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Dawie

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Charging multiple batteries from a single PV panel
« on: May 20, 2014, 02:06:00 AM »
Good day All

Requesting advice on the following question please:

Is it possible to charge two batteries (different capacities and physical size) from a single PV panel using a single charge controller?


Reason for the question is this.  We had a sliding gate installed with PV to charge the battery.  The installer added a second larger battery to the setup which is apparently connected in parallel with the smaller internal gate motor battery.  This parallel battery configuration is then connected to a single charge controller.
I am not convinced that this is the correct way to connect the batteries to the controller and some Googling suggested a charge controller per battery - which makes more sense.

Appreciate any feedback

MJLorton

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Re: Charging multiple batteries from a single PV panel
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 12:58:18 PM »
Hi Dawie,

You feeling is correct. Just one reason is that they will be at different states of charge as they have different capacities and a single charge controller won't control the charging process correctly across both batteries.

I would remove the smaller capacity battery and just leave the larger. If you need the additional capacity replace the smaller battery with one identical to the larger one.

Cheers,
Martin.
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Dawie

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Re: Charging multiple batteries from a single PV panel
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014, 01:50:15 PM »
Cheers Martin, appreciate your feedback.

Dawie