Can Morningstar Solar Charge Controllers Charge Lithium Ion Batteries?

There have been a number of questions recently about whether Morningstar solar charge controllers can be used to charge lithium ion batteries in off-grid solar applications.  Morningstar’s TriStar MPPT, TriStar (PWM), ProStar MPPT, SunSaver MPPT, and SunSaver DUO solar charge controllers support Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) and other battery technologies such as:

  • Lead Acid (PbSO4): Sealed (VRLA, AGM, Gel) and Flooded
  • Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion or LIB)

    • Lithium Iron Phosphate (“LFP”, LiFePO4)
    • Lithium Iron Magnesium Phosphate (LiFeMgPO4)
    • Lithium Manganese Oxide (“LMO”, LiMn2O4)
    • Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (“NMC”, LiNixMnyCozO2)
  • Nickel–Cadmium (NiCd or NiCad)
  • Nickel–Metal Hydride (NiMH or Ni–MH)
  • Nickel–Iron (NiFe)
  • Nickel–Zinc (NiZn)
  • Aqueous Hybrid Ion (Aquion or AHI™)
  • Flow or Redox Flow Battery
    • Vanadium Redox (VRB)
    • Zinc–Bromine (ZnBr2)
    • Zinc–Cerium (Zn-Ce)

All of the above-mentioned Morningstar controllers offer custom programming to create pre-configured plug and play settings that can be tailored for most types of batteries.  For more information, please go to our Best Practices By Battery Chemistry page.

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