Bypass mechanism

  • US 9,819,178 B2
  • Filed: 03/17/2014
  • Issued: 11/14/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/15/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An apparatus, comprising:

  • a first terminal configured to be electrically coupled to a string of photovoltaic cells;

    a second terminal;

    a third terminal;

    a fourth terminal;

    electronics electrically coupled in series between the third terminal and the fourth terminal; and

    a pluggable bypass connector comprising a first plurality of terminals and a second plurality of terminals and configured to;

    in a first state with the first plurality of terminals physically coupled to the first and second terminals, electrically short together the first terminal and the second terminal; and

    in a second state with the second plurality of terminals physically coupled to the first, second, third, and fourth terminals, electrically short together the first terminal and the third terminal and electrically short together the second terminal and the fourth terminal.

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