Some questions about listed features:
* It can convert your engine
to a generator
with the push of a button, producing more power
and saving fuel
. Huh? My alternators already produce 100% of the demanded power
(or top out, if they can't make 100%). What does this feature actually do?
* It includes a SOC feature, saving the need for a battery monitor
. My battery monitor
sits at my nav station, providing at-a-glance status of SOC (and amps, and volts) 24/7/365. Where does this output, and is it "at-a-glance" or does it require powering up the Chartplotter
or a phone
app? Also, to get SOC, it has to have a battery shunt, is that correct?
* It has 2 thermistors. One limitation of typical regulators, such as my Balmar
, is they only monitor one alternator temp. I used to use it to run 2 alternators (it has enough output) in parallel, but when I inherited a spare I installed it both as an installed spare but to provide temperature regulated control of both alternators. Can this regulate based on two temperatures? I'm fine if it backs off the field to both based on an overtemp on one.
* Assuming it has a shunt for SOC, how does it play with existing shunts (such as my LINK2000) or a Balmar
SmartShunt, or the dedicated shunt required by the Batrium BMS, or the high-side shunt required by Electrodacus BMS? And if I already have a good SOC meter (my BMS, or my Link, etc), can I omit it? In other words, does the shunt simply provide SOC and if I don't want it I don't install it, or does it provide critical data for the regulator
At double the price
of a Balmar, it better do more than what I have!