Ok I have a gate operator that runs by solar power, which is charged by a 20 watt solar panel. The solar power unit has 2-12volt, 35 amp deep cycle gel batteries in parallel. From the batteries they run to a 750 watt vector power inverter. The inverter on/off switch is disabled and the wires that control the on/off switch are hooked into a timer. The timer is to cut the inverter on/off so it won’t run all day. When I have the on/off switch disabled the unit doesn’t work at all. That’s how it came from the manufacturer. However whenever I hook the on/off switch back up the inverter works fine. My problem is that if I leave it hooked up it will run 24/7-365 and that will eventually drain my battery life or run the inverter hot (according to the manufacturer). I did a test run with the switch hooked up for two days and it showed that the batteries had their normal voltage, also it was a sunny 90 plus degree day.
Should I use it like this or look into and see if my timer is the culprit. The time engages and disengages fine it just doesn’t allow any power to gate operator. I also thought about soldering another set of wires from the on/off switch and running them to the timer. That way the switch can turn on the inverter and it will be set to a cycled timer simultaneously. Any clues or suggestions, I’m no expert but I have messed around with some small electronics before.
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