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I'm having real issues with mine at the moment. It's been going for the last 2 weeks and as yet knot one tiny amp of output.

 

surprising, as i'm guessing there is a fair amount of hot air raising from out of there :lol:

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:lol: No idea of the problem but I'm sure enjoying the breeze.

Note the clamps holding on a bit of wood to stop Otto sticking his head into the blades, we have to try and look after all 3 of his remaining hairs :lol: :lol:

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Anyone dealt with "AA SOLAR"? They are in Silverdale and are advertising a Chinese genny that is on spec a copy of the "Air-X"?? (Trademe and on their website and LOOKS like a AirX!!)). No response to emails so a mate rang them. These gennys are only warranted for 1 year as the built in MPPT regulator overheats and dies after 12months, I assume that to actually be 13 months!!! :P The "great"wind website has a warranty of 3 years! Their sales person said they are OK for use at sea.... At $600 I thought they were a good proposition but now having learned that...plus $300 to bypass the internal regulator and have a external one, my dosh won't be going there unless anyone has any experience in them??

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Yep, seen a couple on boats in Asia. Both less than a year old, both broken. One owner saying he did not want it fixed, as it was too noisy and vibrated too much, the other having issues claiming warranty - don't know who the supplier was though.

Go have a look. Check casting quality, blade quality and finish, and look at the cables supplied. If it is the same unit, I thought it was somewhat less than desirable...

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Yep, seen a couple on boats in Asia. Both less than a year old, both broken. One owner saying he did not want it fixed, as it was too noisy and vibrated too much, the other having issues claiming warranty - don't know who the supplier was though.

Go have a look. Check casting quality, blade quality and finish, and look at the cables supplied. If it is the same unit, I thought it was somewhat less than desirable...

 

I figured as much! I cart steel to Silverdale from time to time so will wait and see and take your advice. Neptunes Gear is still very much in the picture Matt but the big bickies needed for the Silentwind (have been accused of doing that sometimes!! :lol: ) are not just my decision!

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warranted for 1 year as the built in MPPT regulator overheats and dies after 12months,

These guys just don't get it with Consumer Guarantee. I see it all the time on Trademe and many try three month Warranties just because they are offering the item cheap.

 

Wetdream, when it comes to wind genny's, either save up and buy the good one, or don't buy one at all. You will be so disappointed with those cheap ones and it will end up being a waste of $600.

By the way, my take on the Wind genny thing, is that they work hand in hand with Solar. Wind is rather useless just on it's own and most certainly very expensive per watts produced. But used in conjunction with Solar, the entire "Power system" works very well. Especially if you get wind at night.

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.... Especially if you get wind at night.

 

Yep that vindaloo snapper gets me every time!! :twisted:

 

Point taken. The "Slutland" 913 was billed as a strong British made example of engineering... Only lasted a trip up the coast. Oil seals stuffed..bearings stuffed...then the magnets warped (unlike the Enterprise!!) out of the hubs!!

Then the local agents (UN?)able Solar wanted to charge me $600 for a new set of hubs..and $60 to tell me that! YOU COULD SEE THE TURNS OF THE STATOR STICKING THROUGH THE PLASTIC!!! (still got the blades if some POOR 913 owner wants them!!).

I have 120w of solar (6x 20w mono crystal panels) which can actually run the fridge without a battery! I deploy them at anchor and VERY happy with their performance (from Jaycar). However, a wind genny would fill the gap as I tend not to anchor so close in shore as too risk a wind 180! So a evening katabatic should keep a 300w turbine running the fridge...most nights! At least thats the plan. I saw that $800 "bargain" on trademe...it looks more and more like Matt for me. Just got to save harder!! :lol:

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