BlackMax

Discover the first Australian off-grid battery storage system approved by the Clean Energy Council. Now upgraded and suitable for both off-grid and on-grid use. Experience reliable energy storage with many new and improved features.

BlackMax

OFF-GRID  |  ON-GRID  |  HYBRID

Power your shed weekender tiny home caravan

An all-in-one standalone off-grid and on-grid power system, BlackMax was RedEarth’s original product, created with the idea of providing electricity where it isn’t.

BlackMax is the perfect solution for sheds, weekenders, and tiny homes. Its IP43 rating means it can be installed outside in a shaded area.

Like all of RedEarth’s products, BlackMax is fully engineered, assembled, and tested to Australian standards at RedEarth’s factory in Brisbane. It comes as a complete solution that can be easily installed by an SPS-certified installer.

The new and updated BlackMax includes

Manufactured, built and tested in our factory in Brisbane, Australia and ready to ship! Enquire today

Need a complete kit including solar panels? No worries.

To make installation of the BlackMax as easy as possible, RedEarth also provides an all-in-one BlackMax Power Station Kit that includes solar panels and mounting hardware. Contact RedEarth to find out more.

STC rebate eligible

Downloads

Download our helpful BlackMax resources to find out more.

Download BlackMax brochure
Download BlackMax Installation Manual
Download BlackMax Warranty

BlackMax FAQs

Why is my battery flat?

During long periods of cloudy weather, or if supplying electrical loads that exceed the solar input to the system, the battery may become discharged to the point that the inverter will beep and show fault code “04”. If battery is further depleted the unit may stop supplying power. 

It is recommended during prolonged (more than 2 days) bad weather and if the battery voltage drops below 50V, that you start the generator and charge the battery 

The balance of “energy input” (solar) to “energy output” (connected loads) in the last 24hr period is shown by pushing the down arrow on the Sure Power display until you reach the “dAY” screen. If output exceeds input the battery is in deficit for that day. 

This screenshot is displaying PV input last 24hrs = 3.88kWh, Power output last 24hrs= 9.88kWh
This results in a shortfall of 6kWh drawn from the battery.

The Sure Power inverter in the BlackMax system requires a generator with certain output specifications. These specifications are provided by the generator manufacturer. We recommend a minimum size of 6kVA for sufficient margin to charge the batteries and run connected loads. Two wire auto-start capability is desirable to allow generator to automatically charge when batteries are low. 

Supported generators should meet or exceed the following specifications: 

  • Generator waveform THD < 10%. 
  • Generator Vrms range180 ~ 270Vac 
  • Generator voltage crest factor (Vpeak/Vrms)<1.6 
  • Generator peak voltage<380V 
  • Frequency range 45Hz ~ 63Hz 
  • Frequency slew rate <0.3Hz/sec 

Testing has confirmed the Honda EU22i is able to charge the BlackMax but has limited capacity to run appliances at the same time. The Able KP7K1 can charge the BlackMax and cover substantial connected appliances simultaneously. 

Why won’t my generator charge my batteries?
  •  Confirm batteries are being charged by generator (see below): 

If the LCD display shows no charging from generator: 

  • Some generators have a timed start to allow voltage to settle before outputting. It may take around 5 minutes before charging will start. Some auto start generators have a setting that can be changed to allow shorter syncing times. 
  • Turn eco mode off if this option is available on your generator. 
  • You may have connected loads that are drawing all the power. Turn off connected loads (lights and small loads are ok) while charging. 
  • Your generator’s output may be outside the specifications for supported generators. 

You can observe the voltage and frequency of the generator input, by scrolling through the LCD display with the up and down buttons until you reach these screens: 

Why has the generator, BlackMax or switchboard RCD tripped?

Has this occurred when connecting the BlackMax or generator for the first time? 

The BlackMax is shipped with an “MEN link” installed. This is an internal connection between the earth bar and neutral bar. All electrical installations are required to have only one of these installed. If an MEN link is already installed in the connected switchboard or the generator, the one or all of the RCDs in the connected equipment will trip. It is advised that a licenced electrician remove the MEN links from the least permanent pieces of the equipment and leave the MEN link in the most permanent piece of equipment. This generally requires the connected switchboard to retain the MEN link, and it to be removed from the BlackMax and generator. 

If this has occurred seemingly randomly, and not when connecting a generator, it is likely to be an appliance or wiring fault. 

