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KISS High Output wind generator

KISS High Ouput Wind Generator
Hotwire is now the manufacturer of the KISS High Output Wind Generator.

Three year warranty
$1,495.00 U.S. BUY NOW
Available in 12, 24 volts

The KISS was designed to supply the energy needs of the average cruising sailboat from the wind energy available in a typical Caribbean anchorage.

Additionally, it has been built to do the following:

Operate quietly
Make lots of power
Be virtually corrosion proof
Be simple to service with parts available worldwide
Be rugged enough to operate in a gale
Yet can be shut down at the flick of a switch

 

Electrical System
The unit has been designed to provide brute force energy. Alternating current is converted to direct current by a 50-amp automotive diode pack (commonly found worldwide) and fed directly to the ship’s electrical system. The KISS Wind Generator can be shut down in up to gale force winds by use of the on-off switch. The switch eliminates the need to approach the wind generator while it is operating.

Rotor Design
Highly cambered with twist, taper and elliptical tips for maximum torque at relatively low RPMs for minimal blade noise. Each blade is made of five layers of bi-axial glass roving pressure molded in polyester for strength with minimal flex and very light weight. All three blades are bolted to an aluminum disk which screws onto the threaded motor shaft.  Both the blade hub and shaft are tapered threads, allowing the blade assembly to be removed quickly and easiy, yet making the connection secure without lock nuts and/or set screws.

Alternator Design
A brushless alternator designed specifically to match the low speed characteristics of the rotor blades. Features such as epoxy-coated neodymium iron-boron magnets and rubber sealed #6203 metric ball bearings (commonly available worldwide) ensures that maintenance will be infrequent, simple and inexpensive.

Weight and Dimensions
The unit weighs only 17 pounds (plus 13 feet of wire at about 6 pounds). Of note is that the blades and aluminum disk weigh only four pounds, resulting in minimal precessional forces on the 3/4 inch motor shaft. The blade diameter is 60 inches. The housing is 24 inches long. The control box is 3 1/4 inches by 6 1/2 inches.

 

Charge Controller Includes isolation diode with heat sink and diversion load $310

Diversion Load $95

Mizzen Bracket $245 – $345

Pole Mounting Kit $345

Spares Kit BUY NOW $80

Extra Blade Set BUY NOW $350

Vibration Isolator $165

Slip Ring $250

Still have questions about KISS? See our KISS High Output Wind Generator Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more information.

Contact us for further information. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.

Copyright © Hotwire Enterprises — John Gambill & Libbie Ellis
102 West Fulton Street; Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Phone AND Fax: 727-943-0424
Cell 727- 638-7417
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KISS Mounts

There are several ways and places to mount a wind generator aboard: attached to a stern arch, on a pole, forward of a mizzen mast, in the rigging, or even overboard and towed astern. Towing is the only option not suitable for the KISS. Here at Hotwire, we fabricate and assemble a variety of mounting brackets and hardware for your installation. Continue reading KISS Mounts

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Charge Controllers

Blue Sky 2512i

Hotwire Enterprises has many charge controllers (commonly but incorrectly called “regulators”) for both solar and wind powered systems or for a hybrid system. Basically, a charge controller prevents your batteries from becoming overcharged and consequently damaged.

If you’re not sure what you need, give us a call or send us an e-mail and have the following information ready:

  • the amp hour capacity of your battery bank
  • the type of batteries you’re using (i.e., lead acid/flooded, AGM, gel)
  • how many amps you expect to get from what sources (We can help you with this one.) We’ll be glad to point you toward the best options for your needs.

The charge controllers on our list are by no means the only ones we offer. It’s just a sampling and lists the ones most popular among our customers.

BZ Products PWM Controllers

BZ7-12       7 amp     $39    BUY NOW    ON SALE, NORMALLY $49

BZ 200       16 amp    $95    BUY NOW    ON SALE, NORMALLY $120

BZ Products MPPT Controllers

BZ 250MPPT 20 amp  $140   BUY NOW

BZ 500MPPT  45 amp  $250    BUY NOW 

BZ 250 MPPT
BZ 500 MPPT

Blue Sky Energy SB50 $499

Morningstar MPPT    $259   Data Sheet     BUY NOW

Blue Sky Energy Charge Controllers

SB 2512    25 amps 

The low cost Solar Boost 2512i provides an advanced fully automatic 3-stage charge control system to ensure the battery is properly and fully charged, resulting in enhanced battery performance with less maintenance. A partial IPN™ network interface is also included to allow use of the IPN-Remote or IPN-ProRemote displays. Additional features provided in the Solar Boost 2512iX include automatic or manual equalization, battery temperature sensor input, full IPN network compatibility, and an auxiliary output. The user configurable auxiliary output can serve as either a 25 amp load controller, or as a 2 amp auxiliary battery charger. The load control feature can be used to limit excessive battery discharge in unattended remote systems, where as the auxiliary battery charge feature is ideal for charging a separate battery such as the engine battery in an RV. Blue Sky Energy’s advanced Integrated Power Net™, or IPN Network, allows up to 8 IPN capable charge controllers to communicate with each other and operate as a single machine rather than separate charge controllers. The IPN network also allows networked controllers to share an optional battery temperature sensor and remote display. The IPN network does not require a display or other special hardware to operate.

