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Old 07-10-2008, 06:25 PM   #21
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That is the Air-X by Southwest Wind Power. It's rated at 400W and is now touted to be much quiter than earlier models. They have a new wind generator called the Air Breeze that looks the same but is rated at 200w but starts producing power at lower turbine speeds. The Air-X starts producing power at wind speed of 12mph.There's a land, marine and industrial version.


quote=BamCamper;556964]Does anyone have any experience with the

400W Wind generator from SunForce products?

I was discussing it today with my Airstream Dealer and they seemed
pretty impressed with it. They are going to order one as a demo and test it out.

I liked the portability of it (it weighs only 17 lbs.) and of course not having to carry around gas cans.
There is also a free standing telescoping RV stand available for it (weighs 66 lbs.).

It's not cheap (list $844.49).
But then again, wind is free![/quote]
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:25 PM   #22
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Just upgraded the solar to 4 X 100 watt panels and 4 X Lifeline GPL-6CT batteries. That makes 400 watts of solar charging and 600 amp/hours of reserve battery power.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:36 AM   #23
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I purchased an Air X generator with the stand that you drive the trailer wheels over. The good news is that I can put it up and keep the wind from blowing. It gives me a real sense of control over the weather.
A couple of serious comments: This is really just an alternator that is turned by the wind instead of by a belt on the front of your engine. Mine has a built in controller. I wired it through the controller for the solar panels just so the toggle "on- off" switch was right by my controller, but really the windmill has it's own regulator. I had heard how noisey these are, and they do make a noise in a strong wind condition, but the regulator senses when the batteries are fully charged, and some type of internal brake shuts down the blades, and the noise.
The stand that the unit is mounted on is not too intuitive to erect. The telescoping sections hold just fine, but each time I put them up I have the creeps about how if I do not have the sections locked correctly that thing would sure make a mess of my AS on it's collapse path.

I do not put it up if I am out overnight, or parked in heavy trees, but I can easily unload and erect it alone, and I put it up when boondocking for over a couple of days. I have 2 65 Watt solar panels, and 2 Honda 2000W generators as back up. I do only have 2 batteries, so I am not storing huge amounts of power.

I drive a 8 FT bed F-250 with a cap and I remove the windmill blades when hauling it around in the F-250. I have ordered a new land cruiser and I am real unclear how I will be hauling the windmill and stand in my new rig. So give some thought to hauling it before you purchase.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:47 PM   #24
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I purchased an Air X generator ........
....... This is really just an alternator that is turned by the wind instead of by a belt on the front of your engine.
thanks for the input.

i'm sorry to say that an image popped into my mind of maouting a fan blade on an old alternator. i must be related to rube goldberg!
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:31 PM   #25
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So did you ever go through with it and buy the wind generator? I'm new here, and I'm interested in wind power. In my case I'm planning for a seasonal stationary application on some land I own up in the northern Rockies, a locality of class 5 or higher wind zone, and which is not so productive in terms of solar energy.. I've looked into wind generators and am definitely going to go that route, although I will add some solar generation in time, and I will have a generator for backup.

My goals for a wind generation setup are as follows:

1. Can be set up in less than a day.
2. Will provide sufficient power from late spring through mid fall to cover my usage without AC--fridge, water pumps, lighting, etc.
3. Components must store in the bed of my pickup truck along with other gear that I will carry there (fuel generator, tools, other supplies).


A major consideration is the height to which one must raise the generator head in order to get good, clean wind, hence maximum power. A thirty to sixty foot tower is not unusual for a modestly sized generator, in order to raise it above treeline.

The noise issue for me means erecting the wind generator some distance from my trailer, hence requiring additional cabling.

Ultimately I expect to deploy a 1000 or 1500 watt system, although I might start with a small unit like the 400-watt mentioned here to get some quick experience.

Here are some useful product links:

www.bergey.com
www.windenergy.com/index_wind.htm
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:58 AM   #26
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Question Lets pass wind...



Been considering this wind turbine....

Northern Tool is selling it for $569.99. What they say and what it do might be quite different, anyone have first hand knowledge?


Air-X Wind Generator from Southwest Windpower
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:29 AM   #27
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grabbing wind

I've had that system set up now for several months. Right now, it is keeping the batteries topped off in the trailer while parked in my yard. I don't use if for anything else yet. Even in my location, the wind is ample to bring the batteries up to 14.2V regularly, where the electronics will automatically put the generator in a coast mode. It is not too noisy and so far have had no complaints from my neighbors...they think it is kinda cool!

Eventually, I plan to put a resistive load on the circuit to use the wind all the time instead of just when the batteries drop to ~13v...possibly a pre-water heater for the house.

I'm happy with the unit. It is very well made and so far has been totally trouble-free and seems to work as advertised. In a good windy locations, like where I'm from in Montana, I'm sure it would be very capable for more tasking.

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Old 12-10-2008, 07:53 AM   #28
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Wind Generators - Green?

Used a wind genny for years - nice to start the day with full batteries. Clean wind on campgrounds can be difficult and it was also upsetting to see the wildlife it took out. Quite often would find dead bats and birds at base of pole.

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Marc,

Thanks for the speedy reply.
What are you using for a mount pole? I already have a telescoping flag pole that is pretty robust and you can mount under the tongue or tv and/or coach wheel. I have seen several types advertised but they seem rather bulky. I noticed also that others have removed the blades for easy transport, easy operation?
We live right on Lake Erie so wind is not a problem. Also, most of our boon-docking is in the Adirondacks, plenty windy there too.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:53 PM   #30
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As John said, the wind gens work but take their toll on wildlife. Particularly on bats. Our huge wind gen farms out west kill hundreds of bats. The Bat Conservancy International has documented this and is working with the industry to find a solution. Most important now that our bee population is declining, we need the bats for pollination.

just my 2 cents worth.
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We use the Air-X units at some remote radio repeater sites. They work fine, seem to last and aren't too noisy. But, spend the extra $150 or so on the "industrial" version if you are going to be anywhere near a high wind area. The difference is a little heavier wire (I think) and a big finned heatsink. We have burned out three sets of coils on one, but it's solid now that we added the heatsink.
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Be advised that Southwest no longer offers the RV under wheel portable pole.
Said they had numerous complaints and could not justify the $700 price.
I was seriously considering the 400 turbine, but decided that for our style of camping, ('dock'n in the Adirondacks), it was not practical. Just to hard to get above the canopy or in an open area.

Cost me 20 bucks to send it back, was very impressed with quality of the turbine itself, just could not rationalize the pole.
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