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Battery Isolators vs. Separators: What's the Difference?

Posted by G. Christianson on Jan 25, 2017 2:21:10 PM

Controlling parasitic loads, aka 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.

The addition of electrical loads such as lights,   entertainment systems, communications equipment and other accessories, continue to draw power when the engine is off. For these applications, having a multiple battery system is essential, but simply being wired into the vehicle’s electrical system can allow auxiliary batteries to drain power from the main battery, inhibiting engine starting and other essential functions.

This is where battery isolators and separators come into play. But despite seeming very similar, their jobs are very different.

 

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Topics: Battery Management, Battery Isolators, Battery Separators

The 2 Things You Must Double-Check When Sizing Battery Cables - a Quick Reference

Posted by G. Christianson on Sep 22, 2016 2:39:26 PM

The battery cable is among the most important cables in a battery management system. It ensures you have power, stay on task, and avoid battery drain. But to enable this, you need to make sure the sizing is correct. Below, we reference the two things you must double check when sizing your battery cables.

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

Battery Isolators 101

Posted by G. Christianson on Sep 15, 2016 2:15:48 PM

Battery isolators aren't the flashiest part, but they're also often the only part standing between the function or failure of a vehicle, boat or machine. Here's what a battery isolator does, why it's important, and how to spot the right one for your needs.
 
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Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Battery Management, Battery Isolators

Are Parasitic Loads Impacting Your Fleet's Battery Life? Here's How to Tell

Posted by G. Christianson on Jun 21, 2016 12:42:37 PM

Your fleet runs on batteries as much as fuel, and parasitic loads can reduce battery life, strand vehicles, and make life miserable across a fleet. So how do you find parasitic loads, and how do you get rid of them?

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Fleet Management, Battery Management

Battery Isolators vs. Automatic Charging Relays (ACRs): Thursday Throwdown

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 16, 2016 3:56:20 PM

When it comes to battery management, both Battery Isolators and Automatic Charging Relays (also called ACRs or voltage sensitive relays) both safeguard reserve battery power, so as to prevent breakdowns and protect other vital vehicle or boat functions.

So then, how are these two components different? Is one better than the other? Who should choose one over the other? Here, we examine these questions.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Battery Management, Battery Isolators, ACRs

4 Tips for Optimizing Your Fleet's Battery Charging Room

Posted by G. Christianson on May 10, 2016 11:10:56 AM

Your fleet runs on batteries, and that makes the battery charging room a crucial link in the chain that is your business operations. So make sure your battery room is optimized to get batteries charged and ready with these tips.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Fleet Management, Battery Management

Power Conversion for Tractor Trailers 101

Posted by G. Christianson on Feb 18, 2016 9:14:25 AM

Most fleets have to balance not just the needs of their customers, but the needs of their drivers, especially when they're out there on the long haul. But how does power conversion factor in to building a happier, more efficient fleet?

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Battery Management, Power Inverters

How to Get More Life Out of Batteries

Posted by G. Christianson on Feb 9, 2016 11:37:34 AM

A commercial operation often runs on its batteries. Poorly maintained batteries can take fleets off the road right when they need to be rolling the most. So how can you get more life out of your batteries, and keep up with proper battery management?

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Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Fleet Management, Battery Management

A Guide to Battery Management Systems

Posted by G. Christianson on Jan 8, 2016 2:12:26 PM

 

If your equipment rolls, floats, lifts, or hauls, it's probably got a battery management system. The need to protect these core functions makes it crucial to understand what these invaluable components do, how they work, and their place in equipment electrical systems. Here's the least you need to know.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Battery Management

How To Manage Power in Dual Voltage Systems

Posted by G. Christianson on Jun 2, 2014 3:02:59 AM

When the voltage required to power your motor is much higher than the voltage required to power your auxiliary devices, the electrical system is referred to as dual voltage. If not properly supported, dual voltage systems can suffer from excessive current overload or rapid battery discharge, which significantly reduces the life of batteries. DC to DC Converters take high voltage power from battery packs and provide regulated and clean 12 volt output power for standard auxiliary devices and accessories.

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Topics: How To, Battery Management


 

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