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Boat Watch Pro and Boat Beacon

Today I am going to look at two very cool Apps. If you don’t have your AIS up and running or perhaps, you don’t have AIS on board, there is a new app that allows you to point your iPhone camera at a boat and...

Battery Composition

Ever wonder how a battery stores electricity? The following article tries to summarize the system for our readers.

More Energy: Reducing Your Power Needs

Anyone that has ever lifted a battery knows that they are quite heavy and bulky. In many cases the demand for power on a boat is greater than the space that is available to hold the battery banks. In these instances...

The Four Stages of Charge

A charge controller or voltage regulator is an important addition to any boat that lacks one. The advantages of the existence of a voltage regulator include: longer life expectancy for the battery banks, faster and...

Battery Failure Part 2: Sulfation

In a previous article we discussed one of the causes of battery failure being the shedding of the active material. This shedding is inevitable with the age and normal usage of a battery. As all batteries have...

Battery Failure Part 1: Shedding of Material

A battery is not a fool proof component of one’s boat. Unfortunately there are things that can go wrong with it. Age and repeated cycles have an adverse effect on the components of the battery. Mainly...

What is a Charge Controller and the Importance of Having One

A charge controller, charge regulator or battery regulator is a device that limits the rate at which current is added to a battery as the level of charge increases. Its main function is...

Tips for Installing Large Battery Banks

When installing a large battery bank there are a few things we need to take in consideration both for safety and...

Sizing Converters

Having a 24 VDC electrical system aboard a boat has it benefits, such as smaller wire size due the lessen effect of voltage drop. Unfortunately not all loads come in 24 VDC and you will inevitably run into the need to...

Fusing Electric Motor Circuits

Generally electric motors have their own over-current device. When this is not the case the fuse or breaker should be rated to the full load potential of the motor (provided that the wires run for the circuit are adequate). These breakers or fuses need...

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