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Old 18-03-2013, 10:24   #1
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IstaBreeze 500... Product experience....

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To all who want to experience with wind generators, one brand experience! IstaBreeze is a product manufactured in Turkey and sold as German product. Attention, it is not German Quality! Everybody who works in that company is turkish to start with.
I bought one of these generators and installed as described by the manufacturer. The technical instructions were poor, although the Serviceman did a very precise job following these instructions. Once mounted we expected it to start turning, as it says it only needs low wind. Nothing happened! The wind started to pick up and we meassured 30 knots of wind. Nevertheless, the product did bearly about 3 turns per minute.
At the regulator it indicated, it was charging, which it maintains even disconnected (weird).
I contacted the manufacturer with a list of questions, they only responded tks, yes it should have a break.
My next E mails got the request form them to send some pictures of how it was mounted, which I sent by today. Aside of that, big silence!!!!

I have become within the last years reluctant to try new technologies since the manufacturers sell products not tested sufficiently and also, they have no experience in mounting the necessary technical support. I just sent down the drain a couple of thousands of dollars in order to contribute to the worlds cleanness. Guess, I go back to old and proven technologies..... I could have bought a brand new generator with that money.
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Old 18-03-2013, 15:38   #2
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Re: IstaBreeze 500... Product experience....

I have spent a few days calling the company in Germany anbd get no answer. After looking their Website in Facebook I posted there a cry for help. The Guys do not respond. I have figured out: They say to sell 1ī500 units a month. That would be 18ī000 a year, which is a huge percentage of the German Housing market every year. This is by far an uncertain figure and I guess, these Trukish Manufacturers try to make a Marketing Campaing by misleading information. So, take care everyone who plans to buy a IstaBreeze, whatever modell.
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Old 31-03-2013, 06:49   #3
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Re: IstaBreeze 500... Product experience....

Sailing without Wind generator....

As I had called IstaBreeze and asked for technical assistance, I did not get assistance. Finally, after noising up on the Internet against the product (in Facebook) they said to ship a replacement. The replacement was shipped with a turkish carrier who had to hand over to DHL Germany. Now it happens, that DHL Germany had not scanned the express shipment and so far, DHL cannot identify the shipment anymore and said to have to start a hand search in their warehouse......

With this experience of a uncapable wind generator manufacturer and a uncapable American deliverer, I will have to sail without Wind generator. This joke is costing about USD 3ī000 in Building, installing and disinstalling the wind generator.

Nobody will come up for these costs....... this was my last contribution to green energy.... business which end up being a rip off of some people who wanted to be a little more conscious. These USD 3ī000 would have allowed a brand new Diesel Engine with super Generator.... and a lot of Diesel for underway...
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Re: IstaBreeze 500... Product experience....

The end of the story:
The manufacturer never recognized the problem, never sent a replacement, never gave assistance.
Tks to an electrical engineer from NASA, we opened and reviewed the unit and he got it working. Now it is prodcucing some power, never the promised.... It draws some 5-6 Amps an hour spinning like hell, but my batteries have to be supported by something else....

Donīt go for IstaBreeze, itīs one scam....
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Old 31-10-2013, 06:06   #5
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Re: IstaBreeze 500... Product experience....

I bought one too and have wasted my money. In my opinion, and a growing number of others, they are total crap.
Avoid at all costs!
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Old 14-04-2014, 06:36   #6
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I just joined cf
I wasted my money on itsa breeze 500 did not work out of the box no reply to em when i complained but before i bought replied to question so there is somebody there . i suspect the load controller is faulty i would not recommend this even if it worked as it is too noisy to live with.diesel generator is quieter.I suppose you get what you pay for cheap junk.
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Re: IstaBreeze 500... Product experience....

Avoid, avoid, avoid like the plague. Had two fitted on a motorsailer, one failed in 30kts and came crashing down to deck. Contacted Istabreeze Germany (Turkey) as their Irish distributor was no longer part of the company; they sent me two new wind gens. Great I thought.

Fitted both - neither worked. They never produced ANY power in the entire time I had them. Now have a Rutland 914 fitted. Sure, it doesn't produce Air Breeze / Air X power, but it produces a lot more power than the Istabreeze.

Again, avoid like the plague.

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Old 16-08-2015, 07:12   #8
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Re: IstaBreeze 500... Product experience....

I have a new ista 500 24V

I use this with their HYBRID 24 volt REGULATOR.

The regulator as received had a design and board problem. This needed reworking and eventually I received a working regulator.

The solar I have is two 50 watt 12 volt panels in series.

The solar works very well and the regulator will work the BRAKE for the turbine when the batteries are fully charged.

At first the other problem even after return was that the ORANGE CHARGING LED was wired to the BRAKE ON circuit. Of course then the RED BRAKE LED was showing as a CHARGE indicator. Inside the regulator I changed the leads from the board to the Color LED's by CHANGING THE RED AND WHITE LEADS AROUND FROM WHERE THEY COME FROM THE BOARD CONNECTOR.

HOWEVER, I HAVE ISOLATED THE SOLAR AND FOUND THAT THE TURBINE, ADVERTISED AS 24 VOLTS HAS MEASURED A.C. VOLTAGE BETWEEN PHASES OF 20-21 VOLTS IN APPROXIMATELY 18 KM/H WIND ( TOP OF FORCE 3)

BETWEEN EACH PHASE AND NEUTRAL THERE WAS 13.6 V D.C.

THIS MEANS THAT WHEN RECTIFIED BY THE HYBRID REGULATOR THE DC VOLTAGE OF 13.6 VOLTS WAS ONLY SUFFICIENT TO CHARGE A 12 VOLT BATTERY.

THIS LEAVE ME WONDERING WHO ON EARTH HAS DESIGNED AND MARKETED THIS PRODUCT?

I AM AWAITING A RESPONSE FROM THE MANUFACTURERS AND WILL POST THIS WHEN RECEIVED.

SINCERELY
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