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AmpAir 100 Wind Generator - Any input

I am thinking of buying a used AmpAir 100 to suppliment my Kyocera 130 Watt solar panel for auxillary power generation. I would mount this on my mizzen mast above my radar dome. Does anyone have this unit and have input to help me understand its capability and what I need for running - do I need an additional regulator to my Balmar ARS-5? What should I need to know when buying a used AmpAir 100. Please give me your input - I have never had a wind generator.
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They have a reputation for being among the noisier generators and output is weak in normal 10-20k winds. I would compare to other brands before making an investment...KISS/AIREX/FOURWINDS are some other well regarded brands.
Yes...if you get the ampair...you need a separate regulator. Some other units come with built in regulator.
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I bought a Hornet wind generator on EBAY for about half the price of a KISS, even after factoring in my cost of wiring, mounting pole, paint, and straps. It looks like a homebuilt (read ugly) but it is whisper quiet until it hits its resonant frequency (at about 33 knots). Even then its doesn't get loud just a vibration. Performance seems to be inline with other wind gens. (ie the pits at 0 to 9 knots, then quickly ramps up.) here's their website:

http://www.hydrogenappliances.com/windturbinetypes.html

Some times they sell new units on ebay at a discount.


My setup - 4 Kyocera 40 watt panels and two flexible 32 watt panel for a total of 224 watt of solar. A Balmar 110 amp alternator on the diesel, a small gas powered portable genset and the Hornet 1000, six 6-volt house bank - 540 amp-hrs. Flexible, multisourced power.

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sailaway21 is just really nice sailaway21 is just really nice sailaway21 is just really nice sailaway21 is just really nice
With the Ampair you could add the towed water generator by the same manufacturer
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