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Xantrex Link Lite 05 Feb 2010 14:03 #26

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FairEnough;414935 wrote: Doug and Rick
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. ................

Just a further FYI, if you were to not locate at the helm, you could go with the LINK 1000 or 2000!
The hole now becomes very small (wires only), and the low profile unit "surface mounts" (the profile is about 7/8" only).
With the right Inverter/Charger, this unit also provides control functions.

Yeah, I know...... It's another $100! :rolleyes:
But they actually look more like a monitoring device than the round units do. IMOO here!

It's totally a personal choice!
Mine is mounted up high near eye level on the Stbd side valance panel above the Stbd cabin windows. Very easy to see and access!

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Xantrex Link Lite 05 Feb 2010 16:25 #27

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dmcb;414965 wrote: 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.
Doug


I will tighten up my arrival time soon as well, Doug, and there is always some pliability for changes. No way I'm missing you guys over a few days.

Marc, we will see you for sure. Thanks for asking...

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Xantrex Link Lite 06 Feb 2010 06:14 #28

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Sorry to steal the thread but I have a question regarding the Xantrex LinkLITE.

In looking at the install instructions they show a cable spec of

" 3 x 2 x .5mm "

So the 3 x 2 is pretty easy 3 twisted pairs.

But from what I can find the .5mm wire is equal to 24AWG wire. Is that right? I know the cabling is not carrying any real current but 24AWG seems so light.

Also www prices on the cable assembly which probably includes a few connectors and a couple of fuse holders is pricing over $90. Based on my assumptions I likely can find what I need in my shop supplies. I see no obvious reason to buy the cable assembly. But am I missing something ?

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Xantrex Link Lite 06 Feb 2010 09:14 #29

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I don't think so Jim. I think Ken said he made his out of something larger and on at least one of mine I had some twisted cable I used. Color was different but I just made a diagram.
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Xantrex Link Lite 06 Feb 2010 15:46 #30

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You can use any light-gauge cable but must be twisted pairs for the shunt sensors. The Xantrex cable is expensive and there's no need to buy it. 24awg sounds right. It's very light.

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Xantrex Link Lite 06 Feb 2010 17:22 #31

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JimMc, I'm glad you brought the wire issue up .
24 guage sounds like what's use for phone.
Is that right?
If so, I have some left over cat5 cable. 4 twisted pairs (Of course it is solid copper wire not stranded. )
Could that be used without problems or does the rule of no solid wire on a boat apply even with teeeny tiny guage?


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Xantrex Link Lite 06 Feb 2010 17:37 #32

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Yes I will make it to Little Current to meet Jim and Marc this summer. Doug we can anchor in Spider Bay for a few days.

Yes I made my own cable for the Link 100 it was easy. The manual for the link even tells you the wire gauge and how to make it. The two wires that are twisted must have a twist one per inch. I used a drill to twist the wire, I also bought 25' of plastic loom from Princess Auto, I also bought the wire there. I know it is not marine grade but the boat is in fresh water and none of the wire is exposed to water, if the wire is getting wet then I am sinking and don't care at that point about the wire.

Now Marc just where do you get Lemon Hart rum in Little Current :). I asked my daughter to bring me 4 26ers from Winnipeg she asked whats a 26er but I guess that would be another thread. She brought me the bigger plastic bottles.

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Xantrex Link Lite 06 Feb 2010 17:45 #33

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24 Gauge is very light gauge. Cat5 is usually #24 and solid as stated. I would be wary of using solid cable.

That said when I relocated the Air Conditioning controller on the boat it had RJ45 connections, essentially a network cable, I made a longer cable using Cat5 and it has worked so far with out fail.

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Xantrex Link Lite 06 Feb 2010 18:21 #34

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Iproff;415617 wrote:
Now Marc just where do you get Lemon Hart rum in Little Current :). I asked my daughter to bring me 4 26ers from Winnipeg she asked whats a 26er but I guess that would be another thread. She brought me the bigger plastic bottles.

Ken


We are going to be on a cruise ship for 20 days in the Caribbean in March/April, and at some of the ports, the selection of rum is very, very good. I was going to pick you up some 26ers:). I still can if you want me too. We are driving to and from Lauderdale where we get on the ship, so packing in luggage is not an issue.

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