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    January 7, 2022 Jason Svarc

    Best mid-range MPPT solar charge controllers up to 40A

    In this article, we review six of the most popular, mid-level MPPT solar charge controllers commonly used for small scale solar power systems up to 2kW. These are more affordable, lower voltage (100-150V) units, which are generally designed for 12V or 24V battery systems, although several can be used on 48V batteries. A number of these charge controllers also feature inbuilt load control terminals for basic DC lighting and other loads.

    In this review, we don’t list simple PWM controllers used for DC lighting and basic systems since there are many sites already covering these entry-level PWM controllers. For high-performance MPPT solar charge controllers with higher input voltages up to 300V and current ratings from 60A to 100A, see our high-power MPPT solar charge controllers review.

    What is a solar charge controller?

    A solar charge controller, also known as a solar regulator, is a battery charge regulator connected between the solar array and battery. Its job is to regulate the solar output to ensure the battery is charged correctly and not overcharged. DC coupled solar charge controllers been around for decades and are used in most small scale off-grid solar power systems.

    Top 6 Solar Charge Controllers

    Mid-level solar controllers up to 40A

    Smaller capacity MPPT solar charge controllers with a current rating from 20A to 40A are used for many different applications including off-grid cabins and homes, RV’s, boats, caravans, telecommunications and remote site backup. These mid-range MPPT solar charge controllers are available from many different manufacturers, but this review will FOCUS on the most popular and best quality charge controllers from the most reputable manufacturers which have been on the market for several years.

    No# image Model Current A Max Voc Batt Voltages Price range
    1 Victron SmartSolar MPPT 35 A 150V 12V 24V 36V 48V 350 to 480
    2 EPever TRIRON Series 40 A 150V 12V 24V 150 to 250
    3 Morningstar ProStar MPPT 40 A 120V 12V 24V 460 to 540
    4 EPever XTRA Series 40 A 150V 12V 24V 36V 48V 130 to 190
    5 Renogy Rover 40 A 100V 12V 24V 150 to 190
    6 EPever BN Series 40 A 150V 12V 24V 170 to 250

    Comparison Criteria

    In this review, we rank the various charge controllers according to a number of important criteria including build quality, MPPT tracking speed, battery voltage range, operating temperature range (heat dissipation), monitoring, real-world performance and price. In our reviews, we generally rank performance and quality over affordability, so in this case, we rate the unit price lower than other criteria. This may come across as bias towards the more expensive models, but based on real-world results, testing and performance monitoring, the higher-end controllers have proven to out-perform the cheaper models.

    Read more about selecting and correct sizing a solar charge controller in the MPPT solar charge controllers explained article.

    Victron SmartSolar

    Victron Energy is considered a world leader in power electronics and specialise in manufacturing equipment required for off-grid and stand-alone power systems including, inverters, batteries, chargers, monitors and of course, solar charge controllers. Based in the Netherlands, Victron manufacture many products in India and have become well known for producing quality, reliable off-grid battery inverter/chargers and a wide range of quality MPPT solar charge controllers.

    Victron offer a huge range of solar charge controllers, from small 10A PWM models, to high-performance 100A MPPT varieties with high voltage inputs up to 250V. The MPPT 150V models appear very simple in design, and may not have a display or load control terminals like many others, however, where Victron out performs the competition is in MPPT tracking performance, communications and monitoring.

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    Victron have by far the most advanced system monitoring with inbuilt Bluetooth connection offering easy programming and configuration, plus remote firmware updates which add extra features and options. The display-less design may not please all users, but the fast, accurate MPPT tracking, high build quality, and V.E. Smart networking options are stand-out features.

    Smartsolar MPPT 150V 35A

    • Fast MPP Tracking
    • 150V max Voc
    • 12V, 24V or 48V batteries
    • Compatible with LiFePO4 Lithium batteries
    • Very advanced monitoring app
    • Wide operating temperature up to 60°C
    • Inbuilt temp sensor
    • Optional wireless battery sensor
    • Easy remote firmware updates
    • 5 Year warranty

    See the detailed Victron Energy Review

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    EPever TRIRON Series

    EPever was founded in 2007 and has grown rapidly to become one of the largest Chinese manufacturers of cost-effective power products including a wide range of MPPT solar charge controllers. The Triron series is the next evolution to the well-known Tracer series of MPPT’s.

    The TRIRON series from EPever is a much more advanced and user-friendly version of the original AN series of charge controllers. The TRIRON controllers have a unique swappable display module as well as a swappable interface module with an RS485 communication option that can be used for a number of different applications. Note, maximum PV voltage is either 100V or 150V depending on the model. The 5 button display module is very easy to use and provide all the important information you need about the PV, battery and load. Wireless access is available via the eBox-BLE Bluetooth adapter or the Wi-Fi adapter is available for remote monitoring.

