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    Ranger EV to be charged by solar panel ...

    Just bought a Ranger 2017 and I want to charge the 48V string of battery directly by the voltage coming from my solar charge controller ( don't have access to grid at my cabin) .
    Anybody has already done that ?

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    Is your solar panel output 48 vdc ?
    Do you have inverters for 120 ac for the cabin ?

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    Yes my solar panels are 48V and I would prefer to go directly with the DC voltage
    instead of using an inverter ( probably more efficient that way and cheaper)

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    Let us know how it does.
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    Will do it , planning to do the installation in may !

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    To charge your 48 volt ranger you will need charging voltage around 54 volts , what's the output on one of your panels ?
    Even though they may state 48 volt on the specs they may put out more ?
    I doubt you would need a voltage regulator , you frostbacks don't get enough sun in one day to overcharge it

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    LOL ! You 're right about the sun over here
    But will use it only from spring to fall .
    Of course a 48V system will need 58V to charge the batteries , any charge controler associated with 48V solar panel will work !
    So far , according to the technical spec, the Delta Q Quick charger provide only a 48V with 1KW max ... so far , it should work !

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    If you don't have one already here's the perfect excuse to get a Honda 2000 watt generator to power the ev battery charger .
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    For charging the EV LSV drive batteries OFF Grid:
    1. I use a Polaris P2000i Digital Inverter/Generator

    2. Developing an on-board solar system consisting of:
    - a bed box mounted over-roof rack (tiltable to sun angle)
    - 2 thin film 12v 100w solar panels connected in series
    - a waterproof 12v > 48v charge controller
    - voltmeter/ammeter (to measure optimal sun angle)
    - ON/OFF switch
    (The solar system is not intended to be the primary charging system but rather a range extender and maintainer OFF GRID. However it can be used as the primary system over long interval use.)

    For charging the EV LSV ON GRID:
    3. Updated Delta Q Charger
    - Battery Minder OBD-48 48v Desulphator

    For charging the EV LSV winch batteries I have already installed:
    4. ON GRID (to supplement)
    - an on-board plug-in 120v > 12v 2 amp charger/maintainer/desulphator spliced into the Delta Q 120v input
    - temperature thermistor for temperature compensation
    (Battery Minder 2012-AGM 12v 2 amp charger/maintainer/desulphator)
    5. OFF GRID:
    - an on-board solar 12v > 12v 1.25 amp charge controller/maintainer/desulphator (AGM)
    - 15 watt solar panel
    - temperature thermistor for temperature compensation
    - an ON/OFF switch
    - battery condition monitor
    - solar panel mounted on Siezmik hood rack
    (Battery Minder SCC-15 12v solar charger/maintainer desulphator)
    Last edited by DJWorm; 01-15-2017 at 08:35 PM.
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    Thanks a lot DJWorm
    I'm actually preparing a setup with the following

    a. 2 265W (24V) solar panel ( one of the two will be on the roof of the Ranger)

    b. 1 48V MPPT controller with 12-24-48V capabilities , will convert 24V (36V) from the panels to 48 V toward the batteries (58V)

    The controller will charge directly the 8 batteries
    the maximum current will be about half or less than the included "Delta-Q_QuiQ1000 (18 Amp) "
    dedicated :
    2 X 265W= 530W /58 = 9 Amp

    For a peak :
    Will also add a switch to redirect another bank of solar panel of 360W from the chalet adding another 6 amp

    this will bring an equivalent 15 Amp comparing to the normal Delta-Q charger 18 amp

    Will install all this in a month or two .... will keep you informed with pics
    Last edited by OrPist; 03-16-2017 at 09:50 AM.
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