First off, a big hug to all my friends on this special day. Happy Valentine's Day!
I got the charge controller hooked up. It has a lot more buttons and functions than the other one and the instructions are in English. The other was in Chinese and I was really struggling with my Chinese classes just to read the instructions. Good thing is, now I can quit those classes. I couldn't find anyone around here to practice with.
Yesterday, the batteries were full ( I had them disconnected while there was no charger). The panel showed 3 amps coming in the afternoon. The trees block a bit of the sun during parts of the day so I may have to move it to the other side of the driveway.
One of the options I have yet to figure out is the time settings. It somehow allows for you to set the time the panels turn on or off, or better said, let power go to the batteries. At sometime in the late afternoon it stops allowing power to come in. The instructions are about as good as the translator who did them but at least I can understand the functions. I will keep fine tuning the system but it is good to know we are back in the power business.
Tonight I am fixing a special dinner. Salmon on the grill and a good bottle of wine. Today we celebrate 30 years. Yikes. Who would have ever thought.