    TRIRON Series MPPT 150V 40A

    • Fast MPP Tracking
    • 150V max Voltage Voc (TRIRON 3215N 4215N)
    • Easy to use with a large clear display
    • Compatible with Lead-acid and Lithium batteries
    • 40A Load control
    • Swappable display and interface modules
    • RS485 Interface for communications and remote control
    • USB Port and relay control options
    • Optional Temp sensor

    Morningstar Prostar MPPT

    Morningstar are a well-established company based in the US with 25 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing high-performance solar charge controllers. Morningstar is widely recognized as developing some of the best quality products on the market with high levels of protection against extreme environments, lightning surges and high operating temperatures.

    The Prostar range of MPPT charge controllers are available in 25A and 40A versions with a 120V input voltage limit. The extremely fast MPP tracking can perform a full voltage sweep in less than 1 second using the Trakstar technology. The device features good size terminals protected under a front cover, including load control output terminals rated up to 30A, plus a clear backlit LCD display and can easily programmed using the 4 large buttons. However, the very high price tag means the Prostar MPPT series is out of reach for many users.

    Prostar MPPT 120V 40A

    • Very fast MPP Tracking
    • 120V max Voc
    • Compatible with LiFePO4 Lithium batteries
    • Wide operating temp up to 60°C
    • 30A Load control
    • High surge protection
    • Optional Battery sensor
    • 5 Year warranty

    EPever XTRA Series

    EPever, also known as EPsolar, was founded in 2007 in Beijing, China and has grown rapidly to become one of the largest manufacturers of cost-effective solar power products including a wide range of MPPT charge controllers. The XTRA series of MPPT’s released in early 2018, have only recently become more popular due to the low cost, easy setup, and lithium battery compatibility.

    The XTRA series is available in 10 different options with 3 display types, current ratings from 10 to 40A, battery voltages from 12V to 48V, and input voltage limit up to 150V. In comparison to the older AN series which had a 100V input limit, the XTRA series features lithium battery compatibility and a higher input 150V voltage (Voc) on the 30 and 40A models, plus a modern look and concealed screw terminals. Note, the two-button version with LCD is basically the older AN series controller in a modern package.

    XTRA Series MPPT 40A

    • Good MPP Tracking
    • Three display options with a clear simple LCD
    • Compatible with most Lithium LiFePO4 batteries
    • 40A Load control
    • Optional MT50 display
    • Optional Temp sensor
    • Optional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module
    • Low cost

    5. Renogy Rover

    Renogy, founded in the US in 2014, recently became a very popular choice for solar enthusiasts across the world due to the low-cost, easy setup and good MPPT tracking. Renogy manufacture a wide range of affordable inverters, DC converters and solar charge controllers in China.

    The Rover series from Renogy is a feature packed MPPT controller with a clear inbuilt display, plus a low-cost (optional) Bluetooth adapter which provides a great, easy to use interface with many configuration options. Load control terminals are built-in, although the output is limited to 20A. The overall build quality is quite good, however there are some area’s which could be improved, most notably the cable terminals which are far too small for a 40A controller.

    Rover MPPT 100V 40A

    • Good MPP Tracking
    • Clear Simple display
    • Compatible with Lithium (12.8V LiFePO4)
    • 20A Load control
    • Advanced Bluetooth app and user settings
    • Temp sensor included
    • Low cost

    6. Outback BN series by EPever

    The Outback Power Flexmax40 is made by EPever and is commonly known as the Tracer BN series which is a well known affordable MPPT controller.

    EPever one of the leading manufacturers of cost-effective power products including a wide range of solar charge controllers. The well-known Tracer and TRIRON series of MPPT’s are a very popular choice for solar enthusiasts across the world due to the easy setup, good MPPT tracking, and low cost.

    The first generation AN series is the best-known MPPT in the range, being a low-cost 100V unit with an inbuilt display. However, the BN series is the more expensive higher-performance version with many extra features including a 150V input voltage limit, heavy-duty robust design, large heatsink, and huge input terminals which can accept a cable size up to 50mm2 (1 AWG).

    The obvious feature lacking from the BN series is the display. However, monitoring and configuration is available via the additional remote MT50 display which features a good clear LCD screen showing all the basic information required. Wireless access is also available via the eBox-BLE Bluetooth adapter.

    Tracer BN Series MPPT 150V 40A

    • Very large screw terminals
    • Large heatsink and wide operating temperature range
    • 12V, 24V batteries
    • 150V max Voc
    • Wide MPP voltage range
    • 20A Load control
    • Remote MT50 display with settings and load control
    • Optional Temp sensor

    New Morningstar Prostar Ps-30m With Lcd Display Pwm Charge Controller 12/24v 30a

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    Description

    Description PWM series battery charging (not shunt) LCD Display shows battery voltage ,solar amps and load amps 3-position battery select: gel, sealed or flooded Very accurate control and measurement Jumper to eliminate telecom noise Tropicalization: conformal coating, stainless steel fasteners anodized aluminum heat sink Current compensated low voltage disconnect (LVD) LED’s indicate battery status and faults Capable of 25% overloads Electronic Protections Short-circuit. solar and load Overload. solar and load Reverse polarity Reverse current at night High voltage disconnect High temperature disconnect Lightning and transient surge protection Loads protected from voltage spikes Automatic recovery with all protections Specifications:Model PS-30M Battery VDC(voltage direct currency):12/24 Solar Amps:30A Load Amps:30AWeight:1.1lb ProStar Model Specifications 12/24 volt 30 amps What’s in the box: 1PCS Morningstar Prostar PS-30M,Solar Battery Charge Controller

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    ProStar MPPT

    The ProStar MPPT™ is a mid-range MPPT solar charge controller with TrakStar Technology™ that provides maximum power point tracking (MPPT) battery charging for off-grid photovoltaic (PV) systems.

