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Reviews Categories | Emergency/Portable Power: generators, solar, wind, thermal, etc | PWRgate PG40S Help


Reviews Summary for PWRgate PG40S
PWRgate PG40S Reviews: 15 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $119.95
Description: Battery isolator w/ charger
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.westmountainradio.com/SuperPWRgate.htm
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W9AC Rating: 5/5 Feb 27, 2006 06:07 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Product  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Overall, an excellent product. This version of the Powergate includes a stair-step charging platform and the ability to charge a wide variety of batteries, including AGM and gell types.

In my application, I use a 80 AH Optima Blue-Top AGM marine battery in conjunction with the Super Powergate, and an Astron RS-35 power supply to distribute 12VDC to a West Mountain 4012 RigRunner. The switching between the Optima battery and the Astron supply is absolutely "glitchless."

The only negative comment relates to the use of the Anderson PowerPole connectors. Although there are work-around approaches to cable management, the connector's design is defective from the beginning: the connector body really requires a quarter-turn or similar type of threaded barrel to lock to its mating surface.

The problems I am seeing have nothing associated with the manner in which the connector is soldered or crimped. The problem is that the connector easily unseats when it is stressed. And, when using heavy gage wire in these power supply applications, it takes little cable movement to unseat the connectors which creates a hazardous condition in high-current applications.


 
K6MTT Rating: 5/5 Feb 26, 2006 18:02 Send this review to a friend
Excellent choice for UPS  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Can't really add anything here except to give it a great rating. Does what it says. I use it with a 75AH AGM battery, so I increased the Astron's voltage to 14.5v and changed the internal jumper (which was easy to get to - very nice mechanical design!). The switch from house power to battery power is flawless. All-in-all, a really nice alternative to a dedicated charger setup. A little pricey perhaps, but it's turnkey.
 
K2GW Rating: 5/5 Feb 22, 2006 13:56 Send this review to a friend
Works as advertised  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The other reviews sum it up.

It also works great with your exisiting power supply to charge gel cells as well.

One minor suggestion to make it more versatile would be for the battery charge rate to be selectable by switches instead of using fuses as jumpers. I have different size gel cells so switching between 1 4 7 and 10 amp charging rates would be easier with switches.
 
WA0TPN Rating: 5/5 Dec 14, 2005 15:08 Send this review to a friend
Nice backup system  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just assembled the following components to provide backup battery power for my HF/VHF/UHF (FT-897D) rig:

- Deka 8G31 98aH Gell cell battery ($140 locally)
- Group 27 plastic battery box ($11 locally)
- PWRgate ($120) - attached to battery box
- RigRunner 4010S ($120)- attached to battery box

Considering the price of a set of internal batteries and charger for the Yaesu FT-897D, the system described above provides much more utility to power accessories and much longer battery life for an additional investment of a few dollars.

The setup remains portible for emergency use, although at 65 pounds the backup system sacrifices convenience in favor of extended battery life and functionality.

With 1/2" of ice and snow forecasted for this evening, it is fun knowing that communications will continue without interruption and we can power a 12 volt light and scanner for a few days.
 
W2SRH Rating: 5/5 Apr 24, 2005 12:39 Send this review to a friend
Excellent product!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Works just like the PWRgate PG40, but includes a staging charger. Selectable current ratings for the charging circuit (1, 4, 7 & 10A). Plugged in my battery, it dumped max current until a preset voltage (selectable for Gel or AGM), then changed to a preset voltage until 1/10th of the chosen current is reached, then switched to a float setting to keep it topped off. Just like the older model, will switch to the battery when the line voltage drops below the battery voltage, so turning off or disconnecting the power supply causes an instant switchover. I don't run a lot of current through mine, so the immense heat sink fins haven't warmed up yet.

Would definitely recommend to anyone - and the use of PowerPole connectors makes it simple to add into any existing system!
 
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