Silentwind FAQ

How to make a total reset in the charge controller

Disconnect charge controller in the following order:

1st WIND -- disconnect the wind generator (to avoid risks, once you remove the 3 wires from the generator, please put at least 2 wires from the generator together to cause a short circuit and slow down the rotation of the blades.)

2nd SOLAR -- disconnect the solar panels if available

3rd BATTERY -- disconnect Battery. This is very important. Otherwise the Charge Controller will be damaged.

On the battery connections (charge controller) cause a short circuit by putting a screwdriver on the – and + pole and clicking on the reset knob for at least 5 seconds.

Leave the charge controller for at least 10 minutes in this state to dissipate all energy.
After 10 minutes connect the cables on the inverse order:

1st BATTERY -- the charge controller to the battery

2nd SOLAR -- solar panels

3rd WIND -- the wind generator, and insert the parameters again.

Is your 12v set suitable for marine use?

Our Hybrid kit is especially made for marine use, where we sell about 90% of our goods.

I am looking at buying silent blades for an Air- X marine. Is the adaptor you retail the correct one for this type of turbine?

For AIR X generators there is no need to adapt a hub. This will be necessary only for AIR BREEZE!

Please advise how to get the nose cone off

To remove the nose cone, please just pull the nose cone out. The nose cone has three plugs that keep it in place.

I have an Air-breeze wind generator and 150w solar panel at my boat but need a HYBRID regulator. Can I use your Hybrid Charge Controller?

Air-Breeze and Air-X wind generators have an integrated charge controller. The output from Air-Breeze and Air-X charge controller is DC and our Hybrid Charge Controller has an AC output. Therefore it is not possible to use our Hybrid Charge Controller with Air-Breeze or Air-X.

The brake on the Charge Controller is always ON

Attention. Wrong connection from Plus and Minus will automatically destroy the Charge Controller.

Please check the battery charge.

Please check the cables cross section according to User’s Manual.

Small reset – Please press the reset button for 5 seconds.

I have many vibrations on the wind generator although the support is adequate

90% of all the vibrations are due to the mast systems. Please use Rubber pads on all connections from the Mast System into the Boat to absorb vibrations. Additionally please check following points:

  • Adaptor HUB – rotate the Hub to see if it is unbalanced.
  • Nutt M16 – Check if uncalibrated - Replace Nutt
  • Rotor Blades - Blades Tips must have the same distance between the 3 blades.

Can the Silentwind be stopped with the switch on the regulator and be left off for extended periods? There is a note about the off timing settings for the brake can you explain this?

The Silentwind can be stopped by the switch on the regulator. However we advise all customers to secure the rotor blades with a rope for more safety and to avoid stressing the wind generator and the controller useless.
The Brake On time settings can be adjusted but once the brake resistors are hot, the brake will be only released when the temperature goes down. Therefore we do not advise to change the 50sec. Brake On parameter.

What power does the regulator consume when left on?

Power consumption is appr. 180mA

When the batteries are fully charged, or powered by another source such as shore power, should the Silentwind stop or will it always turn, charging or not?

The SW stops as soon as the charge controller measures the adjusted charge end voltage at the batterie output. We advise to stop the wind generator when using shore power to load the batteries. Due to the charging process of shore power the battery voltage goes up and the wind generator will go into brake modus.

When the batteries are fully charged with strong winds, can the Silentwind be left on and unattended. Will the batteries overcharge, will the Silentwind stop?

The Silentwind, once the battery charge end voltage is reached, will be braked by the charge controller.

Can the output on the regulator be used for a night light even if no solar power is available, is there a amp limit to the output?

The user output can be set to the desired parameters also without solar panels. The user output is limited to a load of 10A.

Only 50mm tube with wall thickness of 1.5mm is available locally, should this be sufficient with the proper support arms?

The usual recommended mast is 48mm with 1.5mm wall thickness. The 50mm tube is also suitable on the Silentwind’ s Yaw shaft and strong enough.

Does the on off switch on the regulator stop the Silentwind with the resistors as with the automatic stop (when the batteries are fully charged) or is a different process?

The process is the same. When the switch is turned off the resistors will break the Silentwind thru the resistors and causing a soft short circuit.

When an onboard generator is started, the Silentwind stops after a period of time but when the generator is stopped the Silentwind takes a long time to restart. Is this normal?

When another charger is connected to the batteries the Hybrid charge controller detects, after a while, that the charge end voltage is reached and brakes the Silentwind. After the onboard charger is disconnected, and if there is wind, the resistors are still hot and only when the temperature sinks will the charge controller release the brake. This is the normal procedure of the charge controller.

Could you advise on the correct setting for the Brake option on a 24v Silentwind with 400Ahr 24 volt batteries. The max voltage of the batteries is 29.6 volts.

The Brake On parameter for 24V systems can be set as follows:
450W (Max. power Silentwind 24V)/29.6V (Max. voltage of the batteries)=15.2A – for a battery bank with 400Ah the setting can be between 16A and 18A
Brake On parameter for 12V systems:
420W (Max. power Silentwind 12V)/14.8V (Max. voltage of the batteries)=28.3A – the settings can go between 28A and 30A according to the dimensions of the battery bank.

How do I install a remote break for my Silentwind with the Hybrid 1000 charge controller?

The installation can be fully customized according to the needs on the sailboat or other application.
The components for the remote break installation can be bought in any electric/electronics store.
You must buy a 3.5 mm plug with two poles (stereo jack), a normal switch suitable for the instrument panel and the desired cable length (cable with 2x0,5mm²).