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Patec® LCD 30A PWM Solar Panel Regulator Charge Controller 12V/24V 360W/720W with Dual USB

Patec® LCD 30A PWM Solar Panel Regulator Charge Controller 12V/24V 360W/720W with Dual USB
Offered by Patec Price: CDN$ 40.99

Mixed feeling about the quality but great features

(5/10)

While this charger worked it worked well. Problem is that after about 6 months it died, simply stopped functioning. It didn’t burn up, just does nothing. I have two of these and the second one has been running for near a year in the same system, solar panel/battery set up, with no issues so I could assume it was just a bad device.

What I like about these chargers is the simple to understand display.
The manual layout is ok, its a translation to English but quite understandable
Once you have the charger configured as desired it requires no attention
The wire terminals are nice and tight, I never felt like I was going to rip the terminal strip off the circuit board when I tightened the screws
Even under a 12v 10 amp load (this was done as a test, normal load is 3 1/2 amps at 12v from the solar panel) the unit has remained cool, never heated up but I have it mounted on four stand offs about half an inch from the back board so air flows easily around the device
Fit and finish is ok but this is not some thing you place where you can admire it so no shiny sparklie’s required

What I don’t like about it is that I have a 50% failure rate within the first year.

If the first unit had not failed I would give it a 5 star rating

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