Is anyone using one of these LVD units? I'd like to hear any comments, pro or con. Although I'd likely build my own, brand names, prices etc. would also be helpful.
I am considering one. The Coleman solar light kit
I just bought comes with a Phocos charge controller that has a LVD built in. Problem is it is designed for a +ve ground system. I should be able to use it on my -ve ground trailer with a "floating ground". (Brian BP tried to explain to me, it made sense at the time, but I can't really explain it to you).
The sales manager for Phocos
USA responded to my technical query within a few working hours. His response said it could be used in a -ve ground system if I took certain steps, but they do have a -ve ground controller with LVD that is currently in production and expected to hit the NA market this month (Oct. 2007). It has an optional remote digital display that will work with it. BTW ICP aka ColemanSolar
responded within a working day, OTOH Coleman Canada took 6 weeks to reply to a different online query.
IOW, I've put my rewire on hold till it comes out and I can figure out how to fit it into my system. I understand the solar
part, but not sure how my Tow Vehicles 12V connection or the separate 120V charger will all fit in. I'm not sure what the cost will be, but if you consider the 3 panel Coleman Solar
kit retails for $300 CDN, I don't expect the controller will be very expensive.