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Old 16-05-2011, 02:51   #1
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Bypassing Broken Switch for Wind Generator

hello all, jiji (c37) set out from hong kong and arrived in Naha via Kaohsiung, Taiwan, a day ahead of this year's first typhoon Aere... that was a bit of good luck. and am I glad that local Japanese cruising sailors at the ginowan marina that I am staying all seem to know the brand of pacific seacraft very well!

need advice: my x-gen wind generator had a three-way BEF marine 20-amp switch. from top to bottom, three wires are connected to it: red, black, red. the contacts were caked enough that the top wire broke off, and when we tried to take it out the contents inside the switch box jumped out and the thing is no longer serviceable. we would like to connect the windgenerator permanently, at least till we arr at our trip destination, 1100 nm away. but we don't want to mis-connect the wires and short the whole system (possible?) and my electricity skills are very limited. I suspect to connect the windgenerator wires so it is always on, I should connect the top red to the bottom red, keeping clear of the black. is that right?

your quick reply is appreciated, as we are resuming trip tomorrow morning at crack of dawn. thanks!

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Old 16-05-2011, 03:44   #2
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Re: how to bypass broken switch for wind generator?

I would think a picture or two would help

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Old 16-05-2011, 08:55   #3
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Re: Bypassing Broken Switch for Wind Generator

Googled "x-gen wind generator" and came up dry. What is the manufacture and model of the wind generator? Hopefully, with that info we can find a techman and give you some good guidance.

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Re: Bypassing Broken Switch for Wind Generator

If it was correctly wired, one red is wind gen + and the other red is a blocking diode away from bat +.
Black would be common ground.
Connecting the two reds together should achieve your goal.
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Re: Bypassing Broken Switch for Wind Generator

Three way switch on some windgen installations like air marine is to short the output to ground to stop/slow the generator. One red wire is from the generator, one red wire is from the batteries, and the black one is the ground. If the switch is broken, tie the two reds together.
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