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.
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.
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.
- Determining the proper equalizer size
- Selecting a mounting location
- Choosing the right wire gauge
- Wiring the equalizer system
- Post-installation maintenance
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.
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.
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.
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.