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WS500 Smart Regulator

(3 customer reviews)

From: $549.95 $479.95

Bonus !! Buy One and get the WS500 configuration Tool Free, a $ 24.95 value!

Buy two and get the Pro version Free,

a $ 149.95 value!

And if you build it as a kit you save 10% on all accessories !! 

(versus ordering items individually)

The WS500 is a next generation Smart Regulator for Marine, Off-grid and RV applications. It is ideally suited to the latest in battery technology and includes CANBus and NMEA2k communications to integrate into an overall Energy Management Network.  Select your Wiring harness based on whether you need positive or negative type alternator excitation.  You WILL need either a Positive or Negative Wiring Harness.  Make sure you include it when you buy.  You may also wish to include a battery temperature sensor wiring harness.  This is optional but is strongly recommended, especially in “Battery Centric” configurations where the WS500 can reduce its output when your battery starts to warm up.

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the WS500 uses a unique approach to charge control by factoring multiple criteria – battery voltage, current in, current out, battery temperature, alternator temperature – to create a smarter approach to battery care. Highly configurable via built-in DIP switches, browser-based pre-configured downloads, free Android and iPhone smartphone apps, and via a number of third party software — and enabled to communicate via J1939 CAN protocol, the WS500 provides superior charging efficiency, and the singular ability to address the specific needs of newer battery technologies like LiFePO4 and similar chemistries.Ideal for RV or marine applications, the WS500 auto-adjusts for 12-, 24- and 48-volt systems and allows advanced user-configuration for system voltages in between. The WS500 can be easily configured to most popular battery types, using pre-engineered configuration files available from the Wakespeed website (www.wakespeed.com) or by using the free, database-driven smartphone app. In newer technology environments, Wakespeed’s WS500 provides unparalleled performance with a broad range of Lithium Ion and other high density energy storage systems. And, as the technology evolves, the WS500 advances as well. Unlike other products currently available, the WS500 is completely software upgradable. When new alternator or battery options become available, the regulator accepts firmware updates to stay ahead of the curve. In most cases, the regulator’s firmware is automatically updated whenever configuration files are modified in the app or online.Welcome to the future of intelligent alternator-based charging!

Select your Wiring harness based on whether you need positive or negative type alternator excitation.  You WILL need either a Positive or Negative Wiring Harness unless you are prepared to build your own.  Make sure you include it when you buy.   For a quick overview of the differences and how to check your alternator, scroll down to the “How to determine Alternator polarity” link.

You may also wish to include a battery temperature sensor wiring harness.  This is optional but is strongly recommended, especially in “Battery Centric” configurations where the WS500 can reduce its output when your battery starts to warm up.

Wakespeed’s WS500 Advanced Alternator Regulator was designed and is manufactured in Washington State in the United States of America. Wakespeed’s circuit assembly facility is ISO9001 certified in accordance with AS9104 standards.

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 30 × 30 × 15 cm

Shipping Notes for Wakespeed Devices

This product ships direct from the Manufacturer in WA, USA.  HST will not be included in this order but will be charged by USPS/Canada Post upon delivery.  Duties “should” not apply as this is a product of USA.

Product Downloads

Wakespeed Communications and Configuration Guide v2.3.0

WakeSpeed QuickStart Guide

WS500 quick start card

WS500datasheet

Alternator Windings, how to determine polarity.

How to determine whether your alternator uses positive or negative excitation.

Regulators and field windings have two possible field polarities. It is important to know the difference when installing different regulators or testing regulator function. The two types are as follows:

Positive Polarity. The positive regulator controls a positive excitation voltage. Inside the alternator, one end of the field is connected to the negative polarity. Alternators with this configuration include Bosch, Motorola, Ingram, Sev-Marchal (older models), Silver Bullet, Lestek, Balmar:

To test polarity of an alternator you will need a multi-meter set to the ohms x 1 range and connect across the field connection to an unpainted part of the alternator case or negative output terminal.  Second, disconnect your field and power wires.

Your meter reading should be in the range of 3 to 8 ohms.

Negative Polarity. A negative regulator controls a negative excitation voltage. Inside the alternator, one end of the field is connected to the positive polarity. Alternators with this configuration include Hitachi, Lucas A127, ACR 17-25, and AC5, CAV, Paris-Rhone, new model Sev-Marchal, and Valeo, AC Delco, Mitsubishi:

To test polarity of an alternator you will need a multi-meter set to the Ohms x 1 range and connect across the field connection to the alternator’s positive terminal.

Your meter reading should be in the range of 3 to 8 Ohms.

 

3 reviews for WS500 Smart Regulator

  1. Andy

    Now my issues seem to have settled I love the gear. Easy to configure and fairly easy to install. The fact that I can now fire up both engines and see nearly 200 amps flowing to the LifePO4 batteries is just awesome. The ability to control the alternators to such a granular level is so far above anything else I can find on the market. The Ws500 and it’s feature in control, for my installation, has allowed me to solve the last hurdle I had with my LifePO4 installation. Great product and awesome support.

  2. Steve Mitchell

    I absolutely love my WS-500’s. I have been using them for 8 months and they have been flawless. I have two of them, paired with two XT-175 Balmar alternators on two main engines. Both are setup to charge the same house bank, and the features that the WS-500 has make that efficient and safe. The dual regulator configuration is simple, and the idle throttling is amazing even on large engines. You can read my full review at https://seabits.com/wakespeed-ws-500-regulator-review/

  3. Daniel Carlson (verified owner)

    I installed the WS500 on my Amel SuperMaramu to control the 24v alternator charging the 300 AH LiFePO4 house bank. The pre-programmed Li profile has a dip switch that allows you to limit the alternator to 75% output. And even better is the switch you can add that immediately switches the charge to 26.72v “float”. This still charges the battery bank up to about 80% in a few hours without the initial heavy load on the alternator, but gives great peace of mind when you may be motoring for longer periods. The support from Rick has been great and appreciated. Thanks!

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