Technology driving more convenience and usefulness in 12V power Systems
As Aussies’ love affair with the great outdoors increases, so too has their reliance on smartphone apps. This combination is driving technological advancements in 12V technology, giving even more good times on the road and out bush. There is nothing worse than getting ready to pack up your vehicle for your next trip to find out your battery is flat. Or worse still, getting to your destination and having your battery go flat in a day or two, cutting your holiday short.
HOW LIFE AND OUR TRAVEL ADVENTURES HAVE CHANGED
Our lifestyles have evolved – we lead busier lives and are more tech savvy – and 12V technology is advancing to give us more tools to make it easier to manage our 12V power systems. These days, so many travellers are being inspired by the likes of Graham Cahill, taking off in their 4WD, camper trailer, caravan, RVs and boats to more remote locations. The environment is tougher, resulting in your products needing to be designed with more protection against the dusty, wet and tough outdoors. Many new vehicles now also come with smart alternators and require chargers that are smart alternator compatible. The rapid growth and popularity in lithium batteries also means that companies like Bainbridge Technologies have worked hard to deliver products that have been specifically created with a li-ion battery mode.
AC-DC CHARGER THAT WILL TAKE YOU THE DISTANCE
As power system experts, Bainbridge Technologies understand that by continuing to advance 12V modern technology, travellers can enjoy more good times on and off the road – making your outdoor adventures a lot easier, more convenient and simply more fun!
An exciting product available through Bainbridge Technologies is the Victron Blue Smart AC-DC Charger. This smart product will provide travellers with real information about the voltage and current of your battery via an app. It’s been specifically designed to pair with your smart phone, so you can leave the charger connected up to your camper trailer, caravan, RV or boat and keep a watchful eye on it, even if you are hours away from the vehicle. All you need to do is setup, readout and configure your Blue Smart IP65 Charger via your smartphone. You will be able to see the status of your charger and battery and even control the functions of your charger using the VictronConnect app.
With more people buying lithium batteries and a lot of traditional chargers being incompatible, the Victron Blue Smart Charger comes with a Li-ion battery mode. The charger uses a specific charging algorithm for Li-ion (LiFePO4) batteries, with automatic Li-ion under-voltage protection reset.
Designed with the outback and your remote travel destinations in mind, this tough, robust product is IP65 (water, dust and chemical proof). This is also great if your leisure vehicle is stored in the outdoors.With a 5-year warranty, the Victron Blue Smart Charger is available in 4A, 5A, 10A and 15A. The 10A is suitable for 10-120amp batteries and the 14A up to 170amp.
- Water, dust and chemical resistant
- Seven step smart charge algorithm
- Recovery of fully discharged 'dead' batteries
- Automatic power supply function
- Servere cold performance: down to -30°C
- Several other battery life enhancing features
- Low power mode to charge smaller batteries
- Li-ion battery mode
- Setup and configure, readout of voltage and current by Bluetooth Smart
Ultra high efficiency “green” battery charger
With up to 95% efficiency, these chargers generate up to four times less heat when compared to the industry standard. And once the battery is fully charged, power consumption reduces to 0.5 watt, some five to ten times better than the industry standard.
Temperature compensated charging
The optimal charge voltage of a lead-acid battery varies inversely with temperature. The Blue Smart IP65 Charger measures ambient temperature during the test phase and compensates for tempera - ture during the charge process. The temperature is measured again when the charger is in low current mode during float or storage. Special settings for a cold or hot environment are therefore not needed.
Li-ion battery mode
The Blue Smart Charge r uses a specific charging algorithm for Li-ion (LiFePO₄) batteries, with automatic Li-ion under voltage protection reset.
The VictronConnect app
Setup, readout and configure your Blue Smart IP65 Charger via your smartphone. You can display the status of your charger and battery and even control the functions of your charger using the VictronConnect app. On your screen the readout of voltage and current is default available.