Growatt vs Pylontech batteries

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Hi
I have these two datasheets and I try to compare the two batteries. I wished there was an ISO standard so we could compare apples with apples more easily. I know I just admitted I know little in the area. Hopefully one of you, gurus, will be able to educate me and this post will also help for future dummy like me. Thanks in advanced

This is the polytech datasheet for the US3000C

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and here the one for the Growatt equivalent

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How do I tell which one is best? What parameters is more relevant? Maybe there is also important info to consider which are not in the datasheets?
Here my summary of the datasheet of what I believe is relevant to compare.

ParameterGrowattPylontechWinner
Nominal Voltage51.2V48Growatt
Nominal capacity3300Wh3552WhPylontech
Usable capacity3000Wh3374WhPylontech
Charge discharge current max continuous32/42.5A37A
Charge discharge peak?[email protected] 60sec or [email protected] sec
Rated discharged power1.64kW (max [email protected])?
Operating temperature-10 + 50°CCharge (0 - 50°C) Discharge -10 + 50°C)
Cycle life>6000 cycles (25°C 90% DoD)>6000 cycles 25°C
TypeLifePO4
Depth of Discharge93%?
Limitationtemperature outside 0 to 45°C will limited the performance
temperature outside 10 to 40°C will limited the performance
Growatt
Parallel connectionup to 6 packs16Pylontech
Design life10 years15+Pylontech (is that really relevant when the cycle is 6000?)
Cooling type? (surely Natural)Natural

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From what I understand, unless you need more than 20kWh (more than 6 batteries) of storage, Growatt has better specs.
 

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From what I understand, unless you need more than 20kWh (more than 6 batteries) of storage, Growatt has better specs.
I've fitted pylontech for years with no issues with their smaller batteries. Had one of their larger batteries fail, possibly due to being on a cold garage floor. Fox batteries are rebadged pylontech.

I've heard mixed reports on Growatt.
 

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John, this is the capacity not the power-
The battery is not capable of providing 3.374kW during an hour.

For Growatt while the usable capacity is 3kWh, you can only take up to 1.64kW of power at a time. In other words if you have several devices on at the same time and the total power to run them exceed 1.64kW, the extra power will come from another source as the battery will only deliver 1.64kW of power. (or as mentioned the battery can go up to 2.5kW but only for 3 sec)

I think the number in the Pylontech datasheet is "hidden" in the field Charge discharge peak: [email protected] 60sec or [email protected] sec but I am too ignorant to be able to compare [email protected] with 1.64kW
 
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John, this is the capacity not the power-
The battery is not capable of providing 3.374kW during an hour.

For Growatt while the usable capacity is 3kWh, you can only take up to 1.64kW of power at a time. In other words if you have several devices on at the same time and the total power to run them exceed 1.64kW, the extra power will come from another source as the battery will only deliver 1.64kW of power. (or as mentioned the battery can go up to 2.5kW but only for 3 sec)

I think the number in the Pylontech datasheet is "hidden" in the field Charge discharge peak: [email protected] 60sec or [email protected] sec but I am too ignorant to be able to compare [email protected] with 1.64kW
I was thinking more at cell level which generally is 1 x the capacity, as a packaged battery it will be a function of the BMS. My Growatt 6.5kWh battery has a suggested maximum discharge rate of 3.25kW. It also says in terms of amps it depends on acceptable temperatures and gives

-10℃ to 0℃ - 21.3A
0℃ to 45℃ -104.2A
45℃ to 50℃ - 85.3A
50℃ to 55℃ -32A

It's highly likely the figures for a 3.374 kWh battery would be about half of the above.
 

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I was thinking more at cell level which generally is 1 x the capacity, as a packaged battery it will be a function of the BMS. My Growatt 6.5kWh battery has a suggested maximum discharge rate of 3.25kW. It also says in terms of amps it depends on acceptable temperatures and gives

-10℃ to 0℃ - 21.3A
0℃ to 45℃ -104.2A
45℃ to 50℃ - 85.3A
50℃ to 55℃ -32A

It's highly likely the figures for a 3.374 kWh battery would be about half of the above.
Thanks John for those details. So you own a Growatt battery.
  1. What is your experience with it and how long have you had them?
  2. What inverter do you have to go along?

