So with the above comments in mind I went back and looked at the picture I took of our current
charge controller on our new boat. Sure enough, the 'voltage sense' terminals are not hooked up. When I saw that originally, I got out the manual and looked it up. Manual says: "4. Connect the battery Sense. This is recommended, but not required, if the battery is located more than 5 meters from the controller."
It's a little vague as to the purpose of these terminals, and since my battery bank is only a meter from the controller I left these disconnected.
system has 5x50W panels
connected in series to the PS-30M controller. My intention is to replace these with 8x300W panels
on top of our 25'x6' pilot house roof and install a couple of charge controllers with the new panels run in series/parallel.
The existing system I intend to move to the rear davits
I'm building and use it to run the 12V watermaker
, underwater lights, and the fresh water shower
on the swim platform. So my question is, since the new location of the existing system will be less than a meter between charge controller and battery bank, do I need to connect these terminals? What would I gain/lose by doing so? The manual is vague on the subject. It's a non-issue to run the wires, I was just wondering what these terminals actually do in a short run situation.