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Not bad, but...
on June 24, 2012
So, nice little unit, pretty solidly built, not too difficult to assmeble (pay attention to which side of the blades the washers fit!).
I was unable to find the "welded steel pipe" they reccommend for installation, so ended up uisng 2 inch heavy grade conduit and made an adapter (long, painful story).
While the unit claims to be a 400W system, I suspect that's peak under ideal conditions, we have yet to see more than about 10AMPS out of this thing in 30+ MPH winds. However, what we have noticed is that she seems very light in the tail and tends to not keep her nose in the wind. I'm planning to add some mass and area to her tail and will update this review after that. In the meantime:
Excellent price, buck a watt (if you can get all 400...)
Very well built
Great instructions for adding a brake switch
The controller was worthless, but that's possibly due to the 100A I have coming in from my solar controllers (I just direct connected to my battery bank through a fuse and ammeter)
As mentioned, after the 100 hour+ break in period, still not seeing more than half the rated power.
At this point, I'd be leery of reccommending this to anyone that isn't 100% aware of what they're buying and has some knowledge of how wind generators work.
Stay tuned; I have high hopes for results from improving the tail.