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|05-24-2012 04:04 AM|
Re: Xantrax Link 2000 Battery Monitor
I want to buy a Xantrax LINK 2000 - if anyone knows of one for sale- please let me know! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
thanks very much,
Sydney , Australia.
|11-17-2007 01:41 PM|
Originally Posted by HoffaLives View Post
The complexity thing may be an issue in terms of failure, but I'm hoping that buying quality...and quality spares...plus the ability to test and fix the larger sorts of circuits (wires, switches, solder jobs, etc.) will serve.
Due to a relative immunity to weight kept low, I'm able to have more battery capacity aboard than most, and this is the key to my evil plans: constant charging in one form or another to keep the whole battery system above 80%.
Note that while I've stated I don't care to run the alternator to charge the batteries, if I have to, I'll have to, and then I'll have to consider a built-in genset, or more solar/wind charging capacity. But we don't anticipate running A/C or electrical pressure/hot water or vast freezers or other big draws offshore. If this changes, I would have to rethink it. Right now, it looks as if even under marginal conditions, I will make more amps than I can use. Put me in high latitudes in winter, and this might change, but we plan on being for the most part between 40 N and 40 S.
|11-17-2007 01:35 PM|
Flip a coin... I'm actually planning on getting the Microlog unit and installing it next spring.
Originally Posted by Valiente View Post
|11-17-2007 01:31 PM|
Add the sun in the daytime and you've got a lot of juice flowing.
I am fortunate in having bracketed steel plates designed to hold davits securely welded onto my transom. I could quite easily have a "tipping" pole trailing behind my stern, well clear of the windvane and the rudder. A small block and tackle on the arch would bring the thing upright again, and ready for wind service.
It's certainly something to think about, particularly as so many distance cruisers appear to be raving about it:
|11-17-2007 01:18 PM|
But this unit has its own attractive features, and manually transferring numbers isn't such a big deal, because once I know the draws of all the usual power-sucking devices, I can complete my energy budget.
|11-17-2007 01:27 AM|
It's really important to sit down and work out a power budget, and be scrupulous. There are small systems that are running and are easy to forget about, like a sniffer, a propane shut off solenoid, radio, and so forth. To be realistic you should list everything and to be safe double it, and you'll probably be closer to real consumption. And you likely are aware that these alternative power sources very rarely achieve anything close to their rated output. That's why it's important to have the best charging system you can afford.
And while redundancy is a very good idea, remember that reliability tends to suffer the more complex the system is.
|11-16-2007 10:26 PM|
Might want to look at this battery monitor as well. A bit less expensive than the Link 20, and does two banks.
|11-16-2007 10:01 PM|
|sailingdog||Good ideas all around Valiente... I like the Duogen units... although there are better windgens...but none quite so versatile.|
|11-16-2007 09:55 PM|
Originally Posted by HoffaLives View Post
I plan on having the ability to switch either the Honda 2000 or the alternator into the house batteries if needed, but between the combined wind and three, possibly four 130 W solar panels, I suspect I'll be covered. If not, there's always room on the diesel for a bigger Balmar, but as I said, I would prefer to have a large bank I can keep full with one input or another to reduce cycling.
Thanks for this discussion, guys. It's helping me focus on what is a complex way to achieve a simpler life.
|11-16-2007 09:44 PM|
Part of my design ideas is extensive switchability as the key to redundancy: I want to have the ability to vary charge sources based on availability, but not necessarily to combine them, which I agree, on a breezy noon hour, might prove a little rich for the system to absorb along with shore power.
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