Rutland 504 Marine Wind Charge

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    • 6 protected aerofoil blades with a turbine diameter of 510mm
    • Trickle charges in wind speeds as low as 5 knots
    • Generates up to 60W, nominally 5A @ 12V at 50 knots
    • Stainless steel fasteners and marine grade materials; the spigot that slots into the pole is now distinctively blue anodised to prevent oxidisation with the pole
    • Brushless alternator with fixed shaft requires no maintenance and low noise levels


    Thoughts?
     
  2. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    You can't stand up at 50 kts.

    You of all people should be wary of wind.
     
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    Handy if it turns whilst driving :)

    Attach it to rear ladder or roof rack
     
  4. Snowbird

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    I use a vertical axis wind charger along with my solar panels. It does not do much alone, but is a constant charge 24 hours per day as opposed to solar during daylight hours. If you are intent on wild camping, then it will enhance your solar panels output. But if you do not wild camp, then save your money towards campsite fees.
     
  5. Peter_n_Margaret

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    My experience says that if it is windy enough to be worthwhile, you don't want to be there.
    Not sure of this particular one, but most are generally far too noisy too.

    Cheers,
    Peter
     
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    When I looked at wind turbines a few years ago the horizontal axis ones tended to be a bit noisy and could be difficult to mount securely to a vertical pole. On the other hand the Foregen 500 VAWT that Dingray has is easy to mount and virtually silent but more expensive.
     
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    I have a vertical axis one the same as Snowbirds. Never been fitted open to reasonable offers.
     
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    Every real-life review I've ever read about a vertical axis wind turbine has been disappointing. And that's putting it mildly. Shame, because they they would be very convenient if effective.

    ShiftZZ - didn't you post about one on a building in Leicester that had cost a fortune & produced next to nothing? Not that that was all the turbine's fault if I remember it rightly - the planners wouldn't let them put it in the optimal position & then they were only allowed to run it for a few hours a day.
     
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    Vibration can also be a nuisance.
     
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