[RE-wrenches] Sol-Ark/Fortress charging issue

Jerry Shafer jerrysgarage01 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 17 14:36:17 PST 2022

Wrenches, Howie
As SOC climbs the rate of current will reduce current flow, what was the
SOC when you had both connected and configured master slave with in the
Fun times

On Wed, Nov 16, 2022 at 9:59 PM Howie Michaelson via RE-wrenches <
re-wrenches at lists.re-wrenches.org> wrote:

> Good Evening,
> I have a frustrating charging issue involving 2 Fortress eVault Maxs
> connected to a Sol-Ark 15k. Commissioned the system last week, replacing a
> legacy off-grid Dual Stack SunnyIsland 5048s and 2-volt Rolls battery
> system.  Initially, we connected one of the eVaults to the Sol-Ark,
> programmed it to Fortress' and Sol-Ark's specs, setup closed loop, and
> things seemed fine.  The battery charged at around 95 amps off the 20kW
> Kohler. The next day we connected the 2nd eVault, went through the
> procedures as Fortress suggested, made the necessary settings changes in
> the Sol-Ark, and that is when the issue started.
> Ever since we connected the 2nd eVault, we have not been able to get the
> charge rate much above a combined total of 35 amps.  Fortress has pretty
> much said that it can't be anything on their end (although the
> communication with them has been very much limited and frustrating). They
> say that nothing on their side would limit the charge rate to that low,
> especially if the batteries were in a lower state of charge.  We've talked
> to at least 3 different Sol-Ark technicians more than once.  We have
> changed the setting between closed loop, % SOC, and Battery Voltage
> multiple times.  We've tried dropping back to a single battery, both the
> first one we had connected and the second one (changing the battery setup
> and the Sol-Ark parameters, but have only seen at times a moderate increase
> in maximum charge rate (up to about 40 amps total).
> This small increase happened after a Fortress technician suggested that we
> turn on both the generator and the grid charging toggles (the generator is
> connected to the grid port on the Sol-Ark as per Sol-Ark's recommendation.
> Sol-Ark has run out of suggestions at the moment, and are having us cycle
> the batteries tonight and they will start another charge cycle in the
> morning to see if having a lower SOC along with the firmware reload will
> change anyhing (I don't think it will - it didn't the last several times.
> Has anybody seen this type of behavior before?  I don't think it is a
> settings issue, as several technicians have gone through them, I have gone
> over them many times using the Fortress/Sol-Ark integration white papers.
> Hoping to get higher level  tech involved ASAP, since I don't feel like the
> lower level techs know enough to provide useful ideas.
> Thanks,
> Howie
> *Howie Michaelson**Sun Catcher*
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