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Latest news for Oct 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017  |  Admin

This month we're discussing your options when it comes to selecting and wiring a fusebox and talking about the differences between parallel and series connections when wiring batteries together. Enjoy!


Which Fusebox?

Fitting a fusebox between your leisure battery and your 12V circuits is an essential bit of safety equipment when building a 12V system but it can be confusing when faced with various fusebox options.  Here we'll explain the main types available together with their advantages and disadvantages:

1. Fusebox with individual power supplies for each circuit

These fuseboxes only distribute power on the +ve side of the circuit and each circuit must be fed with an individual +ve supply cable. These are inexpensive but multiple cables can make installation time-consuming and complex if you have lots of circuits.

The -ve connections for each circuit cannot go through the box so need to be taken back to a suitable common -ve connection point or directly to the battery -ve terminal.

2. Fusebox with common power supply for all circuits

These fuseboxes tidy up the input wiring by having all circuits connected via an internal busbar (essentially a metal plate), so only one +ve power supply cable is required. These make installation cleaner and quicker but they tend to be slightly more expensive than boxes with individual power supplies for each circuit.

Again, the -ve side of each circuit cannot go through the box so need to be dealt with externally.

3. Fusebox with common power supply for all circuits, plus negative connections

These boxes go one stage further and have an internal busbar for the -ve side of each circuit as well as for the +ve. This means that you only need to wire one +ve cable and one -ve cable into the box, keeping the inputs really neat and tidy.

The -ve connections for each circuit can then be taken to the negative busbar in the box, so all your connections are in one place. In this example we've used twin-core cable for each circuit which makes the installation even more tidy.

Conclusion

Although more expensive, fuseboxes with busbars for both +ve and -ve sides of the circuits (example no. 3 above) are the option we recommend for most installations. They keep the number of connections to a minimum, make fault finding easy (no -ve connections hidden behind carpeted linings that are difficult to access) and, when combined with twin core cable, can result in very neat wiring installations. These are available in 6-way and 12-way versions.


Battery Wiring - Parallel or Series

One topic that causes a bit of confusion is the concept of wiring batteries together so we thought we'd take a couple of minutes to provide a brief overview.

PARALLEL WIRING

If you want to increase your battery storage capacity by wiring two or more batteries together then you need to wire them in parallel. This means joining +ve to +ve and -ve to -ve. For two 12V batteries of the same size this will double your capacity in Ah but keep the voltage the same.

SERIES WIRING

If you want to increase your battery voltage by wiring two or more batteries together then you need to wire them in series. This means joining the +ve of one battery to the -ve of the other.  For two 12V batteries of the same size this will double your voltage but keep the capacity in Ah the same.


Latest news for Sep 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017  |  Admin

This month we have extended our Sterling battery charger range and are announcing our switch to DPD for all courier deliveries.  We also have only a week left to go for entries to our Facebook dashcam competition, so enter before it's too late.


 

Extended Sterling Battery Charger Range

Due to popular demand we've added the 12V 40A output version of Sterling Power's multi award winning Pro Charge Ultra charger to our range, meaning we now stock 10, 20, 30 & 40A models as standard.  Don't forget, we can supply any product from the Sterling range so if you don't see what you need on our website please just contact us for a price and lead time.

Find out more: Sterling Pro Charge Ultra


New Courier Service - Coming Soon!

We're always looking at ways to enhance our service so we are excited to announce that we are teaming up with industry-leading courier company DPD to bring you better, more convenient delivery of your orders.

DPD have a reputation for being the most innovative carrier in the express parcels sector. They offer a one-hour delivery window with their PREDICT service, meaning there's no need to wait in all day, and with real-time tracking of your delivery driver's location with their FOLLOW service you can see where your parcel is and the number of stops remaining before your delivery.

You can also choose from multiple options if you are not going to be available to sign for your delivery. These include leaving in a safe place, leaving with a neighbour, deliver to pick-up point, alternative delivery date etc., all of which make receiving your order that little bit easier.

Keep an eye on our website for the changes coming soon.


