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Old 08-21-2011, 08:48 AM   #29

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I am going to experiment with a wind charger. I believe it will plug in to the 12 volt power recepticle. Between it and my solar panel, I should have enough juice to eliminate or greatly reduce my generator run time.[/QUOTE]

I tried this unit. Turned out to be a little to impractical for the way we camp. Luckily after experimenting with it for a week I was able to return it to Northern Tool.

The tower really has to be at least 30'(17lbs at the top) and would require storing and carting even more stuff.

Plus I think the 400w was only available at 15mph+ wind speed.

It was a quality product though and would be very good in some applications.




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Old 08-21-2011, 09:14 AM   #30
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All lead acid batteries have about the same energy storage density.

All lead acid batteries need proper maintenance.

If you find your batteries are not providing good service, look to your use and maintenance first.

If you find you need to add water frequently - fix your charging and maintenance system as it is overcharging your batteries.

Yes, you can go chasing after nirvana seeking to solve all your battery woes by getting 6v batteries or AGM's or brand x or y but such an effort is of no practical value. They all need proper maintenance and use to be able to provide good service and the differences between lead acid batteries of different voltages or types are smaller than the differences from other factors.

If you want to make a big difference, don't neglect your batteries over winter. Use equipment that will charge them properly and maintain them properly. Don't abuse them with excess cycle depth, heat, excessive currents, and other such misuse.

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