What is battery management?
The term battery management commonly refers to parts of an electrical system or pieces of equipment that are used to charge, maintain, install, or protect a battery. When it comes to marine applications, battery management is essential to the proper functioning of your electrical system. Without battery management, you run the risk of a dead battery and potentially being stuck on the water. Our battery management products include things like battery chargers of various styles, solenoids, battery kits, and charging sockets. Each one is designed to excel in a particular application. Let us start by taking a look at battery chargers.
Where are these products implemented?
Battery management products are designed to save money over time
Battery management products are implemented in applications where batteries need to be maintained and continually recharged. They are a very common part found in the marine industry. All Pacer battery management products are perfect for new installs. They are also ideal when replacing or maintaining equipment on your boat. If you have an older battery charger or a damaged charging port, then these are the perfect parts for your needs. All you will need are the proper tools and the correct terminals. Let us shift our focus to what types of battery management products are available.
What types of battery chargers are available?
Battery chargers are available in a range of amperages and a number of outputs to handle just about any marine application. The important thing with battery chargers is getting the one that is best suited for your needs which is why we carry so many different types of chargers. They are a great way to ensure that you are never at a loss for power. Some of our battery chargers even offer charging for up to three battery banks. Below we will look at the differences between some of these battery chargers to help you determine which one is best suited for your applications.
Guest battery chargers are known for their resilience in marine environments. In fact, they are specifically designed for marine in setting conditions. They are built to handle exposure to moisture, salt, shock, and vibration. Each Guest battery charger is rated IP67 or IP68 depending on the style you choose. To show just how well built these battery chargers are, each one is completely environmentally sealed meaning they can handle direct exposure to water, not that we recommend that or anything, but seriously, that is pretty tough to beat. We offer these in 10 amp, 15 amp, or 20 amp options.
Blue sea battery chargers are another solid option when it comes to choosing the right battery charger. They are built to handle higher amperages such as 25 amp or 40 amp applications. Blue sea battery chargers are built with advanced multi-stage charging and a host of built-in safety features you may not find elsewhere. Each one of these battery chargers carries a durable aluminum case that is built with handling the harsh marine conditions in mind. This type of battery charger is built for reliability and electrical performance making them the obvious choice for marine professionals.
What is a solenoid used for in battery management?
Solenoids can serve a variety of functions however, in battery management, a solenoid is often used to control the flow of electricity and transmit battery voltage to the starting motor. They are designed with the harsh marine conditions in mind and as such, have hermetically sealed contacts and are vapor-proof. Another great aspect of these solenoids is that they are ignition protected and safe for installation aboard gasoline powered boats. The bottom line is that if you’re looking for a solenoid for your boat, you just found it.
Where would I use a mini add-a-battery kit?
The mini add-a-battery kit allows you to charge two batteries at the dock or on the water with a 10 Amp multistage battery charger and an integrated 65 amp automatic charging relay. This kit contains everything you need to install the charger and the switch. If using AC power from the dock you can charge two isolated battery banks with the 3 stage 10 Amp battery charger, whereas, if you are away from the dock you can share the DC power from the alternator with both the start and the auxiliary battery through the integrated 65A ACR. As you can see, this battery kit is a simple solution that is a common problem for everyday boaters.
What types of charging sockets are available?
We offer charging sockets in two main styles, 12 volt receptacle and USB receptacle. Charging sockets are an easy way to keep your phones, tablets, and other devices charged while on the water. One important aspect that makes these charging sockets a solid choice is the fact that they are all designed for quick installation. The main thing to remember is that, for the most part, each one requires a different aperture for installation. The dual charger fits the same mounting hole as a common 12 volt outlet. On the other hand, the fast charger fits into an existing Contura mounting switch aperture. This way you are able to find the charging socket that best suits your specific needs.
Can these battery management tools handle the marine environment?
Our battery management materials have been designed with the harshest marine conditions in mind. Although the exact level of protection varies from part to part, rest assured that these are the toughest marine battery management materials out there. With an average rating of IP67, you know that a little bit of water or salt will pose no problem for the majority of these battery management products. As always, if you have a question, contact a Pacer Group expert today with any questions that you may have.
*This page was updated on 03/31/2022*