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Reviews Categories | Emergency/Portable Power: generators, solar, wind, thermal, etc | West Mountain Radio Epic Pwrgate Help

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West Mountain Radio Epic Pwrgate Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $179.95
Description: 12 volt battery backup system with solar panel charge controller
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NP2GG Rating: 5/5 Nov 3, 2017 08:58 Send this review to a friend
An excellent update to the respected PwrGate line of products  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am one of the early users of this recently released product in the West Mountain Radio power product line. This new PwrGate automatically and instantly switches your attached radio and various attached peripherals such as antenna switches, etc., to 12 volt battery backup, just like its predecessor, the Super PWRGate PG40s. This new model now has an input for a solar panel and charges your battery from this panel whenever the panel is attached (and in the sun!) Equally important, the circuitry of the new Epic PWRGate has a voltage drop of .05v compared to up to .37v in its predecessor. This can allow significantly longer Tx time until battery exhaustion. Charging algorithms now include LiFePO4 batteries.

Over the past several days of use I have been using this with a 35aH AGM battery and a 100w solar panel along with an Alinco DM-330MVT power supply. I have adjusted the power supply to output 14.45v in order to fully charge the battery and get it to trickle charge. The solar charge circuitry is MPPT type. I hear no RF noise intrusion on the various bands I have used.

The entire unit is very compact. No heat sinks apparently needed and mine does not get warm from use. Firmware is upgradable with a micro USB interface. A cool feature is the ability to easily view scrolling real time data in a terminal type communication window that is a free software download from West Mountain. It installed quickly and without errors and reads out current status such as trickle, normal charging, no power, etc. It also lists battery voltage, charge rate, solar panel volts and total up time.

Bottom line, so far so good. I'm happy. My radio is happy. My XYL doesn't know.....

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