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Solar Charge Controllers, Water Heating Elements, Diversion Loads

Solar Charge Controllers  These regulate power from solar electric modules protecting batteries from overcharge and shortening life of battery and electric loads. Battery voltage is monitored and when proper voltage is reached the controller stops or reduces charging. Controllers also prevent nighttime discharge of batteries into solar modules. Don’t overload controllers. Allow for the extra amps solar modules produce with reflected light and cold temperatures.

 

Solar Boosting Controllers   Get 10-25% more power from your PV modules when modules are cold or batteries are low!

 

Classic MPPT Charge Controller for Solar, Hydro, Wind     By MidNIte Solar         Made in USA

 Help decide which model you need by clicking on Classic Sizing Tool
 

For 12 to 72  volt  Battery. Built in DC-GFP and Arc Fault Detector ETL listed to UL1741 and CSA, 14.87” x 5.95” x 4.00”

Classic 150
with up to 150 volts DC input, up to 96 amps output, 12-93 Battery Charge voltage  C060 15 lbs $850 Special $750

Classic 200 with up to 200 volts DC input, up to 79 amps output, 12-93 Battery Charge voltage  C061 15 lbs  $850 Special $750

Classic 250 with up to 250 volts DC input, up to 63 amps output,12-93 Battery Charge voltage  C062 15 lbs  $1050  Special $900
 

     Latest and Greatest
1. Models with 150, 200 or 250VDC input
2. HyperVOC mode (add the battery voltage to the operating voltage for VOC rating)
3. Solar, Wind and Hydro MPPT modes
4. Get 50‐250% more power from hydro and wind turbines
5. Learning mode for Solar, Wind and Hydro
6. User programmable for most all battery charging wind turbines (may require the Clipper)
7. Built in String sizing program
8. Suggested PV combiner and breaker model numbers depending on configuration selected
9. Suggested wire size in AWG and Metric
10. Built in Battery capacity sizing program
11. Built in voltage drop calculator for PV wiring in AWG and Metric
12. Knows when sun up and sundown are to take place anywhere in the world
13. Ethernet jack calls out to the MidNite Server for free and secure data monitoring and logging
14. Industry standard ModBus open architecture
15. Can hook up wirelessly via Wi‐Fi bridge to communicate to an in house Wi‐Fi router
16. Snow melting mode automatic or manual local or over the internet
17. Arc fault detector reduces threat of fire
18. Built in DC‐GFP without the hassle of fuses
19. Graphics display panel can be removed and relocated (Dummy filler display available)
20. USB port for uploading firmware updates and data logging to a PC or Mac
21. Graphics display turns into an oscilloscope
22. Battery voltage supported up to 72 for the Classic150, 200 and 250. 120 volts for Classic250KS
23. Works with the MidNite Clipper for over‐speed control of wind turbines
24. Two aux outputs: 1 dry contact relay and one 12v output/ input (anemometer or?)
25. Voice prompts and help screens in English, Spanish and French
26. 32 megabytes of onboard storage
27. Parallel operation to make one large controller out of many regular Classics
28. Snap on covers and hole plugs allow sealed or vented operation
29. Buck or Boost DC to DC converter operation available soon
Replacement Battery Temperature Sensor is used with the Classic for more accurate battery charging. This is needed if the battery temperature varies. One sensor is included with Classic Charge Controller. MNBTS  2 lb $27

Warranty MidNite Solar's Classic comes with a standard 5 year warranty. The factory will repair or replace the Classic at no charge to the consumer during this 5 year period

End of Warranty tune up MidNite Solar offers an industry first, an extended warranty for all the Classic MPPT charge controllers. Six months prior to the end of the warranty period customers can ship their Classic back to MidNite Solar with a check for $147 dollars plus shipping and we will replace any wearable parts and do a general tune-up. This will extend the warranty by 2 additional years, another good reason to purchase a Classic.

