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Join Date: Nov 2008
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Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair
So... Not without some trepidation, I went out to see whether our Vent was still running at 0600 this AM and discovered that it was still whirling away at about the same speed as it was yesterday afternoon shortly before the sun set. So, it seems that the NiMH battery was/is sufficiently charged by our solar panel despite what I had been told by a Nicro tech rather a long time ago (we originally bought this vent in 1989).
My insistence on finding NiCad batteries per Nicro's long ago instruction failed to account for the facts that: the solar panel in our vent is not the Nicro originals (there were two) but a single larger panel that I installed in the course of my first repair; and, that the motor is an aftermarket unit that I installed during my first re-repair which may be a bit more efficient/robust than the (then) 25 year old original. With those changes, the Vent may be able to use the NiMH batteries vs. the NiCAD. Accordingly, I shall continue using the NiMH battery for the while, even after I receive the NiCAD's I ordered, and see how the thing performs and will resume my periodic reports.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."