LiFePO Batteries ???

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You just set the float voltage to 13.5V. Will not harm them at all. Most LiFePO4 battery manufacturers spec that voltage.
Yes, the solar charging essentially does the float charging, based on its capacity. It does not have enough wattage to do the other stages of charging.

In other news. . .
I installed the new alternator on the starboard engine yesterday . . . lots of 'fun' . . . see my write-up in the Mercruiser forum. The outdrives are off the boat right now for maintenance, so it will be a few days before I can run a test.
 

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The new alternator works . . . it even likes the DC-DC charger. :D
 

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This is something new that you could have used with this project. It's A DC to DC converter that can charge each direction. This would be perfect for motorhomes that go somewhere and sit awhile as long as the house batteries are charged via solar.

 

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Yes, the solar charging essentially does the float charging, based on its capacity.
The solar controller only goes into float once it has completed bulk and absorption. Once it senses a slight reduction in voltage from the battery, it comes out of float and back into bulk, starting the process over again. Not sure how that really works right going through that ArgoFET isolator. I would likely have designed it without that component.
 

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A Bat charger reduces the amount of Amps as the need for charge is decreased. The solar charger outputs X amount and is dependent on the sun. What regulates the excess power not needed, and where does it go?
On lithium batteries, the amount of charge they will accept is as much as the charger can source up until it's close to 100% full. I see 90A received on my older 200AH bank until they were up into the 14V region which is basically fully charged...then it has a slight taper. Now that I have 560AH, they behave exactly the same. Lithium bateries have VERY low input resistance compared to a lead acid battery. On a lead acid battery, since resistance is higher, is what they taper compared to lithium.

The way a 3 stage charger works(including solar controllers)is that during bulk, the charger is is constant current mode which means it outputs the max current it can. Once the controller sees the battery hit absorption voltage(I set mine to 14.3V for lithium)the charger output constant voltage until the current drops to less than an amp and then it switches to float. The charge controller takes care of the output. The input from the solar panels is just naturally reduced based on what the controller is outputting. No different than plugging a 120VAC charger into the wall receptacle. The receptacle can source way more current that it is asked to deliver by the charger.
 
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The solar controller only goes into float once it has completed bulk and absorption. Once it senses a slight reduction in voltage from the battery, it comes out of float and back into bulk, starting the process over again. Not sure how that really works right going through that ArgoFET isolator. I would likely have designed it without that component.
Charging of the LFP batteries does not go through the AgroFET. The LFP batteries are connected directly to the Orion. The ArgoFET is on the lead-acid side.

The best that I'm seeing out of the solar panel is 62 watts . . . mid-day full sun . . . So, that yields about 4.5 amps of charging to the LFP batteries at 13.5 volts. Of course the EPEver does not really tell you what stage of charging it is in. The thing is OK, but it has a mind of its own. :ROFLMAO:
 

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On another note . . .

I was able to clean up that starboard electrical box using some harsh chemicals . . .
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The floor is pretty well cleaned up, but I need to figure out something to clean up the walls. I was able to clean up the starboard isolation post and put it all back together.
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The other bus bars will also need some TLC or replacement. I'm not a fan of having all of this stuff in a box, particularly on the floor of the box. The engine bay is big enough, they certainly could have used some more wall space. . . . but oh well . . . :rolleyes:
 

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Charging of the LFP batteries does not go through the AgroFET. The LFP batteries are connected directly to the Orion. The ArgoFET is on the lead-acid side.
I never stated what type of batteries get charged from the solar controller through the ArgoFET. Your engine batteries do!!!
 
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