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by andys
Wed, 12 Sep 2018, 06:02
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

In case it helps anyone, I have my own C program I use to talk to the PIP over USB from Linux.

Its just a binary you run and you can pipe data to it (STDIN) and it replies over STDOUT. So you can treat it like a terminal.

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/andys ... ster/pip.c
by andys
Sun, 09 Sep 2018, 13:39
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Thanks coulomb! I am pondering buying an Elcon PFC charger to charge off generator, though it is alot of $$$, and I read they are not necessarily that reliable! offgridQLD: You should consider what I did, the full fan speed mod. Just disconnected the 4th wire to the fans and they run at 100% all the...
by andys
Sat, 08 Sep 2018, 08:54
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Somehow I missed this until now. The newest range of PIPs is advertised as "PF1" models: > “PF1” inverter standards for Power Factor 1.0 version of the PIP-HS and PIP-MS inverter family. All features on the PF1 series are nearly identical to the original PF0.8 This exactly matches the issue I found,...
by andys
Mon, 27 Aug 2018, 12:33
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

I'm back, on my pet topic of the PIP's (apparently) terrible AC charger. While charging off mains yesterday I noticed an appliance on the same household circuit buzzing loudly. It went away when I disconnected the PIP. It seems the PIP's charging circuit was sending lots of noise back up the AC line...
by andys
Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 13:39
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Converting petrol quad bike to EV
Replies: 11
Views: 1483

Re: Converting petrol quad bike to EV

I have a project on the backburner to convert a quad bike. I don't really need much speed, would be happy with walking speed, It is a 4WD model used for towing things around the farm. Being 4WD the engine has two drive shafts. I'd love to get a direct drive dual shaft motor, but that seems unrealist...
by andys
Mon, 09 Apr 2018, 12:44
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Quick tip re power up with battery: There are cheap 48V switch mode PSUs available on ebay, I have used one successfully on the battery terminals to fire up a PIP-4048 for quick testing etc.
by andys
Sun, 25 Feb 2018, 04:48
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Arvio 3.5kWh drop-in-battery-replacement supercapacitor on sale
Replies: 362
Views: 26837

Arvio 3.5kWh drop-in-battery-replacement supercapacitor on sale

I thought this was an interesting development. Arvio is now locally reselling KiloWattLabs (USA-based) supercapacitor which comes with its own electronics needed to simulate a 48VDC battery. https://arvioshop.com.au/supercapacitor Being capacitor based, it supports 1 million cycles, 100% depth of di...
by andys
Sat, 16 Dec 2017, 07:49
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

The PIP-4048GE obviously has a very different DC side design as it allows a solar input voltage of 150 to 450VDC. You didn't say if you live in Australia. One of the advantages of the old PIP is the DC voltages stay under 120V DC and thus it is legal for non-electricians to configure the DC wiring ...
by andys
Sat, 16 Dec 2017, 07:48
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

jds686868 wrote:
Wed, 13 Dec 2017, 13:41
So what's my question..... Should I put 3 or 4 panels in series??
Three panels is optimal. with 250W panels I see (roughly) voltages of 70 to 90 under load.
by andys
Sun, 12 Nov 2017, 11:53
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Thanks for the hard work. I am looking forward to trying it out.

My usage is likely to be to default the current to zero (for safety / full battery), and have the BMS set maximum possible charge current when the battery is not full, and not really anything in between.
by andys
Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 13:34
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Computer control easy I can do that already , you only need a relay with 4 poles less than $5. Do you want control with a web page so any device can be used eg smart phone? No, I've got a little embedded computer which will power up extra units depending on time of day, load, and battery %soc .. do...
by andys
Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 12:08
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Sure - but I actually wanted it to be computer controlled and 4-way or 4x relays is overkill unless absolutely necessary :)
by andys
Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 08:47
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Does anyone know if the remote on/off inputs can be "daisy chained" ? Can I switch on/off two or more inverters at the same time by connecting their NC/NO contacts in parallel or series and a single switch?
by andys
Sun, 15 Oct 2017, 05:46
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Zero would be great. I always thought it was a serious deficiency that they don't allow you to simply stop charging completely (except by swizzling voltages).

(There really should be a physical input terminal that disables all charging)
by andys
Sat, 14 Oct 2017, 15:20
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Thanks for the explanation weber. I can still work with that, but if it stops receiving commands (something broken or an emergency), could it default to 0A instead of 2A?
by andys
Sat, 14 Oct 2017, 14:12
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

So if you get it working, we'll be dynamically setting the voltage, right? Not the current.

Which makes sense: when we want to stop charging, we want the current to be 0A (at float voltage), not 2A (the minimum current you are able to specify).
by andys
Sat, 07 Oct 2017, 06:06
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

By the way weber/coulomb, I've been meaning to ask: Did you ever come across code that governs AC charging? Specifically resetting charge back to zero for another "sweep" all the time. It really seems like a bug, since it happens even when charging off mains and not a generator.
by andys
Sat, 07 Oct 2017, 06:03
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Coulomb and I spent the day investigating the feasibility of a dynamic maximum charge current command. This sounds good! I have been reluctant to flash mine thus far, since I don't ever let the PIP reach bulk charge termination. I've never tried the MNCHGC command. I am setting up a new (parallel) ...
by andys
Fri, 06 Oct 2017, 08:29
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

hennejg if your solar input and battery are sized optimally, I think you don't really need to worry that much about charge rate - you can set things up so that the PIP will be sending its maximum charge to the battery for say, 96% of the battery capacity. You can then switch to a lower charge rate (...
by andys
Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 11:41
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Hi andys. I never claimed to measure it. You will see that I refer to it as "estimated" every time I mention it. Ah yes! Very clever indeed, especially the way you determine charge completion. (Although in practice I've noticed the voltage can be "sticky" during periods of transition from charge to...
by andys
Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 10:25
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

weber how do you measure open circuit voltage while the battery is still a member of a possibly charging or discharging pack?
by andys
Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 03:32
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

I am updating the PIP twice day over serial via PBFT command to begin and end rapid charging. Other than wearing out the EEPROM (not sure how many cycles it would support?) it is working well for me.
by andys
Fri, 29 Sep 2017, 05:38
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

Re: PIP-4048MS inverter

Thank you ghatikar, most interesting. This situation is quite frustrating as I'm not sure what generator to buy for my new system (4 x parallel PIP) because I don't know what it will be able to charge at. Also I am not using generators with AVR, just the constant RPM direct AC type. I have been look...
by andys
Thu, 17 Aug 2017, 14:49
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

PIP-4048MS inverter

Just tried a new generator - its a Honda 13HP petrol with 8kW alternator. Reading a strong 240VAC while maintaining 50 amps PIP charge rate, for quite some time before dropping out. Then it gets worse and worse, shorter periods until the next drop out. I tried removing all other AC loads and it just...
by andys
Sun, 11 Jun 2017, 17:43
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: PIP-4048MS and PIP-5048MS inverters
Replies: 2436
Views: 301117

PIP-4048MS inverter

Lately my mains input has been higher, around 245-250V. I have been successfully charging at 40A with no drop-outs.

Feels like it might have a "hair trigger" on change in input voltage or phase which makes it stop charging suddenly when on lower voltages or generator.