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Blue Planet Wind Generator, 600W

Wind generator charges both 12V and 24V battery banks. Features low noise aerodynamic fibre glass blades. Safe and efficient charging with maximum power point. Tracking charge controller
Average Customer Rating:
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4 of 5(80%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Blue Planet Wind Generator, 600W
Review 1 for Blue Planet Wind Generator, 600W
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Location:knowlton

great little generator

Date:August 25, 2012
"for the price this is agood little generator with easy to install directions and grid hook up you can't go wrong, can wait untill they bring out a larger model to help curve even more of the hydro bill."
+8points
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Review 2 for Blue Planet Wind Generator, 600W
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Relieved to see this was a great deal

Date:October 19, 2011
"Just bought this. So far quality looks good. - All stainless parts."
0points
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Review 3 for Blue Planet Wind Generator, 600W
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Location:owen sound, on

Awesome Support

Date:August 28, 2011
"My family purchased this product to install at our cottage. Not being familiar with the installation of solar or wind products, we had a lot of questions. The support centre answered all of my questions and even provided information that we didn't know we needed!!!
When we experienced difficulties after installing the turbine (not the fault of the equipment!) the support staff came to the rescue!
We will be purchasing a second turbine next year and will definitely buy from this company.
"
+13points
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Review 4 for Blue Planet Wind Generator, 600W
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very satified with this purchase

Date:March 25, 2011
"I own several wind generators including the Air X
and a larger 1 kw whisper 200. I have also built some.
This geny has excellent workmanship, it is well balanced and works as advertised. It starts spinning at a slight breeze and produces usable power at approx 5 mph, it keeps my deep cycle batteries fully charged in conditions where the Air x would not cut in . I have not noticed any excessive drain when the wind stops. As far as the noise levels they are a non issue as the wind noise through the trees is equal in decibels.
The only issue is no UL or CA certification.
I will purchase more of these in the future.
Gary"
+72points
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Review 5 for Blue Planet Wind Generator, 600W
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3 out of 5
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Location:Luskville Qc

Serious issues with this Wind Generator.

Date:November 15, 2010
"I purchased this 600w Wind Generator with the hopes that it would be a good replacement and hopefully an improvement over my AirX which failed early this spring.
I have a remote off grid tower site that I use to provide high-speed internet to rural customers.
I took the time to set up the generator and bench test it before taking it up a mountain and installing it on my tower. I was initially impressed with its performance even though there were some minor deficiencies. However one outstanding issue that was imiediate was the power drain of this unit when it was idle. I measured it drawing from 320milliamps to 360 milliamps.
This is significant and more than 10 times the AIrX’s rated draw, which carries the same rated output power as the new 600w if the 600w is connected to a 12v battery.
None the less I hoped that it would produce more power on average than the AirX and so I went forward and installed it.
For the first 2 weeks the unit more or less earned it’s keep it was good at producing small amounts of power in low wind. However after 2 weeks the unit failed. As far as I could determine it was the controller that failed as I could still measure decent voltage coming down the wires from the turbine,
The charge controller would not produce any power to the batteries at all, there was no fuse blown the brake still worked and the green power led still lit.
I phoned Sunforce in Montreal and the product service Rep told me I should take the whole thing down and exchange it for a new one which I did. This requires considerable effort because of location and I was disappointed they would not consider forwarding me a just a new controller. I also informed them of the high current drain and the Rep agreed that it sounded way too high and that it was probably an indication that there was a fault in the controller.
When I got my second unit the first thing I did was set it up and measure the drain it was the same as the previous unit so I called Sunforce again and they agreed to do some testing themselves.
When we followed up the technician informed me that they could see the 320ma drain but only when the brake was “on” with the brake off the drain and the unit in normal mode went down to 10ma “
When I went to confirm this I found that my results were reversed with the exception that with the brake on I was seeing 100ma drain not 10.
The technician tried to get me to accept that 350ma was not that bad. Which was an about face from our previous discussion.
As someone with significant experience in solar installations with mission critical importance I disagree.
350ma x 24 hours is 8.4 amp hours.
It’s easy to have 5 days straight anywhere in this part of Canada without adequate wind for charging but even if we say for example 3 days @ 8.2 amps =25 amp hours
If you have a battery with a 100 amp capacity you have taken out half of its usable storage as you should really never discharge a deep discharge battery to even ½ its nominal charge more than once a year. If this battery is in a cold environment its heading for trouble.
So now we need to have 25 amp hours of wind to just to fill in the hole that the controller has made.
So essentially if this outfit was left in a cabin with a single battery connected it and no load it might survive till the spring but then again it might not. If there isn’t enough wind for 5- 6 days then the battery could drop below the minimum voltage required to get the generator to charge and then it could blow all it wants and it will never charge again.
Now if we add a small continuous load like mine which is 1 amp or 24 amp hours. We are at 32 amp hours We have now brought the battery to a dangerously low period in a day and a half.
In my case I have 460 amp hours so there really only 200Amp hours by design that I ever want to dip into at most to keep the batteries healthy so in my case 6 days. The problem for me is am I ever going to get the wind I need to do more than keep the Mppt controller in power? I’m endangering the health of a battery bank that is an extremely difficult place to service at any time let alone midwinter.
If this was outside my house I wouldn’t worry about it it because I could turn it on when there was wind and disconnect it when there wasn’t enough but as I can’t do that in my situation. I have returned my second system its not worth the risk to my equipment. Another AirX or or more Solar Panels is the safer bet.
There are a lot of other important deficiencies.
Starting with the manual
There is no list of specifications,
The safe operating dimensions are not listed wind loading is not listed.
The built in load controller’s specifications are not given so one can’t be sure at all when it is going to cut out power or in to protect your batteries.
There is discussion in the manual about changing set points but there is no means to implement them and no defaults are listed.
The tail on the turbine is not metal like the AirX , it is a fairly soft plastic which wobbles around in high wind.
The turbine itself was out of balance, and caused a lot of vibration my “guess” is that the blades are not precision balanced as they need to be.
The yaw bearing was quite squeaky after I brought it down after only 2 weeks in the fied it felt rough inside.
I really wanted this to work I believe in wind power but this product needs a lot of amendments before it’s released to the market."
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