Originally Posted by cwyckham
controllers are fine. In bulk charging
, they'll both work. ...............
I'm not sure you are 100% right on this one.
Normally when two solar
regulators are working together this is absolutely true but with wind
you get get a huge output with gusts - much greater than a small solar will be delivering. When the wind dies the regulator
may drop down to float because it sees the solar in bulk mode. It may stay there for a predetermined time governed by the software
before it comes back on again. With small solar arrays the wind genny could well be supplying most of the power, but it is sitting in float mode doing nothing very much.
If you do have both try some experiments and bypass the wind regulator
and see how many extra amps you are getting for how long. It would be nice to see some facts and figures here.
We regulate our wind by turning it off ONLY when we leave the boat, since our large 1050Ah bank very rarely reaches fully charged at anchor
. Certainly when the solar goes down to float it's a long way off fully charged! We set a high voltage alarm
on the battery monitor
to warn us if the volts are too high, but this has never happened in 7 years of living aboard