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Old 22-08-2019, 04:00   #1
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Smart Alternator Regulator

Hi All - 2wks ago my boat got a bit of a lightning hit during a thunderstorm. Among the things that got fried was my Ample Power brand SARV3. Engine wasn't running at the time, but as I was checking to see what all was damaged I noticed the aluminum circuit box was mighty warm. I pulled the 15A AGC fuse out of the hot line (temp resolved) and checked all the wiring (haven't reconnected yet), but there's still some fear about turning it back on lest any damage that a malfunction could've done had I not disconnected it might continue to manifest once I do turn the engine on.


At this point I'm more inclined to replace than pray. The Ample Power brand SARV3 that was already on the boat when I bought her has a solenoid wired in as part of the paralleling circuit so that both banks are charged. Ample Power is no longer in business. I need some guidance as to a suitable smart alternator regulator choice that can charge bothe banks. Alternator is rated at 100A output, all batteries are AGM.


Wisdom is appreciated.
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Old 22-08-2019, 05:32   #2
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Re: Smart Alternator Regulator

I've had wonderful service from a Balmar combination alternator and smart voltage regulator. The regulator took some programming to match its charging profile to my house bank, and was not wonderfully user friendly, but once done it has taken very good care of my batteries.
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Ive got an ample power sar V3 with a failed parallel solenoid circuit that you can have if youd like.

Other than not disengaging the parallel solenoid the regulator works fine.

I replaced it with a balmar regulator and a cyrix ct ACR. So far so good.
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Thank you SO very much. How can I get it from you? You can pm me if you like. My email is: windketch48@gmail.com. Of course, I'll very gladly pay the freight.


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