What is a charge controller?
A charge controller is a voltage regulator that keeps the solar panels from overcharging the batteries. Charge controls come in all shapes, sizes, features, and price ranges. When planning an off grid system, the 60 to 80 amp MPPT programmable controllers with computer interface are most popular. A charge controller is normally needed in an off grid system, unless a hybrid inverter, like the Sol-Ark, is being used. Hybrid inverters have the charge controller already built in.
Charge Controllers We Recommend at Iron Edison
MidNite Charge Controllers
The Midnite Classic Charge controller has Arc Fault, Ground Fault, free web monitoring, a graphics panel and Solar, Hydro and Wind Modes. The Classic has a maximum output current of 96 amps, an operating voltage of 150 volts and works with 12 to 72 volt battery systems.
- 150, 200, 250 Operating Voltage
- 12-72V battery charging standard
- DC-GFP and Arc Fault Protection
- Solar, Wind and Hydro modes
- Exclusive HyperVOC extends VOC limits
- Manual and Auto EQ
- Full Internet Capable
- Remote and local displays possible
- 380 days of daily history, 24 hours of data a 5 minute intervals
- 5 year warranty
- Parallel operation for multiple Classic systems
- ETL listed for the USA and Canada
- Made in America
Outback Charge Controllers
OutBack’s industry-leading Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controllers offer customers the same reliability and durability built into every OutBack product. Innovative solar harvesting and battery charging algorithms allow customers to maximize system potential and increase renewable energy yield by up to 30 percent.
- Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
- Active cooling and intelligent thermal management cooling
- Ambient temperatures as high as 104°F (40°C)
- Built-in, backlit 80 character display
- Integrated OutBack network communications