Is Waeco the same company that builds a version of a 12 volt icebox
similar to Engels? I think I had one of those in Dampier Australia
By the way, My new Victron BNV 602 quit working suddenly after two months of working just fine. So I knew the installation
was good. I contacted Victron USA up in Maine
. We had several email
exchanges with me detailing the problem and the steps I had taken to troubleshoot it. All installed correctly, and I had voltage at the top of the signal wire. They sent me a new shunt PC board and meter, under warranty, no hassle at all.
Lets face it, for a piece of offshore equipment
to be completely reliable it would cost so much we'd all be complaining that we couldn't afford it. (See mil spec) so for most of us, good warranty service
is the most we can hope for. SO far, Victron USA is doing okay with that by my lights.
And I don't personally put a lot of value in warranty at all. It's almost always more expensive for us to return things to their origin than they're worth. I've been really disappointed by name brand stuff with good reputations that just fell apart here. Usually, if it fell apart under normal use, I don't really want another identical copy of it on the boat, any how. If the Victron smokes again and it's not something stupid I did, I'll not bother fixing it twice.