Charge Controller Source? - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-25-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
Name: William
Trailer: Scamp
Lakeville, CT
Posts: 63
Charge Controller Source?

Where can I find a cheap charge controller? I see people on this forum grabbing 15 A mppt for $25 and PWM for less than $20 but I can't seem to find any deals like that. Best I can find is a 10 A mmpt on ebay for $36.

Thanks for any leads,


biw314 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
Senior Member
honda03842's Avatar
Name: Norm and Ginny
Trailer: Scamp 16
Posts: 7,070
As little as $10 with free shipping.

solar controller | eBay

Norm and Ginny

2014 Honda Odyssey
1991 Scamp 16
honda03842 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
Senior Member
Byron Kinnaman's Avatar
Name: Byron
Trailer: 2006 Scamp 13' towed with a 2005 Dodge Dakota 4.7l Magnum W/full tow package (over kill)
Posts: 5,859
Cheap is what you apparently get from a cheap controller. If you're going to have solar panels connected to the battery for even a few hours, it's a good idea for the controller to have an automatic "float" mode. That will keep you battery at full charge without over charging and with a de-sulfate mode keep the battery in good shape. Many of the cheap ones don't list how they prevent overcharge if mention it at all. Others will cut charging at some voltage. At a minimum you want it stop charging at some predetermined voltage.
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
Byron Kinnaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 01:55 PM   #4
Name: William
Trailer: Scamp
Lakeville, CT
Posts: 63
Thanks for the quick replies. Norm, in another post you mentioned getting a mppt type for about $25. Can you share the particulars on that one?
biw314 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2012, 11:04 AM   #5
Senior Member
Name: George
Trailer: Waiting for the Sprinter van and designing the converion modules.
Posts: 629
I like Normís charge controller especially at its cost. I am using Morningstar MPPT 15 with its monitor which most of the time it is set to view panelís voltage. The Link10 monitor is usually set to view current flow. High panelís voltage, which I often see, such 20V or higher gives good appreciation for value of MPPT controller. At 20V PWM controller would be wasting 40% of generated energy. I believe this is Normís charge controller manual and it doesnít have panelís voltage viewing option.

If I would ever install solar panels again I would choose Normís flex panels, VHB tape, and MPPT charge controller, most likely Morningstar.

GeorgeR is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Manual for EWC-10 charge controller? BCPaul Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 1 07-16-2011 09:07 PM
charge controller theresa p Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 3 05-30-2009 07:11 PM
Solar Charge Controller Installation kevin61 Modifications, Alterations and Updates 3 02-22-2009 08:20 AM
Solar charge controller yvonne Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 24 06-26-2008 05:46 AM
Fluid, Battery Levels & Solar Charge Controller? peterh Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 9 04-27-2007 04:45 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.