And I am getting at various times (at the connection from the panel before it goes through the deck to the voltmeter) 4.5A, 3A, etc at various times.
What do you get at other times, zero? Or is it just fluctuating various amperages? If your getting current
it has to come from and go to somewhere.
isolate the panel or you could chase your tail forever.
1. Disconnect the wind generator
2. Retest all points before and after connection points all the way up to the meter(literally, get behind the meter panel) with EVERYTHING turned off
. Work your way from the meter back to the panel noting voltage and current levels. Look for any significant changes. If there is NO current or very small amounts found anywhere, go to step 3
. If significant current is present before or at the meter but not after, WITHOUT load, there may be a defective diode in the meter panel, bleeding to ground or other moderate short to ground in a connection point. If significant current is present AT
the meter but not after, WITHOUT load, I would suspect a defective diode in the meter panel bleeding to ground. The amount of current in the (loaded) circuit will be dependent on the brightness of the sun and the amount of load or severity of the short. Check all wiring insulation
for scuffs that could be touching metal or shorting between the 2 conductors.
3. Make sure there is a load turned on (nav lights or something fairly significant) and retest again.
Is current present(not just voltage) just before the meter and after any thru deck connections?
Is current present to the batteries? If the batteries are topped you may not see any flow without a load.
The trouble will be just before wherever you lose the current.
After you fix this problem, get a controller
to help keep your gear
isolated. If one thing goes bad you may loose the whole shebang.
Hope this helps and I werent too confusing (think I rambled a bit)!