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Xantrex Link Lite 04 Feb 2010 01:48 #1

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Halfway through my second Lemon Hart rum and Diet Coke celebrating my new acquisition today! Wow! I actually found one for sale on the shelf...

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Hi Jim
curious where you found it and at what cost as I'm in need of one of those myself.

Fisheries in seattle quoted me a boat show price of 219.00 USD Did you do better than that?
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FairEnough;414366 wrote: Hi Jim
curious where you found it and at what cost as I'm in need of one of those myself.

Fisheries in seattle quoted me a boat show price of 219.00 USD Did you do better than that?
thanks


what is it your looking for? I may be able to help.

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Are we talking about the Xantrex LinkLITE Battery Monitor?
Judging from Jim's comment..... are these in short supply right now?


LinkLITE is a mini version of the LINK system but without the control feature, I believe. $100 less also!

Here is one offered by jthelectronics.com for $185.80

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Performance Features

•Read your battery bank like a fuel gauge

•Provides critical information about the status of your battery bank

•Displays voltage, current, consumed amphours and remaining battery capacity

•Two battery inputs

•Auto sensing battery voltage inputs

•Large backlit LCD Display

•Quick nut mounting construction

•Programmable alarm relay

•Shunt selection capability enables flexible system integration

•Splash proof frontpanel

•500 Amp shunt included

•CE and e-mark certified

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Can't help with that , I have a ACS panel for a prosine (xantrex) inverter (new) not the led lite bar lite type , I have the digital readout, better I think.

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jim.smithjr;414352 wrote: Halfway through my second Lemon Hart rum and Diet Coke celebrating my new acquisition today! Wow! I actually found one for sale on the shelf...


Never mind the link where did you get the Lemon Hart Rum in Canada. I can't get it in Ontario any more. The LCBO sold it by the case but they stopped selling it. A few times a year a friend brings me a bottle from the States.

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Maybe you should look at this unit. I have one which I bought from Blue water Supply in Jersey UK. It was very easy to install and considerable cheaper than the Xantrex Link. I think I paid about $110 USD delivered.
to Vancouver

www.yachtbits.com/nasa/nasa_clipper_battery_monitor_system.php

I like it because it has large numerals and is easy to install, setup and monitor. The only slight downside is that it only monitors one battery bank. I'm only interested in my house batteries anyway so it is'nt a problem for me.

By the way it is also been very reliable and accurate in the 2 years I've had it.

cheers,

Dave



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Iproff;414466 wrote: Never mind the link where did you get the Lemon Hart Rum in Canada. I can't get it in Ontario any more. The LCBO sold it by the case but they stopped selling it. A few times a year a friend brings me a bottle from the States.

Ken


A bottle from the states? I spent 7 1/2 months of 2009 in the states, desperately hunting for Lemon Hart! It isn't even on Google in the good old USA. Easy to find in BC, easy in Manitoba, discounted at Super Stores in Alberta and nearly free in Saskatchewan (another benefit of socialized medical care).

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Always check the "Solar Boys" for things related to inverters and batteries. That is there bag in life. Try this link just for fun.

http://store.solar-electric.com/xabamoac.html

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jim.smithjr;414495 wrote: A bottle from the states? I spent 7 1/2 months of 2009 in the states, desperately hunting for Lemon Hart! It isn't even on Google in the good old USA. Easy to find in BC, easy in Manitoba, discounted at Super Stores in Alberta and nearly free in Saskatchewan (another benefit of socialized medical care).


Thanks Jim My oldest daughter is flying in this Friday from Manitoba guess what I am telling them to bring me.

Ken

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I was looking for a Link Lite, and I found one on the shelf, and I bought it. I would not have bought and other make or model, and I paid too much...

But I got exactly what I wanted, and I have it in my closet. This spring it will be taking battery readings in my boat and allowing me to learn exactly how long I can cruise with the equipment I have right now, or with the equipment this guage will tell me to buy.

