Email to Steca: November 10th, 2014
I arose at 4am on the morning of 10th Nov to read the Load Ah and the Steca records 5Ah. It is now nearly 10am and the reading is 6Ah. I suppose I can relay on the fact that the phantom use it consistent. Some 6Ah in 44hour (6000mA divided by 44 = 136mA) some 11 times the specified ‘own consumption’ of 12.5mA.
It begs the question; What is it measuring?
Clearly it is not measuring the load as I would expect.
Why would it measure it’s own consumption?
What happens to the waste power when the current is too much for the battery state? Is it measuring that?
It seems that although it is interesting, having some monitor, these questions make it a inaccurate in terms of power measurement.
I assume the Ah into the battery actually pass through the battery terminals. I say this as the Charge Ah is the same as the Load Ah, although I noticed during charging yesterday they did not keep pace and the Load Ah only caught up over night. I wonder if I disconnect the battery from the Stecca will it still show the Load Ah, but then obviously not as it will have no power, but I could try it in the day.???
So is this reading an un-understandable one or is it me that is failing to understand how the Steca works?
If you think this unit is faulty please send me another and I will install it and return the current one if that is the case. Of course as you didn’t sell me the unit directly maybe you could authorise Wind and Sun to send me one.
I wonder if you actually test the unit as I do? i.e. without any load for a significant time and if you do could you please sent me your data. Better still could you please send me the data anyway
All the best
12/11/14 @ 09:57
[b]Email Reply from Stecca[/b]
Dear Mr. Lovejoy,
the reason for the low consumption at the load connection of the charge controller are the components. If you load this connection you will see that in reality there are no consumption. You can also see this unreal consumption at the display of the charge controller because this value won’t be measured it would be calculated.
Best regards / Mit freundlichen Grüßen
i.A. Carmen Hörberg
Solar Electronics Division
Steca Elektronik GmbH