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Old 05-08-2012
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wind generator/turbine recomendations?

I was wondering if anyone has tried a sunforce 600 watt wind generator in an off shore situation... I have looked at several different brands and air-x and sunforce both look well designed with protective housings, where as some more powerfull designs sound good, but look like they would not stand the harsh enviornment of off shore cruising, ie Missouri Raider 1600 watt... I currently have one 280 watt solar panel, tied to a xantrex XW-MPPT60-150 charge controller coupled to 4 AGM batteries, I have another bank of 4 batteries that I am in the process of tieing into the system. I also have another 280 watt solar panel, but have decided to not use it, because I dont have a suitable location where as to mount it. my electrical demands include intermittent use, or various combinations of the following a garmin gpsmap 740 chart plotter, a garmin radar, sinrad autohelm, windex, a little instrumentation, microwave oven, lighting, small dorm sized AC refrigerator and a laptop computer. the most demand is from the refrigerator, and night time navigation. I hope someone has some good advice for us... thanks dave
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Re: wind generator/turbine recomendations?

i have a sunforce wind turbine 600w that i installed today...the air is blowing around at 6mph and it seems to be producing 2-4 amps which the company claims is around the starting speed inwhich it starts charging and over the day with the radio playing it has charged my #1 battery. the wiring diagrams are not that great which was the only downfall for the complete install. if you buy it remember to get a 3 wire buss and connect the turbine/mppt controller/brake together. on the other side of the mppt there is 4 wires 2 of them go to your ac to dc inverter and the other 2 is for your batteries take the positive and run it to your 30 amp panel provided and then run another wire from the panel to your positive side of your battery and run the negative to your battery. as far as off shore usage i have no experience with it out there yet but the set up seems to be sturdy enough to take the winds and if it gets 2 bad the brake system does work ...stops the turbine almost immediately. REMEMBER you need a 36 inch clearance for the unit and it is a rather quiet turbine.
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