Over 80% of the new Oliver’s leaving our factory are equipped with the optional Zamp Solar Package, so in this article we will be discussing the LCD screen displays commonly seen on the Zamp Solar 30 Amp 5 Stage Digital Deluxe Solar Charge Controller, # ZS-30A. As always, if you have any question please call our service department at 1-866-205-2621.
The Zamp Solar 30 Amp 5 Stage Digital Deluxe Solar Charge Controller # ZS-30A has PWM or Pulse Width Modulation, which is a digital signal that is used to control power applications and has 5 stages of charging for best battery health and longevity. This controller can support the typical types of deep cycle batteries – Lithium (LiFePO4 & LTO), WET, GEL, AGM and Calcium. We pre-set the controller at the factory according to what batteries are installed and the charge controller will automatically regulate and charge the batteries according to its pre-programmed state. This makes life much easier for you so you can concentrate on camping instead of programming and maintaining a charge controller.
LED light indicators show charging status and battery condition.
5 stages of charging:
– Soft Charge – When batteries suffer an over-discharge, the controller will softly ramp the battery voltage up to 10V.
– Bulk Charge – Maximum current until batteries rise to Absorption Level.
– Absorption Charge – Constant voltage charging (battery is over 85%).
This stage takes longer than any other stage to complete. You will typically see your battery status remain in this stage unless you are not using the camper. The full battery indicator is about the last 2% and while running lights and other components it will remain in the absorption stage.
*Battery volts displayed during this stage are charging volts not actual battery volts.
– Equalization Charge – When the battery is deeply drained below 10V, it will automatically run this stage to bring the internal cells to equal states and fully complement the loss of capacity.
Only for WET battery or Calcium battery type. Gel and AGM batteries do not run Equalization Charge.
– Float Charge – Battery is fully charged and maintained at a safe level. Full charge is more than 13.6V.
Both the Zamp Charge Controller & SeeLevel II Monitor systems will display charging volts rather than actual battery voltage when power is being supplied to the batteries. They cannot differentitate between voltage passing into the batteries and actual voltage inside the batteries.
The charge controller has two buttons on the front. One button is labeled Amp/Volt which can be used to scroll through the relevant solar information. The other button is labeled Battery Type and should only be used when programming the controller for the battery bank. This is already done for you during the manufacturing process however if you ever change the type of batteries that are installed in your Oliver then you will need to program accordingly. Please call our service department at 866-205-2621 if you have questions regarding the type of batteries you have or if you plan to change the battery type.
AMP/VOLT BUTTON FEATURES
Voltage at battery and/or charging volts
Amps being supplied to the battery in real time
Initial startup will be lower amps and slowly increases to maximum output dependent on sunlight available.
Total Amp hours supplied within a 24 hour time-frame. Resets every 24 hours
Battery Temperature (Displayed in Celsius Only)
Battery Type Button
This is preset at the factory based on the type of batteries installed and should only be changed if you replace your current batteries with a different battery type. Example: Removing AGM batteries and installing WET cell batteries.
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