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Midnite Solar The KID, 30A MPPT Charge Controller, 150V, Black by Michael Mccurdy
Midnite Solar The KID, 30A MPPT Charge Controller, 150V, Black Good Bargain Controller
I have a classic 150 and 200 and a Schneider / I like the Ethernet capability on those but they cost twice what the Kid costs. I purchased the Kid for another wind project after watching the Wind Kid Videos / was disappointed it was not ready for that task (my bad) but I put it on a smaller 24v s... (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
Schneider Electric Conext ComBox Communication Device by
Schneider Electric Conext ComBox Communication Device Schneider Electric Conext ComBox Communication Device
Been 3 years now and still waiting for the wireless combox version that was implied when I installed my awesome solar system using all schneider electrice hardware. Works like they said it would with no issues, but where is the wireless combox? (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
Outback Power MATE3s System Display and Controller by Christopher Warfel
Outback Power MATE3s System Display and Controller Christopher Warfel
We have had two Mate3 fail totally on firmware updates. There is no workaround unless you scour various listservs. Even then the workaround hasn't worked. The final stick in the eye is that Outback will not take any responsibility and offers, what has become recently, extremely bad Technical... (more)

Rating :1 of 5 Stars!
Schneider Electric Conext SW Inverter/Chargers by
Schneider Electric Conext SW Inverter/Chargers Schneider Conext for 2 years now.
Have been running my 24v system for over 2 years now problem free while building my off grid house. Simple connection following instructions. I purchased all DC, AC etc. boxes as suggested by Schneider and assembly was straight forward. Have been running FLA batteries while building but am about... (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
Fronius Symo Adv 10.0-3PH 208-NO REFUNDS/RETURNS by
Fronius Symo Adv 10.0-3PH 208-NO REFUNDS/RETURNS President & CEO
I had 5-ea Fronius 208/240 inverters installed in my building December 2015. From the very first week they were installed, they have all five randomly and intermittently shut down. We have lost a significant amount of Solar operating time (the least of my current concerns.) I have asked that ... (more)

Rating :1 of 5 Stars!
Midnite Solar Classic 150 MPPT Charge Controller, 150V 96A by Kenneth Almond
Midnite Solar Classic 150 MPPT Charge Controller, 150V 96A Good Purchase
I have a Classic 150 - which is perfect for 5 strings of 3 panels (285w - 300w) - e.g. use Classic Sizing Tool for your situation. Have had it in operation for 3 months now with DIY Lithimum Ion battery pack and local internet access/control. All is working perfectly and looking forward to ad... (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
Enphase Micro Cable Clips, Packs of 10 by Kevin Pate
Enphase Micro Cable Clips, Packs of 10 They don't look like this
Two stars because they do fit the enphase q cable. But otherwise they don't look like this nor do they fit the ironridge rail as the photo implies. Not sure what they fit. Was able to make them work by liberal bending of the rack-side clip. (more)

Rating :2 of 5 Stars!
Panasonic 330 Watt HIT High Efficiency Solar Panel, 35MM by Dwight Hewitt
Panasonic 330 Watt HIT High Efficiency Solar Panel, 35MM Panasonic 325 Watt HIT
I installed 15 of the Panasonic 325 (replaced 22 Evergreen 210's) so far I am impressed with their performance.
These panel are rated A+ when it comes power output at very high temperature in the Caribbean; A comparison was made with the same quantity SunPower panels, the difference was ... (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
MT Solar Hand Crank for 4" Top of Pole Mounts by
MT Solar Hand Crank for 4 MT Solar Hand Crank
Poor crank design for an excellent array system. The crank is not easy to turn when adjusting array angle closer to horizontal as opposed to vertical. The links at the pivot point are twisting to the point where they will shear. I would recommend that MT Solar add some grease fittings to the c... (more)

Rating :1 of 5 Stars!
Outback Flexmax 80 MPPT Solar Charge Controller by Ed Geis
Outback Flexmax 80 MPPT Solar Charge Controller solid units
Two of these came with my Outback Flexpower system. It's only been 2 months but they're performing well. Have had a couple brief power spikes of 4200 watts from the array into one of them, handled it fine (4000W max. recommended).

