AC/DC Industries has been developing battery and load management devices for nearly 20 years, making them an important partner with law enforcement and first responder fleet managers. AC/DC Industries is so dedicated to battery management that the company named itself after the concept of electrical current.
Battery management is a serious concern among fleet managers and a concern that doesn’t get a lot of attention. Police and emergency vehicles must be ready to go at all times, no matter the situation. One of the unpredictable things that can render those vehicles unavailable, though, is a dead battery. This is where AC/DC Industries’ battery management technology comes in. Each device is an affordable, easy to install safeguard that will keep the battery alive and the engine available under any circumstance. Failure is not an option when it comes to fleet vehicles, and AC/DC Industries’ products are a critical layer of protection in that regard.
Police and emergency personnel don’t have the time to worry about power management in their vehicles. But parasitic power drain is a significant concern, as first responder vehicles are loaded with aftermarket electronics. Laptops, communication systems, radios, mobile video systems, infrared cameras, license plate recognition systems and ticketing systems – every one of those systems demands power from the battery. That isn’t a concern when the engine is operating and the battery is charging. When the engine is off, though, that’s when possible power pitfalls emerge. And again, first responders don’t have the time to monitor power usage while the engine is off. AC/DC products ensure they don’t have to. This is especially important where communication equipment usage is concerned, as communications must be accessible at all times.
AC/DC’s Product Offerings
Although the company offers lighting options like wig-wag flashers, intended for use with its battery management technology, AC/DC Industries’ flagship products are its delay timers and low voltage sensors. Both are available in a variety of models and are extremely easy to install. Better yet, they take up little space in emergency and police vehicles and can be configured in moments. How do the products work and what do they do, precisely? Here’s a detailed look:
The MZL delay timers – This is what put AC/DC Industries on the map and has kept the company going strong for two decades. MZL timers are vigilant observers of battery voltage output and trigger when voltage outputs drop below or exceed safe limits. Some of the MZL’s features include:
1. Expanded delay timing range – Each MZL timer comes with three switches, and each switch configuration sets a different time span for voltage monitoring. As such, the MZL can be set to operate over a 15-minute span, or up to an 8-hour span. Police can configure their MZL for different operating conditions and ensure the timer doesn’t interfere with equipment functioning.
2. Easy to use override switch – If vehicle equipment is mission critical and cannot be shut down, then first responders can activate the MZL’s override switch. All it takes is a button push and hold, and the MZL will restore power.
3. Precise load management – The MZL supplies a centrally-controlled power source when the timer is triggered. This central power source means all of the vehicle’s equipment is shut down at the same time and done so safely.
4. Low voltage protection – The MZL’s primary purpose is to monitor voltage levels outputting from the battery. The lower threshold is 10.5 volts, and when the battery drops below that, the MZL switches off power to vehicle equipment. This electrical floor, so to speak, is necessary because anything below that will mean the engine won’t have the needed amperage to crank. In effect, the MZL ensures the engine will start even when vehicle equipment is being operated while the engine is off.
5. Overvoltage protection – In the event of a problem with the alternator and a voltage spike threatens the battery and vehicle equipment, the MZL will engage and shut down everything to prevent damage. This threshold sits between 16.75 and 17 volts.
6. Durable construction – The MZL is made with solid state and potted compound construction, so it can handle the rigors of vehicle operation. Bumps and sudden turns won’t affect the timer, in other words. The MZL is also completely sealed off from dust and moisture intrusion, so it can be trusted in any environment.
The VS low voltage sensors – The VS is intended for use as a monitoring or diagnostic tool. It constantly checks voltage output and activates a diode light if the voltage drops below the threshold. It’s an easy to read device that police and emergency personnel can respond to immediately, and ensures that equipment can be shut off if necessary.
The VS is made with the same durable approach as the MZL, with potted compound and solid-state construction. AC/DC Industries recommends that fleet managers install a switch between the sensor and the battery, as it does draw amperage. However, the sensor is designed to make this easy to do.
AC/DC Industries’ power monitoring and management technology can save fleet vehicles from battery damage and unexpected power shortages. It’s a slight investment into solving a major risk and ensures that police and emergency personnel can always count on their vehicles.