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The Top 10 Products of Q1, 2021

Posted by R. Iversrud on Apr 27, 2021 10:14:19 AM

The 10 products featured below shot to the top of our list as the most in-demand—out of more than 7,000 products offered at Waytek—in the first quarter of 2021.

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Splice Connectors 101

Posted by R. Iversrud on Apr 8, 2021 11:23:26 AM

 

Splice connectors—also commonly known as butt connectors, butt splices, or crimp connectors—have been in use for decades and remain an important component in 12-volt electrical systems. Here are some basics to help you select and use them.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Terminals & Connectors

Automotive Switch Basics

Posted by R. Iversrud on Mar 19, 2021 6:32:37 AM

Switches—whether they're toggles or rockers, push-button or disconnect—are found in every 12-volt electrical system, doing everything from turning on lights to moderating critical systems. To understand the basics of electrical switches, you must first understand the circuitry inside, then be able to discern the differences between different types of switches. Here's a crash course.

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Topics: Switches, automotive switches

A Basic Guide to Circuit Breaker Types

Posted by R. Iversrud on Feb 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM

                          

Circuit breakers are increasingly being used instead of fuses for transportation equipment of all types. Circuit breakers have many virtues: They're more durable, they're easier to reset and replace, and they can be ordered in types and sizes that work in most places where fuses would be used on vehicles.

Perhaps most important, circuit breakers with reset buttons enable users to immediately cut power, providing an added level of personal safety not available with fuses.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Circuit Protection

Fuses 101: What You Need to Know

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jan 22, 2021 7:37:57 AM

While circuit breakers are becoming more prominent in 12-volt system design, the fuse remains a common, and useful, technology. If you're not up on your fuses, here's an overview of where they fit into automotive circuit protection.

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Topics: Fuses

How to Choose Between Battery Isolators and Separators

Posted by R. Iversrud on Dec 9, 2020 11:55:59 AM

Controlling parasitic loads (battery drain) and properly distributing electrical power is crucial to keeping vehicles working. However, this requires balancing the needs of the battery against those of the electrical system.

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Topics: Battery Management, Battery Isolators, Battery Separators

Guide to Successful Dual Voltage Systems

Posted by R. Iversrud on Dec 9, 2020 11:38:06 AM

Dual voltage electrical systems solve many power requirement problems in today's trucks, buses and motor coaches, but like any specialized technology, dual voltage establishes its own rules.

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How to Choose the Right Power Distribution Module

Posted by R. Iversrud on Nov 9, 2020 10:50:56 AM

Power distribution modules, or PDMs, have been called by many different names: Power distribution centers or units, electrical centers, and even electrical boxes. In any case, it boils down to this: PDMs are circuits in an enclosure, distributing power from a central power source to many smaller circuits around a vehicle or equipment.

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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


 

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