     $209    Data Sheet    BUY NOW
Blue Sky Energy Battery Temperature Sensor $35  BUY NOW
Blue Sky 3024iLSolar Boost 3024iL’s advanced fully automatic 3-stage charge control system will properly charge flooded lead-acid, AGM and GEL batteries resulting in improved battery performance with less maintenance. The dual 30/40 amp rating will deliver at up to 30 amps in 24 volt systems, or up to 40 amps in 12 volt systems. An automatic or manual equalize function is also provided to periodically condition flooded lead-acid batteries. To further enhance versatility, a user configurable auxiliary output and Blue Sky Energy’s advanced IPN™ network interface are also included. (3024DiL, for display shown) The user configurable auxiliary output can serve as either a 20 amp load controller, or as a 2 amp auxiliary battery charger. The load control feature can be used to limit excessive battery discharge in unattended remote systems, whereas the auxiliary battery charge feature is ideal for charging a separate battery such as the engine battery in an RV. The auxiliary output can also provide fully adjustable dusk to dawn lighting control. Blue Sky Energy’s advanced Integrated PowerNet™, or IPN Network, allows up to 8 IPN capable charge controllers to communicate with each other and operate as a single machine rather than separate charge controllers. The IPN network also allows networked controllers to share an optional battery temperature sensor and remote display. The IPN network does not require a display or other special communication hardware to operate. Note: “D” model (with display) shown.  $389  BUY NOW
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Divert Loads

Divert loads are typically needed with a wind generator to reduce the possibility of voltage spikes which could damage a charge controller designed strictly for solar panels.  When the batteries become fully charged, a diversion type charge controller sends any excess energy from the wind generator to the divert load. The diversion load also maintains an electrical load on the wind generator when the batteries are fully charged. This prevents the blades from “freewheeling”, thus reducing noise and vibration as well as wear on the wind generator.

Hotwire Enterprises offers three options for divert loads: Continue reading Divert Loads

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Divert Load FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the divert load work?

A divert load accepts excess power that a wind generator can produce beyond what the batteries are capable of safely accepting and disperses that extra power as heat. With a charge controller but no diversion load, the excess power would flow to the controller and have nowhere else to go, damaging the controller. The divert load helps to maintain system safety.

Hotwire makes a Resistive Load Bank of ceramic resistors to be used as a diversion load, but the preferred option by far is a dual voltage water heater element. It has two loops in one unit.  One loop (element of heating wire) is made to work on 12 volts at 300 watts, and the other operates on 120 volts at 500 watts.

You can make hot water from the 120 volt side using shore power or a gen set.  Because the 120 volt side is smaller than the original heater element, it will take longer to reheat the water in the tank when all of the hot water has been used, typically 2 to 3 times longer.

The 12 volt side is used to dissipate the excess power from a wind generator or solar panels, and the amount of current going to it is controlled by a diversion type charge controller.  The controller senses battery voltage and diverts current into the water heater when the battery reaches the voltage set point.

One of our customers, who has a lot of solar panels on his boat, uses a switch and turns the 12 volt side on every day after his batteries are full.  In the past, diversion type controllers sent the excess energy to heating coils that turned the power into hot air, a bit the way Hotwire’s Resistive Load Bank works.  With the dual water heater element, you get something useful and don’t heat up the inside of the boat. A distinct advantage in the tropics!

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KISS Slip Ring

For most installations, I don’t recommend that you add the slip rings, because you won’t need them and because of the extra cost.  The slip rings allow the wind generator to rotate on the pole indefinitely.  The way the KISS comes, there is a tether that allows the wind generator to rotate about 3 turns in either direction from straight ahead.  If you are in an anchorage, the boat will be pointing more or less into the wind most of the time.  It’s only when you are on the banks, a river or in a marina that the boat will be doing 360s.  However, if the wind generator is mounted such that it is difficult to get to it, then a slip ring would make sense.

The slip ring we use was designed for a moving conveyor belt in an assembly line.  It is a sealed unit with liquid mercury around the sliding contacts so that there is no arcing or radio frequency interference.  Also, there are very little resistance, no wear, and extremely long life.   Available installed on a new generator or as a solder-in upgrade to an existing generator.  $250  BUY NOW 

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KISS Spares Kit

One of the advantages to the KISS wind generator is that the spare parts are standard stuff available pretty much anywhere there is a city.  The bearings are 6203 metric, the seal is CR692683, or 17/30/7MM, the switch is 1 1/2 HP DPDT (also available at Home Depot), the rectifier is Delco #1971 987, and the collar lock is Home Depot # 436-251HC  We do have a spares kit so you you don’t have to hunt for parts when “repairing things in beautiful anchorages all over the world” (one definition of cruising).  KISS Spares Kit $80 BUY NOW