Morningstar Blog

Do you have a question about solar charge controllers?

March 27, 2020

We recently updated our website to include answers to frequently asked questions about solar charge controllers.  Whether you are new to the industry or an experienced veteran, there is a lot of information on this page including diagrams and video that will help answer your questions.

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Which MS controllers are most suitable to charge lithium iron phosphate batteries?

February 23, 2020

Each month, Morningstar hosts a live webinar featuring the latest in charge controller and inverter technologies.  Whether you are new to Morningstar and off-grid solar, or an experienced professional who is looking for a refresher, this webinar is a chance to learn what is new in off-grid solar and  have your pressing questions answered by one of our engineers. Attendees also receive One NABCEP CE credit.  

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Morningstar Celebrates 25 Years of Solar Innovation at Solar Power International

September 10, 2018

Morningstar team will set up shop in Anaheim, CA, at the premiere solar and storage event in North America: Solar Power International, Sept 25-27. Stop by Booth 1924 to join us for a celebration of our 25 years of leadership in solar charging technology.

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Morningstar Celebrates 25 Years of Solar Innovation at Intersolar Europe

July 2, 2018

Morningstar team set up shop in Munich at the largest solar event in the industry: Intersolar Europe on June 20-22.  During those three days we introduced three new-technology initiatives to our customers and followers:

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Product Reliability and Morningstar’s Secret Sauce

September 29, 2017

Over the years people have tried to discover the secret of how Morningstar is able to produce such reliable  solar charge controllers.  “What’s your secret sauce?” they’ve asked.  But the secret isn’t in the sauce, it’s in the software. Click here to read more about what one of our distributors learned after interviewing Morningstar’s Director of Engineering about this phenomenon.

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Relay Driver Overview and Applications

September 6, 2017

The new Relay Driver Overview and Applications page provides the latest details about how to setup and use the Morningstar Relay Driver to control mechanical or solid-state relays in AC and DC power systems. Morningstar’s RelayDriver™ is a logic module which provides high level system control functions such as high/low voltage alarms, load control and generator start.

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Updated Morningstar Networking and Communications Document

April 5, 2017

Morningstar’s Networking and Communications Document has been updated to include information about our Ethernet MeterBus Converter (EMC-1) and USB Meter Bus Adapter (UMC-1).  This document indicates how to establish communications with Morningstar products to enable networking, logging, data transfer and custom setting capabilities.  Topics covered include: MODBUS communications protocol MeterBus networks Serial RS-232 and EIA-485 networks Ethernet, HTTP, web interfaces Related hardware and cables  

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Charging Valve Regulated AGM Batteries

March 30, 2017

Did you know that the new ProStar Gen3 solar charge controller is equipped with DIP Switches (switch #’s 4, 5 and 6) that enable seven preset charge configurations and a custom setting to best meet the charging requirements for valve regulated AGM lead acid batteries? Higher Voltage Equalization charging, commonly used with Flooded batteries, can be harmful to valve regulated AGM batteries.  To avoid this problem, auto-equalize options can be disabled for the ProStar Gen3 solar charge controller by switching DIP Switch #7 to the OFF position, regardless of your other DIP Switch settings. The 15 amp and 30 amp Prostar Gen3 models are the newest and smallest Morningstar controllers to include the seven preset and custom charging configurations, and the option to disable auto-equalization. Other larger Morningstar controllers which include similar preset configuration options are the Prostar MPPT, TriStar, and TriStar MPPT controllers.

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Charging NEC Energy Solution Batteries

March 15, 2017

In response to requests from system designers seeking to leverage NEC Energy Solution’s ALM 12V35 batteries with Morningstar charge controllers, an application note was developed through a collaborative effort between the two companies.  Systems incorporating both ALM 12V35 batteries and Morningstar charge controllers are well suited for a wide range of PV+Storage applications.  The information in the application note serves as a guide to help configure settings based on the particular Morningstar controller that is used.  Performance may vary depending on use conditions and application.  [Read more…]

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Remote Monitoring of Off-grid Systems

January 3, 2017

Being able to remotely monitor PV systems is important to reducing time and costs associated with site visits. This is obviously especially important for off-grid systems, which are often in even harder to reach or remote areas—geological monitoring, mines, telecom, industrial automation and agriculture applications. [Read more…]

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