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2 Weeks Ago 08:59 AM
svHyLyte
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

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Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
Thanks for the pointer to the panel.

:rant
However, I will no longer order anything small from eBay, as I was recently screwed by PayPal. I realize that they are no longer the same company, but you can't buy small stuff from eBay without using PayPal. I also told my financial advisor to completely divest my portfolio from all PayPal holdings. Note that in the PayPal user agreement you contractually agree to accept PayPal as the equivalent of all other currency (HA!), and not to disparage PayPal in any way.

Lest you think that I am the problem, my eBay user rating is still 100%
:/rant

Hopefully, I will find something similar from Amazon.
Note that the Link I gave you in my prior post was not to an eBay Seller but to a direct vendor. Note too that in the earlier threads, there is a link to the vendor of the replacement motors I have used, also not on eBay. N'any case, good luck with your efforts. The repairs are somewhat tedious but not difficult and do work reasonably well.

Cheers...
2 Weeks Ago 04:38 PM
eherlihy
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

Thanks for the pointer to the panel.

:rant
However, I will no longer order anything small from eBay, as I was recently screwed by PayPal. I realize that they are no longer the same company, but you can't buy small stuff from eBay without using PayPal. I also told my financial advisor to completely divest my portfolio from all PayPal holdings. Note that in the PayPal user agreement you contractually agree to accept PayPal as the equivalent of all other currency (HA!), and not to disparage PayPal in any way.

Lest you think that I am the problem, my eBay user rating is still 100%
:/rant

Hopefully, I will find something similar from Amazon.
2 Weeks Ago 02:57 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

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Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
I have two of these vents. Ons has stopped working, and I believe it is the solar panel. You have given me the inspiration to remove and replace the panel. Which is the recommended solar panel for replacement?
If your panels are dead they can be replaced. Note, however, it is more likely that the motor has failed as they are only good for about 20,000 hours. The replacement motors are reasonably easy to install however (see earlier posts in this thread). Use a multi-meter on the battery compartment contacts to see if the original panels are putting out any amps. In my case, I replaced the motor and the very weak solar panels. For that I used a 2 volt 410mA panel I obtained from eBay (see my post #42) which is somewhat better than the original panels used by Nicro. That panel just fit under the plastic cover of the vent with a little sanding of the panel corners. The panel I purchased no longer seems to be available but there are several other vendors with similarly rated panels, e.g. LU Solar. Just Google 2v 410mA Solar Panel. It is important to use a diode to prevent the panel discharging the battery after dark. In our case, the needed diode came with the panel.

Disassembling the vents can be something of a pain in the neck. One of the very early posts in this thread provides very good instruction. Just be patient.

Good luck...
2 Weeks Ago 02:23 PM
eherlihy
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

I have two of these vents. Ons has stopped working, and I believe it is the solar panel. You have given me the inspiration to remove and replace the panel. Which is the recommended solar panel for replacement?
2 Weeks Ago 12:16 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

Well... Another 6 months has passed and our re-repaired Nicro Solar vent just keeps going and going. We just returned from a cruise to the Keys during which we had incredibly crappy weather and little sun and I though the vent might give out in the conditions but, somewhat to my surprise, it just kept going and going. Evidently, even a little sun-light even if filtered through cloud cover, is enough to keep the battery sufficiently charged. So... until next winter I guess...

FWIW...
01-13-2017 02:08 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

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So... At this point we're a few daze over six months since my re-repair of our 1980's era Solar Vent with a new $8.95 motor and the little beggar continues to spin away merrily blowing hot air out of the boat. I guess if I must spend $8.95 every 40 months or so to keep it going, that's not such a bad deal eh?

Next report next January or so!

Cheers!
Well just shy of 6 months since my last report and 12 months since my last re-repair and our Solar Vent has continued to spin away all the while, without cease, venting warm air from above our galley. I'm guessing that although our rechargeable battery may sooner need replacement, the vent itself will continue to work for another 28-30 months, living up to the life-span of the last re-repair. We'll see, eh?

FWIW...
12-11-2016 04:01 AM
Damien360
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

Hi,

It's easy to fix a solarvent. You need to :
- Change the motor (you can buy for cheap in china)
- Balance the prop, or you'll break your motor again in few months

I've made a video to detail this : https://youtu.be/FREGvXFdu-Q
08-26-2016 10:50 AM
travlin-easy
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

Shop The Hillman Group 3-Volt Electric Motor at Lowes.com
08-26-2016 09:15 AM
svHyLyte
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

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Was at my local Lowes. 3v motor looks exactly like the one I just ordered from Sundance solar. In hardware with special nuts and bolts. $4.38
Gee Jason, that's a find. I'm going by Lowes later today and will definitely take a look. After going through all of my re-re-re-repairs having a few more inexpensive spares will be worth it. I'll report back if I find the same at our local store.
08-24-2016 10:41 PM
jason357
Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

Was at my local Lowes. 3v motor looks exactly like the one I just ordered from Sundance solar. In hardware with special nuts and bolts. $4.38
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