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UMC-1 User Instruction Sheet application/pdf English 04.09.2015 01
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USB-to-MeterBus Adapter (UMC-1) end user instructions.

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UMC-1 Datasheet application/pdf English 04.09.2015 01
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USB-to-MeterBus Adapter (UMC-1) Datasheet.

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SureSine Operator’s Manual application/pdf English 07.29.2010 01
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Comprehensive manual covering installation, operation, and maintenance of the SureSine 300W inverter.

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SureSine Datasheet application/pdf English 11.13.2009 02
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Full operating specifications of the SureSine 300W inverter including:

  • Efficiency and de-rating curves

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Correct Inverter Wiring application/pdf English 05.13.2013 01
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A diagram shows how to properly wire a charge controller and an inverter into the same battery-based PV system.

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Load Control w/ SureSine Inverter application/pdf English 05.13.2013 01
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Two diagrams are provided showing how load control can be safely used with inverters. The first diagram is applicable to all inverters. The second diagram is applicable to Morningstar SureSine inverters (and possibly 3rd party inverters with remote ON/OFF contacts). Note that in these diagrams, the TriStar Load Controller can be replaced with any Morningstar controller with Load Control functionality.

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Morningstar Communications Document application/pdf English 12.09.2020 3.3
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A comprehensive guide to communication with Morningstar products.
Topics covered include:

  • MeterBus networks
  • Serial RS-232 and EIA-485 networks
  • Ethernet, HTTP, web interfaces
  • Related hardware and cables

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Parallel Battery String Wiring application/pdf English 05.28.2013 01
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A diagram shows how to correctly wire charge controllers to a battery bank comprised of multiple parallel strings. Correct wiring is important to ensure even and distributed charging of the entire bank.

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SunLight lighting systems with AC loads application/pdf English 10.09.2007 01
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Wiring diagram for a SunLight lighting controller switching a SureSine-300 inverter enabling the control of AC loads.

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SureSine Advantages application/pdf English 06.07.2012 01
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SureSine Product Advantages

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SureSine Derating Curves application/pdf English 10.25.2007 01
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SureSine-300 inverter derating curves provide AC load output reduction as a function of ambient temperature for both horizontal and vertical mounting orientations.

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SureSine LVD Adjustment application/pdf English 01.16.2018 02
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The SureSine 300W Inverter comes with two factory default Low Voltage Disconnect/Reconnect pairs. One pair of values is customizable. To customize these values, a PC must be used to reprogram the inverter. This document explains the proper procedure.

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SureSine Meter Map application/pdf English 10.10.2008 01
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The Remote Meter display screens map for the SureSine Inverter . This map shows all meter screens and error code translations displayed on the Remote Meter when connected to the SureSine.

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SureSine Modbus Communications Document application/pdf English 05.03.2010 03
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A summary of all information required to communicate with the TriStar controller using Modbus" communications.

Details include:
  • com settings
  • address tables
  • register definitions
  • scaling values


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Changing Charge Settings with RM-1? text/plain English 05.13.2013 01
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The Remote Meter (RM-1) cannot be used to change charging parameters. The RM-1 only displays data and provides basic user commands, such as resetting Amp-Hour counters.

For further information, please consult the RM-1 manual.

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Common Reasons Why Power Transistors Fail text/plain English 09.28.2011 01
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The internal switches of a controller, called MOSFETs or power transistors, switch current on and off to control solar current and load current. Because these components are in the power path, the controller will no longer be able to switch current if they fail.

Power transistors can fail for the following reasons:

  • Over-voltage: lightning or other high voltage transients on the PV power cables.
  • Over-current: too much PV for the controller or a short in the PV line pulls too much currentout of the battery through the controller.
  • Extreme temperatures during charging.
  • A premature failure of the component. The transistors are solid state devices that are manufactured in huge volumes with extremely low failure rates. However, no electrical components are 100% defect free and can pass test and then fail after a short period of time.
  • Old age

 

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Do Morningstar controllers use SOC calculations? text/plain English 09.28.2011 01
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Do Morningstar Controllers regulate according to SOC (State of Charge) calculations?

No. Morningstar Controllers regulate according to battery voltage setpoints. Because battery health and other factors affect charging over time, using voltage setpoints is a way to naturally track these changes and affords the user a complete understanding of the controllers operation. SOC calculations and algorithms may not be precise under all conditions and may leave the user with a “fuzzy” understanding of the workings of the unit.

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Help using the MSView Software text/plain English 05.13.2013 01
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MSView contains a built-in Help File (accessible from the Help menu -> Help Topics) which provides detailed information about using the software to connect to Morningstar devices, program custom settings, view and/or log real-time data, and evaluate system performance.

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Meter Display Buttons Not Working text/plain English 05.13.2013 01
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The note below assumes the meter is powered and displaying text on the screen.