 

Classic 150 SL with up to 150 volts DC input, up to 96 amps output, 12-93 Battery Charge voltage  C068 15 lbs $780 Special $750

Classic 200 SL with up to 200 volts DC input, up to 79 amps output, 12-93 Battery Charge voltage  C069 15 lbs  $800 Special $750

Classic 250 SL with up to 250 volts DC input, up to 63 amps output,12-93 Battery Charge voltage  C070 15 lbs  $1000  Special $900

Classic LITE  MPPT Charge Controller
for Solar, Hydro, Wind  
Made in USA

Similar to above Classic. Lower cost Classic Lite models do not have the fancy graphic display panel. Instead they have six LED lights indicating current limit, ground fault, bulk, absorption, float and equalize. User friendly dip switches for battery voltage setup. Connect to your computer and internet with Ethernet cable or use optional MNGP (graphic display panel) to access up to 380 days of daily logged information.

MidNite Graphics Panel is standard with Classic. Add this to the Classic LITE to make it a full featured Classic.  MNGP  3 lbs $225 Special $190    

 

Watt hours per day performance comparison
 between MidNite, Outback and Xantrex MPPT charge controllers
  MidNite
Classic 150
Outback
FM-60
Xantrex
XW 60
Day 1 2163 Wh 1956 Wh 2084 Wh
Day 2 3852 Wh 3534 Wh 3446 Wh
Day 3 3924 Wh 3728 Wh 3380 Wh
Day 4 5025 Wh 4665 Wh 4617 Wh
Day 5 817 Wh 658 Wh 791 Wh
Day 6 818 Wh 664 Wh 786 Wh
Day 7 4598 Wh 4090 Wh 3276 Wh

 

                      Links for more Classic Charge Controller Information

Classic Charge Controller Menu Items
bulletIntro to Menu Items
bulletStatus Menu
bulletCharge Menu
bulletMode Menu
bulletAux 1 and Aux 2
bulletMisc Menu
bulletLogging Menu
bulletTweaks Menu
bulletTemp Menu
bulletNet Menu
     Classic How To Videos
 
bulletProgramming a Wind Curve
bulletRestoring Factory Defaults on the Classic
bulletSetting Arc & Ground Fault on the Classic
bulletEqualizing Batteries with the Classic
bulletVariMax and how to use it.
bulletClassic Rick Mode
bulletT-Comp, Using and Programming
bulletHydro Mode Programming

     Classic MPPT Charge Controllers

bullet Classic Installation
bullet Classic Control Board Swap
bulletThe Classic Component Integration
bullet Classic/Classic Lite Comparison
bullet Programming a Wind Curve
bullet Hooking up Ethernet to the Classic
bullet Jacks and Jumpers of the Classic/Classic Lite
bullet Classic/Classic Lite Local Application Software
    Classic Lite MPPT Charge Controller
 
bullet Classic Lite Installation
bullet Classic/Classic Lite Comparison
bullet Hooking up Ethernet to the Classic Lite
Classic and Classic Lite features comparison table  
Classic Sizing Tool
 

 

Solar Converters  MPPT Charge Controllers

Changes solar electric module’s extra voltage into more charging amps. Gain 10% to 25% more power especially in cold weather or when battery voltage is low. PWM, 3-stage charging with bulk, then absorption rate, then lower voltage float rate. Has current and voltage limited output, lightning protection, load disconnect, low voltage disconnect (LVD). On 20 amp and larger models, there is a versatile power relay driver that is on anytime battery is not full.
Dual Voltage 12/24 volt models can charge 12 or 24 volt batteries. Also, PV modules can be wired for 24 volt to charge 12 volt battery. This saves on wire size and cost especially on long wire runs. 
36 Volt and 48 Volt
are nice for golf carts, electric tractors and other electric vehicles.
Can be used as a
motor/pump controller on PV direct systems: protects motor from high voltage, increases power available to motor with maximum power point tracking, and the LVD can be used with remote switch to turn motor on and off.  15 amp Controller is mounted on flat heat sink which can mount inside standard NEMA box. Made in Canada. The shipping weights are higher than actual weights so the shipping cost will be more accurate.

