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Load output on Victron Smartsolar MPPT controller is always off.

The jumper is removed, the bluetooth app is connected and load output is set to always on. The load output keeps showing as off and there is 0v on the connectors.

I tried resets, reboots firmware upgrade, etc. Everything suggested in this community. I'm not the only one struggling with the load output. Nothing helps.

Also the charge settings are not suited for LifePO4 batteries. It looked so good on paper but it's definitely not working properly due to poorly written software.

Any suggestions are still welcome though, this is my last hope because there's not even support from Victron directly, they send you to the vendor. Not good service.

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I think the load output of the smaller Smartsolar MPPTs, like my 100/20, is just too sensitive. The load output fails to distinguish a real short circuit situation from a regular usage situation.

My theory is that various devices containing capasitors will cause the load output to switch off, because capasitors demands an instant charge that the Smartsolar MPPTs erroneously sees as a short.

Maybe there are few users of the smaller Smartsolars using the load output as their power supply. Other setups may be more common, so the load output may not be a top priority to Victron.

Thanks for the reply. In theory having a seperate load connection on the charge controller allows for advanced logic. I think I'll return the unit.

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ray_pridham@bigpond.com answered ·

If you search for this thread

smartsolar 100/20 load switches off in float mode


you will see my similar problem and possible solution.


regards,

Ray

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Long thread, but as far as I can see the load output of the Smartsolars has permanent design limitations, or flaws, if you like. Me, I can not connect my new Pioneer car stereo to it.

Thank you for the clarification.

Could you summarize what is the solution? It looks to me like the solution is to connect the load directly to the battery, which doesn't allow for the advanced logic I'm looking for.

The solution that helped run my Waeco fridge was 2 x 0.5 ohm NTC thermistors (wired together in parallel) placed in the positive lead so they are in series between load positive terminal and fridge. I bought the ntc's from Element 14 for a few dollars each. When battery voltage was low the fridge sometimes gave a low voltage error and stop but would start ok on the second try when the ntc's were warmed up a bit.

You could ask if Victron are developing an improved version to meet this need and when.

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DubaiSolarRookie answered ·

A simple suggestion to fix this problem is to use an automated relay.

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