Prostar Solar Regulator

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 23:10
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Hi,
Another BT friend of ours has a problem with his battery 4x4 set up dropping charge lower than normal, say down to 12.2v over the day without much draw on the system at all.and good solar access

His Prostar regulator 30 when a load is put on, stops scrolling then scrolles very intermittent .

Any of you had a simailar problem ,maybe a problem with the regulator.
Van is a 2004 build he purchased a couple of months ago in WA,he advises me he hasn't had much help from BTi when he phoned them recently.

He wants to become BOG member when he gets his own web access shortly.

Hopfully one of us can give some help .

Thanks Rob P
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Reply By: Turist - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 23:22

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 23:22
Before you do anything with the regulator have the batteries checked.
This can also be a symptom of failing batteries.

Have the batteries properly individually load tested with a carbon pile type load tester, any good auto elec should have one.

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Follow Up By: Rob n Son - Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 00:19

Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 00:19
Tanks Bob , will advise same.
The batteries are supposed to be only 2 years old.
However don't know how they were treated.

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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 01:25

Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 01:25
Rob,

While he is waiting to see an Auto Elec, if he disconnects all the batteries and then test the voltage of each one individually and record the voltage. In 30 mins and then 60 and 90 mins check them all again and record the results. If one of the batteries has failed you will soon see that one dropping voltage while the others stay higher.

As per the battery topic on the members forum, anything could have happened to the batteries.

If one battery falls away quickly just connect the remaining batteries to the system and see how that goes.

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Reply By: Motley - Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 01:01

Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 01:01
I have experienced the same thing (I think)

Seems that instead of the display scrolling through the three readings about every ten seconds, it stays on each reading for 30+ seconds. As near as I can make out, it corresponds with when the batteries are nearly fully charged and the ProStar has gone into float mode.

I described the problem to the ProStar agent in WA and he hadn't heard of it

My regulator is now 5 years old and still performing so I don't think it's a sign of either failing regulator or failing batteries.

I'm interested in others' experience with this
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Follow Up By: F Troop - Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 20:19

Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 20:19
Hi Pete,
My Pro star 30 regulator June 03 install.
Sounds like the same sort of symptoms I get, every now and again the pro star scrolles slowley can be 5 to15 minits betwen screens.
I have not woried about it all works OK, I have seen slow mode at night with no charger. ( I think or maybe it was the Rum)

Graham
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Follow Up By: Paul and Barb - Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 21:53

Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 21:53
Hi,

We have the same problem as Graham (without the effects of the rum). Eventually sorts itself out.

Paul.
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Reply By: Rob n Son - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2008 at 02:21

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2008 at 02:21
Thanks Guys for the sound advise above.

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Follow Up By: NIK `N` OFF - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2008 at 06:37

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2008 at 06:37
So Rob & Sonia, just to clear things up

Are you going for the RUM advise or leave well alone

LOL

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Follow Up By: Rob n Son - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2008 at 18:28

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2008 at 18:28
Will replace rum with Gin & Tonic.
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