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Old 08-08-2018, 11:12 AM
pilotyoung pilotyoung is offline
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Default voltage regulator

Eric was not just giving me a work around. He sent me a picture of the new Silent Hektik mod and it is just jumped from one pin to the other. The only problem with replacing the fuse is it has to be send back to Vans as it is an internal fuse soldered to the circuit board.

Since Van's is now recommending the jumper method, at least on the Silent Hektik ones, it seems to me that they have decided the fuse is not necessary. So my plan is next time I have the avionics compartment opened, I am going to run the small yellow wire that supplies 12 volts to turn on the regulator through the master switch. Then I will be able to shut it off, it will just not have the fuse protection.

I have ordered a Silent Hektik regulator. I decided it is worth the cost because it has built in over-voltage protection. When I get it, I will probably run the wire through the switch.

Thanks for your comments. I do learn from them.
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:10 PM
pilotyoung pilotyoung is offline
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Default Voltage Regulator

That is the diagram I was refering to. It is in the instructions for the modification kit to install the Silent Hektik regulator on the original RV-12.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:47 PM
pilotyoung pilotyoung is offline
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Default Voltage Regulator

There is a post, that I can't find again, on this forum from a gentlemen who had smoke in the avionics area in his RV-12 with the Ducati regulator mounted in the cockpit on the passenger side. I don't remember if he shut the Master switch off or not, but I remember he pulled the 30 amp fuse and the smoke continued. He then pulled the wires off the regulator and the smoke stopped.

He put up pictures of his conversion to the Silent Hektik regulator and his new blast tube setup. It was a very nice setup and I plan on copying it when I receive my Silent Hektik regulator.

I need to start bookmarking these posts when I find them.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:06 AM
Mich48041 Mich48041 is offline
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I have contacted Van's Aircraft about the voltage regulator wiring. I was told that regulator terminals "C" and "B" are connected together on the RV-12is per Rotax documentation. Face to face meetings between Van's and Rotax confirmed that wiring. Rotax did not give a reason for eliminating a switch in regulator terminal "C" circuit. I assume that Rotax wants to assure that there will be electrical power available as a backup to operate the fuel pump and ignition if the primary engine electrical source fails.
If it is desired to disable the charging system while flying, the 30 amp fuse can be pulled.
Joe Gores
RV-12 Flying
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