I'm on a quest to make my boat into a great cruiser. I'm not too interested in the price.

I bought the Link Lite because some of my knowledgeable friends here at BOC advised it. That's all I need to know.

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I have the older Link 20. Bought it when they were Heart Interface before they were Xantrex. It appears it does everything the Lite does but does not fit in a round gauge hole. It is the most important gauge I own since my dock does not have electric. So knowing when my batteries need a charge is critical. The Link 20 will not control a battery charger as the Link 2000 does.

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I had a link 10 installed in my 2955. Used it on the same lake as you are on Jim. Later installed a link 20 in the same boat. Had another link 20 in our current boat. Last summer I did some research for 58'Ramond re a link lite. Ended up thinking that the link lite is a new improved version of the link 10. IMO, you bought a great product. Well done.

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Iproff;414500 wrote: Thanks Jim My oldest daughter is flying in this Friday from Manitoba guess what I am telling them to bring me.

Ken


If you don't get any, let me know.

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Spitfire;414541 wrote: If you don't get any, let me know.


Uh. :)

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It is the most important gauge I own

As we anchor the entire season I have to say it is my most important gauge also. Or at least the one used the most.
It is important for long battery life not to discharge below 50 or 60%.
It is easy to do with this gauge. It also eliminates the need for a large battery bank. You can see when to recharge with lots of warning.
4 golf cart batteries does it for our 38xx. It is more than enough for our use which includes the largest draw, satellite tv.
Genny time, 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day. Without tv, likely about 1 hour.
Frig is the second largest draw.
Doug

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I misread your original statement as "on sale" when you clearly said "for" sale.
apologies for the confusion and congrats on your acquisition. I'm on a similar quest but seem to need to watch every dollar... er...ah... loonie :)

Hey Brad thanks for the offer but i think the link lite will work best for me. It will fit nicely in an empty, existing 2.125" cut out at the lower helm.

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FairEnough;414614 wrote: .............. It will fit nicely in an empty, existing 2.125" cut out at the lower helm.

John, just an FYI and a polite "Food for Thought"!
I've found that this instrument is often best placed if near your Main D/C panel, not necessarily at the helm panel..... although I realize that you have an empty hole there!

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2850Bounty;414646 wrote: John, just an FYI and a polite "Food for Thought"!
I've found that this instrument is often best placed if near your Main D/C panel, not necessarily at the helm panel..... although I realize that you have an empty hole there!


Agree. It isn't an instrument you will use when operating the boat.
It is one you will use at anchor. Make it where you can use it easily. You will find yourself checking it every time you go by. Make that task easy.
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Spitfire;414541 wrote: If you don't get any, let me know.


Looks like I will be making a trip in the boat to Little Current this summer. :D


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Iproff;414745 wrote: Looks like I will be making a trip in the boat to Little Current this summer. :D


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I appreciate your input

My main electrical panel is at the lower helm but I see your point about having the link monitor more in my face while at rest. Now that you mention it there is a more prominent spot. Maybe I’ll have to drill another hole after all.

Alrighty, back to boozetalk:)
hoist one for me and my holesaw

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dmcb;414791 wrote: :D


Pam and I, with a grandson or two, will also be in Little Current this summer, but we'll be in our Monaco motor home. Hoping to meet you guys about the third week of July?

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We certainly look forward to seeing you again. My internet is very limited in the summer but Ken is able to be on more often. Let Ken know when you will be there. That sounds about the time we have the BOC get together. That would be the only conflect as we are 25 miles away then. We will work it out.
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jim.smithjr;414946 wrote: Pam and I, with a grandson or two, will also be in Little Current this summer, but we'll be in our Monaco motor home. Hoping to meet you guys about the third week of July?


Please stop by and say hello....we are in Spider Bay Marina just to the west of downtown....and the only 3288 in the Marina. We are docked at the northern end of the marina.

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