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Table of Contents



The Power Equation Design Considerations The Preferred System
Instrumentation Which Battery The Battery Charge Process
Battery Temperature Compensation Table of Wire gauges AC Generation

Design Examples

Smart Regulation Only Energy Monitoring/Smart Regulation Multi_Hull Systems
Power Boat systems Two Alternators - One Regulator Retrofitting Existing System
Remote Solar Systems AC Wiring Example System Alarms

Manage, Test and Troubleshoot

Managing Batteries Re-Vitalizing Batteries Testing Batteries
Hydrometers Killing Batteries Winterizing Batteries
Equalizing Batteries Trouble Shooting Tachometer Problems
  Regulator Seeking/Cycling  


Exploding Batteries Miscellaneous Problems Burnt/Bad 1-2-Both Switches Fusing Regulators


Upgrade 3-Step to Next Step Upgrade 3-Step to Smart Alternator Regulator, V3

Power Knowledge ...avoid costly mistakes!


Living On 12 Volts with Ample Power

Revised, updated and expanded in 1998, Living on 12 Volts with Ample Power, has been a marine best-seller for over 10 years and is a must for anyone seriously interested in electrical and refrigeration systems. Here's what others say about Living on 12 Volts. In the April 1988 issue of National Fisherman Technical Editor John Gardner writes, ``There is not a shred of technical jargon in the whole book. Elementary electrical concepts are explained for the benefit of those to whom the subject is new, as is so seldom done in technical writing.''

After a thorough review of the book, Mr. Gardner concludes, ``An extensive index makes reference easy and completes a book that is outstanding for systematic organization. And finally it should be said this book is a model of lucid expository style - meaning it is easy and agreeable to read.''

Nigel Calder, noted marine author of three books, Refrigeration for Pleasure Boats, Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair, and Repairs at Sea, writes about Living on 12 Volts. He says, ``a book of this kind is long overdue and should be compulsory reading for boat builders.'' We agree.

This book contains the most authoritative information about AC, DC and refrigeration systems within small energy systems. Applicable to boats, RV's and remote homes. Covers conventional lead-acid batteries as well as new sealed technology. Battery chargers explained; how they work, and why they don't. The DC alternator and proper regulation is thoroughly discussed. Essential facts regarding wind generators are presented. The workings of solar panels and how to use them effectively is explained. AC within the alternate energy system is explained with a special section devoted to electrolysis prevention aboard boats. All aspects of refrigeration are thoroughly detailed. The concept of a balanced energy system is introduced and details on how you can achieve it are presented. Special appendices are provided to allow you to design the optimum system for your needs.


Wiring 12 Volts for Ample Power

Revised, updated and expanded in 1995... now better than ever. If you plan to install your own Ample Power System, then Wiring 12 Volts for Ample Power is just the book to get you started and help you do it right the first time. Presented are general schematics, wiring details and troubleshooting information not found in other publications. Even if you don't do your own wiring, Wiring 12 Volts for Ample Power is a must book. Chapters cover the history of electrics from 600 BC to the modern age.

Covered are DC electricity, DC magnetics, AC electricity, electric loads, charge sources, batteries, wiring practices, system components, tools and troubleshooting. A chapter devoted to schematics presents many of the electrical wiring diagrams necessary in a boat of the 1990's. With thorough coverage, and easy to read style, Wiring 12 Volts for Ample Power has become another marine best-seller.