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Old 26-04-2013, 10:30   #1
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Question Removing regulator from AirX

After having several problems with faulty controll boards on an AirX someone suggested removing the regulator and running it manually. This would be fine as I only want to use it mainly for the autopilot at night if its been a bit overcast, I have sufficient solar normaly.
Has anyone tried this or seen this been done before?
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Old 26-04-2013, 10:44   #2
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Re: Removing regulator from AirX

You would have to be a clever monkey. You could tap into the unregulated AC power perhaps but I think you would bypass all the other features. It is pretty trick inside.
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Re: Removing regulator from AirX

I don't know specifically how to do it on an AirX, but I did this for years with a Rutland. I kept an eye on the battery voltage and tied it off if I was getting too much charging. However, the Rutland is lower output and there were no internal electronics to fiddle with.
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Re: Removing regulator from AirX

Well I'm certainly no "clever monkey" when it comes to this sort of thing, so i'll stick it in the Too Hard Basket.
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Re: Removing regulator from AirX

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After having several problems with faulty controll boards on an AirX someone suggested removing the regulator and running it manually. This would be fine as I only want to use it mainly for the autopilot at night if its been a bit overcast, I have sufficient solar normaly.
Has anyone tried this or seen this been done before?

the kiss wind generator has no regulator, claims none needed. they said a rather large battery bank can absorb all the power generated. why regulate the power when you need all you can get? had mine for 14 years. proved to be correct! I do shut it down when I leave the boat for a long time.
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I don't know specifically how to do it on an AirX, but I did this for years with a Rutland. I kept an eye on the battery voltage and tied it off if I was getting too much charging. However, the Rutland is lower output and there were no internal electronics to fiddle with.
what would be too much charging? volts or amps?
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Re: Removing regulator from AirX

See ➥ Brian Ellul Blog: Air-X Modification

And ➥ Brian Ellul Blog: Air-X new controller
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Re: Removing regulator from AirX

Thanks Gordy, I might try a much simplified version using a rectifier from a Delco si21, since my tower is insulated I would not need to remake the brush holders.
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