test methods for solar charge controller

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test methods for solar charge controller

Postby Kahuna » Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:38 pm

im constructing a solar charge controller and i have a functioning dc-to-dc converter, current and voltage sensors, but i dont know how to go about testing it. Ive only tested the power supply using a desktop DC power source and an electronic load. I need help and advice on how to start testing the controller -- what to look out for, how to connect everything etc. Im new to this and I have a deadline coming, i need help. thanks very much!
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Re: test methods for solar charge controller

Postby Michael » Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:32 pm

You need a meter known as an "amp meter to test solar panels. An amp meter has to be connected to the negative and positive part of the solar power panel and then the panel is activated to carry out the test. The meter measures using a measurement termed the "short circuit current", which is the quantity of current that the panels can generate. Amp meter that is used for the testing should be more powerful then the panels, otherwise an accident can occur.
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