Most people are used to connecting to a computer in order to configure a controller’s charge settings. But with the ProStar MPPT™ controller, configurations can be changed in the field just by using the controller’s meter interface without the need to connect to a computer. The absorption, float, and equalization charge settings, as well as the load and lighting control settings, can all be changed via the scroll buttons on the meter display.
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.
A question came in recently about whether the dip switch settings on Morningstar controllers can be changed while the controller is powered ON. The answer is: No, you should turn off the solar breaker and the battery breaker before you change the dip switch settings on the controller.
Although Morningstar MPPT controllers are capable of charging a lower voltage battery from a higher voltage battery, at this time, no information is available concerning the use of a TriStar MPPT 600V Controller to charge a 48V battery bank from the Tesla Powerwall. We recently contacted Tesla about this and we will update you with any new information when we receive it.
Since Morningstar controllers are passively cooled without any internal fans or moving parts, they are very reliable. Fans and other parts are subject to failure and replacement can be very problematic, especially for controllers installed in difficult to access, remote areas. But in addition to issues related to mechanical performance, and debris drawn into the controller by these fans, the noise they create can be irritating in residential applications. With passive cooling, you not only minimize the chance of defects, but you also benefit from the sound of silence.