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I don't have any experience with it, but do know that it needs power, so you will have some wires to contend with. Conventional radars use a Cat5 cable for communications, so the only real wiring difference between this and those is that one thin wire.

BTW, the last person to bring up the Furuno wireless radar on Sailnet was Smackdaddy, and he got banned for it. Be careful of the administrator here... ;)

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So you would only be able to use radar in the daylight, and with sufficient solar output? Radars are generally most useful at night and in fog or rain. The Cat5 wires would not be large enough to supply power to this radar.

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The battery must store enough power to run over night. Of course without sun there is no charging. So in the end a pair of charging wires would likely be required.
Sorry, I was replying to hpeer, who sounded like he wanted to power it directly from his solar panels. Your message came in while I was typing, so mine appeared after yours.

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SOME controllers pull the voltage down to battery voltage and would allow powering the radar. Ditto a wind generator that rectifies in the generator, like a D40.

One would have to look at the voltage requirements for the radar and output of the generator, but it may work. Essentially you would just be back feeding.
Yes, I assumed you meant a controller that regulated at 12/24V, but that doesn't solve the issue of no solar power at night/fog/rain or not enough wind.

The voltage requirement is 12-24V, and 2.5A.

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Mark,

I have some old school controllers that allow the battery voltage to the panel. The electrons will run which ever way takes them to a lower potential. Therefore at night the radar would he fed from the batteries.

Will NOT work with MPPT controllers and maybe some others. Will work with some controllers.
OK, I understand. Your original post led me to think that you wanted to power the unit on the controller side of the panels, not the battery side. Now I understand that you have some old controllers that flow both ways.

This type of controller that allows battery voltage on the solar side of it is a poor choice, since this would allow the panels to drain the battery at night unless external diodes were installed. These external diodes would cause a voltage drop during charging that the panels would have to overcome, which would be difficult because they are pulled to battery voltage by design of the controller.

In other words, purposefully using an old, inefficient solar/wind regulator that could add to battery drain just to power a new tech radar would be a questionable choice. Why not just use an efficient controller and power the radar directly from the battery?

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