A New mock up of my Controller Board

Discussion in 'Post Your Photos' started by 1OldMiner, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. 1OldMiner

    1OldMiner WindyNation Engineer

    :D Here is my new Controller board mock up. If Anyone see's anything wrong please let me know. I am not going to put power to it until I get a few OK's. So far no battery or generator has been hooked to it. SO someone Please let me know if you see something.


    Thank You
  2. 1OldMiner

    1OldMiner WindyNation Engineer

    Well with no ya's or na's on the wiring I will be hooking it up tonight we'll see.
    Thanks for looking at the mock up board, I guess no news is good news. I am sure if someone saw something wrong they would have spoke up.
    So here is goes.
  3. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    It looks like it is right. But Windy Nation needs to update the wiring diagram pictures for the 40 amp setup. They also show a green wire and it is a bit confusing. :? :?
  4. Minnesota

    Minnesota WindyNation Engineer

    Hard to see everything, but I'm concerned that the wire sizes are correct. The wire size to/from the battery bank and dump load need to match. Looks like you have a DC turbine and I'd expect at least as fat of wire size to it as it goes the furthest.
  5. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    I run 10GA in parallel to each resistor from a fuse panel. If you hook from 1 resistor to the next it will have to be 8GA. I ran them separate just in case 1 has a problem and blows the fuse the other will still be connected
    . Most everyone uses 8GA for wire connections in the box. 2 of your red wires look a little small. Compared to the rest.
  6. 1OldMiner

    1OldMiner WindyNation Engineer

    Thank you,
    I know my wires are a little strange in size. I live in a very small town, and I can't find 8 gauge wire anywhere. I drove up to the nearest big city which is 40 miles went to 6 different places and 12 gauge was the largest they had even at 3 auto supply stores. I have the wire being shipped to me it should be here next week and all the wiring will be the same. The large wire coming off the neg side of the dump is a piece of a car jumper cable. I just used what I had.
    Population here is just over 900, and the nearest big city population 27,000, for me to go to a "Big City" is more than 100 miles.
  7. murray2paddles

    murray2paddles WindyNation Engineer

    :lol: :lol: I feel your pain, my community population is 12 persons and lots of dogs. Our drive to the city for supplies is a 500 km round trip. We have to chuckle sometimes when someone posts, " you can just go down to your local hardware store " hmmm ok

    Anyways, you are real close to having it all in place, good luck.
  8. dlmcbm

    dlmcbm WindyNation Engineer

    If you need 4, 8 or 10 guage wire try buying jumper cables. Thats what I did for my main generator cable (DC). It puts It at about $1 a foot that way.
  9. 1OldMiner

    1OldMiner WindyNation Engineer

    I don"t feel so bad now at least we have a Ace Hardware (that don't have allot) and a NAPA Auto Parts Store, 3 restaurants, 3 bars, and the second largest Indian casino in the state. But non of that helps when I'm inventing, or building something.
    I do have an old set of jumper cables I used some of it on the board. But I want to add a volt and amp meters but I think I can use smaller wires for that. I have from 20 to 10 gauge, Jumper Cable size, and even some High Power line from the Electric Company, all aluminum about 3/4" round. I use the 1/8 inch strands to make knife grips, they wined up really good and easy to pound out flat.
    But back to the operation at hand. Thank You for your help. I hope my 8 gauge will be here before Christmas, I have a investor coming to see the prototype next week. If it works he is buying the licensing and manufacturing plus 20%. So I hope I can finish it all up.
  10. TomT

    TomT WindyNation Engineer

    Volt meters can use smaller wire. Amp meters are inline and need same cable as what is going to the battery except for the power leads. On ebay you can find digital meter for $10-20 dollars. Look for LCD Amp and LCD Volt meters. Takes 2-3 weeks to get them from overseas. My replacement will be here just before Christmas and I sent the old one back just before Thanksgiving. Unit cost $9.95 and got free shipping. Had to pay shipping back when it broke at $7.95. But they pay for the return trip.

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