Jun 08

Reduce Liftgate Costs, Make Faster Deliveries

Are there any fleets that have 1400 hours a year to waste? We didn’t think so. As you know, the speed of a liftgate is crucial to a fleet’s rate of delivery. Research shows that fully-charged liftgate batteries can increase liftgate speed up to 10%. Keeping liftgate batteries at a high state of charge improves...

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Jul 13

INVERTERS WITH PROGRAMMABLE LOW VOLTAGE DISCONNECTS PROTECT VEHICLES

Most inverters have a low voltage disconnect (LVD) that are made to protect just the inverter, but Purkeys’ inverters can protect the vehicle and the inverter with its programmable LVD. Inverters take DC power from tractor batteries and convert it to 110 VAC power. This lets drivers operate devices such as laptops and microwaves while on...

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Sep 30

HOW TO RESET AN INVERTER

Inverters take DC power from tractor batteries and convert it to 110 AC power. This allows drivers to operate devices such as laptops and microwaves while on over the road routes. Sales and Service Engineer Larry Rambeaux demonstrates how to reset an inverter when it shuts off. According to Larry, “When the 1200-11-8 inverter batteries...

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Sep 16

MEASURING AN INVERTER’S OUTPUT

Inverters take DC power from the tractor batteries and convert it to 110 AC power. This allows drivers to operate devices such as laptops and microwaves while drivers are on over the road jobs. While inverters are good tools for drivers, they do have limitations so it is important to understand how much of a...

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Sep 09

TESTING AN INVERTER’S INPUT VOLTAGE

Inverters take DC power from the tractor batteries and convert it to 110 AC power. This allows drivers to operate devices such as laptops and microwaves while drivers are on over the road jobs. Purkeys’ Sales and Service Engineer Charley Gipe demonstrates how to test voltage drop in the input wiring on an inverter. Charley...

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Jul 02

Making Sure the Safety Systems on a Trailer have Enough Power to Operate

  How Purkeys’ Liftgate Charging Systems Share the AUX Circuit   One of the biggest challenges for fleets with liftgates is keeping the liftgate batteries charged. Purkeys DIRECT and SELECT charging systems can help keep batteries charged by utilizing a DC-DC converter at the batteries. It steps up the voltage to the liftgate batteries and...

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Apr 29

INSTALLING AN INVERTER

Installing an Inverter Larry Rambeaux Demonstrates How to Choose the Best Place to Install One   Inverters convert DC power to 110 AC power. This allows drivers to use their household items while over the road. There are many inverters to choose from, so it’s important to look for one that is programmable, durable, easy...

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Sep 30

HOW TO INSTALL AN AC/DC INVERTER: PURKEYS 1200+ 11.8V INVERTER

Drivers use devices like laptops, microwaves, and other appliances to help them adjust to life on the road. This requires an inverter, which takes DC power from the tractor batteries and converts to AC power for these devices. Purkeys Technical and Sales Specialist Dude Drake shows how to install Purkeys’ 1200+ 11.8v inverter and gives 5 easy tips...

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Aug 08

ARE HOTEL LOADS DRAINING YOUR BATTERIES?

How to Measure AC Power Consumption   Long-haul truck drivers use inverters to convert DC power to AC power. This allows them to use 110 V appliances like microwaves and computer chargers. When the truck’s engine is off, all of the electricity to run these hotel loads comes from the truck’s batteries. Overconsumption of AC...

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Jun 05

ARE YOUR INVERTERS DRAINING YOUR TRACTOR BATTERIES?

In an article for Fleet Equipment Magazine, Purkeys Chief Creative Engineer, Bruce Purkey explains how an integrated control module can help fleets balance their needs with the driver’s needs. More information about Purkeys inverter control modules can also be found on the Purkeys blog.  The article published below was first published by Jason Morgan for...

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