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Voltaic Solar Systems Battery Series V1.0

25 - 200 Watt Solar Panels
225 - 1200 Watt Hour Waterproof LiFePO4 Battery


This system is designed to continuously power IoT devices including gateways, routers, cameras, and other monitoring equipment.

It includes a glass solar panel, mounting bracket, waterproof LiFePO4 battery with integrated MPPT charge controller. Standard output is an unregulated 12V.

POE and 5V outputs are optional.

Battery health monitoring is also an optional feature.
SKUPanel Power (Watts)Battery Capacity (Watt hours)Bracket
P1XX-V108-BK108 25 225 17-50W
P150-V108-BK108 50 225 17-50W
P151-V107-BK110 100 786 100-200W
P151-V103-BK110 100 1229 100-200W
2XP151-V103-BK110 200 1229 100-200W

Registration: Deployment Details

There is a QR code on the battery that says “Registration” and includes the unique serial number for the device.
Please complete the questions on this form as it will help with any troubleshooting in the future. If you have the data monitoring service, this will allow us to more accurately estimate the power production capability of the system.

Battery Details (use datasheet table)

Batteries come in three different sizes, but have the same construction, charge control functionality and output.
SKUV10XV10YV10Z
Capacity (Watt Hours)      
Capacity (Amp Hours)      
Voltage Range      
Dimensions (mm)      
Mass (kg)      

  1. Power Out Cable (M14 4 Pin)
  2. Power In Cable (M14 2 Pin)
  3. Waterproof End Caps
  4. L Mounting Brackets?
  5. RS Feed (Optional MX 4 Pin)
  6. POE Connector (Optional)
  7. 5V Regulator (Optional MX X Pin)
[Battery Drawing]
[Pin Out Drawing Input / Output]

Solar Panel Details (use datasheet table)

Solar panels are different sizes but feature similar construction.
SKUV10XV10YV10Z
Watts      
Vp      
Ip      
Iss      
Dimensions (mm)      
Mass(kg)      

  1. Aluminum Frame
  2. Through Holes (25W, 50W only)
  3. Junction Box
  4. Wires with MC4 Connectors
[Front and Back Drawings of 100W Panel]

Bracket Details

X-Large Bracket (25W, 50W Panels) - [name issue?]

Brackets are pre-assembled, but complete instructions are available here.
  1. Arm
  2. Strut
  3. Etc…
[Drawing of X-Large Bracket at Angle]
Solar panels arrive pre-attached to the bracket.
  1. 4 x M6 Nuts and Washer —>

[Drawing of 25W and 50W Panel on Bracket Top View]

100 - 200W Bracket

Brackets are pre-assembled, but complete instructions are available here.
  1. Arm
  2. Strut
  3. Etc…

100W panel is pre-attached to the bracket
    1. 4 x XX Z Brackets attach T-slot to panel frame.

      [Drawing of 100W panel attached to bracket]

      200W system consists of 2 x 100W panels and we recommend attaching after mounting the bracket.

Battery Operation

      Turn Battery On / Off

      The battery is shipped with the output power disconnected. To turn the battery on and activate the output, connect the output cable. The pins [X] and [Y] are connected and complete the circuit with our charge controller, activating the output.

      [image pins connected]

      [image cable connected to output]

      Disconnect the output cable to turn the battery off.

Charge Battery

      Battery will charge when the solar panels are connected and the solar panels are outside. Connect the MC4 cables firmly into the matching MC4 cables on the battery to create a waterproof connection.

      [Drawing of panel connected to battery]

      Voltaic also has an optional AC/DC charger. Charge times will vary. [Light on charger changes from X to Y when full].

      [Drawing of AC charger connected to battery]

Indicator Lights

      The internal charge controller has a few lights that can help us understand the battery status.

      [Drawing of Battery front with indicator lights]

      • LED 1: Red / Green / Flashing
      • LED 2: Red / Green / Flashing
      • LED 3: Red / Green / Flashing

Other Battery Tests Pre-Deployment

      Pre-deployment, you can get an accurate reading of the battery charge level by using a multimeter on the battery output. You should see a voltage between X and Y. Remember that a cable must be connected to the output to activate the battery.

      [image of multimeter measuring output]

      You can also connect a charge cable to your device and confirm that it turns on.

      [image of battery connected to device with activation light]

Charge Circuit Description

      The battery contains an MPPT charge controller. When connected to a solar panel, the controller will search for the panel voltage with the highest power.

      The battery will charge until it reaches the cutoff voltage, [slow down to Y] and then shuts off at battery [shuts off] / [tapers].

      The charge controller also contains a number of protections, including short circuit, over discharge, high temperature and low temperature.

Battery Cutoffs and Reactivation

      The battery has a number of safety features to prevent damage from the battery.

      [how does restart work]
Short Circuit?
Overcharge  
Over Discharge  
High  
XX Charge, XX Discharge  
Low  
XX Charge, XX Discharge    

Battery Charge & Discharge Curve

      [images]

Optional Connectors

PoE

      To activate the output, you need to connect the cap to the M14 connector. This connects Pin X & Y and turns on the charge controller.

      Connect your device to the PoE port and it should turn on.

      [Image of device connected to PoE connector]

      The PoE injector consumes approximately 0.5 Watts continuously so do not connect for an extended period of time until you are ready to deploy.

5V

Monitor Battery During Deployment

      Monitoring the battery can help determine the health of the system, likelihood of an outage and timing of a replacement. There are a few ways to monitor the battery.

Vout

      The 12V battery output is unregulated. Time series data of the voltage will reveal important data including the low voltage of the day. This shows the depth of discharge.

RS Feed

      This must be specified in advance of purchase. Voltaic can modify the waterproof case so that the RS Feed of the charge controller passes through the case.

      The following information is available from the charge controller: battery voltage, battery current, load voltage, load current, solar voltage, solar current, temperature, power control switch.

      Details are available
here
      .

Voltaic IoT Module

      Voltaic’s IoT module reports battery health data to a pre-configured dashboard.

      If you purchased this option, there will be a QR code on your battery with the label “System Monitoring.”

      Contact support for your
system login
      information.

Mounting The Solar System

To Voltaic Bracket

To a Pole

Transport

      LiFePO4 batteries are considered dangerous goods. Please consult with a shipping professional for proper label prior to shipping by ground, sea or air. MSDS are available upon request.

      Battery should be packed in XXX

      Orientation?

      Battery should be packed separately from other items that may damage the battery during transport.

Safety

    • Store between 20 to 35C (68 to 95F)
    • Charge between 0 and 45 C (32 to 113F)??
    • Discharge between -15 to 55C (5 to 131F)??
    • Discharge batteries every six months if left in storage
    • Do not expose battery to high heat or direct flame
    • Do not immerse the battery in water
    • In the event of battery damage, unusual smell or other abnormalities, discontinue use of battery
    • Do not throw in trash or incinerate
    • Do not short circuit
    • Do not disassemble or tamper with battery, this will void any warranty
    • CE FCC RoHS? Recycle, No Trash, IEC XXX