Watt Wizard - Part 1
|The Watt Wizard is used to measure solar panel performance and to determine |
how many amp-hours have been absorbed by the onboard battery bank.
I bought the Watt Wizard at the Annapolis Spring Boat Show.
Replacement Bilge Pump Switch Panel
As you can see on the above photograph, the black paint on the aluminum bilge pump switch panel was coming off (it probably wasn't primed properly by the manufacturer). So, I decided to order a new switch panel that was made completely from plastic so that I never had to deal with peeling paint again.
|The all-plastic construction of this bilge pump switch panel eliminates the |
problem of black paint peeling off over time. The rocker type switch
has a built in red light to indicate when the bilge pump is operating.
Making the New Electrical Panel
|I applied two coats of zinc phosphate primer on the new aluminum panel |
prior to painting it black to match the other electrical panels.
Reinstalling the LinkLITE
|Removing and reinstalling the LinkLITE gauge and the bilge pump panel |
switch was part of this project. Taking pictures of the wiring made this a little easier.
Installing the Watt Wizard
Installing the Watt Wizard was the easiest part of this entire project. Everything needed is included except wire and some crimp connectors.
|The wiring diagram is simple enough and easy to follow.|
|The core of the electrical wiring is a shunt (at red arrow) on the negative |
side of the solar panel output after the voltage controllers.
|The Watt Wizard was installed in the new electrical panel and is now operational.|
Since we have not had much time to experiment with the new Watt Wizard yet, we will have a follow-up blogpost (Part 2) on this subject soon.
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