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Old 05-02-2016, 01:43 PM   #51
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I got mine in a couple weeks ago but I haven't had time to play with it yet. I have a TM2030 installed already but I was thinking of adding this to the solar side to see what the input voltages and current are.

What shunt did you use with yours? I think it is calibrated for a 100amp shunt isn't it? Mine shipped with a 50amp shunt though. I ordered a 100amp one as well though.
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:51 PM   #52
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Yes it is a 100
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Old 05-02-2016, 04:51 PM   #53
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You can come across that unit on eBay, too. I use a CTEK 40-149 CTX bluetooth battery monitor, works with android or apple products to give you a percentage left. Nice unit, hopefully app updates will allow you to see more info.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:35 PM   #54
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I got mine in a couple weeks ago but I haven't had time to play with it yet. I have a TM2030 installed already but I was thinking of adding this to the solar side to see what the input voltages and current are.

What shunt did you use with yours? I think it is calibrated for a 100amp shunt isn't it? Mine shipped with a 50amp shunt though. I ordered a 100amp one as well though.
Subaru does the 2030 tell you everything the voltage moniter does?
I'm slowly creaping my way into solar. Still looking for a hot deal on a ts mppt45.
So my, slightly PITA, moniter install will be useless after I get the Morningstar moniter?
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:39 PM   #55
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The 2030 tells me all the same information but only the voltage and current going into and out of the battery. It measures current both ways as well and keeps track of amp hours used and replaced. It tells you other things as well like how much excess solar power you have after your batteries are charged or if they aren't accepting all the amps being produced.

I want to install this just to see the voltage and amps coming directly from the panels to see how efficient they are as well as how efficient the charge controller is. So this shunt would be installed between the solar panels and the charge controller where the Trimetric is installed between the battery and everything else.

Hope that makes sense.

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Old 05-09-2016, 10:22 PM   #56
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Cdash - your mounting solution made me look at a aluminum wall switch plate for a rocker type switch. The rectangular hole isn't large enough but can be enlarged with a nibbler or dremmel tool - and if I paint it flat black it should make a very hansom mounting even for inside the coach.
I would use a metal switch plate because the thickness is just perfect for the mounting tabs on the unit - a plastic switch plate is too think.
I use the plates for a rocker type switch because the screw holds are wider apart and are still usable after enlarging the hole for the meter.
I'll post photos if I get it to work.
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Mounting Photos

I went to HomeDepo today and picked up a couple of metal switch plates. I got 2 in case I messed one up. They were only .98c so . . .

Here are the photos of the mount:
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Here's one of the white metal (paintable) plates next to my nibbler tool and scratch awl. I basically put the meter on the plate and scratched a line around the base of it.
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Then I used the nibbler to eat away the metal back to the line. It took about 10 minutes but I was patient. I might have been able to use a sheet metal blade on my jig saw but that's hard to control. Radio Shack used to sell these nibblers to cut holes in project boxes - don't know if they still do.
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Here's the plate post "nibble" - note the two cutouts on each end for the tabs - I just cut these back about 1/32 of an inch, it didn't take much. I then used a grinding wheel on my dremel tool to smooth out the edge - I probably didn't have to do this, it doesn't show under the edge of the meter, but I'm a type A
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Test fit before painting. In these photos it looks like the flange around the meter covers part of the screw hole - but that's an artifact of the angle of the picture - in fact it just clears the screw hold perfectly.
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Paint job - I used flat black - I think I'm going to repaint with gloss - the flat doesn't match the meter very well but it was all I had laying around the shop. You'll notice the 2 black pan head wood screws I'm going to use to mount this right under my control center. I'll put a photo of that up after I finish the install.

The advantage of using the plate is that the tabs on the meter "click" into the plate really solidly - then you can screw the plate to whatever you wish. It also means you don't have to be a precise in cutting a hole in the cabinet as the plate will cover a world of jagged cuts. The plate is an "oversized" outlet cover by the way. You might get away with a normal sized one but HomeDepo didn't have any in metal.
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:11 AM   #58
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Nice solution! I have the meter but have not had the time to work out a mounting solution. I think I can make this one mine.
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That's a great idea
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Very nice job!!!!

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