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by Fintray
Tue Jul 16, 2024 2:32 pm
Forum: Energy storage, batteries, energy tariffs
Topic: App for Smart Meter
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: App for Smart Meter

I use an app called Octopus Watch which looks at your tariff and export and gives you a daily/weekly/monthly running total.
by Fintray
Tue Jul 16, 2024 10:50 am
Forum: Media and Culture
Topic: Will heat pumps cause blackouts?
Replies: 29
Views: 465

Re: Will heat pumps cause blackouts?

I do really question why this country, and all others continue to allow news agencies to peddle such blatant propaganda. Anything not veing reported as actual news, i.e. facts with no spin added, should be forced to openly display that it is not fact. That it is an opinion piece, written by x,y,z w...
by Fintray
Sat Jul 13, 2024 7:11 pm
Forum: Energy storage, batteries, energy tariffs
Topic: Idiot's guide to a self build battery
Replies: 1114
Views: 164978

Re: Idiot's guide to a self build battery

Another small (but time consuming) step, BMS cables extended and individually fused.

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by Fintray
Sat Jul 13, 2024 3:48 pm
Forum: Cafe
Topic: Out of the blue, almost!
Replies: 21
Views: 729

Re: Out of the blue, almost!

Sorry to hear the news Desp, you have done the right thing and went and got checked and are now getting treatment to help you recover.
I too have nothing but praise for the NHS after the fantastic service I received from them last year.

Stay positive. :xl:
by Fintray
Sat Jul 13, 2024 1:44 pm
Forum: Gardening and Sustainability
Topic: Ahoy-hoy BEE-KEEPERS
Replies: 47
Views: 16945

Re: Ahoy-hoy BEE-KEEPERS

Bees and sunshine! :D
by Fintray
Sat Jul 13, 2024 11:35 am
Forum: Photovoltaic
Topic: Aiko comet panels.
Replies: 29
Views: 671

Re: Aiko comet panels.

Looking at victrons calculator, I coukd do it with 1 string of 5x 625w panels and a SmartSolar MPPT RS 450/100 & 450/200, but would need optimisers and its very expensive. It would be better to do 2 strings, 1 string with 3x 625w, 1 string with 2x625W and could get away with SmartSolar MPPT 250...
by Fintray
Sat Jul 13, 2024 11:24 am
Forum: Photovoltaic
Topic: Aiko comet panels.
Replies: 29
Views: 671

Re: Aiko comet panels.

Seems i was right in what i thought. Hybrids do have mppts for input. However the multiplus doesnt and needs charge controllers. Apologies for the mix up. This makes things much more interesting and i will be able to ignore the need for optimisers. How many strings? At least 2. What Charge controll...
by Fintray
Sat Jul 13, 2024 11:13 am
Forum: Photovoltaic
Topic: Aiko comet panels.
Replies: 29
Views: 671

Re: Aiko comet panels.

If i go with a victron multiplus 5kw, as i think i will, start up voltage is about 180-190v I assume this is fine given 5x625w panels with a voc of 51-52V Do you mean Victron Easy Solar? 180-190v start up of a Multi is a reference to the AC input. You still need an MPPT for controlling DC from the ...
by Fintray
Sat Jul 13, 2024 10:05 am
Forum: Photovoltaic
Topic: Aiko comet panels.
Replies: 29
Views: 671

Re: Aiko comet panels.

Nora, what Smartsolar charger are you intending to use to connect these panels to the Multiplus and are you hoping for a single string or two strings?

Edit - That's what I was looking at Al as 5 of these panels would exceed the input voltage of any of the Smartsolar units.
by Fintray
Fri Jul 12, 2024 1:39 pm
Forum: Energy storage, batteries, energy tariffs
Topic: Third party power/battery manager
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Third party power/battery manager

Welcome to the forum, hopefully someone will be along to offer some advice on your system.