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Automotive Wire 101: The Basics

Posted by R. Iversrud on Nov 16, 2021 1:29:37 PM

 

Unless you've been repairing or wiring 12-volt equipment for a long time, the world of automotive wiring can be daunting. You’ll need to understand some jargon and technical terms to get started. To ensure you're getting the right wire for the job, here's an essential overview of what you need to know.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Basics, Vehicles, Wire & Cable

Guide to IP (Ingress Protection) Codes for Vehicle Electrical Components

Posted by S. Green on Oct 22, 2021 10:39:55 AM

The IP Code, IEC standard 60529, sometimes interpreted as Ingress Protection Marking, classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion, dust, accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Resources & Tools, Regulatory, IP, Ratings & Standards

Heat Shrink 101

Posted by R. Iversrud on Sep 27, 2021 2:15:00 PM

Using heat shrink materials is an excellent way to protect crucial electrical connections and keep wire connections secure. However, some confusion lingers over heat shrink materials and how they are best used. Here's what you need to know.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Wire & Cable, Heat Shrink

Spotlights and Floodlights - The Fundamentals

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jul 26, 2021 9:57:53 AM


When it comes to lighting patterns for vehicle work lights, some work vehicle customers are unsure whether spotlights or floodlights will best suit their operators' needs. Other questions may arise around the choice between LED or halogen lighting, and the different units of measurement when it comes to brightness. It’s important for upfitters to understand the differences between spotlights and floodlights and the best applications for each.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Lighting

How to Choose the Right Crimping Tools

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jun 25, 2021 8:48:43 AM

Proper crimping is essential for reliable terminations, and getting the right crimp requires the right tool. While this may sound simple enough, there several important things to keep in mind when selecting from the myriad of crimping tools on the market. 

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Crimping, Wire & Cable

Battery Isolators and Automatic Charging Relays (ACRs): A Comparison

Posted by R. Iversrud on May 12, 2021 8:39:52 AM

When it comes to battery management, battery isolators and automatic charging relays (also called ACRs or voltage sensitive relays) are both used to safeguard reserve battery power to prevent breakdowns and protect other vital vehicle or boat functions.

So, how are these two components different? Is one better than the other? When should you choose one over the other? Here are some things to keep in mind.

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

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

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

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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