To activate the system for the first time place the solar panel in full sun and plug panel into the controller. The Connect 600, Li and Charge controllers will automatically re-enter “shut-down mode” if system is not used for 72 hours. To re-activate the system, after it has entered “shut-down mode” place the panel in full sun and plug it into the controller.
No, as long as one of the orange LEDs illuminates Barefoot Connect can be used straight away. However, the user may not get full run-time on the first night and must make sure the system charges to 100% at least once a week. The LED’s will continue to flash when charging. If the red LED or no LED illuminate, the system should be charged for one day before use.
The green LED indicator will show when the battery 100% charged. The two orange LED indicators show when the battery is 25% to 75% charged. The red LED indicator shows when the battery has less than 25% charge left.
The Energy use tables are based on available power per sunny day of charging, that is approx. The batteries are sized to have a larger capacity. Therefore to fully charge the battery allow for at least another half day of charging.
No. The battery controller automatically disconnects the load when the ‘low battery’ point is reached in order to protect the battery. Before this happens the controller will double flash all loads on and off as a warning.
The battery status LED’s will flash when the system is charging.
If the battery is not charging or the system is not in use the LED’s will turn off to conserve power. This can happen at night or when the controller is in “shut-down (sleep) mode”. As soon as a device or lamp is used, or the system starts charging, the controller will “wake up” and the LED’s will flash to indicate the power level again.
Not usually. Only if the red LED comes on when it is first activated. The Barefoot Connect should be boosted before selling to the end-user if the red LED comes on. Batteries must only be boosted via a Barefoot Connect controller with an approved Barefoot Power AC charger.
The Barefoot Connect 600 battery must not be removed from the controller for boosting. If the battery has been removed or the controller interfered with then the warranty is void.
The solar panel must be permanently installed outside in full sunlight where it will receive direct sun and not be overshadowed by trees or buildings. Usually the best place is on top of the roof of a building.
To maximise solar power, the solar panel should be cleaned every three months. In very dusty areas, cleaning could be required up to every two weeks. The panel can be fixed directly to the roof. For extra security the panel can be mounted in a metal frame fixed to the roof or the top of a pole.
If the panel is mounted in a frame then allow a 10mm clearance round the panel surround for expansion in hot weather. If the panel is welded for security, ensure that the welding material does not come into contact with the panel. It is important that the solar panel faces towards the equator at a slope equivalent to the latitude. For regions near the equator, the panel should be kept facing upwards, with a slope of 10 degrees to either the north or south. The slope helps the rain wash the panel.
Yes. The amount of power produced by the solar panel is proportional to the strength of the sun. During cloudy periods, the output of the solar panel can be as low as 10% of its rated power. The battery provides some backup to ensure the lights still work after a cloudy day.
The panel is water-resistant. It is water-proof as long as the water runs off and does not enter the sealed connector box mounted on the rear of the panel. Best practise is to mount the panel with a gap between it and the roof to allow the water to run freely on the top and beneath.
Do not place the panel on the ground or where it could end up in a pool of water if it rains.
All Barefoot Connect systems will run all the lights for at least 6 hours per night after one full sunny day of charging. Larger systems will power the lamps for up to 13 hours.
Although the Barefoot Connect 2000 and 3000 systems can operate a total of 12 tube lights, it is not recommended as the systems would need to be upgraded with larger panels and batteries to run more lamps than those included in the box. The lamps included in the box are the recommended number to give the most efficient output and still have power left for running some accessories.
All Barefoot Connect systems will run all the lights for at least 9 hours on one full battery.
Barefoot Connect Bright LED lamps produce 75 lumens at 0.75W. Barefoot Connect Ultra Bright LED lamps produce 150 lumens at 1.5W. Barefoot Connect Ultra Bright LED tubes produce 290 lumens at 3.0W.
Any device that is plugged in will draw power from the battery resulting in reduced battery capacity and shorter runtimes for the lamps – see the Energy Use tables for the various power ratings.
The Barefoot Connect systems are sized to be affordable and efficient, rather than to run everything all the time. The user will need to select a system that best suits their needs and lifestyle.
Any device that can be charged or powered from a computer USB can be charged from the Barefoot Connect USB output. This includes smart phones and tablets. The USB ports on the Barefoot Connect systems are standard USB outputs of 1A at 5V. It is important that phones or devices are unplugged when they are fully charged so that they do not keep drawing power. To conserve power, all Barefoot Connect systems enter sleep mode when they are not being used. Leaving a device plugged in once charged, will prevent the system entering sleep mode.
The 12V output has been designed to power Barefoot Power certified accessories including TV and fan. Any device that draws less than 24W and 2Amps of power can be plugged into the 12V output on the front of the controller.
The Energy Use tables show the runtimes of the various Connect accessories.
Barefoot Connect systems can charge any 5V USB-compatible phone or device. Barefoot Connect systems come with a phone charging kit which includes a 1.5m long USB-tophone cable, and a range of the most popular phone pins.
If an output is overloaded, the fuse will trip and cut the power. Once this load is removed the fuse will reset automatically and the output will continue working. Barefoot Connect controllers include automatic thermal fuses to ensure that they are not damaged from over-loading.
When the battery is nearly flat the controller will double flash all the loads on and off as warning before cutting the load to the battery. If this happens remove all loads and recharge the battery before re-use. Barefoot Connect systems have a low-voltage disconnect point of 11.8V to protect the battery from over discharge.
The Barefoot Connect systems can provide a total of 53W. This includes 24W from the 12V output on the front, 24W from the 12V lighting outputs and 5W from the 2 USB outputs.
53W is equal to 4.4 Amps at 12 V. See Barefoot Connect Energy Use tables for power usage of individual components.
Barefoot Connect 2000 and 3000 are fully upgradable. The panel can be upgraded to a total of 60W. There is no limitation as to the maximum size of the 12V battery. Barefoot Power provides 6W and a 30W panel upgrade kits as an accessories.
Barefoot Connect 600 is partially upgradable. As the battery is internal, only the panel can be upgraded to a maximum of 30W. This would be useful only to run more devices during the day as the amount of power at night will not change. It is important to note that only one battery at a time should be connected to the Barefoot Connect systems at any one time.
Connecting an old and new battery at the same time could damage both the batteries and the controller.
No. Barefoot Connect systems can operate with only 12V Sealed Lead Acid batteries rated to charge with a float of 13.8V and absorption of 14.4V.
All Barefoot Connect systems carry a two year warranty. If the Barefoot Connect system appears not to be working properly then the system should be returned, together with the original receipt, to the local distributer who will evaluate the system.
Do not try and repair the system. If the system has been interfered with, damaged from an external force or submerged in water the warranty will be void.