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So I am tackling the rats nest wiring behind my electrical panel and found this object which is the size of a hockey puck, about the same weight as well, with 6 wires coming out, two black, two red, one yellow and one brown. It was silicone attached to the wall but not connected to anything. there is continuity between the black and red on each set and for an instant, maybe a split second, continuity between the yellow and brown... not sure what that means? Capacitance?

Anyway,,, even a guess is a start... no marks or writing anywhere...I have no idea what it is or what it is for... can anyone clue me in?

Site wont let me upload an image....?

http://imgur.com/a/iYqqY
 

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More info please where was it located from the picture I'm thinking some kind of charge controller voltage regulator unit also what does the other side look like may be a rectifier as well
 

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It's a bomb. Don't cut the wires.
Cut the blue wire..... no I mean the red wire.....


By the way Imagure is not a good photo hosting site for most forums. Too much tasteless stuff on there. Use photo bucket or flicker, both have free services.
 

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Did the boat have an autopilot if so it may be a fluxgate heading sensor
 

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How about an induction device to block the fridge or battery charger RF interference on the VHF. Just another wacko idea. Kidding about the bomb. But cut the yellow one first just in case.
 

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What equipment is/was it connected to?
 

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It looks home made, can you contact the PO? Maybe a home made voltage rectifier? It may even be a charging regulator. I'm pretty darn sure it's home made though. If not in use I would pull it and chip away that stuff its potted in just to see. Not really useful under the circumstances. If you pull it off the wall you may be able to see through the plastic when you hold it up to light, that would help you figure out what kind of components are there.
 

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I think it's a MK-I fire hazard. They tend to be very good at their intended purpose...

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