Sadly the jaws on the Nipex do not meet and the bevel of the 'cutting' edge is so shallow that it is more like a crimper. Farnell are refunding me the cost and leaving me with the duff tool as it is not worth the returns cost etc.
The overlap with the 230v Mains: external is that they both take power from the inverter via a fuse box. There the fuse box feeds two internal circuits. The extension connection goes to the previously used three gang flying extension, now pretty much fixed to the wall and a 6A fuse that feeds a line to a) a junction box from where a cable goes through the wall to a 2 gang socket,
b) feed to another junction box to a 2 gang socket installed above the tool bench, and also
c) feeds a third 2 gang socket in the corner of the computer desk.
Have laid 13A cable to an external rubber housed 13A socket. This has a 13A plug in the toolroom which plugs into a 3 gang socket block which inturn plugs into the inverter.
- I have labeled the two S6 145s A and B
and the cells in each are respectively (neg to pos), (pos to neg) ~ 1,2,3
Specific Gravity Readings
May 12th just before sunset.
A1 = 1.280 :: A2 = 1.275 :: A3 = 1.250 | B1 =1.280 :: B2 = 1.275 :: B3 = 1.260
This was before charging and I broke the hydrometer when cleaning so couldn't check the SG during or after charging which aslo included an automatic equalisation.
May 28th Mid afternoon when on float
A1 = 1.290 :: A2 = 1.292 :: A3 = 1.292 | B1 =1.292 :: B2 = 1.292 :: B3 = 1.260
The new Durite 472 has a thermometer for temp coefficients and although it was difficult to read it appears as though at least 6 points should be added, i.e. 1.290 becomes 1.296.
I spoke to Scotty at Durite who said SG's should be within 1%, i.e. 1.290 &plusmin; .0129 (0.013) so a range of 1.277 to 1.303 or 0.26 max diff.
The batteries arrived today with the MPPT and have been installed. It was late in the day before I had finshed and initially the controller went to bulk then abs.
The first thing I did was to make a stainless steel backplate to fasten the controller to and use copper and plastic tubing to keep it off the wall, only a centimetere or so.
I have also connected the 1200w inverter, but there is no other loading.
May 7th Battery voltage of the 2 x S6 145's in series was 12.76. The electrolyte was high in one cell so I distributed it amongst all six.
Cable from MPPT to batteries is approx AWG 8 or 8.4㎜² (50 amps)
Could do with
May 9th Electrolyte levels are fine
May 13th Must use VE Direct USB to set up MPPT and equalise. ✓
June 17thHave fitted a fuse box to inverter output and wiring from there to a) 6A fuse to wiring for sockets to a double socket about the workbench, a double socket by the computer platform and wire to a further socket by the steps. b) 16A fuse for cable to external socket and c) Unfused to a 3 gang row above the electric work bench.
So for power to any 1) switch on inverter, 2) switch on fuse box.
I will not be making a spreadsheet of input and output for a while.