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Next Step Alternator Regulator

Installation and Operating Instructions

Ample Power Models NEXT-32N

July 25, 2000

Instructions Ample Power Models NEXT-32N July 25, 2000 Mounting the Regulator The regulator is protected against

Mounting the Regulator

The regulator is protected against ambient humidity, but must be mounted in a dry location free of moisture, dust and other environ- mental insults. The regulator will operate in temperatures to 70 C (158 F).

The regulator will operate in temperatures to 70 C (158 F). Wiring Diagram The wiring diagram
The regulator will operate in temperatures to 70 C (158 F). Wiring Diagram The wiring diagram

Wiring Diagram

The wiring diagram above is the only way to wire the Next Step Regulator. Do not wire in any other way, such as combining ground wires or battery positive wires. Use fuses where shown. Failure to do so may result in fire.

Signal Names and Functions

Battery voltage set-points are specified for a 32 volt system.

PARALLEL, ( optional ) , (optional)

a grounding signal that is asserted

after 30 seconds and when the regulator detects that the

house battery is being charged Amps.

Maximum load is 0.75

ON / OFF, ( required ) , (required)

a positive voltage that turns on the

regulator. Typically it is connected to the ignition switch or

oil pressure switch. Typical draw is 0.03 Amps.

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NOTE: On gasoline engines DO NOT connect at the

connect at the ignition switch.

spark coil

GROUND, ( required – connect this wire first ) , (required – connect this wire first)

, (required ) required)

the refer-

ence ground for the regulator. All battery voltages are refer- enced to this wire.

the return line for the field current. Am-

perage draw on this wire is rated at 15 Amps maximum.

FIELD, ( required ) , (required)

the wire driven to ground by the reg-

ulator to make the alternator charge. Voltage at this point depends on how much current is being produced by the al- ternator, and varies from zero to battery voltage.

NEG.DIST., ( required ) , (required)

the ground line for the field current.

WARNING: Do NOT jumper this wire to the GROUND tab. Absence or loss of this connection will damage the regulator.

LOCK, ( optional ) , (optional)

if connected to battery voltage, the reg-

ulator is locked at battery gassing voltage, typically 36.8

V. Used to prevent higher voltages when halogen lights are

used. The first activation and then removal of the LOCK sig- nal causes the regulator to go to the float set-point. The sec- ond cycle causes the regulator to go to the absorption set- point. This cyclic behavior repeats.

BAT.VOLTS, ( required ) , (required)

the sense wire for battery voltage.

Any erroneous voltage drop in this wire from the battery can cause overcharge.

T- (BLK), ( optional ) , (optional)

ground side of the temperature sensor

which is supplied with the regulator.

T+ (RED), ( optional ) , (optional)

positive side of the temperature sen-

(RED) , ( optional ) positive side of the temperature sen- sor. Voltage at T+ (RED)
(RED) , ( optional ) positive side of the temperature sen- sor. Voltage at T+ (RED)

sor. Voltage at T+ (RED) is 2.98V at @ 25 C (77 F), and varies plus and minus with temperature at the rate of 0.01V per degree C.

ABS, ( optional ) , (optional)

a positive voltage at ABS will lock the reg-

ulator at the absorption set-point. Typically used with the

Ample Power Energy Monitor/Controller.

LAMP, ( optional ) , (optional)

a ground going signal that provides

troubleshooting information identical to the Red Error LED see the Error Indicator section. Maximum current permitted from this output is 0.75 Amps.

State Indicator

The green LED shows at which set-point the regulator is presently operating. Status is shown by flashing the green LED with On and Off time in seconds as shown below.

Table 1. Green Status LED

Status Bulk Charge Absorption Charge Absorption Charge & OK to Adjust Step to Float Float
Status
Bulk Charge
Absorption Charge
Absorption Charge & OK to Adjust
Step to Float
Float Charge
Gas Lock
ABS Hold
On
Off
2
1
1
1
continuous
N/A
3
3
2
2
3
1
1
3

Error Indicator

Abnormal conditions are reported with the Red LED, and the ex- ternal lamp/alarm, if wired. Errors are identified by On and Off times of the Red LED as shown below.

Table 2. Red Error LED

Error Can’t turn field off Can’t turn field on Bat. Volts disconnected Over Temperature Voltage
Error
Can’t turn field off
Can’t turn field on
Bat. Volts disconnected
Over Temperature
Voltage Runaway
Bad Temperature Sensor
On
Off
1
1
1
3
3
1
3
3
6
3
6
6

Voltage Adjustment

The factory setting is 38.4 Volts. The float voltage is 2.7 Volts less than the absorption set-point. Before adjusting absorption voltage disconnect the T+ (RED) connection from the regulator.

Absorption voltage can be adjusted by turning the small screw on the potentiometer behind the hole in the cover marked ABSORP- TION VOLTAGE. The potentiometer is 20 turns. Turn in small incre- ments and wait at least 3 seconds for the adjustment to take effect. Do not adjust the potentiometer unless the green LED is on continuously.

Absorption Time Adjustment

How long the regulator stays in absorption state is factory set at one hour. It can be changed from 0 to 255 minutes by turning the potentiometer behind the hole in the cover labeled TIME. To make this adjustment convenient, a multi-meter can be used. Place the positive lead in the TIME TEST POINT located within the regulator cover, and the negative lead on ground. Time is read on the multi- meter voltage scale where every 0.02 Volts is equal to 1 minute of absorption time. Factory setting is 1.18 Volts.

What You Should See

When the regulator is first turned on, the red LED will glow for 5 to 8 seconds before extinguishing. The alternator should start to charge after the red LED goes off. Then the green LED will start to flash status information. For example: 2 seconds on, 1 second off, (bulk charge).

Alternator Requirements

The alternator must be an externally regulated model with one

brush connected to battery positive and the other brush fitted with

a connection to make the field connection, (N-type). Be advised

that alternators not hot rated for continuous operation at high current and temperature may fail when driven by the regula- tor.

Troubleshooting

First, look at the Signal Names and Functions section above and make sure that all required wires are in place and properly connected. We have found that moving a wire such as BAT.VOLTS or GROUND

a few feet away from a good Battery Positive or Negative Distri-

bution could result in undesirable regulation due to voltage spikes in the system. To help diagnose voltage set-points, remove the T+ (RED) connection to prevent a faulty temperature sensor from af- fecting the system. Second, if the problem still exists, obtain a copy of the Next Step Troubleshooting Guide which is available from the following

sources:

Regulator Service Center

Web: http://www.amplepower.com/support/from the following sources: Regulator Service Center E-mail: support@amplepower.com Phone: (206) 789-4743 or Fax:

E-mail: support@amplepower.comService Center Web: http://www.amplepower.com/support/ Phone: (206) 789-4743 or Fax: (206) 789-9003 The

Phone: (206) 789-4743 or Fax: (206) 789-9003E-mail: support@amplepower.com The troubleshooting guide was designed to help isolate a

The troubleshooting guide was designed to help isolate a majority of the installation problems. Fill out the Troubleshooting Guide to determine if all measurements meet the specified requirements.

Finally, if you are unable to remedy the problem, contact the reg- ulator service center with the Next Step Troubleshooting Guide completed for referencing.

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