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Old 12-07-2018, 06:14   #1
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Nature Power 400 watt generator or alternative?

Anyone have personal experience with one of these? I've never had a wind generator but believe one makes good sense for me. Plenty of wind in anchorages and marinas here, and for the money much higher wattage than solar.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/natur...bine--14996417


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Re: Nature Power 400 watt generator or alternative?

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Anyone have personal experience with one of these? I've never had a wind generator but believe one makes good sense for me. Plenty of wind in anchorages and marinas here, and for the money much higher wattage than solar.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/natur...bine--14996417


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Take a look at the wind speed/power curve and compare it to your local wind speeds. That 400W is at 25 knots of wind. At 15 knots sustained (which you will not see very often in a marina), you get maybe 100 Watts out of it.


And note that once you get over 25 knots, the output again falls away very quickly to almost nothing.


The manual has a very deceptive graph - I mistrust any outfit that has to fudge that sort of thing.


http://edge.rit.edu/edge/P12401/publ...owerManual.pdf


I also note that West marine has 1 x 5 star rating and 4 x 1 star ratings! The only 5 star rating is by "Staff Reviewer".
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