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Old 28-01-2017, 17:46   #1
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Arduino based Alternator Regulator Project

For those of you who are interested in keeping your batteries properly charged while protecting your alternator and extending battery life (aren't we all), I'd like to call your attention to an interesting project which has been undertaken by a fellow cruiser named Al Thomasom. Al started this project a few years back because he was experiencing the same issues that many of us have also encountered: Under charged batteries, short battery life, and alternator failures. If any of that sounds familiar you should take a look at his blog site and get a feel for what he has accomplished. I have no financial interest in his efforts, just an interested spectator who has fought some of the same battles.

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Thanks so much! And knowing the world of FOSS there may well be other such projects, let's all post links w/ info as we collect them!
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Re: Arduino based Alternator Regulator Project

Thanks for your post. Looks like a great unit.
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Re: Arduino based Alternator Regulator Project

I'm wondering why there are not more posts in this thread? This looks like it is not only the cheapest external regulator at 80USD, it is also the most customizable. Looks very interesting to me. Does anyone have real-world experience?
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I'm wondering why there are not more posts in this thread? This looks like it is not only the cheapest external regulator at 80USD, it is also the most customizable. Looks very interesting to me. Does anyone have real-world experience?
Agree, the project seems alive and well with frequent updates. Is no-one here using one?
I love the idea of an open-source/open hardware solution that can be customized to suit specific requirements. I wonder if it has a LiFePO4 mode...?
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Re: Arduino based Alternator Regulator Project

Because the project author is a trawler guy, that forum has historically hosted more discussions on it.

There is also earlier-stage work on a MPPT solar controller and a BMS project.

As with all FOSS it's a community effort, so even if you're just testing and reporting issues, you can help move things along.

They currently need help testing dual-alt coordination.
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Agree, the project seems alive and well with frequent updates. Is no-one here using one?
I love the idea of an open-source/open hardware solution that can be customized to suit specific requirements. I wonder if it has a LiFePO4 mode...?
Here's a current thread.

Next steps for the Alternator Regulator effort

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Here's a current thread.

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