  • • If the generator RCD is tripping and no others, (and there is only one MEN link in the whole connected system) there may be a fault in the lead connecting the generator to the BlackMax, or water/insect ingress into the generator or BlackMax sockets. If the connection is not hard wired, try a different lead between the generator and BlackMax. Turn the RCD on to test. If this does not resolve the issue, contact an electrician to diagnose further. 
  • • If the BlackMax RCD is tripping, and no others (and there is only one MEN link in the whole connected system) disconnect all loads, and generator. Unplug these if they are via leads, switch off the corresponding breaker if they are hardwired. Progressively connect these back to the BlackMax. The fault is then isolated when the RCD trips. 
  • • If an RCD is tripping in the switchboard (and there is only one MEN link in the whole connected system) there may be a fault in the circuit connected to that RCD. 

If this is a lighting circuit, it is likely a fault in wiring, water in light fitting etc requiring a licensed electrician to resolve. 

If this is a power circuit supplying socket outlets unplug all appliances connected to this circuit and reset the RCD. If the RCD trips, it is likely a fault in wiring, water in a socket outlet etc requiring a licensed electrician to resolve. If the RCD stays on, plug in each appliance in turn. When the RCD trips this indicates the faulty appliance, causing the trip. 

Why is my BlackMax beeping?

The BlackMax unit will beep to indicate several error warnings. The Sure Power display will display a code to define this error. 

Error “04” will occur when the battery is not receiving enough energy inputs to cover outputs and is getting to the bottom of its reserves. See Q: Why is my battery flat? 

Error “07” will occur if the BlackMax has been overloaded. The unit can handle 5kW of power draw continuously, and higher for short periods of time. 

Error “15” is generally not concerning and indicates low solar input, common around sunrise and sunset. 

How can I upgrade or replace the solar array connected to my BlackMax?

All electrical work must be completed by a licensed electrician to ensure correct function and to claim STCs (if possible). Panels and configurations must be selected to follow inverter – specifications below: 

Max. Input Voltage (VOC) 500VDC 

Max. Input Current (IMP) 18ADC 

Short Circuit Current (ISC) 22.5ADC 

Max PV connected power 5000W 

Typical array configurations are 8 panels in series or two strings of 8 in parallel, but this depends on PV panel specifications. 

My batteries have shut down and will not wake up, what needs to be done?

After a long period of discharge without sufficient charging the battery BMS will switch off to prevent damage to the batteries. To rectify, when solar or generator charging is available, turn off the battery breakers for 10 minutes, then switch them back on. They should have recovered enough to reconnect the batteries to the system and begin charging. If the screens do not light up (or blue lights on older batteries), they may have discharged too low to recover normally. Contact your installer and RedEarth to obtain a trickle charger. 

What does the error code on the LCD display mean?
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How do I check the generator charging rate?

You can observe the generator and/or solar input current, by scrolling through the LCD display with the up and down buttons until you reach this screen: 

 

Specifications

Power output
Max. AC output power 6000W
Solar input
Connect up to 9000W of solar panels to the dual MPPTs (150- 425 Vdc max. 500Vdc)
Battery
Up to 3 x 4.1kWh Troppos (max. 12.3kWh) Voltage: 48Vdc (nom.) Minimum two required for full inverter power rating. (Three recommended for continuous > 6kW power)
Electrical connections
1 x 15A outlet and 1 x 10A outlet, or have an electrician hardwire an external sub board to the internal AC output terminal block. Generator hardwire and autostart ready. AS4777.2 Approved Grid connection capable in lieu of a generator
Remote monitoring
Remote monitoring built-in using RedEarth’s EMU app (subject to network availability & signing up to RedEarth Optimum).
Local monitoring
- Victron battery monitor under lid. - Inverter display behind door

Specifications

Power output
Max. AC output power 6000W
Solar input
Connect up to 9000W of solar panels to the dual MPPTs (150- 425 Vdc max. 500Vdc)
Battery
Up to 3 x 4.1kWh Troppos (max. 12.3kWh) Voltage: 48Vdc (nom.) Minimum two required for full inverter power rating. (Three recommended for continuous > 6KW power)
Electrical connections
1 x 15A outlet and 1 x 10A outlet, or have an electrician hardwire an external sub board to the internal AC output terminal block. Generator hardwire and autostart ready. AS4777.2 Approved Grid connection capable in lieu of a generator
Remote monitoring
Remote monitoring built-in using RedEarth’s EMU app (subject to network availability & signing up to RedEarth Optimum).
Local monitoring
- Victron battery monitor under lid. - Inverter display behind door