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  1. SBE Solar Tech 12V Digital Solar Tracker Control Board MK3.1
    SBE Solar Tech 12V Digital Solar Tracker Control Board MK3.1
    SBE Solar Tech 12V Digital Solar Tracker Control Board MK3.1
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  2. SBE Solar Tech 12V Digital Solar Tracker Control Board MK3.1

    Delivery: 10-20 Working Days
    Customer Ratings (5 reviews)
    Price R967.00

Product Description

  • solid state small surface mount parts
  • very reliable and robust
Additional Information

The tracker here takes the best features of all of my other trackers and incorporates them into a tracker with advanced micro computer control. Notable improvements over my analog trackers: - extreme wide angle sensor for mounting not facing the ecliptic, or for north-south tracking - adaptive algorithms for when hooked directly to the output of a way to fast motor - user replaceable fuse for when the "friend" hooks it up backwards. - thermal management for when the motor is just to much for the tracker, or for dead shorts across the output. - standard fault indicators from my other trackers. - night and low light shutdown to conserve power Videos of operation: Note the minimal hunting caused by tree shadows at dawn and dusk. Some is unavoidable, but I have been able minimize it through careful design. Note the minimal hunting. I provide plans and instructions for making the mechanical tracker in the video at with the purchase of a tracker circuit board. This solar tracking controller will drive a motor (9-18V DC @ 4A) to position anything you want to follow the sun on a single axis. For two axis tracking use two of them. It can be used to position solar cells, a reflector to heat water, or anything else. The controller is mounted on the object to be steered with the sensors positioned along the rotational axis. The controller uses a differential sensing approach and can drive the motor in either direction by reversing it's output. You will need to mount this under glass or plastic to protect it from the weather. A glass or plastic jar upside down works pretty good. Wiring instructions are included. You should use limit switches in your design unless what you are controlling is free to move in a full circle, or they are built into your actuators. Optional parking mode can be enabled.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I needed something that would allow me to track the sun for a solar oven. This little guy works great and I'm very impressed with it.

I put it in a small case and cut out slots for the sensor heads. It seemed to get a little hot in the sun so I adapted a small cooling fan powered by a solar panel to help cool it. A battery source is recommend for it since it will detect a "brown out" state and shut down if the supply voltage drops too low. Small solar panels will not provide enough juice to drive the motor and board at the same time so I recharge the batteries with a solar panel.

One nice aspect of this board is that it has a rather wide voltage tolerance of 8V - 18V. The connections are very simple. It can even go in park mode to align to the morning sun, but I don't think I'll be using that function for my oven.

Support from their website has a very quick response.
Beware that this is not the solar tracker but the Relay booster module. The photo is incorrect and shows the solar tracker board. I read the description and thought there may be a discrepancy but based on the earlier review who talks about using this on his solar oven I believed that perhaps the description was incorrect so purchased anyway. I needed the relays anyway so I'm not going to return them and just ordered the correct tracker boards. For those that are looking for the solar tracker board I can only find the 24V version at the following link.
The seller has a few other modules for sale here and more on his website.
Great little tracker and great customer service. I was sent a bad board but wasn't sure if it was the board or my setup. I emailed SBE with a description of what I had done and what the board did and I had a replacement in my hand in about four days. It works perfectly now. Great small business practices will take SBE pretty far.
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