SunSaver (Gen 3)

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SunSaver (Gen 3)

Since the introduction in 1996, more than 1.5 million SunSaver Controllers have set the standard for reliability and performance in demanding oilfield and mining installations in nearly 90 countries around the globe. Today, SunSaver is the world’s leading small solar controller for industrial and consumer markets, proven in mission critical applications where failure is simply not an option.

This third generation SunSaver brings over two decades of advances in software and electronics to the same rugged, hardened design that made the original famous. Own both a legend and the latest in a single product.

“This is the only one I’d use…it’s the one I wish I bought first”

Key features and benefits

  • Extremely High Reliability
    • Failure rate of less than 1 per 1,000 shipped (<0.1%)
    • 100% solid state. Power MOSFET design
    • Manufactured in an ISO 9001 factory
    • 100% pre-shipment functional testing
  • Easy to Install and Use
    • Factory pre-sets result in no required install settings
    • Electronic protections prevent damage from wiring mistakes
    • Fully automatic operation and fault recovery
    • Additional features include full electronic protections, 3-state
    battery LED indicators, terminal cover, dead battery recovery,
    high voltage load protection for sensitive loads
    • Wire terminal cover included with every SunSaver
  • Longer Battery Life
    • Series design (not shunt) for cool operation
    • Longer battery life through PWM 4-stage charging and
    temperature compensation
    • Sealed or flooded battery select
    • Low voltage load disconnect on several versions
  • Designed for Harsh Environments
    • Temperature rating of -40°C to +60°C
    • Ideal for Oil/Gas applications. Approved for use in hazardous
    locations: Class 1, Division 2, Groups A-D
    • Tropicalization—hardened for field use with anodized aluminum
    enclosure, epoxy encapsulation, marine-rated terminals
A. Premium high-frequency CoilCraft surface mount inductors

They’re worth it, because they provide the faster power « tracking » that lets us engineer this much power and control into a compact design.

B. High-frequency design

Combined with premium, « over-spec’d » components, this greatly improves control response which guards against system transients, regulation overshoot and overcurrent/overload conditions

C. Built-in 4500W Transient Voltage Surge Suppression for lightning protection

Nature do your worst–this controller can take it

D. Large diameter, high torque, corrosion resistant terminals

If you’ve ever trashed a lesser terminal during an installation, you’ll appreciate some « overkill » here

E. DirectFET™ MOSFET power devices

Allows the surface-mounting of critical components underneath the main board next to the heat sink, which reduces heat travel distance and keeps the controller even cooler

F. Highly-conductive aluminum heatsink extrusion

As opposed to cast aluminum, which is less effective in passive cooling applications

G. Communications/data port with serial/meter auto detect

« Talks solar » with standard industry language, for system monitoring and cloud connectivity-speaks Modbus, and SNMP (with the EMC-1)

H. Lithium foldback circuit

Lithium batteries are expensive and vulnerable to cold temperatures. When it gets close to freezing, the controller backs-off charging to avoid damaging batteries

I. High-speed ARM processor

All-digital calibration for high accuracy, using the same efficient technology found in advanced mobile device

J. TrakStar™ Technology

Morningstar’s hallmark MPPT technology precisely seeks and locks onto the true maximum power point quickly and accurately, to ensure the highest output possible from a solar array

K. Large format, high-resolution backlit LCD

When you’ve been in the field installing, you appreciated being able to read a crisp, high contrast display on site

L. 5 year warranty

Up to 2 1/2 times longer than some competitors in this class

M. Self-diagnostics

ProStar is smart enough to monitor and analyze system performance, and alert you when you need to know

N. High temperature architecture

Heat is the enemy of all electronics. That’s why Prostar’s critical components are rated to withstand temperatures right up to the boiling point of water (100°C)

O. Lexan polycarbonate UL listed case

Protects the precision electronics inside with an impact strength 30 times greater than the acrylic thermoplastics commonly found on lesser controllers