Catalog Number Panel
Volts
Battery Volts Amps Output Enclosure
Included
Shipping lbs Price

PT 12/24-10 12/24 12/24 10 20 $155
C280 12/24 12/24 15 no 20 $295
C281 12/24 12/24 30 30 $455
C284 12/24 12/24 60 40 $630
PT36-5 36 36 5   12 $140
PT36-10 36 36 10 no 12 $330
PT36-20 36 36 20   23 $490
PT36-40 36 36 40   38 $690
PT48-5 48 48 5 12 $140
PT48-8 48 48 8 no 12 $315
C285 48 48 20 no 23 $550
C286 48 48 40 38 $690
MPPT controllers with voltage output increase.
Charge higher voltage battery bank from a lower voltage Solar module. A 12 volt module can charge 36 or 48 volt battery.
CV12/36-4PV 12 36 4 20 $245
CV12/48-3PV 12 48 3   20 $245
CV24/48-6PV 24 48 6   20 $245

 

   

OutBack   MPPT Solar Charge Controller   For 12,  24,  32,  36,  48,  54, 60  volt  Battery

PV Charge,  Diversion,   DC to DC Converter,  Meter                             Remote Temperature Sensor with 20’ cable RTS 1 lb $29

FM60 60 amp, 14 lbs $750    Special $690                 FM80 80 amp, 14 lbs $850    Special $790

The FM60 Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controller is rated at 60 amps of DC output from 12 to 48 vdc with PV open circuit voltage as high as 145 vdc. Setpoints are fully adjustable to allow use with virtually any battery type or charging profile. Can be used as diversion controller or as a DC to DC converter to charge 12 battery from 24 volt or higher battery system.
Use a higher voltage PV array with a lower voltage battery - such as charging a 12 or 24 vdc battery with a 48 vdc PV array. This reduces wire size and power loss from the PV array to the battery/inverter location. Includes a four line by 20 character backlight LCD display for setup and monitoring of the PV array and battery system. Use the OutBack Mate controller/monitor for a remote display. Connects with ethernet computer cable (RJ45 Modular Connector CAT 5 Cable 8 wire). One OutBack Mate can monitor eight FM60 controllers up to 300 feet away. The output current to the battery is limited to 60 amps continuous to prevent tripping of the over current protection. So if you want to have a 48 vdc nominal PV array charging a 12 vdc battery, the input current would be about 12 amps at 60 VDC with about 60 amps at 12 vdc output. The physical size of the FM60 is close to the size of a C40 and has knockouts in the same locations as a C40 to allow easy replacement and upgrading with existing systems. The front surface of the enclosure the heat sink and it includes a small cooling fan to improve operation at high ambient temperatures. 5 year warranty, FM60 is 14.5” H, 5.75” W, 5.75”D    FM80 is about 3" taller. Made in India

 

 
Non-MPPT Charge Controllers are listed below
   

Sun Guard
4.5 amp 12 volt
 
by Morningstar

Made in Singapore.

SunSaver        by Morningstar

A low cost constant voltage pulse width modulation (PWM) charge controller. Field selectable for sealed or flooded batteries. Electronics are epoxy encapsulated in aluminum case. Has built-in temperature compensation for more accurate charging. LED indicators for charging and load control in low voltage disconnect (LVD) models. LVD models disconnect load on low voltage to protect the battery. 5 year warranty. 6” x 2.2” x 1.3”

Use with 65 watt or smaller solar module in very small systems. PWM regulates to 14.1 volts. Temperature compensated. Low 6 mA self-consumption. Outdoor rated wires - 2 for solar and 2 for battery, 5 year warranty, 1.5”x 2”x 2.5”.   C272 2 lb $36

