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01-03-2009 03:17 AM
whatoo if the motor/generator burns up, can you get the replacement at an auto parts store, also berings.. I've been told, all parts,less the blades and housing, can be purchased at the auto parts store? Is this accurate? Thank you.
10-02-2008 04:57 PM
Splashme You might want to talk to John at Hotwire Enterprises. They are the importer for the Kiss, he knows his stuff will give you the straight poop. Weather you need a controller depends on a lot of variables, like the size of batteries, power usage, amount of wind, and additional PV sources.

I've had my KISS for ten years. Very good machine.
09-30-2008 12:42 AM
camaraderie I think you will be fine with wet cells and a KISS...I would not be so sure about AGM's. I'm not convinced with his argument...particularly if you are going to be hooking up solar panels as well. If it is sunny and the wind is blowing, you could surely cook some battery juice!

BTW...I think the KISS is a good choice...lots of folks happy with them that I know.
09-29-2008 10:50 PM
gtod25
Capt. Harry is spot on.......

Doug Billings (the designer) strongly advises against using a controller. I used my KISS for 5 years and it performed as advertised. I loved it. Unless Doug has redone his manual (three or four photocopied pages) it can be a little confusing, read it over again and it eventually makes sense. Great product.


09-29-2008 10:40 PM
harryrezz I assume you're buying the KISS new.
I've had mine since '04 and I love it. It comes supplied with everything you'll really need. They supply a control box with the stop switch. It simply reverses the polarity and will stop the blades in up to about 25 kt winds. Over that just use your boat hook and CAREFULLY catch the control cord at the rear of the unit (clearly explained in the directions) and turn it around 'till it stops, then tie it down with the loop which you'll have in place (also in the directions). Mine is directly hooked to my bank of 4, 6-volt house batteries. I simply monitor the charge level, and it it is in danger of going too high I shut down the KISS - simple! No need fo a controller at all. In fact, they do NOT recommend one! I'm in the southern Caribbean, and during the winter months the wind is almost always at 20 kt+ and I've never had an overcharging problem ... and that's with two 80 watt solar panels hooked in, too (they ARE on a controller).
You will love the KISS - provided you are in an area with enough wind.
BTW, make sure the mounting pole is VERY strong and well braced, and put a thick rubber pad between it and the deck to dampen noise.
08-11-2008 06:37 PM
sailingdog Depends on the size. For fuses up to 80 amps, I like the maxi fuses. For higher loads, you're probably going to want a Mega Fuse fixture, which is good up to 300 amps.

The Maxi-Fuse looks like a large ATC/ATO fuse.



The Mega Fuse holder looks like this:


As for the charge controller, it depends on the size of the wind generator. Some installations I've seen use the FlexCharge NC25a, which is good up to 25 amps.
08-11-2008 05:01 PM
wesjustice
wind generator

I am purchasing a kiss wind generator and need to know what else I will be needing. charge controller,m fuse swich, stop, switch . can anyone recomend a certain type or brand to use?

 
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