Facebook Competition - Ends 22nd Sep

We currently have a Facebook competition running to win an amazing Ring Automotive RBGDC200 Full HD GPS Dashcam.

You can read the full specs here and enter the competition at the following link:

https://dashcam.hscampaigns.com/

 

Competition closes 22nd September.


Latest news for Jul 2017 - Scanstrut products now available

Friday, 28 July 2017  |  Admin

This month we're happy to announce the addition of a range of products from Scanstrut, the international market leader in the design and manufacture of installation solutions for marine electronics.


Waterproof High Power USB Socket

This high power, twin USB socket from Scanstrut is designed to withstand powerful jets of water and heavy seas so is ideal for use in boat cockpits or on the outside of vehicles. The clever Click & Lock lid and cable seals make it fully waterproof regardless of whether you have 1, 2 or no USB cables plugged in and thanks to the 4.2A high power output you will still get fast charging of mobile devices, even if using both ports.

Find out more: Scanstrut Waterproof Twin USB Socket


Cable Seals

These cable seals (deck seals) provide the ideal solution to waterproof cable routing through decks and bulkheads and are perfect for installing antenna and navigation light cables on boats. 100% waterproof with stainless fastenings and impact resistant housings, they are designed for tough marine environments.

Find out more: Scanstrut Cable Seals


Cable Selection Guide

We have produced a new YouTube video to help you with selecting the right cable for your wiring project. This is a critical part of specifying your system and spending some time at the start to understand how to choose the correct cable can save a lot of pain later on!

Watch it HERE

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Find out more: Visit our channel on YouTube

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Latest news for Jun 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017  |  Admin

Classic connectors back in stock, new assortment kit and YouTube video for crimping copper tube terminals.


Bullet terminals & connectors back in stock

Having been out of stock for some time we're pleased to finally have these back in, meaning our popular large assortment kit box will also be back on the shelves in the next day or so.  Ideal for classics restorations, these terminals and connectors are best assembled using dedicated crimping and insertion tools so we'll be discussing how to use these in our next YouTube video.

Find out more: Assortment kits


New copper tube terminal kit box - coming soon

We will shortly be introducing a new copper tube terminal assortment kit to our range in response to customer feedback. We already stock a large assortment box but many of you have asked about a kit with more terminals in the smaller sizes. This new kit will contain terminals for cable sizes from 6 - 25mmwith hole sizes of 5, 6, 8 & 10mm.

Find out more: Assortment kits


12 Volt Planet TV

We've recently uploaded a new video showing how to crimp copper tube terminals to larger gauge cable. These terminals require heavier duty tools so we've demonstrated the options and crimping methods available.

Watch it HERE

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Find out more: Visit our channel on YouTube


Latest news for April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017  |  Admin

Expanded range of battery chargers, YouTube wiring video and supporting and visiting friends.

The latest addition this month is an expansion to our battery chargers. We are proud to now offer the PPT Premium Multi-Stage charger. This range is aimed at those wanting a high performance multi-stage charger with a good set of features but at a lower cost compared with some of the larger manufacturers. 

Find out more: Battery Chargers 


Mongol Rally & Brookes Racing Team Visit

If you follow our social media channels you may have seen our recent visit to the Oxford Brookes Racing Team who we are helping prepare for a new season. Chatting with the Meghann and the team we are very excited to continue our support and we will keep you updates as to their progress.

We also have updates from the TCB Team in the Mongol Rally 2017, They have been using our goods and have seeked further support for their charities. Luckily they have also managed to get at least one of there many visas needed all sorted but there is still plenty to do. We will continue to keep you posted.

Find out more: Mongol Rally 2017 & Oxford Brookes Racing


12 Volt Planet TV

We are currently reviewing our YouTube page, working on further videos & hoping to continue posting new videos soon. We have added 1 video for customer to help with our LED Touch Switch Lights.

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Find out more: Visit our channel on YouTube

 

 


Supporting TCB in Mongol Rally 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

We are proud to support the Taking Care of Business Team (TCB for short) in this years 2017 Mongol Rally. The team will try and cross 25 countries clocking up 20,000 miles in the process with no help or support!

