Compatibility

Portable Power Stations

Wind Catcher comes with a ground power converter (converter) that allows you to connect wind catcher to the solar panel input port of your portable power station (PPS). The converter includes energy storage and allows the turbine to behave as a virtual solar panel.

Currently we have this following PPS on positive list:

  • Jackery 1000 Pro
  • Ecoflow Delta 2
  • Bluetti EB150
  • Bluetti EB180
  • Bluetti EB240

It works with (but can't deliver full power)

  • Ecoflow River R600

Contact us if your power station is not on the list and you are keen on testing our the system.

compatibility

Batteries

The ground power converter (converter) can charge 12 or 24 volt battery systems of type lead-acid/AGM or lithium LifePO4/Lion

Lithium based

For lithium based batteries a two stage algorithm is used with a precharge and bulk charge phase. Bulk charge is constant current and constant voltage limited. The charger can't sense the battery temperature - avoid charging if the battery temperature is below 32 f/0 C. Max charging voltage is 14.3V and the max current is user settable.


Lead based

The converter uses a three stage charge algorithm with precharge, bulk and float to make sure that your battery is charged and maintained. Float voltage is 13.5V and absorption is 14.3V. This fits most batteries in a temperature range of 50F/10C to - 9F/33 deg C.

With other charge controller

You might have other charge controllers connected to your battery system along side the converter in this case make sure that the maximum charge capability of your batteries isn't exceeded when both Wind Catcher and other chargers deliver full power.

Compatibility

Resistor

You can configure the ground power converter (converter) to deliver power to a resistive element. Use this to heat your camper or water directly. Best performance (most power) is reached at 2 Ohm, but 0.5 to 10 Ohm can be used.

The maximum allowed current, voltage and power can all be user set at the same time.

Advanced setup

Solar + Wind

It's possible to use solar and our wind turbine at the same time if you have a portable power station with two separate Maximum Power Point Trackers (MPPT) controllers such as the Jackery 1000 Pro. Plug the solar array into one MPPT input and our windturbine into the other.

For systems with direct access to the battery terminals 12/24 V batteries, then it's possible to connect the output of the MPPTs in parallel - just make sure that the maximum charge current of the battery is not exceed when both controllers deliver full power.

As our ground (converter) can emulate a solar panel, it's technical possible that we in the future can connect with another solar panel in parallel into the same MPPT input. This feature isn't release yet.

Connection interface

The ground DCDC converter plug specifications:

Output Power (boot in):
XT60 Female power output plug - the electrical pin them selves are female.
Input Power (turbine):
XT60 male, cable to turbine is included

Input bootup power (portable power station):
5521 barrel connector (5.5mm outer, 2.1 mm inner). Used to deliver power to the ground DCDC converter and turbine to configure and start the turbine.
Max 2.5A