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Re: Solis inverter - Ginlong data logger

Superconductor

My data logger says unpingable which I gather is offline. I can only read the inverter of kw produced. 

I cant get data logger online, no matterwhat I do. Very frustrating. 

 

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Re: Solis inverter - Ginlong data logger

Superconductor

My data logger doesnt work properly. Can read kw produced but cant fnne t to wifi properly for other readings at all. No light on  it at all. 

Says unpingable. 

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Re: Solis inverter - Ginlong data logger

Switched-on

Hi Comet,

 

I have just set up solar too and the Solis wifi stick has an extremely poor reception even if you have a brilliant normal wifi reception in the house, it just constantly drops out. It took about 15 attempts to actually get it set up, and it was only from reading these posts that I realised others were making a dozen attempts so that's what I did and it did take quite some time before it confirmed successful. The app for Ginlong data logger tells you nothing, it says its always offline and like others on this forum shows no data what-so-ever. I have no idea if in fact this logger really does work as nobody has actually said on this site it is brilliant or otherwise. If you have any tips would love to hear from you.

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Re: Solis inverter - Ginlong data logger

Switched-on

Hi Chris,

 

My data logger always says offline too, did you get a resolve to this? would be good to know what the next step is. Dealing with Ginlong is hopeless, they give no support at all, have sent several emails - nothing!

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Re: Solis inverter - Ginlong data logger

Switched-on

Unfortunately a side effect of buying a budget system.

My datalogger works perfectly, what brand/model router do you have? And many brick walls are between your router and it?

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Re: Solis inverter - Ginlong data logger

Switched-on

Wondering if anyone knows if the data logger is necessary or just a luxury to have? I unplugged mine as i don't like too many wifi devices around the house and i see no need to constantly check how much the solar system is producing 

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Re: Solis inverter - Ginlong data logger

Conductor

One advantage is if the inverter has a system issue it will then send you an email telling you the type of error and error code.

That way you don't have a dead inverter which you never look at sitting on the wall doing nothing until you get your next power bill and wondering why it is so high

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CoRe: Solis inverter - Ginlong data logger

Powerhouse

@Stevco123 ,

 

The main advantage of getting the data from the the inverter is that you can see how much energy you are consuming directly from the inverter.

AGL can tell you how much you are putting to the grid, your inverter tells you how much you are generating.

Now this data is of use to me because I use it to calculate how I am going, on paying off my investment in solar.

 

Date Peak Solar Exported Solar Gen Solar Used Meter  Solar
Carried Fwd 215.956 775.597 1004.2 211.005 2118.826 8146.693
1-Mar 5.169 21.185 25.60 4.42 2123.995 8167.878
2-Mar 5.470 27.454 32.10 4.65 2129.465 8195.332
3-Mar 6.007 12.216 13.90 1.68 2135.472 8207.548
4-Mar 7.105 20.857 23.10 2.24 2142.577 8228.405
5-Mar 6.489 13.516 18.60 5.08 2149.066 8241.921

 

Above is a sample from one of my spreadsheets.

The GREEN shows what Kw AGL is paying me for, the BLACK shows me how much I generated and the RED shows me how much I used of the power I generated.

 

In paying of my investment I add the GREEN and the RED together to work out how much I have payed off.

 

For my last bill (Nov 2019 - Jan 2020)

Exported Used
2362.483 568.579
 $ 472.50  $ 233.12
   
Total  $ 705.61

 

I got $705 back from having the solar in this period.

 

I can tell you that of the $3,299 that it cost me to have the Solar installed (Dec 19) I have already already recovered over $2,200 back so by Jan 2021 I should have paid off the investment.

So after Jan 2021 I will basically not be paying for electricity.

 

So I think its worthwhile.

 

As to using up your wireless network.

The inverter will contact via your internet connection once every 15 mins with a single packet of information that gives your Inverter Serial Number, output details, temp and a few other things.

All useful data.

No load on your system unless you are still using a 14K telephone modem to connect to the internet.

 

Cheers

Neil