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Old 11-03-2007, 20:35   #31
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Most modified sine wave inverter/chargers are not pfc and one must roughly calculate that a breaker serving the charger be doubled in current rating to keep from blowing open. This is due to the distortion of the current waveform caused by triac controlled regulation. So, if that is O.K. then you have at least made an informed decision.

Balmar made (still?) some of the Xantrex regulators and it was their lower end model that I don't trust. I don't know if Xantrex still produces the Incharge as well as the Link series of monitors. I am dubious that their latest battery monitors are all that accurate but I don't know for sure yet.

WestMarine may still have some Incharge and Link units in their warehouse...would have to check.
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Old 11-03-2007, 21:58   #32
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Beau,

You may find the zena alternator interesting. I've just installed a 200amp large frame with a Balmar 316. it has a broad operating speed and large bearings. I imported this from the US (to Oz).

There's an article on the web of a cat that installed 2 of these which I found interesting. Just google Zena.


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Old 11-03-2007, 22:27   #33
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thanks Leighton,
Did you install a Balmar or a Zena?
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sorry,
Is the balmar 316 the regulator?
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Beau,

sorry - yes the regulator is the MC612 not 613.
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”... I call radar a tension-reducing device; I call a windlass a back-saving device; I call a power inverter a marriage-saving device ...”
Pretty perceptive and articulate, for an Engineer.
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Amazing, backs up my evenings post on Multihulls. Ive read the whole thing and being somewhat of an engineer myself a lot of it makes sense. However just when I thought I now knew what to buy, Rick says dont bother unless you have etc. etc. Well I will have a 15 hp outboard and a couple of the highest rated solar panels I can afford, so does that mean I have to go back to open tops again.
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rick,

I have been able to get a good price on Fullriver 200amp/hour AGM's at AUD$395 or USD$ 299.00 which is pretty good over here.

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