TCB, short for Taking Care of Business, is a team of the Mongol Rally 2017, comprising two couples; Geoff and Chloe, and Dom and Carla, from Mansfield Woodhouse and Warsop respectively. The gang decided that they would undertake the voyage to Mongolia (and back) during the latter months of 2016 and began planning. 

They spent several weeks trying to decide which model of car would best suit their needs. They settled upon the Morris Minor 1000s, and went about buying two of them, which have been named Georgina & Elaine.

The team then began preparing for the rally (work which continues to this day), deciding on which charities to support, working on the cars, route and logistics planning, fundraising, visas and more.

The charities they decided on (in addition to Coolearth, the official charity of the rally) were UNICEF, Mind and Cancer Research UK. The route that they have chosen for the outbound journey is known as 'the southern route' in Mongol Rally lore, and will see them traverse over twenty countries, and includes the infamous Pamir Highway in eastern and central Asia. They are travelling 'the northern route' on the return journey which sends them along almost the entire length of Russia.

To help them with there cars we have supplied them with the following parts for use during the rally as well as advice. 

7 Core Thin Wall Cable: https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/7-core-thin-wall-trailer-cable-6-x-165a-10mm-1-x-25a-20mm.html

Crimp Terminal Kit: https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/120-piece-pre-insulated-crimp-terminal-kit.html

High Power LED Work Lamp: https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/slimline-high-power-square-led-work-lamp-10-30v.html

Twin USB Power Sockets: https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/12v-24v-recessed-twin-usb-power-socket-5v-21a.html


The rally begins on 16th July 2017 & the entire trip is expected to last around two months, with the team trying to raise donations and sponsors for their causes before, during and after the rally.

For more details on the team and to donate please click the links below:

Team Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TCB2017/

Team Donation Pages:

 http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=TCB2017

https://www.gofundme.com/tcb-the-mongol-rally-2017

We wish Geoff, Chloe, Dom & Carla the best of luck on this epic adventure and we hope you will join us in helping them raise as much money as possible for their chosen charities. We will follow their adventure throughout and keep you informed of their progress


Latest news for February 2017

Friday, 10 February 2017  |  Admin

An expanded range of switch panels, braided sleeving and new YouTube tutorials are on the menu this month. Find out more below.

The latest addition this month is an expansion to our already popular range of switch panels.  We now offer these in 12-way versions with either fuses or circuit breakers and with three different switch options. We have also introduced an AC changeover switch panel that allows you to have a single set of sockets fed by either a shore/site supply, inverter or generator.

Find out more: 12 way switch panels 


Expandable Braided Sleeving

New for February, this lightweight, expandable braided sleeving is ideal for bundling cables and offering durable protection against abrasion. It has an especially high working temperature of 150ºC, is flame retardant, halogen free and the open weave construction allows parts of the loom to 'break-out' through the sleeving if required. Available in a range of sizes.

Find out more: Braided sleeving


12 Volt Planet TV

We've added some new videos to our recently launched YouTube channel to help you with some of our products:

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Find out more: Visit our channel on YouTube

 

 


Latest news for November 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016  |  Admin

This month we've added an LED Brightness Guide and Technical FAQ Section to our Knowledge Centre. We've also reduced shipping charges for Highlands & Islands destinations - great news for our customers in those more remote areas!


LED Brightness Guide

One of the questions we are often asked about our range of LED lights is 'How bright are they?'.  This is difficult to answer as LED lights cannot be directly compared with traditional incandescent light bulbs because they draw much less power for an equivalent light output. Most of us have a rough idea of how bright a 60W incandescent bulb is but we would probably have no idea how bright a 5W LED light would be. The brightness of LED lights is quoted in Effective Lumens and we have created a quick guide so you can compare traditional lighting wattages with Effective Lumens when deciding which LED lights are right for you.

Find out more: LED Lighting Brightness Guide


Frequently Asked Technical Questions

We often get asked the same sort of questions in relation to various 12V topics and we thought it was about time to pull together all the answers into a handy reference guide. So we've created a 12 Volt FAQs section in our Knowledge Centre and hopefully all your technical questions will be answered!

