2011 Most Popular Items for an Improved Electrical System

When boaters make the jump to stay at anchor more frequently, an improvement to their DC and AC system is often required. Even though boats and their uses differ from one another, here is a list of electrical products we often recommend and install on boats.


Xantrex LinkPro Battery Monitor

PROs:

  • Read your battery bank like a fuel gauge
  • Displays voltage, current, amphours and remaining capacity
  • Secondary battery bank voltage monitoring Auto sensing battery voltage inputs

CONs:

  • Only measures amps and amphours for one battery bank

Blue Sea SI-Series Automatic Charging Relay

PROs:

  • Allows manual paralleling of battery banks
  • 500 Amp continuous rating
  • Very little current draw while engaged

CONs:

  • 3/8 inch studs does not easily accept ratcheting wrench
  • Large footprint compared to a standalone solenoid

Lifeline AGM

PROs:

  • Excellent build quality
  • Higher charge rate than standard AGM (250% of C20 Ah rate)
  • Low self-discharge rate

CONs:

  • High cost and heavy

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

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

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