Originally Posted by simonpickard
As I'm going to be heading across the pacific in a few months I might pick that one up as a spare.
These 'smart' controllers seem to be too smart for their own good and after heading of a lot of people having the same issue I don't trust them at all.
I have never really liked the Cyrix. It seems to be nothing more than a cheap
automotive headlight relay with some voltage logic. The terminals and spacing are rather lame lame and not even nickel plated or tinned.
The Blue Sea ACR or the Yandina Combiner have been 100% reliable for me and I have never seen a failure of either that was not caused by lightning
. Even so every boat should have the ability to cross connect/parallel & isolate the banks for emergencies.
I even have an ML-500 ACR from Blue Sea combining a bow bank and a house bank for charging/powering a bow thruster. The thruster is rated at 400A!! (not my idea!!) The owner locks it manually (switch at the helm) to the house bank when using the thruster to get over 600Ah's behind the 400A thruster and the thing has been passing this type of current
now for over 6 years.
I once snapped the plastic case on a Yandina in 5F weather
. I called and asked to buy a new case, and they refused. They shipped me a new case for no charge even after I admitted snapping it was my own fault.!
The Yandina Combiner has an unconditional lifetime warranty!! It is sad that the Cyrix is giving "combiners/VSR's" a bad name.
This technology, when using Blue Sea or Yandina, has proven to be one of if not the most reliable pieces of electronic gear
I install. Don't get down on the class of products because Victron sold you an automotive-grade headlight relay at marine
prices.... Victron does make some good gear
but they also make some stuff that is very questionable. I guess my gut feelings
on the product were accurate. Thanks for confirming....