Find out more: 12 Volt FAQs


Highlands & Islands Shipping Costs Reducing

We are pleased to announce that from 1st December we will be bringing our shipping charges for Highlands and Islands destinations in line with the rest of the Mainland UK. So regardless of whether you live in London or Jersey you'll benefit from the same low, flat rate charge of £2.95 for standard shipping on all orders up to £100 and receive FREE shipping for all orders over £100.

See our Delivery & Returns section from 1st December for full details.

 

 


Get Connected - New products for Aug 2016

Friday, 19 August 2016  |  Admin

We're now stocking the Blue Sea Systems range of weatherproof plugs, sockets and accessories designed specifically for use in harsh marine environments, as well as their new OLED voltmeter and twin fast charge 4.8A USB socket.


Blue Sea Systems Weatherproof Plugs & Sockets

This weather-proof 12 Volt DC plug and socket socket system is designed to withstand the rigors of wet environments and constant vibration found in marine use. The tough plug/socket design features a twist-lock system to securely hold the two together and a seal around the plug prevents moisture ingress, so they can be used in cockpits exposed to spray. Corrosion resistant materials with large contact surfaces are used throughout to ensure good electrical connection and minimal voltage drop.

Find out more: Weatherproof plugs and sockets


Blue Sea Systems OLED Voltmeter & Twin Fast Charge USB Socket

Another great new product from Blue Sea Systems, this compact, panel-mounted voltmeter features a crystal clear OLED display that can be read even in bright daylight conditions.  It can be used with 12V or 24V systems and has a waterproof facia so can be mounted in exposed locations. 

Their new twin fast charge USB socket provides a whopping 4.8A to allow optimised fast charging of two devices simultaneously - perfect for those with multiple mobile devices needing to be charged on the go.

Find out more: OLED Voltmeter      Twin Fast Charge USB Socket


 More from LED Autolamps...

To complement our existing range we have introduced three new LED Autolamps products this month.  Large round interior lamps which are ideal for use as central lighting in living or work areas, a compact strip lamp with red LEDs for night working and a door entry scene light for illuminating entrances to motorhomes, caravans etc.  All are built to the usual high standard we've come to expect from this manufacturer, backed up by a 3 year warranty.

Find out more: Large Interior Lights      Red Strip Light      Door Entry Scene Light


Lighting The Way - New products for July 2016

1 CommentFriday, 15 July 2016  |  Admin

This month we've added some of the best new LED lighting designs to our range to bring you even more choice when fitting out your boat or vehicle


Compact Work Lamps

These compact work lamps are ideal for use on motorbikes, trikes, quads or any other application where mounting space is limited. At 1000+ lumens they are high output for their size and come in either rectangular or oval housing designs. They're also  fully waterproof with stainless hardware and tough polycarbonate lenses, meaning they'll withstand the rigors of daily use.

Find out more: LED work lamps


Flexible LED Strips With Self-Adhesive Backing

This new range of flexible LED strip lighting makes easy work of illuminating under shelving and other areas where discrete and compact lighting is needed. Simply peel off the protective tape from the adhesive foam backing, apply where needed and wire up to the pre-installed flying leads. Available in four lengths to  suit the vast majority of applications and fully waterproof  so they can be used outside.

Find out more: Flexible LED strip lights


Touch Sensitive Interior Lights

A stylish and contemporary range of low profile strip lights that will blend well with any modern vehicle interior. They can be wired to be turned on and off by an in-built touch sensitive switch or they can be powered directly so you can switch them from a remote location.  At only 11mm deep they are low profile and are available in a choice of three lengths. We're currently stocking them in graphite grey but will also have them available in black in the next few weeks.

Find out more: Touch sensitive interior lights


Extended range of copper tube terminals

Due to popular demand we are now stocking copper tube terminals with 5mm diameter connection holes. These are available on terminals to fit  6, 10, 16 & 25mm2 cable sizes.

Find out more: Copper tube terminals

 

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