This new little gadget from Ark allows users to switch between AC and DC current from the same charger, allowing use at home via 240V main and through the 12V plug in the car.
The unit weighs 450 grams and is about 45mm thick. The LCD display shows what’s happening with your volts and how long it will take until the unit is fully charged, and can as a battery monitor when not in charge mode. It works with a variety of different batteries, and charges through a 7 amp, 7 stage AC charger (whilst cranking out 5 amps in DC mode). The unit comes with all the gear to be hardwired into a 4X4, and a 3 metre AC adaptor lead and a 1 metre DC adaptor lead.
For those scratching their heads, DC refers to ‘Direct Current’, a flow of power in a constant direction and polarity. AC on the other hand is ‘Alternating Current’, a flow of power that periodically reverses direction. 240V mains is delivered in AC, because it is better suited to life on the grid. Your car’s alternator on the other hand produces AC power, which is then converted to DC through diodes.
For more information, go to www.arkcorp.com.au, or call 02 9678 9036.