RE-plug™ Renewable Energy Connector
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What is RE-plug™?

Emergency Power Packs & Portable Solar Systems have been create by various groups, homebrew & DIY types.

In the event immediate interconnection and sharing of RE Power System is required, a quick way to interconnect the various systems is needed.

The RE-plug™ takes industry standard plugs and advertises a standard way to connect all the pieces. Using MIL Standard MIL-C-5015 Plugs and Receptacles to develop a standard inter-connection for RE Sources and Loads.

RE-plug™ is not a power source or a load, it is just a way to connect those items together.

RE-plug can fit two basic requirements:

RE-plug Level 1 provides a simple 3-pin DC Connection using Size 16-10 MIL STD Connectors

RE-plug Level 2 provides a complex 7-pin DC Connection using Size 24-10 MIL STD Connectors

RE-plug Level 1

Using MIL Standard MIL-C-5015 Size 16-10 Plugs and Receptacles develop a standard for simple connections to a portable renewable energy stations.

RE-plug Level 1:
Provides 3-pins, each a 12AWG Connection, theoretical 20-25A Limit at 12 V Nominal.

Pin:
 
A. Solar PV Input (12 - 75V DC) [Assumed to be solar or other DC input going into a MPPT Charge Controller Capable of NO MORE THAN 30A Input
 B. 12V Output (10-16V DC) [Assumed to Battery Output capable of NO MORE THAN 25A Load Output (Otherwise Trip a Breaker).
 C. DC Ground

Connections can be either A-C or B-C or both.

For the Wall (Battery Side), use Connector, DMS3100A16-10S, Wall-mount, Solid Receptacle, 3 Pos. Sockets, Size 16-10

Left Photo: Front View of DMS3100A16-10S, RE-plug Level 1, Battery-Side Wall Mount Receptacle
Right Photo: Side View of DMS3100A16-10S, RE-plug Level 1, Battery-Side Wall Mount Receptacle

For the Plug (Solar-Wind-Load), use Connector, DMS3106B16-10P, Free-hanging Plug, 3 Pos. Pins, Split Shell, Size 16-10

Left Photo: Front View of DMS3106B16-10P, RE-plug Level 1, Solar/Wind/Load Side Plug
Center Photo: Side View of DMS3106B16-10P, RE-plug Level 1, Solar/Wind/Load Side Plug
Right Photo: Optional Cable Clamp, DMS3057-8A, for Cable Strain Relief.

 

RE-plug Level 2

Using MIL Standard MIL-C-5015 Size 24 Plugs and Receptacles for deluxe Source / Load / Control Connections.

RE-plug Level 2:
Provides 7-pins, each a 8AWG Connection, theoretical 35-50A Limit at 12 V Nominal (likely will only use 10AWG for ease of use).

Pin:
 
A. Solar PV Input (12 - 75V DC) [Assumed to be solar or other DC input going into a MPPT Charge Controller Capable of NOT MORE THAN 50A Input
 B. Wind Input: 12V Input/Output (10-16V DC) [Assumed to Battery Output capable of NO MORE THAN 30A Output (Otherwise Trip a Breaker).
 C. Spare [Future Specification: HOT 120VAC 20A OUTPUT from Battery-Side]
 D. Spare [Future Specification: NEUTRAL 120VAC 20A OUTPUT from Battery-Side]
 E. Load Output: 12V Input/Output (10-16V DC) [Assumed to Battery Output capable of NO MORE THAN 30A Output (Otherwise Trip a Breaker).
 F. DC Ground
 G. EARTH GROUND Connection [If one can be located onsite] [the inverter, if present will handle NEUTRAL TO EARTH BONDING.

For Clarity, Pin B and Pin E both connect directly to the Battery Bank via 30A or larger DC Breakers.
Pin B might go through a Shunt Marked for Wind Production.
Pin E might go through the LOAD TERMINALS of a Charge Controller and provide LVD.

For the Wall (Battery Side), use Connector, DMS3100A24-10S, Wall-mount, Solid Receptacle, 7 Pos. Sockets, Size 24
 
Left Photo: Front View of DMS3100A24-10S, RE-plug Level 2 Battery-Side Wall Mount Receptacle.
Right Photo: Optional Cap, DMS25043-24DK to cover receptacle when not in use.
 

For the Plug (Solar-Wind-Load), use Connector, DMS3106B24-10P, Free-hanging Plug, 7 Pos. Pins, Split Shell, Size 24

Left Photo: Front View of DMS3106B24-10P, RE-plug Level 1 .
Center Photo: Side View of DMS3106B24-10P, RE-plug Level 1 Plug
Right Photo: Optional Cable Clamp, DMS3057-16A, for Cable Strain Relief.

 

Example Installation


 
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The Alternatives

The Anderson Style Connector can also be used for a RE-plug Level Style Connection. It will only have two pins, so only one function per plug. Anderson Connectors do come in a variety of sizes and that could used for the various type of connections, like Solar, Wind or Battery/Load Connections.
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