Features July 2007 Issue

Marine Wind Generator Test

Practical Sailor’s search for the best marine wind generator for cruising sailors unearthed two new units that will give the old guard a run for their money. The German-made Superwind 350 and a lightweight prototype of the Air Breeze from Southwest Windpower, churned out maximum amps during four days of micro-wind turbine test.

The micro-wind turbines assembled for this comparison include the KISS High Output Wind Generator, the Rutland 913, the Superwind 350, the Ampair 100, and a prototype of the Air Breeze. The four-day test period brought a good mix of light- and strong-wind days, so testers were able to review wind generator output in a variety of conditions. Wind speeds for the 4-day period averaged 12.6 knots, with two blustery days, so we’re not surprised the high-output, three-bladed wind generators topped the five-bladed ones overall.

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