Outback MATE Remote Monitor & Control

Outback MATE Remote Monitor & Control
Outback MATE Remote Monitor & Control
$289.68 List price $312.86
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Outback Power Systems Outback MATE

Outback Power Systems
System Management
Remote Monitor & Control

As a complete management tool for OutBack Power systems, the MATE Remote Monitor & Controller is packed full of features to make system management simple. It provides a display of the operation as well as allows control and adjustment of the setpoints. The OutBack Mate also coordinates the operation of the entire system to maximize performance and to prevent multiple products from conflicting.

A single MATE can remotely manage and monitor multiple inverter/chargers, charge controllers and monitoring devices. The easy-to-read 3.1" (8 cm) LCD is backlit for dark operating conditions. Four soft keys allow easy context-based navigation of menus and functions. Two hot keys give immediate access to AC and inverter functions. A built-in clock and calendar function enables timer-based programming of inverter and charger operation, allowing the system to operate with time-of-day power rates or limit a generator's run time to a specific time period of the day or week. All settings are stored in permanent memory to eliminate the need to reprogram in the event of a system shutdown or battery replacement.

The MATE includes a RS232 port with DB9 jack for connection to the serial port of a PC computer. The MATE system display and controller is surface-mounted.


  • A single MATE is able to connect up to ten OutBack products via CAT 5 / ethernet type cabling with 8 wire RJ45 modular connectors and the OutBack HUB-4 Communication Manager or HUB-10 Communication Manager.

  • 4 line backlit LCD display with 80 alphanumeric characters. This allows multiple measurements to be displayed at the same time and reduces the amount of abbreviations required, simplifying the operation and reducing confusion. All of the programmed setpoints are stored in permanent memory to eliminate the need to reprogram the system after a shutdown or battery replacement.

  • Includes a built in real time clock and calendar which allows programming of the inverter operation based on the time of day and even day of the week. This can be used to allow the system to work with time-of-day power rates or to limit a generator's run time to a specific time period of the day or week.
Specifications The MATE
Interface Display 4 line 80 character backlit LCD - Alphanumeric with graphic symbols
Control Keypad 6 backlit silicone membrane keys- dedicated inverter and AC input keys
Status Indicators Two LED Status Indicators : Green = Inverter Yellow = AC Input
Communication Protocol Proprietary OutBack Multi-drop using an OutBack HUB
Interconnection Cabling Standard CAT 5 network cable with RJ45 modular jack- 10 ft included
PC Computer Interface RS232 opto-isolated DB9 jack 9600 baud serial communication
Microprocessor 16 MHz low power consumption version
Setpoint and Data Memory 32K non-volatile flash RAM
Clock / Calendar On-board real time clock with battery backup
Audible Indicator 2 KHz Transducer
Environmental Rating Indoor Type 1 Optional outdoor Type 3R transparent lockable cover
Dimensions 5.75" W x 4.25" H x 2" D (14.6 cm x 10.8 cm x 5.08 cm)
Shipping Weight 1 lb
Warranty Two years parts and labor Optional Extended Warranty
Compatible Devices Only compatible with older Outback Inverter models.  NOT compatible with FXR/VFXR Inverters and Radian Inverter/Chargers.

Outback Power Systems

Here are some tips from the altE staff

  • What is the maximum cable length I can use with an Outback Mate Remote Monitor?
    • The Outback Mate uses CAT 5 type Ethernet cabling with 8 wire RJ45 modular connectors. The maximum distance that has been tested is 1000 feet of cable in an office / commercial building with success. (This info can also be found in the user manual under the data sheets tab.)

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Should not be necessary

Though this may be a uselful product, it should not be necessary to buy a "remote" control to program the inverter. I am very disappointed with Outback that no changes or monitoring of the inverter can be done without this additional expense. It is like selling a TV with no controls bui...
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