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I came across this and wanted to know what everyone thought....

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Can't comment from personal experience, but know of someone who has one, and has no complaints.

Can't for the LIFE of me understand the $700+ price tag!!! Since when does a $20 pinwheel, and a $30 generator and $1 worth of wiring add up to $700???
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Looks like a re-tagged item from harbor freight
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For maybe 150.00 more you can get an Air-X Air Marine. I have one and it works great. The unit looks pretty much the same except that the housing looks more beefed up on the Air-X and it is supposedly more water tight with connections that resist the salt water and air around the marina. I seldom want for power and considering adding additional gadgets to the boat.

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Michael, on a good 24 hrs of 12 knots how many amp hours does the Air-X put into the batteries?
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from the manual:

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Your wind turbine is designed to operate in most climatic conditions. Should you expect or
experience winds of 150MPH upwards, please turn off the MPPT controller which will manually
apply the braking system to protect from any over spin. Once the Turbine has stopped, it is
possible to lay down the Tower to offer further protection.
How long will the bearings or other wearing parts last?
According to engineering calculations, the bearings should have a 10-year life span in 12 mph (6
m/s) average wind speed sites. Bearing life will vary from one application to another; however,
you should expect at least a five-year performance in adverse conditions and 10 years in normal
conditions
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Tks for the technical help. At 12 Kts the volt meter says it is charging at a rate of about 6 amps so i guess 24 hrs @ 6 amps per hour = 144 amp hours.

Whatever it is its more than I'll ever need.

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It says you can reduce your electrical bill with this turbine. How does a 12 volt wind generator reduce your 110 home electric bill. And also lets say you bought the proper transformer to step the voltage up to 110 how long is you payback period.

Oh nevermind. This probably belongs somewhere off topic.
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