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Old 22-02-2011, 13:50   #1
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Sticks of Dynamite ! . . . or a Regulator or Rectifier ?

I recall when first sticking my head inside this storage locker and thinking "holy crap..it's wired to blow!". Obviously, that thought was only momentary but caused by my lack of DC electrical knowledge. (Wired my all electric home and I assure no dynamite sticks there!)

Well, here we are a year later and I'm installing a new battery bank along with a Kyocera 215 watt panel. After tracing and removing the ten year old solar/wind electronics, I find the dynamite sticks are part of that package. Before pulling it out, I should try to understand what are they? ...and what is their purpose? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 22-02-2011, 14:00   #2
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Re: Sticks of dynamite!!...or a regulator or rectifier?

Looks like the part of the warp drive used when you exceed Warp Factor 9.

Don't remember ever seeing anything like these. Lightning arrestors? RFI chokes? - radio frequency interference chokes, the coils help reduce interference to other systems from your radio broadcasts.

My best guess is the warp drive one.....
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Re: Sticks of dynamite!!...or a regulator or rectifier?

Flux Capacitors? Naaa I'd go with real large resistors
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Re: Sticks of dynamite!!...or a regulator or rectifier?

They look like big power resistors.
Maybe used as a dump load for a wind generator.
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Re: Sticks of dynamite!!...or a regulator or rectifier?

I agree with Steve, they look like the dump for a wind gen.

As for your original hypothesis, consider the following:




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Re: Sticks of dynamite!!...or a regulator or rectifier?

dump load resistors.

a couple hundred dollars worth, from the looks of things. 1000 W Dump Load Resistor, Adj .75 Ohm - Diversion Loads/Dump Loads @ AltE
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Re: Sticks of dynamite!!...or a regulator or rectifier?

If you have a meter measure the resistance from end to end, looks like 2 wire wound high wattage resistors, they probably will produce a fair bit of heat when the loads dumped into them, good if you are in a colder climate, if warmer then not so good
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nb if you are in a colder climate you should keep them and use them as a dump load it will certainly help with mold and condensation issues,
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Using 1970s scupper hose as a makeshift fuse is no way to go through life, son.
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Re: Sticks of Dynamite ! . . . or a Regulator or Rectifier ?

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These look like ceramic wirewound resistors (click on link).

They will create a good amount of heat when they are in use.
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Re: Sticks of Dynamite ! . . . or a Regulator or Rectifier ?

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Using 1970s scupper hose as a makeshift fuse is no way to go through life, son.
Although it looks like hose, it is ceramic (or at least real hard).. I have seen these things dozens of times in the past, and they DO get hot in use (don't ask how I know)
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I was just mucking with you.
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Re: Sticks of Dynamite ! . . . or a Regulator or Rectifier ?

Thank you all!

...I thought of flux capacitors, but my boat was built six years after Doc Brown introduced them. If however, any of you have an old DeLorean needing a "jump start", perhaps this pair would work.

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