MultiPlus-II 12V/24V/48V 3kVA 120V

3. Operation

In this section:

3.1. On/Off/Charger Only Switch

When switched to ‘on’, the product is fully functional. The inverter will come into operation and the LED ‘inverter on’ will light up.

An AC voltage connected to the ‘AC in’ terminal will be switched through to the ‘AC out’ terminal, if within specifications. The inverter will switch off, the ‘mains on’ LED will light up and the charger commences charging. The ‘bulk’, ‘absorption’ or ‘float’ LEDs will light up, depending on the charger mode.

If the voltage at the ‘AC-in’ terminal is rejected, the inverter will switch on.

When the switch is switched to ‘charger only’, only the battery charger of the Multi will operate (if mains voltage is present). In this mode input voltage also is switched through to the ‘AC out’ terminal.

NOTE: When only the charger function is required, ensure that the switch is switched to ‘charger only’. This prevents the inverter from being switched on if the mains voltage is lost, thus preventing your batteries from running flat.

3.2. Remote control

Remote control is possible with either a switch or with a Multi Control panel.

The Multi Control panel has a simple rotary knob with which the maximum current of the L1 AC input can be set. This does not affect L2 AC input: see PowerControl and PowerAssist in Section 2.

3.3. Equalisation and forced absorption

3.3.1. Equalisation

Traction batteries require regular additional charging. In the equalisation mode, the MultiPlus-II will charge with increased voltage for one hour (1V above the absorption voltage for a 12V battery, 2V for a 24V battery). The charging current is then limited to 1/4 of the set value. The ‘bulk’ and ‘absorption’ LEDs flash intermittently.

Warning

Equalisation mode supplies a higher charging voltage than most DC consuming devices can cope with. These devices must be disconnected before additional charging takes place.

3.3.2. Forced absorption

Under certain circumstances, it can be desirable to charge the battery for a fixed time at the absorption voltage level. In Forced Absorption mode, the MultiPlus-II will charge at the normal absorption voltage level during the set maximum absorption time. The ‘absorption’ LED lights.

3.3.3. Activating equalisation or forced absorption

The MultiPlus-II can be put into both these states from the remote panel as well as with the front panel switch, provided that all switches (front, remote, and panel) are set to ‘on’ and no switches are set to ‘charger only’.

In order to put the MultiPlus-II in this state, the procedure below should be followed.

If the switch is not in the required position after following this procedure, it can be switched over quickly once. This will not change the charging state.

Note

Switching from ‘on’ to ‘charger only’ and back, as described below, must be done quickly. The switch must be toggled such that the intermediate position is 'skipped', as it were. If the switch remains in the ‘off’ position even for a short time, the device may be turned off. In that case, the procedure must be restarted at step 1. A certain degree of familiarisation is required when using the front switch on the Compact in particular. When using the remote panel, this is less critical.

Procedure:

  1. Check whether all switches (i.e. front switch, remote switch or remote panel switch if present) are in the ‘on’ position.

  2. Activating equalisation or forced absorption is only meaningful if the normal charging cycle is completed (charger is in 'Float').

  3. To activate:

    1. Switch rapidly from ‘on’ to ‘charger only’ and leave the switch in this position for ½ to 2 seconds

    2. Switch rapidly back from ‘charger only’ to ‘on’ and leave the switch in this position for ½ to 2 seconds.

    3. Switch once more rapidly from ‘on’ to ‘charger only’ and leave the switch in this position.

  4. On the MultiPlus-II (and, if connected, on the MultiControl panel) the three LEDs ‘Bulk’, ‘Absorption’ and ‘Float’ will now flash 5 times.

  5. Subsequently, the LEDs ‘Bulk’, ‘Absorption’ and ‘Float’ will each light during 2 seconds.

    1. If the switch is set to ‘on’ while the ‘Bulk’ LED lights, the charger will switch to equalisation.

    2. If the switch is set to ‘on’ while the ‘Absorption’ LED lights, the charger will switch to forced absorption.

    3. If the switch is set to ‘on’ after the three LED sequence has finished, the charger will switch to ‘Float’.

    4. If the switch is has not been moved, the MultiPlus-II will remain in ‘charger only’ mode and switch to ‘Float’.

3.4. LED Indications

LED-off

LEDs off

LED-blinking

LEDs blinking

LED-on

LEDs illuminated

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Inverterting

The inverter is on. Inverter power is supplied to the load. The "inverter" LED is on.

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Overload pre-alarm

The nominal output of the inverter is exceeded. The "overload" LED is blinking

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Overload alarm

The inverter is switched off due to overload or short circuit. The "overload" LED is on.

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Low battery pre-alarm

The battery voltage is getting low. The battery is almost fully exhausted. The "low battery"LED is blinking.

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Low battery alarm

The inverter has switched off due to low battery voltage. The "low battery" LED is blinking.

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Temperature pre-alarm

The internal temperature is reaching a critical level. The "temperature" LED is blinking.

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Temperature alarm

The inverter has switched off due it's internal temperature being too high. The "temperature" LED is on.

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Overload pre-alarm and low battery pre-alarm

The battery is nearly exhausted and the nominal output of the inverter is exceeded. The "overload" and "low battery" LEDs are both blinking alternately,

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Ripple pre-alarm

The ripple voltage on the battery terminals is too high. The "overload" and "low battery" LEDs are both blinking simultaneously.

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Ripple alarm

The inverter has switched off due to excess ripple voltage on the battery terminals. The "overload" and "low battery" LEDs are both on.

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Bulk charging

The AC input voltage is switched through and the charger operates in bulk mode. The "bulk" LED is on.

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BatterySafe

The mains voltage is switched through and the charger is on. However, the set absorption voltage has not yet been reached. The "bulk" and "absorption" LEDs are both on.

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Absorption charging

The mains voltage is switched through and the charger operates in absorption mode. The "absorption" LED is on.

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Float charging

The mains voltage is switched through and the charger operates in float mode. The "float" LED is on.

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Equalize charging

The mains voltage is switched through and the charger operates in equalize mode. The "bulk" and "absorption" LED are both blinking.

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PowerControl

The AC input is switched through. The AC output current is equal to the preset maximum input current. The charge current is reduced to 0A. The "mains on" LED is blinking.

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PowerAssist

The AC input is switched through, but the load requires more current than the preset maximum input current. The inverter is switched on to supply the required additional current. The "mains on" LED is on and the "inverter" LED is blinking.

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