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CruzPro CS60, solid state switching

... written for Panbo by Ben Ellison and posted on Mar 24, 2009
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Like so many CruzPro instruments, the CS-60 fits a 54mm hole, comes round or square, and has a three-button interface (with a surprisingly deep menu structure behind it).  But what's a "Clocked Switch"?  Actually that "gauge" contains four solid state switches each capable of handling a load up to four amps and each programmable to its internal clock in two ways...

A CS60 can switch a device in cycles -- like, say, a bait well pump on 3 minutes, off 27 -- or for up to three custom periods per day. And/or it can be used as manual switches (though it takes several button pushes). I can imagine using it to make a boat look occupied when it wasn't, or to show off underwater lights. How might you use it?  Bigger picture: What's possible as solid state DC switching gets more and more affordable? (The CS60 Clocked Switch will cost $150 when it officially debuts next week.)  Yes, it's coming to NMEA 2000, too, as seen in Digital Switching Systems' new PowerGate 2000.


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Comments

Can't find the price for this intriguing device.

Who sells them in the USA and how much is it?

Posted by: SanderO at March 25, 2009 8:14 AM | Reply

This is comment on the web site... it seems we have to scroll down a long way to see the article or review. Is this planed or is this only on my computer? Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Jeffrey at March 25, 2009 8:32 AM | Reply

This could also be used to automatically turn off the anchor light ... I usually remember it a few hours after daylight, wasting energy in my sailboat.

Posted by: Domer at March 25, 2009 8:58 AM | Reply

SanderO, The CS60 is "tentatively" priced at $150 and US dealers are here:

http://www.cruzpro.co.nz/dlr-usa.html

But give them a week or so to learn about this product (I sort of jumped the gun). How are you planning to use it?

Jeffrey, the site looks fine in my browsers. Can you send me more detail and/or a screen shot (ben_dot_ellison_at_panbo_dot_com). Anyone else seeing a strange page layout?

Posted by: Ben at March 25, 2009 9:26 AM | Reply

The site looks fine in FireFox. In IE I see a large block of white space on the left where I have to scroll down to find the first item. In this case the title "CruzPro CS60, solid state switching" is at the top but the first picture is way down the column. Recent Comments is in the ads column. It looks like formatting is off and things just don't fit the screen.

Doug

Posted by: MaineFog at March 25, 2009 12:21 PM | Reply

Another thing I have noticed is the the amount of space, and thus the distance one has to scroll down, has increased slowly over the last 2 weeks. Response in IE is slower than FireFox also.
Doug

Posted by: MaineFog at March 25, 2009 12:40 PM | Reply

When the US Dollar is strong relative to the NZ Dollar, as it is now, this place:

http://www.discount-marine.co.nz/

is the best source for Cruzpro stuff (also Navman).

I am a great fan of Cruzpro products, they are relatively inexpensive, well-supported and they work.

Posted by: Steve at March 25, 2009 1:01 PM | Reply

I'm running an up to date IE 7.0 and it looks fine here, Ben.

Posted by: Jon Hill at March 25, 2009 1:24 PM | Reply

I have had the "white-space" effect previously but OK at the moment.

IE v8

Posted by: Roger B at March 26, 2009 5:30 AM | Reply

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