ONE 160 AMP, 12/24 VOLT, 3600 WATT CHARGE CONTROLLER. BY MISSOURI WIND AND SOLAR. KEEPS BATTERIES FROM OVER CHARGING. A MUST FOR WIND OR SOLAR. 160 Amp, 3600 watt – Solar/Wind Diversion Controller. With High Contrast LED Meter! This diversion controller is the result of our many attempts to use the controllers currently on the market (offered by some of the largest names in the business), to work in conjunction with our wind turbines. None of the other diversion controllers on the market did what we needed a diversion controller to do. So we designed our own — and added all of the features that are truly needed in a diversion controller. Totally revamped, several key features of this charge controller are. Use for either wind turbines or solar panels or connect to a wind/solar power hybrid system. Also use for hydroelectric or solar or both. Microprocessor controlled for both stability and functionality. User changeable settings allow you to set the charge controller dump level for your specific needs. 12 or 24 volts, no modification is necessary, simply change the jumper. High contrast LED battery voltage meter with an on/off switch. Battery status LED – Several controllers do not tell you what’s going on – This one does. Ever wonder if your controller AND load are working OK? Steel enclosure, with two conduit openings. Box Dimensions: 5.1″ (W) x 8″ (H) x 2 (D). Large terminal blocks, soldered directly to the relay PCB, will accept up to #6 wire. Versions 4.0 and greater now have reverse polarity protection. Versions 4.2 and greater now have an extended diversion mode (EDM). The C160/C160M can handle 160 maximum amps total current flow wired in the diversion mode when used in a 12-volt battery system and 120 amps maximum in a 24-volt system, both at a 20% duty cycle. 100 Amps continuous (50 amps/relay) design amperage is recommended for both voltages. Please see technical specs portion of the manual for more details. Maximum continuous solar charge wattage should never exceed 2800 watts, with a recommended maximum system design of 1200 watts for a 12-volt system (12 x 100 watt panels) and 2000 watts for 24-volt systems. (8 x 250 watt solar panels for instance), where ½ the panels are routed to one relay, and the other ½ to the second relay. Higher amperage/and or volts will reduce the life of the relays. High contrast LED meter displays battery voltage directly, allowing you to clearly see the status of your battery bank. The meter has an auto-brightness feature that automatically dims in low light conditions. An on/off switch allows you to turn the meter off when it is not needed. The microprocessor is the heart of the controller. It is given the battery voltage and the user changeable trip points. This information is analyzed and acted upon by the microprocessor. The battery level is checked and based on that information the green LED flashes or is illuminated as follows. (One) Flash indicates the battery is less low — less than 12 volts Double for 24 volt systems. (Two) Flashes indicates the battery is 12 to 12.3V. (Three) Flashes indicates the battery is 12.4 to 12.7v (A fully charged lead acid battery at rest). (Four) Flashes indicate the battery is 12.8 to 13.1V. (Five) Flashes indicates the battery is above 13.2V but less than 13.5V. Steady green means the battery is full. Changing the trip point will alter the flashing levels of the green LED. The red LED is illuminated when the relays are enabled and the battery is being dumped at 14.5v or the charge source diverted. The dump remains active for a minimum of 5 seconds, at which time it is checked by the microprocessor. If battery voltage drops below the “Dump Cancel” level (about 13.4-13.6 volts), then the dump is disabled, otherwise the dump is continued and rechecked every 5 seconds. Please see the discussion on EDM for extended diversion mode performance. Settings are user changeable! By simply turning a simple potentiometer with a small screwdriver, you can quickly adjust the trip point. This information is for a 12 volt system. It will be double for a 24 volt system, etc. Wire Size: 160 amps is a lot of current! The terminal blocks inside the case will handle 6 AWG wire and are better used for switching loads of 60 amps or less. Higher amperage of up to 80 amps for short periods of time (20% duty cycle) in the diversion mode are also acceptable. LED Battery Voltage Meter: By popular demand, the 160 amp charge controller features a high quality LED voltage (battery) meter. This meter is high quality with auto-contrast brightness (it gets brighter as the ambient light is increased). The meter draws only. 0013 amps, so it’s a real miser, yet because we know that no one wants to waste that hard earned energy, we have put a on/off switch on the front panel, so the meter can be shut off when you do not need it! The basic operating philosophy of a diversion controller is quite simple. Monitor the battery voltage, and if it should rise to a predetermined level, connect a diversion load (or “Dummy Load”), of sufficient size, to the battery or energy source to prevent the battery voltage from increasing any further. This is a very simple, yet very effective way of preventing battery overcharging. All alternate energy systems should have some form of battery overcharge protection. Several schools of thought on the subject. The source of power wind turbine, solar panels etc. – should remain connected to the batteries while the dump is active. The source should be diverted to the load directly and disconnected from the batteries. We happen to believe that is far better to leave the wind turbine connected to the batteries at all times. When you remove the battery level voltage from a wind turbine and send it’s power directly to a load, then it sees for all practical purposes a short circuit depending on the resistance of the load and lead wires. This may cause the turbine blades to slow dramatically and in some cases bring it to a halt. This braking action can cause heat build up in the stator if it is repeated every few seconds or so (if the battery is just a little over the top). When you allow the turbine to see the batteries, along with the load, the turbine remains more within it’s design realm –always a good thing. The internal relays are configured to dump the batteries along with the source, but if you desire to disconnect the source from the batteries and send it to the load directly, simply utilize the N/C contacts of the relays as well. We’ll be happy to send you a diagram — this is a very simple change. How to compare this controller to others on. Do they have battery status indication? Do they have a high quality voltage meter with on/off switch? Do they have a dump active indication? Are the dump levels user changeable? Are they microprocessor controlled? Do they come with an enclosure that’s actually ready to use? Can they truly pull in multiple relays without burning up or do they need fans? Do they handle the amperage you need? Do they have a dump test capability? When you compare this controller to the others, you will see why we built it and why we know you’ll love it. Simple, built to last, right here in the. Products may be slightly different from the ones pictured. If our supplier runs short of the products shown, we will substitute them for the same quality or better. The item “160 Amp 3600 Watt Hybrid Charge Controller for 12/24 Volt Systems” is in sale since Monday, July 21, 2014. This item is in the category “Home & Garden\Home Improvement\Electrical Supplies\Alternative Energy Supplies\Alternative Energy Chargers & Inverters”. The seller is “missouriwind” and is located in Seymour, Missouri. This item can be shipped worldwide.