ACCESSORY: 2 WIRE AUTO START CONTROLLER FOR SOLAR SYSTEM BACKUP
Pramac 2 Wire Auto Start Controller required for back up to off-grid solar (click on image for video demonstration).
Pramac, Honda Powered 5.3kVA AVR Generator with auto start capability.
The S5000 is a robust generator with all the top-class features required for domestic backup power for the home: a powerful and economical engine, a strong, modern design and a long-run 26.5L fuel tank. Very popular for backup to off-grid solar appliactions.
The famous reliability of the Honda GX270 4-stroke engine is matched by the maintenance free brushless alternator to generate a continuous output of 3900 watts.
Together with the trusty electric start, a control panel that allows you to integrate optional extras, such as 2 wire auto start capability for solar backup or automatic transfer switch for hardwired mains backup applications, for optimal command and convenience.
Everything about this generator is designed for intensive use, right down to the twelve month warranty backed by a national service network.
|Fuel Tank Capacity||26.5L|
|Cont. Working Time||15.9h at 75% load|
|Noise @ 7m||69db|
|Product Dimensions (mm) LxWxH||840x615x753mm|
|Net Weight (kg)||89.0 Kg|
|Rated Power Factor||0.9|
|Outlets||2 x 15A 1ph|
- A Serious generator Review by Tarkan , Greenacre NSW
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Product ReviewAs a first time generator buyer, I needed to know I wasn't going to buy something that would fail in a few weeks. I wanted a quality unit and something I knew would perform when I needed it. The unit was delivered with everything it needed except the oil and fuel of course. A quick run to the local servo with the manual in hand and I got what I wanted. Fuel in, Oil in and battery acid filled and its ready to go.
The electric start is great and I bought this for the two wire start option which I need to work on configuring next.
Shopping ExperienceI had lots of questions before choosing the unit and Sean was there online to help me decide which unit would best suit my needs.Recommend this product to a friend? yes(Posted on 1/14/15)
- Backup to site office solar Review by Frank , Casino NSW
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Product ReviewHi guys, just wanted to let you know how we are getting on with the 5.3kva genny. We've had it now for 3 months and it's been working really well. We've got a small 4kw solar system which often doesn't generate enough power to run the site office (depending on weather). This generator has been great and tops up our battery pack if and when needed. Thanks, Frank.
Shopping ExperienceVery pleased with the dealings and service from the guys. Terrific customer service and wanted to thank you for it.Recommend this product to a friend? Yes(Posted on 7/28/14)
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Can I install one of these auto start generators myself? How difficult is it?
Hi Ron, installation of an auto-start generator to provide backup power for mains failure or backup to solar applications needs to be done by a qualified electrician. It is a failry straighforward job for an electrician.
I live off-grid in a solar powered home. If I were to install an auto-start generator to back up my solar, what connection type would I need?
Hi Steve - great question! You would require a Two-Wire Auto Start Controller for your solar application; This device would connect between your auto-start generator and to your battery pack inverter connection. When your deep cycle battery packs run low, the controller will detect this and signal for the generator to automatically kick in so you will not be without power! It will also signal for the generator to stop once the battery packs are charged.
This connection and installation needs to be undertaken by a qualified electrician.
The Two-Wire Auto Start Controller can be found under the Accessory List on the product page.
Hope that helps- Thank you!
Do I still need to maintain the generator even if it hasn't been required for back up?
Howdy - yes you do need to provide some simple maintenance. It is advised that you start up and run the generator periodically to run the engine and ensure that all is working for when it is required for backup.
Regular oil changes (inline with manufacturer guidelines) and inspections are also advised to ensure maximum performance. The owner’s manual comprises full routine maintenance procedures and schedules.
I can see that with an auto-start generator, an “AMF Panel” is required for mains power backup, and for solar back up a “2 wire auto start controller” is needed. But if I’m on solar and mains, do I need both to go with my auto-start generator?
Hi, firstly you are completely correct; to use your auto-start generator for automatic power backup, you need either:
- An AMF panel for automatic backup to mains power, or
- A Two-wire auto start controller for automatic backup to off-grid solar systems
For homes on solar and on mains power:
In this case, the solar charge is either used within the household consumption or fed back into the grid, meaning there are no storage batteries like there is for an off-grid solar system. So,if you require an auto-start generator to automatically start up to restore power to your home (which is on solar and mains power), you would need an accompanying AMF panel - an electrician would undertake the connection. When a blackout occurs, the AMF panel would signal for the generator to start and restore power to your home.
For homes with an off-grid solar system:
The Two-Wire auto start controller is only for off-grid solar systems, whereby the controller is connected to generator and the solar battery system. When the batteries run low on power, the controller signals to the generator to start up and restore power to the batteries.