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Solar Power Solutions DC to AC Power inverters

A battery charger will normally draw power from a mains supply or generator, and charge a battery or bank of batteries, so too does Photovoltaic solar panels( Solar panels) convert energy from the sun into electricity, which needs to be stored in batteries.

Most electrical appliances and electronic equipment run on 230VAC power, which means in the case of a solar powered system, the power stored in the batteries needs to be converted from 12V/24V or 48V  DC to 230VAC.

There are DC AC power inverters which are large enough to accommodate this form of electrical supply.  DC to AC power Inverters probably originated because of Photovoltaic Solar power system-type applications, however it is not the case anymore. All DC AC power inverters  are not ideal or good for Photovoltaic solar power  system applications anymore.

Many of the available DC to AC power inverters are now used and designed for cost, mobility and various applications- From using a Laptop in your Car , to giving somebody time to watch TV at home, while Eskom is busy sorting its system out….

Why would DC AC power inverters for Photovoltaic Solar energy  systems be different then?Well to explain, let us first tell you some of the assumptions that might fit into your application:

All of these kind of systems, require quality products as well as system durability. System durability means, you want to look after your batteries as well as anything else. You might want a power inverter system that interfaces automatically with a generator and possibly other inputs such as Photovoltaic Solar Panels & Wind generator.

General experience shows that modified sine wave power inverters are not optimised for proper battery protection, although they do specify that they have a low battery cut out function , this tends to be at voltages 10.5V or in that vicinity, which is fine for occasional battery discharge, but for a permanent fixed installation, this is NOT acceptable. Batteries that reach that kind of discharge, will have their lifetime reduced from a possible 800 Cycles to only 50 to 100 cycles.


The higher – upper class true sine wave power inverters and inverter-charger units – do tend to have better battery discharge curves, some DC AC  power inverters even allow you to choose your disconnect battery voltages .

For system installations of this nature, you would like to have at least the following functions on your solar power inverters:


If your system , require inputs such as Solar Panels connections, Wind generator, Connection to a generator , then it is necessarily to ensure that these facilities are specified on the power inverter-charger.

Our  Solar  solutions application inverter range are as follows:

       


Victron Phoenix  180 Watt Inverter



        









Fig 1, Victron Phoenix Inverter 12V/180W






























































































Victron phoenix Inverter Only (No Build in Charger or Transfer switch)

Model (Click for spec)

Rating (W)

Input Voltage

Size

Weight (KG)

Manual

Phoenix 180

180W

12V/24V

72x132x200

2.7

Manual_P180

Phoenix 350

350W

12V/24V/48V

72x155x237

3.5

Manual_P350

Phoenix 800

800W

12V/24V/48V

104x194x305

6.5

Manual_P800

Phoenix 1200

1200W

12V/24V/48V

375x214x110

10

Manual_P1200

Phoenix 1600

1600W

12V/24V/48V

375x214x110

10

Manual_P1600

Phoenix 2000

2000W

12V/24V/48V

520x255x125

12

Manual_P2000

Phoenix 3000

3000W

12V/24V/48V

362x258x218

18

Manual_P3000

Phoenix 5000

5000W

12V/24V/48V

444x328x240

30

Manual_P5000

Victron  Multiplus Inverter-Charger

Model (Click for spec)

Rating (W)

Input Voltage

Size

Weight (KG)

Manual

Multi 800

800W

12V/24V

375x214x110

10

Manual MP800

Multi 1200

1200W

12V/24V

375x214x110

10

Manual MP1200

Multi 1600

1600W

12V/24V

375x214x110

10

Manual MP1600

Multi 2000

2000W

12V/24V

520x255x125

12

Manual MP2000

Multi 3000

3000W

12V/24V/48V

362x258x218

18

Manual MP3000

Multi 5000

5000W

24V/48V

444x328x240

30

Manual MP5000

Victron  Quattro  Inverter-Charger

Model (Click for spec)

Rating (W)

Input Voltage

Size

Weight (KG)

Manual

Quattro 3000

3000W

12V/24V

362X258X218

49

MANUAL 3KQ

Quattro 5000

5000W

12V/24V/48V

444X328X240

34

MANUAL 5KQ

Quattro 8000

8000W

24V/48V

470X350X280

45

MANUAL 8KQ

Quattro 10000

10000W

48V

470X350X280

45

MANUAL 10KQ

Victron  Easy  Combination unit  (with Build in Charger and Grid & MPPT Regulator)

Model (Click for spec)

Rating (W)

Input Voltage

Size

Weight (KG)

Manual

Easy 1600

1600W

12V/24v

745x214x110

15

Manual Easy1600







Victron Multiplus 5kW DC AC Power Inverter Victron Phoenix 1600W DC AC Inverter Vitron Phoenix 5kW DC AC Power Inverter Victron Easy Solar Combination Inverter 3kW Victron Quattro Inverter Charger with Generator Input Victron Multiplus DC AC Power Inverters 2000W

Fig 2 - Victron Phoenix Compact 1600W Inverter

Fig 3 - Victron Phoenix Inverter , 5kW 24v

Table 1 - Victron Phoenix DC AC Power Inverter Range

Fig 4 - Victron Multiplus 2000W DC AC Power Inverter

Fig 5 - Victron Multiplus 5kW DC Ac Power Inverter

Victron Quattro DC AC Power Inverter Charger with Generator Connection 5KW

Table 2- Victron Multiplus DC AC Power Inverter Range for Solar Solutions

Fig 6 - Quattro 5kW DC AC Power Inverter

Fig 7 -Victron Quattro 3kW DC AC Power Inverter

Table 3- Victron Quattro Inverter Charger DC AC Power Inverter range

Fig 8- Victron Easy Solar - Multi functional- Easy to install inverter, include Solar regulator

Table 4- Victron EasySolar -Inverter -Regulator -charger-Circuit Breakers Circuit

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