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Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more

4 Sep

Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 4, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Simarine_Pico+_battery_monitoring_sleep_screen_aPanbo.jpgWhile this boat’s main battery bank is at 73% state of charge (SOC) — a near minimum for the long term health of many battery types — the lightning icon and blue up-arrow indicate that the charging sources exceed the loads and, in fact, a 100% SOC is expected in 9.5 hours at current rates. The 3.5-inch touchscreen is also displaying time and barometric pressure with trend, and this is just the sleep screen of what seems to be a very modern family of reasonable-cost monitoring ...

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Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more

4 Sep

Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 4, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Simarine_Pico+_battery_monitoring_sleep_screen_aPanbo.jpgWhile this boat’s main battery bank is at 73% state of charge (SOC) — a near minimum for some lead acid owners intent on long term battery health — the lightning icon and blue up-arrow indicate that the charging sources exceed the loads and, in fact, a 100% SOC is expected in 9.5 hours at current rates. The 3.5-inch touchscreen is also displaying time and barometric pressure with trend, and this is just the sleep screen of what seems to be a very modern family of ...

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Testing AIS MOB beacons, ACR’s DSC feature especially

25 Aug

Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 25, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

testing_four_AIS_MOB_beacons_cPanbo.jpgGiven my accidental activation of an AIS MOB beacon a few weeks ago, it seemed like a good time to test beacons again. I hoped to at least see all the major brand multifunction displays properly react to an AIS MOB test transmission, putting up the distinct safety message that I should have seen during “the incident” and that every owner of an AIS MOB should be familiar with. Potential beacon users should also understand the specific activation, test, and deactivation controls on their device, ...

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Testing AIS MOB beacons, ACR’s DSC feature especially

25 Aug

Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 25, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

testing_four_AIS_MOB_beacons_cPanbo.jpgGiven my accidental activation of an AIS MOB beacon a few weeks ago, it seemed like a good time to test beacons again. I hoped to at least see all the major brand multifunction displays properly react to an AIS MOB test transmission, putting up the distinct safety message that I should have seen during “the incident” and that every owner of an AIS MOB should be familiar with. Potential beacon users should also understand the specific activation, test, and deactivation controls on their device, ...

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Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert

8 Aug

Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 8, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

mission_acomplished_by_USCG_Rockland___cPanbo.jpg

The grins tell the story: Mission accomplished! Due to an obscure but noteworthy electrical glitch, plus oodles of embarrassingly distracted seamanship on my part, a sizable U.S. Coast Guard team spent part of a beautiful Saturday looking for an AIS man overboard alert that seemed to be associated with my boat Gizmo. Fireman Joey Jansen-Hedrick and Petty Officer 1st Class T.J. Iaci (above) were the boarding party that had to deal with an owner/operator (me) who was pretty sure they didn’t know what they were talking ...

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Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert

8 Aug

Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 8, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

mission_acomplished_by_USCG_Rockland___cPanbo.jpg

The grins tell the story: Mission accomplished! Due to an obscure but noteworthy electrical glitch, plus oodles of embarrassingly distracted seamanship on my part, a sizable U.S. Coast Guard team spent part of a beautiful Saturday looking for an AIS man overboard alert that seemed to be associated with my boat Gizmo. Fireman Joey Jansen-Hedrick and Petty Officer 1st Class T.J. Iaci (above) were the boarding party that had to deal with an owner/operator (me) who was pretty sure they didn’t know what they were talking ...

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Smörgåsboat: The tasty testing buffet installed on Gizmo for 2017

31 Jul

Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 31, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Gizmo_lower_helm_July_2017_cPanbo.jpg

While I do think that Gizmo offers a bountiful spread of delicious marine electronics these days, a more serious title for this entry might read: “Guilt: All the darn gear I’ve borrowed but haven’t reviewed yet!” So the plan here is to share some first impressions of various new installs and thus begin discussions toward future deeper reviews. You might enjoy clicking the yummy helm photo above bigger before we dig into the details…

Gizmo_lower_helm2_fall_2010_cPanbo.JPGAnd before getting into the lower helm 2017, please share my perverse ...

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Smörgåsboat: The tasty testing buffet installed on Gizmo for 2017

31 Jul

Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 31, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Gizmo_lower_helm_July_2017_cPanbo.jpg

While I do think that Gizmo offers a bountiful spread of delicious marine electronics these days, a more serious title for this entry might read: “Guilt: All the darn gear I’ve borrowed but haven’t reviewed yet!” So the plan here is to share some first impressions of various new installs and thus begin discussions toward future deeper reviews. You might enjoy clicking the yummy helm photo above bigger before we dig into the details…

Gizmo_lower_helm2_fall_2010_cPanbo.JPGAnd before getting into the lower helm 2017, please share my perverse ...

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Beta testing FloatHub boat monitoring, and the wonders of marine WiFi

18 Jul

Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 18, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

FloatHub_yellow_box_beta_testing_on_Gizmo_cPanbo.jpg

I don’t usually write about beta testing, but the FloatHub monitoring system is already proving itself so smart and functional that I want its Kickstarter campaign to succeed and hope that some readers enjoy the good deal that seems available, at least for the next few days. Detailing FloatHub is also a good opportunity to discuss the many ways WiFi is being used afloat these days, a subject that many boaters are understandably confused about…

FloatHub_boat_monitoring_main_online_dashboard_cPanbo.jpgFirst, here’s a visual taste of what the yellow hardware box ...

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Beta testing FloatHub boat monitoring, and the wonders of marine WiFi

18 Jul

Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 18, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

FloatHub_yellow_box_beta_testing_on_Gizmo_cPanbo.jpg

I don’t usually write about beta testing, but the FloatHub monitoring system is already proving itself so smart and functional that I want its Kickstarter campaign to succeed and hope that some readers enjoy the good deal that seems available, at least for the next few days. Detailing FloatHub is also a good opportunity to discuss the many ways WiFi is being used afloat these days, a subject that many boaters are understandably confused about…

FloatHub_boat_monitoring_main_online_dashboard_cPanbo.jpgFirst, here’s a visual taste of what the yellow hardware box ...

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