I like very much an installer and the quote and survey they have done. However, due to a negative image I got of Growatt, I was disappointed they put that in their quote. Now my negative image is based on perception and I am trying to find facts that in fact it'll be OK and I won't regret not having pylontech.

regarding the comparison with Pylontech. If your figures are likely to be twice higher than the 3,3kWh battery, then the discharge peak would be 104.2/2 = 52.1A which is higher than the stated "discharge continuous 32/42.5A" which makes sense and this also means that the pylontech would have a higher discharge peak as its datasheet mentions [email protected] 60sec or [email protected] sec

Thanks a lot.
 
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Thanks John for those details. So you own a Growatt battery.
  1. What is your experience with it and how long have you had them?
  2. What inverter do you have to go along?

I like very much an installer and the quote and survey they have done. However, due to a negative image I got of Growatt, I was disappointed they put that in their quote. Now my negative image is based on perception and I am trying to find facts that in fact it'll be OK and I won't regret not having pylontech.

regarding the comparison with Pylontech. If your figures are likely to be twice higher than the 3,3kWh battery, then the discharge peak would be 104.2/2 = 52.1A which is higher than the stated "discharge continuous 32/42.5A" which makes sense and this also means that the pylontech would have a higher discharge peak as its datasheet mentions [email protected] 60sec or [email protected] sec

Thanks a lot.
It seems that Growatt and a poor historical reputation but their latest offerings are good. My system was installed at the end of April this year and has worked very well, exceeding predicted performance and expectations.

Growatt SPH6000 Hybrid Inverter
Growatt 7 kWh battery
Hyundai PV Panels
MyEnergi ZAPPI, HARVI and EDDI

Being expanded to have in addition

Victron Inverter (5kW)
16kWh LifeP04 battery
Seplos BMS

I'm hoping the above will keep me completely away from peak rate energy.
 

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It seems that Growatt and a poor historical reputation but their latest offerings are good. My system was installed at the end of April this year and has worked very well, exceeding predicted performance and expectations.

Growatt SPH6000 Hybrid Inverter
Growatt 7 kWh battery
Hyundai PV Panels
MyEnergi ZAPPI, HARVI and EDDI

Being expanded to have in addition

Victron Inverter (5kW)
16kWh LifeP04 battery
Seplos BMS

I'm hoping the above will keep me completely away from peak rate energy.
May I ask ,will the victron install be off grid only , and if it is can you back feed if you already have the growat system running.
 
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Fair enough.

Impressive if you are building your own battery!!
All items available off the shelf, literally just bolt / plug together.

Have a look here:-



It's not rocket science, I dont know where youre located Bob, if you want one of these I'd be happy to give you a hand to build it or build it for you.
 

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All items available off the shelf, literally just bolt / plug together.

Have a look here:-



It's not rocket science, I dont know where youre located Bob, if you want one of these I'd be happy to give you a hand to build it or build it for you.

I never feel happy about self building gear like that, but, I suspect if you open the ready made units, they aren't much different inside.

How compatible is that battery with various makes of inverter, more importantly the BMS? Solis uses a data cable link to the BMS/battery stack, as do most others I've encountered.
 
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The Seplos BMS links to most of the inverters (theres a list on the website), that said, it's not mission critical to have comms between inverter and BMS, the BMS can manage all of it's functions stand alone.

They all generally use the LifeP04 cells, the voltages will be the same due to the chemsitry.
 

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All items available off the shelf, literally just bolt / plug together.

Have a look here:-



It's not rocket science, I dont know where youre located Bob, if you want one of these I'd be happy to give you a hand to build it or build it for you.

Hi John
thanks for the info. Very interesting

Please do not tempt me :) Thanks for the offer though.
 

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The Seplos BMS links to most of the inverters (theres a list on the website), that said, it's not mission critical to have comms between inverter and BMS, the BMS can manage all of it's functions stand alone.

They all generally use the LifeP04 cells, the voltages will be the same due to the chemsitry.
I was told by bimble solar that pylontech batteries will shut down after 15mins if they have no bms comms... I was considering them until they told me that, as my inverter doesnt yet fully support the pylon protocol..
 
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I was told by bimble solar that pylontech batteries will shut down after 15mins if they have no bms comms... I was considering them until they told me that, as my inverter doesnt yet fully support the pylon protocol..
Thanks for the info but I was never considering Pylontech battery, I'm assembling my own.
 
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