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Post by Polly on Fri 22 May 2015 - 10:44

Hia 
Red light as come on on my solar panel regulator box
238 miles travelled yesterday and my 12 v arrow showed only 11 whatever
Sorry I am not technical should have been fully charged
Any ideas
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by laneside on Fri 22 May 2015 - 11:52

Polly is that 11 volts on your leisure battery or on your engine battery?
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by The Burchies on Fri 22 May 2015 - 13:39

What make & model number of regulator is it polly?
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by whistlinggypsy on Fri 22 May 2015 - 18:49

laneside wrote:Polly is that 11 volts on your leisure battery or on your engine battery?
After 238 miles both should have read at least 13v
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Chameleon on Fri 22 May 2015 - 20:35

Sounds as though the controller box has been incorrectly wired. Tyne Valley Motorhomes wired mine up incorrectly on present van when moving solar panel from the old van.
Correct way is to connect battery wires to battery terminals on controller first so controller knows the battery volts. Then connect solar panel wires to panel terminals on controller box.
If you don't know which are the battery or solar panel wires you need a multimeter to check. In my van the battery wires measured 11.9v and the solar panel wires measured 19v as the panel was charging nothing.
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by rebbyvid on Sat 23 May 2015 - 19:36

Chameleon wrote:Sounds as though the controller box has been incorrectly wired. Tyne Valley Motorhomes wired mine up incorrectly on present van when moving solar panel from the old van.
Correct way is to connect battery wires to battery terminals on controller first so controller knows the battery volts. Then connect solar panel wires to panel terminals on controller box.  
If you don't know which are the battery or solar panel wires you need a multimeter to check.  In my van the battery wires measured 11.9v and the solar panel wires measured 19v as the panel was charging nothing.
Doubtful as its been ok for 12 months
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Mon 25 May 2015 - 10:48

Hia

Looking through some papers on my regulated which is ELPRC
IT AS BEEN WORKING LOVELY FOR AT LEAST 12 months

Suddenly the red light as come on and batteries are flat
No charge as come through the van battery when run

All working well then nothing 
Any ideas 
Van battery ok
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by laneside on Mon 25 May 2015 - 11:09

Not easy to detect from a distance but could be any number of things. First and easy is that you have a bad earth somewhere but could be something else. I guess your starting point is to take the leisure batteries off and charge them at home and see if they hold their charge.
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Mon 25 May 2015 - 11:23

Hia

Thanks Laneside

Electrician coming tomorrow but thought I would ask first
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by laneside on Mon 25 May 2015 - 11:38

Hope it is a nice easy fix Polly
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Mon 25 May 2015 - 13:30

Hia

So do I 
Having 4 new tyres 
So hoping I haven't got batteries to pay for on top
I can already hear my son saying
' there you go spending my inherentence again'

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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by KSH on Mon 25 May 2015 - 15:19

I'd say it's blown.a.fuse, you should have inline fuses, check them

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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by rebbyvid on Mon 25 May 2015 - 22:24

KSH wrote:I'd say it's blown.a.fuse, you should have inline fuses, check them
My thoughts but we couldnt find it on Saturday Rolling Eyes
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Mon 25 May 2015 - 23:08

Hia

Yes I'm thinking down the lines of a fuse . Seem to re bet something about a fuse but the problem is I don't remember where the fuse is
Will hopefully find out tomorrow tea time

Exciting isn't it
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Mon 25 May 2015 - 23:09

Hia

Like the spare wheel, that wasn't where I thought it was
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by laneside on Wed 27 May 2015 - 10:25

Come on Polly, do not leave us cliff hanging, what did he find?
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Wed 27 May 2015 - 10:56

Hia
Well


With his multimedia thingy he found that the battery seemed ok
The fuse was ok
But when he put his prods from his multimedia into the regulater solar panel holes it was showing a neg reading 
Then when he put them on the holes for the battery they showed positve reading

So he took the wires out of the solar panel holes on the reg and put his prods in again neg reading then he changed his prods round and got a pos reading

But when he put the prods on the wires to the battery on the regulater it showed a positive reading

So we left it till I found out more as he didn't want to change the wires round incase it all blew.
As he didn't know 
He's not had dealings with solar panels

So I phoned Ken and he will have a look for me 

So it continues

The wires are not back in the holes so now I am wondering if I can plug into the electric at home 
Or can I give it a run to top the lesuire battery's charge up as it was showing there is charge in the battery

Hope that helps 

Sorry you will have to wait till the next instalment

But you never know when someone else might have the same problem and then we have helped out 
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by laneside on Wed 27 May 2015 - 11:01

Thanks and the answer is yes you can run around and charge the batteries now the solar is disconnected.
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Wed 27 May 2015 - 11:06

Hia

Even thought the wires are still in the battery holes of the regulater

Must learn the proper names for these things ha ha ha
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by laneside on Wed 27 May 2015 - 11:12

yes you will not do any harm but if your leisure batteries charge or not is anyones guess until you find the fault
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Wed 27 May 2015 - 16:57

Hia

Update

Just been to check the aux batteries dial before I switch the elec on and guess what showings 12 on my dial thingy so charged
Happy bunny as it looks as though I don't need new batteries yeeppeeeeeeeeee
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Post by Polly on Wed 27 May 2015 - 16:57

Hia

Update

Just been to check the aux batteries dial before I switch the elec on and guess what showings 12 on my dial thingy so charged
Happy bunny as it looks as though I don't need new batteries yeeppeeeeeeeeee
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Wed 27 May 2015 - 16:58

Hia

Looks like I am repeating myself
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Chameleon on Thu 28 May 2015 - 18:32

Previous comments made before I heard you had the solar panel fitted a year or so ago.

Did your electrician put the solar panel wires direct to the multi-meter away from the controller?  If so did he get a reading?
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Thu 28 May 2015 - 20:47

Hia

He put them in the holes and also took the wires out and did the wires and the holes seperately
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Sun 7 Jun 2015 - 22:33

Hia
Keep getting timed out
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Sun 7 Jun 2015 - 22:34

Hia

Solar panel working thanks to Ken
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Chameleon on Sun 7 Jun 2015 - 23:28

What was causing the problem Polly?
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by whistlinggypsy on Mon 8 Jun 2015 - 15:51

incorrectly wired up from day 1, Ken sorted it out for Polly and now she is a happy Polly  Very Happy
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Polly on Mon 8 Jun 2015 - 16:28

Hia

Yes Joyce as Bob said wire to solar panel not in their right holes.
So it as not worked from when it was fitted.
Over the weekend the amp thingy showed 11 then went up to 12-13 then I even saw 14 never been there before
Then I had 2 green lights 
Only ever he'd one green light that turned red because the battery was flat
Then I had a flashing green light and when I looked on my instructions that meant my batteries were fully charged 
So now I am going to get loads and loads of gadgets to work on 12 v 
Yes I can here you out there groaning
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by laneside on Mon 8 Jun 2015 - 16:36

No groans from here Polly just so pleased that Ken has sorted it
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Re: Red light on solar panel regulater

Post by Chameleon on Mon 8 Jun 2015 - 17:08

Pleased you've got it sorted Polly.

Just like I said in my earlier post.
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