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How to Choose Between a Relay, Solenoid, and Contactor

Posted by R. Iversrud on Oct 22, 2020 8:28:00 AM

Relays, solenoids, and contactors are all switches—whether electro-mechanical or solid state—but there are critical differences that make each suitable for different applications. In this article, we will explain how each of these devices work and discuss some key selection considerations.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Relays

Two Things to Double-Check When Choosing Battery Cables – and More

Posted by R. Iversrud on Sep 25, 2020 1:03:59 PM

The battery cable is among the most important components in a battery management system. High quality battery cables will help ensure you have power and avoid battery drain—but only if they are properly sized, installed and maintained.

There are two things you must absolutely double-check when selecting your battery cables.

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Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Battery Management, Wire & Cable

Simplifying Circuit Protection and Power Distribution

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jul 27, 2020 1:23:43 PM

Next-generation power distribution models, called hard-wired boxes, streamline circuit protection and power distribution with features that support easier installation and maintenance as well as protect against premature failure.

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How to Install a Battery Equalizer System

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jun 22, 2020 8:21:03 AM

Preserve battery life and make a safer 12/24V system with a battery equalizer. Here are step-by-step instructions, including:
  • Determining the proper equalizer size
  • Selecting a mounting location
  • Choosing the right wire gauge
  • Wiring the equalizer system
  • Post-installation maintenance
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Equalizers in Dual Voltage Systems: What and Why

Posted by R. Iversrud on May 20, 2020 11:03:21 AM

When to Use an Equalizer in Dual Voltage Systems

Up until the 1950s, most vehicles had a 6V electrical system. Even in the days before light bars and cell phone chargers, that just wasn’t enough power. Newfangled inventions like power windows were stressing 6V systems to the max.

To meet the demand for more power, the auto industry standardized on a 12V system. That was 70 years ago. It’s no surprise that 12V just isn’t sufficient for many modern applications.

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High-Amp Circuit Protection: The Benefits of Battery-Mounted Fusing

Posted by R. Iversrud on Apr 22, 2020 7:57:49 AM

Combine the Fuse Holder & Power Source for Simpler, Safer Solutions

We’re all familiar with the traditional fuse box layout for motor vehicles: A fuse holder wired into the wire harness, usually far from the battery that powers the system. It’s one of those established systems that people don’t tend to question. The fuse box goes here, connected to the main wire harness, and that’s just how it is, right? It doesn’t seem like a system that’s particularly ripe for innovation.

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How to Select the Right Wire

Posted by R. Iversrud on Apr 20, 2020 12:59:01 PM

The wiring you select for your applications and maintenance of electrical systems is an integral part of keeping your system operating as designed. There are many types of automotive wire, and understanding which types are best suited for your application can be confusing. 

For this reason, we will focus on wire typically used in automotive applications and cover two main insulated wire types, automotive GPT primary wire and cross-link wire, as well as covering the importance of wire gauge size based on your application, current draw, potential electrical resistance, and voltage drop.

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6 In-Demand Electrical Components from 2019

Posted by R. Iversrud on Feb 4, 2020 8:19:33 AM

Waytek’s six most popular electrical components of 2019

These six products shot to the top of our list as the most in-demand parts of more than 7,000 products! From enhanced design to easier installation, it’s no wonder these products stood out.

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