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Ample Power vs Balmar vs Xantrex
We have a house bank of 4 T105s,(2 yrs old) plus a starting battery; a 65 amp internally regulated Bosch alternator and we monitor all this with an older Link 10 battery monitor. Our major summer load is the fridge, lighting requirements are minimal and other than that it's mainly instruments.
Looking to move into the smart regulator world, and from my reading of Mainesail's writings it seems we're a pretty ideal candidate for using a smart reg in conjunction with at least an alternator temperature sensor. Our current on-the-alternator regulator doesn't want to regulate much over 13.2 or 13.4 volts so with healthy batteries the charge rate is dismal under power.
Ample Power and Balmar seem similar priced, and Xantrex a bit less expensive, but what say those who are using any/either of these?
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