Simple and Small 1 Amp Gel Cell Charger Circuit

The circuit in the image has some additional notes. It can be adapted to other small battery types by raising or lowering the charge potential via changing the resistance value Continue reading

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The Xantrex Autopsy part 1.

Now, why would someone buy one of these units used for 250 dollars on up used? Simple- These units are built for long term service and 100% duty cycle. Sure, you can get some cheaper “Class D” type inverters, but those are far more noisy in radiated RF, and while cheap- they are not all that durable- one short on the output and most are finished. They lack serious protection of the unit in use- the Trace made units are the better choice. Continue reading

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Inverters 101, including the RF aspects no one has discussed before.

But what has not been discussed thus far is the Radio Frequency noise aspect of some of these circuits, and also some commercial solar controllers can and do radiate RF as a byproduct of the ability to eek a little more charging time from a rising and setting sun. Continue reading

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A Little More about Automotive Alternators…

You do want to have the adjustability so you can fine tune the system so it is not trying to charge at full output at all times- unlike a car or truck, it does not need to go to full charging rate. A moderate rate of 20 Amps will recharge quite effectively, as will 10 Amps. Continue reading

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Using Zeners

If you are serious about trying to use Zeners I will direct you to the various factory handbooks for additional information about their uses. The use of Zeners in alternative energy circuits in general is rather limited though, and they really require isolation to limit their load on the circuit which can be dissipating energy you may want for your battery. In other circuit applications outside of the alternative energy systems; they have their uses, Continue reading

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quick update

…;Since the last posting I have recieved from a friend, several large inverters/charge controlers that must be checked over prior to selling them. Among them is Blue Sky Solar Charge Controller which is likely the first of the items to be covered…. Continue reading

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A Minor Update to the Regulators

I will also be posting a simplified 10 Amp Regulator circuit in a couple days, it will handle more than 10 Amps, and it omits the 2N3055 Continue reading

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Restatement of some constructor notes and of nitpicks.

In their little short sighted world it is only their opinion that counts. They want specific numbers and specific “hold my hand” types of instructions because they are afraid of many things- most of all actually doing anything. In their little rants they always lack introspection, and they will just never “get it.” Continue reading

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Free Energy Systems

In short- the prospect of “Free Energy” gets many people taken advantage of simply because of a lack of their understanding of what the things they are looking at, and what they actually do, or how they really operate. It is akin to pointing a photographic light meter designed for reflected light right at the light source and then thinking the inverse square law is false. The video in question titled “free energy 27 Watts in 460 Watts out.” I debated if I should even give it acknowledgement in this way. It is not free power, it is not Tesla technology- it could simply be a matter of someone using a meter that does register a value- just not the correct value for the circuit they are taking a measurement on. Therefore the apparent measurement is innacurate. And this is the problem with many of the over unity claims- they get the measurements wrong because they are using the wrong tools and equations for measurement, or they purposely chose the wrong tools and equations hoping to mislead you. Continue reading

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