VIBS 2012 - Our Favourite Electrical Products

In preparation for the Vancouver International Boat Show, running February 8-12, we have compiled a list of our favourite electrical items for a boat. Attend one of Jeff's Electrical 101 presentations at the boat show and come chat with us at our booth about an Electrical Audit.


US Battery AGM L16

PROs:

  • Smaller footprint (although taller)
  • Higher Charge and discharge rates than Flooded Batteries
  • Low Hydrogen loss

CONs:

  • Requires two batteries in series for 12 Volt systems

Xantrex LinkLite Battery Monitor

PROs:

  • Read your battery bank like a fuel gauge
  • Displays voltage, current, amphours and remaining capacity
  • Displays voltage, current, amphours and remaining capacity

CONs:

  • Does not measure amps for secondary battery bank
  • No temperature compensation measurements

Smart Plug - 30A Boatside Inlet and Connector

PROs:

  • Trip thermostat in inlet cuts power before overheating
  • Straight electrical blades with 20x more contact area
  • Three weatherproof seals

CONs:

  • Existing shorepower cord needs to be modified
  • Need Smartplug adaptor for old 30A receptacle

Magnum MS Series Inverter/Charger

PROs:

  • Pure sine wave AC output
  • 3 stage charger with equalization and battery saver modes
  • Battery temp compensation

CONs:

  • Remote panel is necessary for some set up options and to display error msgs
  • Large DC power draw requires large AWG cables
  • Chassis ground connection size and location could be better

Solbian Flex Sun Power

PROs:

  • Many mounting options: zippers, double-sided tape, and grommets
  • Highest output (per sq. ft.) to weight ratio
  • High output solar panel: 22.5%

CONs:

  • Two to three times more expensive for similar rigid solar panel

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