    Prostar MPPT™ solar charge controller is an advanced maximum power point tracking (MPPT) battery charger for off-grid photovoltaic (PV) systems up to 1100 watts. All versions include load control and TrakStar™ Technology to maximize PV efficiency and energy harvest.

    The ProStar design has been proven in over two decades of use in the world’s most demanding installations—and ProStar today reflects Morningstar’s policy of continuous improvement through regular upgrades and enhancements. Because Morningstar’s employee-owned culture never “rests on success,” ProStar customers can own both a legend and the latest in a single product.

    Models: PS-MPPT-25. PS-MPPT-25M. PS-MPPT-40. PS-MPPT-40M ,

    Specifications and Certifications by Model

    Model PS-MPPT-25 PS-MPPT-25M PS-MPPT-40 PS-MPPT-40M Charge Rating

    Max. PV Open Circuit Voltage (Voc)

    Nominal Battery Voltage

    Nominal max. Operating Power – 12 volt battery

    Nominal max. Operating Power – 24 volt battery

    Peak efficiency

    Battery Voltage Range

    Voltage Accuracy

    Operating Temperature Range

    Warranty

    Built-in meter

    CE and RoHS compliant

    Approved for use in Hazardous Locations: Class 1, Division 2, Groups A-D

    IEC 62109

    ETL Listed [UL-1741 and Canadian CSA C22.2 No.107.1.01]

    FCC Class B Part 15 Compliant

    Manufactured in a Certified ISO 9001 Facility

    Input power can exceed Nominal Operating Power. Controller will limit and provide its rated continuous maximum output current into batteries.
    25 amps 25 amps 40 amps 40 amps
    120 volts 120 volts 120 volts 120 volts
    12V or 24V 12V or 24V 12V or 24V 12V or 24V
    350W @45C 350W @45C 550W @45C 550W @45C
    700W @60C 700W @60C 1100W @60C 1100W @60C
    98% 98% 98% 98%
    10-35V 10-35V 10-35V 10-35V
    -40 C to 60C -40 C to 60C -40 C to 60C -40 C to 60C
    5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years
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    • High Reliability – conformally coated circuit board, corrosion resistant terminals, premium high-frequency CoilCraft inductors, over-spec’d components, transient surge suppression, and lowest published failure rate in the industry.
    • Automatic PV Based Lighting Control – field adjustable, multi-event load control enables powerful options for PV lighting systems.
    • Maximizes Energy Harvest – using TrakStar MPPT Technology to determine and adjust to the true maximum power point as solar insolation changes throughout the day.
    • MODBUS Communications – Solar Industry Standard MODBUS communications protocol allows for easy programming, control, remote data access and charge synchronization.
    • SNMP Monitoring – when used with the EMC-1 accessory to enable your network management systems to display key solar power metrics and alert/fault codes.
    • High Efficiency – at low, medium, and high output power levels to maximize energy harvest and minimize heat buildup inside the controller.
    • High Strength – polycarbonate case and extruded aluminum heatsink.
    • Data Logging – up to 256 days of detailed power and load data.
    • Self Diagnostics – continuous monitoring and reporting of any errors through its status LED’s, optional display or communication port.
    • Low Noise Design – meets US Federal Communications Commission Class B specifications.
    • Meter – allows adjustments to charging, lighting, and load control settings without a computer.
    • Fanless design for long-term reliability–no moving parts to fail, no dirt and debris sucked into the controller, and no parasitic load to reduce efficiency.

    ProStar MPPT Controller | 4 minute video

    This short video highlights the high quality of the ProStar MPPT solar charge controller, and its ability to regulate charging of lead acid, lithium, or nickel cadmium batteries in off-grid solar applications. The video also addresses lighting control, self-diagnostics, data logging, MODBUS communications, array oversizing, and low noise design.

    Morningstar Charging Experts featuring ProStar MPPT | 6 minute video

    This 6 minute video highlights the ProStar MPPT solar charge controller’s HazLoc ratings and circuit board that differentiates it from other brands. In addition to the capacitors, inductors, processors, surge protectors, and other over-spec’d internal components, the quality of the controller’s heat sink and outer casing is also addressed. The video concludes with mention of features and capabilities related to communications, datalogging, lithium battery charging, and high quality and reliability.

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