If a button(s) for any one of the following display models appears to stop working:

– TS-M / TS-RM
– TS-M-2 / TS-RM-2
– RM-1

there may be several explanations:

1) You have reached the end of a menu, and there are no more screens to display in that direction (e.g. if you go to the bottom of a menu and continue to push the DOWN arrow, nothing will happen)

2) If the backlight is OFF, the first button press will turn the backlight ON, but will not change the meter screen. E.g. if the backlight is OFF and you would like to move LEFT in the display, you must press LEFT twice – the first to turn the backlight ON, the second to move LEFT in the display). In brightly lit rooms or sunny conditions, it may be difficult to detect whether the backlight is ON or OFF.

3) The button contacts have become dirty. To clean the button contacts:

– Disconnect the meter cable from the back of the meter
– Remove the two screws on the back of the meter, holding the meter circuit board to the faceplate
– Wet a Q-tip or small paper towel with a small amount of alcohol
– Clean the 4 contact points on the circuit board and the contact point on each of the buttons

If the meter button(s) still do not function correctly after checking the points above, contact your Morningstar re-seller / dealer for warranty replacement.

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Paralleling AC outputs of multiple SureSine inverters text/plain English 05.13.2013 01
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SureSine inverters cannot have their AC outputs paralleled with other inverters. Two AC paralleled SureSines would not be able to phase align their AC output waveforms, resulting in a very messy AC signal damaging to AC equipment or the SureSine inverters.

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Red Fault LEDs when adjusting DIP switches text/plain English 12.06.2007 01
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Problem: The SureSine inverter indicates a fault with RED LEDs when one or more DIP settings switches is changed.

Solution: The SureSine will go into a fault state if the DIP switch(s) are changed during operation. Adjust the switch(s) to the desired position and cycle power by removing and reconnecting the battery. The SureSine will restart using the new configuration.

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Serial communication problems text/plain English 10.22.2007 01
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If you are having problems communicating with a Morningstar product using a serial connection, try the following:

1. Make sure that the unit is powered with a battery or power supply. The unit cannot communicate without power.

2. Verify that the serial cable is not a Null Modem or cross-over cable.

3. Verify that no other programs or managers are using the same serial port.

4. Check the serial cable for continuity using a multimeter. The cable should have continuity from Pin1<->Pin1, Pin2<->Pin2,… If possible, try another cable.

5. Shut down and restart the PC. Reattempt connection.

6. Try another PC

For products that require the PC MeterBus Serial Adapter (Model: MSC), check the RJ-11 telephone cable. If possible, try another cable. It has been reported that some USB to Serial cables will not work with the MSC because the RS-232 output signal voltages are below the RS-232 electrical specification.

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Should I add fuses and/or disconnects to my system? text/plain English 12.13.2007 01
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Fuses, circuit breakers and disconnects should be included in your system. Refer to your local/national codes concerning requirements. The controller’s Operation Manual outlines NEC requirements for installations in the United States.

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SureSine will not enter Standby mode with loads off text/plain English 09.12.2014 01
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The loads may be parasitic, drawing more than 8W (anything with a transformer). The first DIP switch may also be set to the ‘down’ position, setting the inverter to the ‘always on’ mode (provides continuous AC output). Ensure there is no power going to the inverter, then move the first DIP switch to the ‘up’ position to put the inverter into ‘standby’ mode. If a DIP switch setting is changed during operation, the inverter will display a fault. Remove and reapply power to clear the DIP switch changed fault.

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What caused my controller terminal to burn/melt? text/plain English 09.12.2014 01
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When two conductors (a wire and screw terminal for instance) are mated, there is a resistance at that connection. Usually this contact resistance is very low and poses no threat. However, when connections become loose, oxidation builds on the surfaces, or corrosion accumulates, the resistance at the connection can increase to a dangerous level.

When current passes through resistance, power is dissipated in the form of heat. If the value of the resistance goes up, so does the power dissipated (for the same amount of current). When a connection has high resistance, the heat generated at the connection can melt surrounding material such as plastics and actually catch fire.

Resistive connections can occur on any electronic device that carries significant amounts of power. It is important to periodically check the tightness of the connections and inspect for corrosion as suggested in the Maintenance section of the Operator’s Manual. Along with periodically checking the connections, dielectric grease can be applied to the terminals to avoid corrosion build-up on the conductor surfaces. Mobile installations tend to be the most susceptible to developing resisitve connections because motion works cables loose from their terminals, however, resistive connections can occur on stationary installations as well.

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What is PWM charging? application/pdf English 12.11.2007 01
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PWM is an acronym for Pulse Width Modulation. When the battery is recharged to regulation voltage, the controller will begin limiting the amount of current into the battery so that the regulation voltage is maintained but not surpassed. The method of regulating the current, referred to as PWM, pulses current into the battery with pulses of a varying width. Wider pulses allow a greater percentage of the input current to flow into the battery, narrower pulses restrict current to a lower percentage. Refer to the accompanying download,  “Why PWM?”, for more technical and detailed information concerning PWM charging.

