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Sep 07, 2017

Not All DC to DC Battery Chargers are Equal

Described as the ‘secondary battery charging specialist’, REDARC Electronics has released its range of DC-DC battery chargers for the North American trailer market.

With an ever-increasing number of electrical accessories and devices being used when travelling around North America, along with more complex vehicle electrical systems than seen in years gone by, having the right battery charging solution has never been more important.

The REDARC range of BCDC in-vehicle & trailer battery chargers ensure optimum performance of electrical equipment such as fridges, lights, tailgates, inverters, cameras or even CPAP machines installed in an RV or trailer when powered from a dual battery set up. They’re perfect for any vehicle or trailer that has a secondary battery bank that can be charged from the vehicles start battery.

BCDC in-vehicle & trailer battery chargers have been designed to charge any commonly used automotive secondary battery to a proven 100%. They provide a unique multi-stage charging algorithm whilst on the move.
20, 25 or 40 Amp output for charging 12-volt secondary batteries and a 20 Amp output for charging a 24-volt secondary battery.

The 12 volt, 25 and 40 Amp and the 24-volt 20-Amp models also feature a fully integrated MPPT Solar regulator, allowing the maximum amount of power from solar panels to charge a secondary battery bank. The range features a wide 9 – 32 volt DC input range allowing a secondary battery to be charged from either a 12V or 24V vehicle electrical system.

With Lithium batteries increasingly being used in secondary applications for Emergency Services, RV’s and Overlanding, REDARC also has Lithium Iron Phosphate In-vehicle & trailer battery chargers called the LFP range, designed specifically for LiFePO4 batteries. This Charger has a unique two-stage DC-DC charging profile, suitable for 12 and 24 volt electrical systems and features an MPPT solar regulator.

Designed, built and tested for all conditions, the BCDC and LFP in-vehicle battery chargers won’t let you down. With over 35 years’ experience in the research, design, development and manufacture of battery chargers, REDARCs’ knowledge of North American conditions is engineered into every unit with REDARC products becoming the new industry standard.

Compact in size and fully sealed – water, dust and vibration are no match for the in-vehicle/ trailer battery chargers. They can handle the roughest tracks on the Rubicon or Trans America Trails and even the deep-water crossings of Colorado. Featuring fan-free cooling, there is no noise or wearing parts, eliminating any risk of dust getting into the unit. The fixed connection cables that come with the BCDC are rated above the minimum current capacities to ensure the best performance from the BCDC.

They work in the extreme heat of the Mojave Desert, operating up to 176°F. A higher operating temperature allows for flexible installation options, from the engine bay to inside a trailer. They won’t break down when you need them most.

REDARC in-vehicle & trailer battery chargers are well protected, incorporating dual battery isolation functionality as well as fault recognition that includes protection against voltage spikes, overheating and reverse polarity. They’re even a voltage booster, which is ideal for when the secondary battery is located a long distance from the vehicles start battery. Once installed the BCDC will not require any maintenance other than ensuring the cooling fins are kept clear of debris.

With award winning technology, the BCDC and LFP algorithm has been independently verified and tested to ensure battery life is maximized, charging the battery to a guaranteed 100%. The fitment of the product by a large Original Equipment Manufacturer is a testament to the proven charging accuracy of the BCDC.

Other Chargers on the market, are not as powerful or are only suitable to charge a small battery for a trailer breakaway unit. Compromises in quality and performance are often made to achieve a lower price point. They fail when they’re needed the most and there is a risk of overcharging or undercharging a battery. Undercharging a battery means not getting enough out of the battery and overcharging the battery will shorten the battery life or could even cause damage to the battery through excessive heat and gassing.

REDARC products come with a two-year warranty, on top of that there is the technical support to answer any questions that may arise. Being able to talk with the manufacturer and the staff that designed the product only comes from a company that designs, tests and manufactures its product. Whether you’re boondocking across the USA or simply relying on your battery to keep the fridge powered and the beers cold – REDARC is the brand you can trust.

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