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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THE RIGHT ALTERNATOR CAN SAVE BATTERIES

How Purkeys Remote Sense Alternator Can Prolong Battery Life The charging circuit between the battery and the alternator can lose voltage when wiring ages, corrodes, becomes loose, or is not properly connected. A traditional alternator will maintain 14 volts at the alternator’s output terminal but the voltage at the battery pack is less, due to…

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BATTERIES AND HEAT DO NOT MIX

Why Heat Is More of an Issue Now Than in the Past Modern trucks’ aerodynamic skirting allows the tractor to have less drag and reduce fuel usage. An unintended result is the air that used to cool components like the batteries passes by the tractor. Now batteries are subjected to higher temperatures. While batteries perform…

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Trace Down Circuits Before Replacing Liftgate Parts

by Tom Berg, Senior Editor The driver’s come back from his daily peddle run a couple of hours early because of problems with the trailer’s liftgate. He says it’s operating very slowly, and at his last stop he barely got the platform off the ground and stowed. Right away the trailer mechanic allows as how…

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HAVING ISSUES WITH BATTERY MAINTENANCE?

  Battery Program Includes Free Electrical Consulting Heavy duty, commercial trucking fleets can experience a variety of issues with batteries on a regular basis. Having technicians properly trained in battery maintenance is an important part in keeping a fleets’ tractors on the road to maximize productivity and profit. The training requires some upfront costs but…

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CASE STUDY: SOLVING THE ISSUE OF DEAD LIFTGATE BATTERIES FOR RENTAL TRAILERS

How Purkeys Saved a Trailer Rental Company Money with a 3-in-1 Charge Controller System Challenge A large trailer leasing company had compatibility issues between their trailers liftgate charging system and the clients’ tractors. Since there are three different systems, dual pole, single pole, and seven-way aux, it was difficult to choose which one matched the…

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