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What is the Modbus protocol? text/plain English 12.13.2007 01
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Direct from the FAQ at http://www.modbus.org :

MODBUS® Protocol is a messaging structure developed by Modicon in 1979, used to establish master-slave/client-server communication between intelligent devices. It is a de facto standard, truly open and the most widely used network protocol in the industrial manufacturing environment. It is literally implemented by hundreds of vendors on thousands of different devices in order to transfer discrete/analog I/O and register data between control devices. It’s really a lingua franca or common denominator between different manufacturers. One report called it the “de facto standard in multi-vendor integration”.

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Where do I get software to program my controller? text/plain English 12.13.2007 01
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We supply PC software free of charge (called MSView). It is available for download on our website. Sorry, Apple Mac is not supported.

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Why is a 100Amp DC fuse recommended for the SureSine? text/plain English 09.12.2014 01
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The recommended 100A DC fuse for the SureSine may seem excessive. However, because the inverter has a large amount of input capacitance, upon startup the unit can potentially draw much higher currents than in steady-state. In order to prevent inadvertent blowing of an undersized fuse, a 100A fuse is recommended. This size provides the necessary protection to the system wiring, while also allowing the inverter to draw it’s large startup surge without tripping. Using a fuse rated less than 100A will risk nuisance tripping when the inverter is powered up.

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Wiring an inverter to controller Load output text/plain English 09.28.2011 01
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We do not recommend wiring inverters to the load terminals of our products because of current in-rush on start up. Inverters typically have large amounts of input capacitance (for input filtering). When power is first applied, these capacitors can draw very large currents in the 100’s of amps, albeit for a short period of time. These current surges can stress our power transistors and will trip our short circuit protections. The inverter may start eventually after several attempts to reconnect from the short circuit condition, but this mode of operation is not normal. For this reason, we do not recommend wiring inverters directly. Many inverters have their own LVD circuitry and will not allow the battery to discharge too low. However, if the customer requires load control and LVD functionality, they can switch the inverter through a relay wired in series between the battery and inverter.

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Wiring multiple controllers to one battery bank? text/plain English 12.10.2007 01
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Yes. There can be as many Morningstar controllers as required in parallel on the same battery bank. For best performance, set each controller to as close a charge setting as possible. Since the controllers will not have direct communication with each other, it is not unusual to see the controllers transition between charging stages at different times. This is generally not a concern.

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MSView-1.6.44.0 application/zip English 07.01.2017 1.6.44.0
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MSView is a PC software utility that allows a PC to connect to supported Morningstar products. It provides real-time data display, customizable data logging, historical graph display of logged data, and an easy to use interface with integrated help menus. MSView also features several setup and configuration wizards for the Prostar-MPPT, TriStar, TriStar-MPPT, TriStar-MPPT 600V, SunSaver MPPT, SunSaver Duo, and Relay Driver.
NOTE: The latest firmware updates for all applicable products are also included in this MSView download.SunSaver-MPPTs MUST be updated to firmware version v09 or later to enable lighting control functionality.

Version: 1.6.34.0

  • – Includes support for EMC-1 & PSPWM Gen3.
  • – Minor scaling fixes for other controllers

 

Version: 1.6.44.0

  • – PSPWM / PSPPT Summary Screen Swap
  • – Connection Sharing between Real-Time Data & Setup Wizards

 

 

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UMC-1 Windows Driver Package application/zip English 05.30.2015 v01
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Provides Windows drivers for:

Windows 10

Windows 8.1

Windows 8

Windows 7

Windows Vista

Windows XP

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SureSine 300-115V Inverter Angled Product Photo image/png English 10.10.2013 01
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SureSine 300-115V-UL Straight Product Photo 287 KB

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SureSine 300-220V Straight Product Photo 249 KB

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SureSine CAD Files application/zip English 05.24.2020 03
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2014-2015 Product Catalog in English application/pdf English 05.14.2014 01
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The 2014/2015 Morningstar Product Catalog in English

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Company Profile (video) video/x-ms-wmv English 10.16.2012 01
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Short video highlighting Morningstar Corporation’s history and products.

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Intl-Warranty application/pdf English 10.17.2013 01
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Morningstar Product Warranty

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RoHS Certification Document application/pdf English 02.19.2014 01
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The part numbers listed within are in compliance with Directive 2011/65/EC on the restriction of the use of certain
hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS directives). This document also certifies that
the product declaration that has been provided by Morningstar Corporation is accurate.

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Strong R&D Capability and Engineering Excellence application/pdf English 08.02.2013 01
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Whitepaper on Morningstar’s s high-level of innovation, R&D and engineering excellence.

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SureSine Declaration of Conformity application/pdf English 08.24.2019 02
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Documentation certifying that the SureSine 300W inverter conforms to the European testing requirements outlined by:

  • EN 61000-6-2:2001 EMC Immunity
  • EN 61000-6-4:2001 EMC Emissions
  • EN 60950-1 +A11:2001 Safety
  • ACMA AS/NZS CISPR22:2004 (Class B)
  • ICES-003 Issue 4, Feb 2004 (Class B)
  • UL458
  • CSA C22.2 No. 107.1-01

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Tech Support Policy application/pdf English 09.11.2014 01
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Weights and Dims application/pdf English 12.16.2015 02
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PDF file of the packed Weights and Dims of Morningstar products.

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