New products for Jan 2016

8 January 2016  |  Paul

This month we're focusing on our new range of chargers and inverters from Sterling Power Products. Sterling's battery-to-battery chargers will be of particular interest to those of you wishing to charge a secondary battery in a vehicle with a 'smart' alternator, where a traditional split charging using a VSR won't work properly.

Sterling Mains-Powered Battery Chargers

Sterling's multi-award winning range of 'Pro Charge Ultra' multi-stage battery chargers are suitable for use in professional and recreational applications alike. Packed with a host of useful features and utilising some of the very best charging technology available they are designed for high reliability, un-rivalled charging performance and global use. Sterling are at the forefront of charging technology and the Pro Charge Ultra range are fitted by many of the World's largest production boat builders as original equipment. Suitable for all battery types including wet lead acid (open and sealed), AGM, Gel, calcium and lithium.

Find out more: Sterling Mains Battery Chargers

Sterling Quasi-Sine Wave Inverters

Quasi (or modified) sine wave inverters take a 12V DC power source and closely approximate the shape of the AC waveform that you get from your household electrical sockets, meaning that they can operate about 95% of 240V AC powered equipment.  These quasi-sine wave inverters from Sterling Power are robust, reliable units and are more cost-effective than pure sine wave inverters if you are running basic electrical items like kettles, microwaves, hairdryers, fridges, TVs, blenders, laptops, games, consoles etc.  They are a compact size for their output power and incorporate several safety features to protect the inverter and battery from damage.

Find out more: Sterling Battery-To-Battery Chargers

Sterling Battery-To-Battery Chargers

Battery-To-Battery chargers allow you to charge an auxiliary / leisure battery from your alternator whilst driving. They are installed in-line between the positive terminals of two batteries (one of which is connected to an alternator, typically a starter battery) and offer several benefits when compared with traditional split charge systems that utilise a Voltage Sensitive Relay (VSR) or heavy duty alternator-triggered relay.
  • Direct alternator charging used in a traditional split charge system with a VSR will only achieve around an 80% charge state. VSRs simply allow charge to pass directly from the alternator to the auxiliary battery whereas Battery-To-Battery chargers take the alternator output and boost or reduce it to provide a stable voltage output according to a multi-stage charging profile. This provides a 100% re-charge for your leisure battery in a controlled way and typically achieves it around 5x faster than with direct alternator charging.
  • Current flow is limited by the charger's current rating, eliminating potentially damaging high in-rush currents and allowing the use of smaller connecting cable than with VSR-based split charge systems.
  • Using a battery-to-battery charger is the only solution if you intend to re-charge a second battery in a modern vehicle that has an ECU-controlled 'smart' alternator (generally Euro 5/6 compliant engines onward). These have a highly variable voltage output that is often too low to provide a charge or (in the case of regenerative braking systems) so high that it can damage some battery types.  VSRs are not suitable for use with 'smart' alternators and a battery-to-battery charger must be used instead.

Find out more: Sterling Battery-To-Battery Chargers

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