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Old 15-10-2015, 04:19   #1
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External Regulator review

Time for an external regulator and I am wondering what else is recommended other than the Blamer (AR5?)as I had one fail at 300 hours. An anomaly maybe??
I also dislike the magnetic screwdriver programming!!

I also had an Ample Power a very long time ago but did not put enough hours on it to know

Application is a sailboat, Lehman 80, single alternator, with 6 x Trojan 105's + 2 x 8D on the bow thruster bank. Long motoring hours at times, and I run the engine to charge batteries as a last resort when the solar cannot keep up

Technology marches on so what is the flavour of the day?

As an aside 2 Echo chargers from Xantrex are used for the bow thruster batteries and I would like the regulator to handle the charging of these as well when the engine is on, with the Echo running when on shore power

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Old 15-10-2015, 04:33   #2
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re: External Regulator review

Balmar has the largest market share and is, at least in my experience, quite reliable.

Next Step (Ample Power) is still a good product, but from a much smaller company with a much smaller market share.

Next Step will drive a paralleling solenoid so you could charge your auxilliary battery(s) that way. My start batteries are set up that way.

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Old 15-10-2015, 05:28   #3
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Re: External Regulator review

I have and like this one, it has worked well for me so far, a lot of reg for the price.
As I'm currently living with shore power, I like the force to float switch

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Old 15-10-2015, 05:44   #4
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Re: External Regulator review

You might enjoy an older thread on failures of the Balmar regulators.

Balmar Regulator Failure
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Old 15-10-2015, 10:34   #5
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Re: External Regulator review

I have two Mastervolt Alpha Pro MB II, and very happy with them. Can be programmed just the way you want over Masterbus.
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