My plan and looking for suggestions

OffGridInTheCity

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I'm not against Outback at all... but you might need a Mate 3 ( $400'ish - https://www.amazon.com/Outback-Powe...keywords=outback+mate+3&qid=1614964317&sr=8-5 ) to go with the $375 Outback unit - bringing the total to about the same as the Midnite Solar. So they both wind up in the $700 range - all of mine were <$700 each. That's why I said they are 'on par' with each other.

A much cheaper approach ($260) - perhaps An EPEVER level of controller such as this - https://www.amazon.com/EPEVER-Contr...d=1&keywords=EPEVER+48v&qid=1614964441&sr=8-5 That little square black box gives user customization interface some distance from the unit and there is DIY software to access it remotely. I mention EPEVER specifically because I have one and it was good. I set a camera looking at it for my remote access :)

To me, the big difference between the $700 and $300 level is not so much the raw amps - but its the features. For example, Midnite Classic (and I'm sure Outback) have 'multi-unit-cooperation' features tailored to expansion / larger systems, advance access/option features, and then other goodies such as Outdoor/weather ratings, DC based GCIF (required by code in some places) and Arc Fault detection and auxiliary rely control.

If you don't need features then I think the $200-300 MPPT is 'reasonably efficient' and has basic user customization for battery (float) voltages etc and will do you well.
 
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Dr. Dickie

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Dang, thanks. For that price its features make it worth while.
For some stupid reason I didn't even check Amazon. With shipping, they have it for the same price.
THANKS
 
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Dr. Dickie

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I'm not against Outback at all... but you might need a Mate 3 ( $400'ish - https://www.amazon.com/Outback-Powe...keywords=outback+mate+3&qid=1614964317&sr=8-5 ) to go with the $375 Outback unit - bringing the total to about the same as the Midnite Solar. So they both wind up in the $700 range - all of mine were <$700 each. That's why I said they are 'on par' with each other.

A much cheaper approach ($260) - perhaps An EPEVER level of controller such as this - https://www.amazon.com/EPEVER-Contr...d=1&keywords=EPEVER+48v&qid=1614964441&sr=8-5 That little square black box gives user customization interface some distance from the unit and there is DIY software to access it remotely. I mention EPEVER specifically because I have one and it was good. I set a camera looking at it for my remote access :)

To me, the big difference between the $700 and $300 level is not so much the raw amps - but its the features. For example, Midnite Classic (and I'm sure Outback) have 'multi-unit-cooperation' features tailored to expansion / larger systems, advance access/option features, and then other goodies such as Outdoor/weather ratings, DC based GCIF (required by code in some places) and Arc Fault detection and auxiliary rely control.

If you don't need features then I think the $200-300 MPPT is 'reasonably efficient' and has basic user customization for battery (float) voltages etc and will do you well.
I agree, the features of the Midnight Classic is worth a few hundred more (even though I am not going to be expanding this system--when I move, the next system will defiantly be expandable) but when I was seeing 3X the price, that was a bit much. Since FloydR gave me a link for just $675, I am not seriously considering the Midnigh Solar.
Thanks for all the info. I am going to have to pull the trigger on this very soon.

Ya twisted my arm, I just ordered the Midnight solar.
I am quite sure I will love it, so I want hold it against you:giggle:
 
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