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Old 05-05-2010, 17:21   #1
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Best Wind Generator

I am wondering which wind generator has the following features:

1. Breaking by shorting windings in alternator built in with relay or transistor? Mine has to travel a long distance over wires to a switch. This does not completely stop spinning.

2. Controller next to battery not in turbine, so it isnt confused by wiring voltage drops.

Also, do they make ones with variable pitch blades? How about blades on a mechanical spring system which automatically sets them to the right pitch?
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Gecko,

Have a look at Ampair 300 separate rectifier, regulator and pitching blades but costly.

I have had my for only a short time so cannot give a review yet.

www.ampair.com
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Some friends of ours installed the following this past winter after an exhaustive review of the alternatives. They are now in the Bahamas (Farmer's Cay) and swear by the unit.

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I don't have personal experience but I note jessica Watson has a Rutland 913.

considerd one of most reliable. PWT - News & Views

Rutland 913 Windcharger - Rutland 913 Windturbine
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2. Controller next to battery not in turbine, so it isnt confused by wiring voltage drops.
...considerations of wiring voltage drops could be important, especially when there are multiple charging sources, such as in solar+wind systems. I've always felt that it's a good idea if the wind cuts out before the solar shuts itself down.
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I have a good solar array but the UK winters don't provide enough SUN.
I looked at wind generation but the costs per VA are about ten times higher. Even a base unit is three times the cost of a 120Ahr battery. If you have the deck area for solar that should be the first option.
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I'm very pleased with my recently fitted Rutland 913. The controller can take 160w of solar panels too. It has a switch so you can turn it off, once you've slowed the blades down.

Starts generating in low wind speeds and silent when compared to those poxy Air-X banshees.
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I am considering buying a S600 windgen (air-X clone) s600 and buy the silent aftermarket blades
Is there anyone that have this ?
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I am considering buying a S600 windgen (air-X clone) s600 and buy the silent aftermarket blades
Is there anyone that have this ?
I noticed that it has an external toggle switch on the body to switch from 12V to 24V. Is this normal on wind gens? What happens if it gets bumped and switched accidentally? Yikes!

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I'm having a SuperWind 350 installed. Really well engineered with mechanic fool-proof feathering at high wind speeds. Nothing in the weather except magnets and coils and mechanicals... so nothing on the pole to fail.
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