This has really changed our quality of life living on a narrowboat, and we are so excited to see what the next winter will bring.
We wake up in the morning and we can check the batteries in bed, that's the first thing.
You have the peace of mind that you can run anything off these batteries and they can take it. Pumps, extractors, everything DC, all AC products, even the immersion heater for hot water. When we are static we don't need to run our engine and that's got to be good for the neighbours. The saving on diesel will be significant, and the saving on the environment even more immense.
We can look at the colour controller and see where the power from the batteries is going and also when it is being charged, either by the engine or by the solar panels.
We can also see the history of how much solar power we have had over the month. (the 0.0 volts is where it has turned off overnight). It shows whether it has charged on Bulk, Absorption, or Float. A lot of these days we haven't even had to tilt the panels up to get maximum kWh
It is fun looking at what is going on, but I hope this wears off and the system just looks after itself.
When you first go into the app it pulls out the four lithium 100Ah batteries and the battery monitor and Solar MPPT.
Anyway enough of that, as you can see we just chilled in the sunshine with a beer in hand today, this is what boating's all about..