                            12 Volts

6 amp,  12 volt                             C273  2 lbs  $55

6 amp,  12 volt, LVD 6 amps         C274  2 lbs  $66

10 amp, 12 volt, LVD 10 amps     C276  2 lbs  $76
20 amp, 12 volt, LVD 20 amps     C278    2 lbs $99

24 Volts

 

10 amp, 24 volt, LVD 10 amps     C277  2 lbs   $79
20 amp,
24 volt, LVD 20 amps     C279    2 lbs  $
10
7

 

TriMetric Solar Charge Controller, 30 amp, 12v/24v
Use with or without TriMetric Meter

For 12 or 24 V battery systems using Liquid Electrolyte batteries or with lower maintenance AGM sealed or Gel Sealed batteries.

A precision, high efficiency PWM (pulse width modulated) Solar Array Battery Charge Controller. Designed to maximize the life of your batteries by allowing the flexibility to adjust solar charging closely according to the way your battery manufacturer has specified. High performance depends on being connected to a TM-2030 TriMetric Battery Monitor. Controller can operate without being connected to the Battery Monitor with reduced features.

The SC-2030 is a "PWM" (Pulse width modulated) type that is simpler and less costly than a "MPPT" (Maximum Power Point Tracking) type charger. It can be as efficient—provided it is used with panels properly matched to the batteries as described. With this charger you may be able to get more solar performance at the same cost by purchasing another solar panel instead of a more expensive MMPT solar charger.

Includes $12 Battery Temperature Sensor with 10' wire.

Use with PV Modules with 36 cells for 12 battery. For 24 volt battery, series connect two 36 cell PV Modules or use 72 cell Modules. Controller protects itself and will limit current to 30 amps even if PV Modules are producing more than 32 amps.

Not supplied is a Four-conductor telephone wire to connect charge controller to the battery monitor. It can be up to 100 ft. long. These are common and are normally available locally.

3" x 5-1/4" x 2-3/4". Click on Manual to see Charger Controller instructions.

C290  3 lbs $160 

Special $150

 

Xantrex C35, C40, C60 Controller         Use as Charge Controller or Diversion Regulator (but only one at a time)

Solar Charge Controller  PWM, series constant voltage 3-stages charging: full amps to bulk voltage, then tapers amps for absorption then to lower float voltage. Monthly auto or manual equalize charge or can be defeated for sealed batteries. Shown with optional digital meter.

DC Diversion Regulator  Divert extra power not needed to charge battery and make hot water or space heat. In this mode, controller is connected between battery and electric dump load you provide (see below water heater elements and air heater resistors). Use to regulate hydroelectric, wind generators or PV (blocking diode needed with PV).
Also has Load Control mode. Operates in one mode at a time. Controller has short-circuit, overload, over temperature, lightning protection. Blinking LED shows status. Indoor mounted, powder coated, conduit-ready box. Can be mounted on top of Trace DC Disconnect Circuit Breaker Box. Accepts #2 wire. 9”x 5”x 2”.  2 year warranty by Trace

Optional LCD Digital Display  Displays battery volts, charge amps and total amp hours delivered from solar modules since last reset. Mounts on controller front.

Optional Temperature Sensor with 15’ cable. Monitors battery temperature for more accurate charging, better battery life, and less water loss. Important to use if batteries are not at room temperature year round. Easy plug-in connector. 