Also make sure when you size your strings you s... (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
Hanwha Q Cell 305 Watt Mono Solar Panel by Ed Geis
Hanwha Q Cell 305 Watt Mono Solar Panel So Far So Good
These are my first panels (other than a portable one on my sailboat), so I don't have much basis for comparison, but they've been in service for 2 months now and they're working great.

I have them in strings of 3, Voc runs 115-120 typically (we've had some extremely col... (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
Xantrex Freedom HFS Inv/Chargers Parent Code by Randy Cone
Xantrex Freedom HFS Inv/Chargers Parent Code Bad Transfer Switch
This inverter is used as a grid tie back up for a solar thermal pump. Our rural electric coop has occasional power interruptions which the inverter works well to switch to battery power. The problem lies in the fact that it doesn't always switch back to grid power and then drains the battery ... (more)

Rating :2 of 5 Stars!
Fronius DataManager 2.0 - IG Plus A Inverters by
Fronius DataManager 2.0 - IG Plus A Inverters Not the Datamanager 2.0!
I ordered this and was sent the Datamanager 1.0. The 2.0 version has the ability to set up wirelessly, the unit I was sent does not.
I was able to get it to work but had to hook up a lan cord directly to the unit to be able to configure it. Since I'm a homeowner, not an installer, it too... (more)

Rating :2 of 5 Stars!
Pika Energy X7601 7.6kW Energy Island Inverter by Tony Nuzzo
Pika Energy X7601 7.6kW Energy Island Inverter How to purchase the Pika Energy Island
If you are looking to purchase a Pika Energy Island, you should know that it is not available for sale directly to end users. Home and business owners may only purchase the Energy Island through qualified solar installation professionals. Contact Pika Energy today to be connected to a local sola... (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
Outback Power MATE3s System Display and Controller by
Outback Power MATE3s System Display and Controller Not worth the money!
I am away from my off-grid cabin for extended periods of time and depend on the Mate3 Ethernet/Internet connection to monitor the health of my system while offsite. The Mate3 has been plagued with Ethernet connection issues since Optics Re was introduced three years ago. Recently, OutBack Suppo... (more)

Rating :1 of 5 Stars!
SolarWorld 345 Watt Solar Panel, Sunmodule SW345 Mono, 5 Busbar by jim wetzel
SolarWorld 345 Watt Solar Panel, Sunmodule SW345 Mono, 5 Busbar solarworld panels
ordered solar panels and they arrived in 3 days, super service. panels work great. ive shopped around and found them to have best prices, I will be doubling size of my array next year, and will order again from them. (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
Midnite Solar E-Panel, White Steel, 175A for Magnum MS-PAE Series Inverters by Jeffrey Selby
Midnite Solar E-Panel, White Steel, 175A for Magnum MS-PAE Series Inverters Good for keeping wiring enclosed
This is good for keeping wiring enclosed and all in one place but a few things you should know. It does not come with DC breakers for the PV and charge controller side so order those with the panel. The mounting bracket is too small for the ME-RTR so you can only get one screw in to hold it up.... (more)

Rating :3 of 5 Stars!
SMA Sunny Boy Rapid Shutdown Box by Emil Brown
SMA Sunny Boy Rapid Shutdown Box SMA RSS Review
The SMA Rapid Shutdown System is a necessary evil if you are installing SMA string inverters under the US 2014 National Electric Code (NEC). I am currently installing 3 of these for my 4 string, 3 inverter rooftop system.

A couple of gotchas first: If you are using only 1 of the tw... (more)

Rating :2 of 5 Stars!
Morningstar TS-MPPT-60 Tristar 60 Amp MPPT Charge Controller by John Hogan
Morningstar TS-MPPT-60 Tristar 60 Amp MPPT Charge Controller AltE store and Morningstar for a win win combination
of Quality and value together. I ordered the controller and meter together. Price may seem a bit high but when compared to any other company I have found AltE store actually had the better price. Delivery was quick too.

This is a simple to hook up and setup controller. Although it can ... (more)

Rating :5 of 5 Stars!
Laing D5/710B PV Circulating Pump- threaded by
Laing D5/710B PV Circulating Pump- threaded Laing D5
I had a Laing D5 710 B connected directly to a solar panel to circulate water through a solar water heating system. The pump worked flawlessly for 6 years then failed. I was talked into buying a Topsflo TD5 to replace it. The TD5 is obnoxiously loud, I could barely hear the Laing. I'm goi... (more)

Rating :4 of 5 Stars!
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