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Differences between Blue Sea and BEP Clusters
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posted 05-12-2009 01:47 AM ET (US)
I have seen some folks with BEP clusters and some with Blue Sea ACRs. Could someone speak to the differences between these products? Many thanks!
posted 05-15-2009 01:30 AM ET (US)
I think you are asking about the two companies' primary battery distribution switch products. Each offers many different configurations.
BEP switches are rather small physically. I was surprised by their diminutive size when I first saw them in person. They tend to use simple single pole switches arranges in clusters.
Blue Seas switches are somewhat larger physically. They tend to use a multiple pole or multiple throw switch.
With BEP primary battery distribution switch products there are many possible circuit configurations depending on how the individual switches are set. With Blue Seas primary battery distribution switch products there are typically a limited number of configuration as determined by the configuration of the internal wiring in the switch.
posted 05-15-2009 01:31 AM ET (US)
As for the VSR or ACR elements, I think Blue Seas has a great product in their ACR with starting isolation.
posted 05-15-2009 11:02 PM ET (US)
Cool. Sounds like they are of comparable quality. I think I will dig into this in greater detail this summer.
Considering a total rewire of the boat and trying to point myself in the right direction. Looks like between Blue Sea and BEP I will find all the Charging Relays, Isolators, Distribution Panels and Circuit Breakers that I need.
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