C016 C35 35 amps, 12/24 volt,       4 lbs $119
C010
C40 40 amps, 12/24/48 volt,  4 lbs $159
C017
C60 60 amps, 12/24 volt,       4 lbs $199


C012 Remote digital meter, 50’ wire,     5 lbs $119

C015
Temperature Sensor 1 lb  $32

 

 

Ultra High Efficiency       Made in USA by Flexcharge™
High Reliability
Low Noise - No EMI or RFI to interfere with sensitive radio, navigation or other electronics.
Begins charging at 5mA
Charges low or 0 volt batteries with full available power.
Diversion for Wind, Hydro or Solar
Expandable in increments of 35a, 60a or 100a up to 2000a.
Very low night time loss <5mA.
99.5% charge efficiency.
Batteries usually last longer with less water loss
Use with Lead Acid - Flooded, Gel or AGM batteries
Energy State Taper Charge Process explained

  
PV7D Controller


NCHC controller with charge contactor and optional diverting contactor.

 Owners Manuals  PV7D    NC25A     NCHC   

Warranty Model No. Shipping
lbs
Price      Special   Price
7 amp, 12 volts for single or dual battery banks. Expandable 35a to 500a. Charge Divert option. 2 years PV7D 2 $100 $75
25 amp, 12 volts 5 years NC25A12 3 $160 $120
25 amp, 24 volts 5 years NC25A24  3 $165 $125
25 amp, 36 volts 5 years NC25A36  3 $170 $130
25 amp, 48 volts 5 years NC25A48  3 $175 $135
35 amp,  Specify Voltage: 12, 24, 36, 48 volts    Model No.  XX = Volts 5 years NCHC35XX 4 $270 $255
60 amp,  Specify Voltage: 12, 24, 36, 48 volts    Model No.  XX = Volts 5 years NCHC60XX 4 $300 $270
100 amp, Specify Voltage: 12, 24, 36, 48 volts    Model No.  XX = Volts 5 years NCHC100XX 4 $400 $380
  Contactors       NO = Normally Open contacts, NC = Normally Closed Contacts          
  35 amp NC for charging   35NCDH 3 $75 $68
  35 amp NO for diverting   35NODH 3 $71 $64
  60 amp NC for charging   60NCDH 3 $100 $95
  60 amp NO for diverting   60NODH 3 $100 $95
  100 amp NC for charging   100NCDH 3 $200 $180
  100 amp NO for diverting   100NODH 3 $200 $180

 

TriStar Controller    45 or 60 amp     12, 24, 48 volt  by Morningstar       Shown with optional meter.  Computer is required to change voltage to 32 or 36 volts.
Use 3 ways, one mode at a time. Two or more controllers may be used for multiple functions.

Mode 1. PV Charge Controller  Connects between PV modules and battery to prevent overcharge and nighttime loss. Constant voltage series charging with bulk, PWM regulation, float and equalize. Parallel for large arrays up to 300 amps.
Mode 2. Diversion Controller
Connects between battery and a suitable DC resistive load such as water heater or air heater elements. Protects battery from overcharge from Solar, Wind or Hydro power.
Mode 3. Load Controller 
Connects between battery and DC load to protect battery or load from low voltage. Low voltage disconnect (LVD) is current compensated with delay to avoid false disconnects. Starts large loads including motors with up to 300 amp startup current.

Large heat sink, no need to derate amps. Has connection for battery voltage sensing wires for better accuracy. 9 volt minimum operation voltage, 125 volt maximum solar voltage. 20mA self-consumption. 7.5 mA meter self-consumption. Protection for reverse polarity, short-circuit, over-current, high temperature, transient voltage surges. 3 LEDs for status, faults, alarms. Push button for manual reset, start/stop battery equalization or load disconnect. RS-232 computer connector for custom settings such as 36 volt, data logging and remote monitoring and control. Conformal coated circuit board for humidity and insect protection. Accepts #2 wire. Conduit knockouts fits on power panels. UL listed. 5 year warranty. 10.3” x 5” x 2.8”
TS45
45 amp 6 lbs $189        
TS60
60 amp 6 lbs $235

PSRTP Remote Temperature Probe, for more accurate battery regulation. Recommended if battery temperature is more than 9 degrees different from controller. 33’ cable, user can extend up to 100’ 2 lb $33
Meter
is easy to navigate through 26 screens of information with 4 buttons. System and controller information, data logging, bar graphs and choice of 5 languages.
TSM
Meter, mounts on controller       2 lbs $109
TSRM
Remote Meter with 100’ cable 5 lbs $145

 

   Blocking Diodes     Use between solar modules and Charge Controller for better module output when modules are shaded or of mixed sizes. Also used between solar modules and battery to prevent night time discharge on systems without controllers or with diversion regulators such as C40.

