Here is the proof , 840 watts working hard to charge the small 400 amp hour batteries. In the First picture it's only about 9 o'clock AM in the morning and the panels are cranking out 16 Amps to charge the battery. The batteries are pretty full to start with as they are not being used right now. You can see the first charge was the bulk charge. During the bulk charging my electric meter was reading as high as 14.8 Volts. There are about a million setting that can be tweaked on this Outback 80 charge controller but those will have to wait for another day.
I did have a little hassle crimping the MC4 connectors with the tools available to me "since i did not relish spending $975 for the special UL listed German Rennsteig tool crimping set. See the video below. As I had some other cables I was able to get it to work - just not the exact way it should.
Bulk charging by 9 am already
Absorbing charge around 11 am
Absorbing charge around 11:30 am
Float charging by noon time
the max peak charge into to the batteries was only 260 watts
and around 17.3 amps
So there is plenty left over for even the most cloudy days,
Its a little bit overkill - but isn't that what OverTheTop is all about
Relaxing and watching the TV in the 88 deg heat,
as you can see the whole charging process took less then 3 hours
and only required about 500 watts to top the batteries off
on a good day the panels can produce about 3000+ watts
How to use the right tool and crimp MC4 connectors
If you wanna buy the tool click here !!
This video is even better - but no cute girl...SORRY