P. Cooling Fan

Just kidding. We’ve never needed them

Specifications and Certifications

Model SS-6-12V SS-6L-12V SS-10-12V SS-10L-12V SS-10L-24V SS-20L-12V SS-20L-24V
*In periods following excessive battery drain, provided the controller is not power cycled, the controller can self-recover from a battery voltage of 1V and provide intermittent charging operation up to 6V at which normal operation will resume.
Charge Rating 6 amps 6 amps 10 amps 10 amps 10 amps 20 amps 20 amps
Max. PV Open Circuit Voltage (Voc) 30 volts 30 volts 30 volts 30 volts 60 volts 30 volts 60 volts
Nominal Battery Voltage 12V 12V 12V 12V 24V 12V 24V
Minimum Battery Voltage 6V* 6V* 6V* 6V* 6V* 6V* 6V*
Load Control No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Voltage Accuracy +/- 25mV +/- 25mV +/- 25mV +/- 25mV +/- 48mV +/- 25mV +/- 48mV
Operating Temperature Range -40 C to +60C -40 C to +60C -40 C to +60C -40 C to +60C -40 C to +60C -40 C to +60C -40 C to +60C
Warranty 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years
CE and RoHS compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ETL Listed [UL-1741 and Canadian CSA C22.2 No.107.1.01] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FCC Class B Part 15 Compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manufactured in a Certified ISO 9001 Facility Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Videos

ProStar MPPT Controller - 4 minute video

This short video highlights the high quality of the ProStar MPPT solar charge controller, and its ability to regulate charging of lead acid, lithium, or nickel cadmium batteries in off-grid solar applications. The video also addresses lighting control, self-diagnostics, data logging, MODBUS communications, array oversizing, and low noise design.

Morningstar Charging Experts featuring ProStar MPPT

This 5 minute video highlights the ProStar MPPT solar charge controller’s circuit board that differentiates it from other brands. In addition to the capacitors, inductors, processors, surge protectors, and other over-spec’d internal components, the quality of the controller’s heat sink and outer casing is also addressed. The video concludes with mention of features and capabilities related to communications, datalogging, lithium battery charging, and high quality and reliability.  

New ProStar MPPT Solar Charge Controller

Recorded Webinar

This 30 minute recorded webinar gives a more in depth overview of how the ProStar MPPT solar charge controller fits into the existing Morningstar portfolio. The recording also includes answers to questions about operating temperatures, the display meter interface, and protections, faults and alerts.

Applications

  • Eclairage

  • Pétrole et gaz

  • Railroad Signaling @fr

  • Résidentiel

  • Télécommunications @fr

  • Transport et circulation

Accessories

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Firmware

It’s a recommended best practice to install your product’s latest firmware to ensure access to all up-to-date features, accessory compatibilities, and code modifications. Watch this 5 minute video for instructions on how to download and update ProStar MPPT firmware.

After watching the video, click here to download the firmware.

System Diagrams

    Off-Grid Diagram with DC Load

The schematic diagram above, illustrates how the ProStar MPPT regulates power to batteries and a direct current (DC) load in an off-grid system.

  1. Sunlight contacts the solar modules, which convert solar into DC electrical power that it delivers to a charge controller.
  2. The charge controller regulates the amperage and voltage that is delivered to the loads and any excess power is delivered to the battery system so the batteries maintain their state of charge without getting overcharged.
  3. During the evening when there is no sunlight, battery power is used to run the load.

 


 

    Off-Grid Diagram with AC Load


The schematic diagram above, illustrates how the ProStar MPPT regulates power to batteries and an alternating current (AC) load in an off-grid system.  This diagram is very similar to the DC load diagram above it except an inverter has been added.

  1. Sunlight contacts the solar modules, which convert solar into DC electrical power that it delivers to a charge controller.
  2. The charge controller regulates the amperage and voltage that is delivered to the battery system so the batteries maintain their state of charge without getting overcharged.
  3. Batteries deliver power to the inverter which converts DC to AC power that it delivers to the load.  Notice that  the inverter is connected to the battery, not the controller’s load terminals, like we did in the DC load example.  That’s because the inverter can have a high energy surge upon start up, and this high current surge might be higher than the rated capacity of the charge controller, whereas the batteries will be able to meet the high energy surge requirement.