6 amps, 1000 volt Blocking diode. Recommended for all multiple module systems. Use on each PV module to improve performance when modules are shaded or of difference sizes. Tree leaves, dirt and bird droppings commonly cause shading that is not obvious. Two diodes may be connected in parallel for up to 9 amps. Diodes are often mounted in PV Module junction box.  C053 0.3 lb $4     10 or more are $3 each

2.5 amps,12-24 volt, Schottky type. C050  0.3 lb $4

 

Diversion Loads

Water Heating Elements  12 - 48 volt

About 20% of the energy used in a home is for hot water.  Some of this can be supplied by a solar or woodstove heater. Excess electricity from a wind generator or PV modules can also be used for water heating. Use one or more of these elements as a diversion load with Flexcharger,  Xantrex C35, C40, C60 or TriStar 45, 60 controllers. They fit most standard water heaters with screw-in elements. An adapter is used for the square flange type element. 150 watt hours will raise 1 gallon of water about 60º. Elements extend about 7" beyond the 1" male pipe threads on 1.5" hex head.
Each element has two elements that can be wired in series, parallel or used individually for a wattage range of 204, 406 and 817 watts.
The dual 12/24 volt element has two separate 14 volt,  29 amp, 408 watts, 0.48 Ohm elements.
For 12 volts: Two elements wired in series for 14.6 amp, 204 watts, 0.96 Ohms.
                     Use one element for for 29 amps 408 watts
                     Two elements in parallel for 58 amps, 817 watts, 0.24 Ohms.
For 24 volts: Two elements wired in series for 29 amps,  817 watts, 0.96 Ohms.
D380 12/24 volt Dual 29 amp, 0.48 Ohms 3 lbs $140       Limited  Special  $49 

The dual 24/48 volt element has two separate 24 volt, 22 amp, 632 watts, 1.24 Ohm elements. It can be wired for 22 or 44 amps at 28 volts or 22 amps, 1265 watts, 2.48 Ohms on 56 volts. Order enough elements with a total current draw greater than your charging system’s maximum output, but no more than 75% maximum amp rating of controller.
D381 24/48 volt Dual 22 amp, 1.24 Ohms 3 lbs $189     

 

Air Heater Diversion Load

12 volt, 30 amp  RES/DVRT12     8 lbs    $150    Special $138
12 volt, 15 amp  DVRT12/15       8 lbs     $98
24 volt, 15 amp  RES/DVRT24     8 lbs    $150    Special $138

Air Heater Box for Diversion Loads

Use with a voltage controlled relay or diversion controller such as Trace C35 or C40 for 30 amp models & C60 for 30 amp or 60 amp models. Heating elements are mounted in vented aluminum box with wiring terminals. 2 year warranty from factory. Box can get very hot. It should be mounted at least 12" from flammable materials.

HL-100 is shipped as a 4 ohm resistor and can be reconfigured as a 1, 0.5, or 0.25 ohm resistor  by easily changing connections in the terminal block. Can handle 3.5 - 60 amps on 12 volts, 7-30 amps on 24 volts, 15 amps on 48 volts. 16" x 9" x 4"  HL-100 10 lbs  $295

HL-75 is shipped as a 3 ohm resistor and can be changed to 0.75 ohm. Rated 4.7-20 amps on 12 volts, 9.3-40 amps on 24 volts, 20 amp on 48 volts. 16" x 9" x 4"  HL-75  10 lbs $310

 

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