When I decided to do the refit
, I chose to use the MaxCharge 612 which is an external smart 4 stage regulator with temp inputs for alternator and batteries. The Quad Cycle had an external 4 stage regulator with the capacity to equalize batteries - which I don't think the MaxCharge 612 does. But the 612 seems to be more sophisticated and can be set to many charge parameters and battery types.
The Link20 seems to do everything the QuadCycle did with a lots of options for monitoring different batter types and capacities and the ability to covert AH to KW which has little interest to me. Most marine
items are rated in amps except my windlass
which I believe is in watts. No biggie.
I am fine with the link, but like the MaxCharge drilling down into the menus is a pain in the butt. This, of course, is common when you have a few buttons which can access multiple commands and menus. Plotters and MFD displays suffer the same problem for users. It's all there, but how do I find it? Some units are better than others. The MaxCharge requires a magnetic tipped screwdriver and an acuired skill to use the hidden mercury
switch. How weird is that? VERY.
I don't know the way out of this. Instrumentation comes packed with more and software
, suib programs, and so forth these days, yet the trend is to FEWER buttons. Witness the iPod as an example. Apples GUI sure helps and seems to be easy to learn. Marine equipment
manufacturers have a long way to go to make their hi tech gear
more user friendly.