Keeping power

Tis the season! Time when many South Africans will maximise their fun in the sun by heading out into the bush or lesser populated spaces to camp.

Communing with nature is wonderful but there are some things even the most intrepid bush whacker does not want to do without. One of these is power.

The batteries don’t only have to power your vehicle – there are those accessories that are necessities such as a fridge and lights – which is where Charging Systems Africa (CSAF) comes in.

The Projecta IDC25 ‘Intelli-Charge’ 25A 9-32V, 3 Stage DC/Solar Battery Charger, designed and manufactured in Australia and distributed locally by CSAF, provides a host of intelligent features for safer and more reliable charging than its competitors.

A key feature is the unit’s ability to charge simultaneously from both solar and alternator (9-32V) inputs without the need to manually switch from one power source to the other.

The IDC25 can also function as an MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) solar controller up to 25A, maximising the power generated from solar panels.

And, when operating on vehicle power, the unit offers dual charging modes for compatibility with both ‘smart’ and conventional alternators, making it ideal for use in just about every vehicle.

For greater flexibility, the charger supports multi-chemistry batteries including GEL, AGM, WET and Calcium.  As an added bonus, the unit has periodic equalisation capability to remove acid stratification from calcium batteries.

Assisting the IDC25’s performance is an over temperature protection function, which sees the charger automatically adjust its output based on battery temperature. This allows the unit to operate (at a reduced charge rate) in extreme temperatures of up to 80° C without damaging the battery.

“Other safeguards include over and under voltage protection, which shuts down the charger if voltage problems are detected, and spark-free protection which prevents the charging process from beginning unless the load is securely connected,” says Guido Brouwers, Sales and Marketing Director.

“These features prevent accidental damage to batteries and when combined with the unit’s in-built reverse connection protection, provide an extremely safe and robust product well suited to the rigours of long distance touring and off road applications.”

It will also not impact on your vehicle’s performance – such as fuel economy. The IDC25 can be wired to the vehicle ignition, allowing it to operate only when the ignition is turned on.

This ignition connection also enables a ‘low input operation’ mode, for compatibility with modern smart (variable voltage) alternators.

Further aiding the IDC25’s performance and longevity is its sturdy construction which makes it shock, vibration and dust-proof. Sealed to IP67, the unit is also water resistant, making it ideal for both in-vehicle and under-bonnet installation.

If mounted under the bonnet, included in the package is additional wiring to set-up an in-cabin LED indicator to remotely display charging and fault status. Also assisting installation is labelled and pre-wired cabling.

The Projecta ICD25 Charger is backed by a 2-year warranty and can be purchased at leading automotive and four wheel drive outlets.  For a stockist closest to you contact Charging Systems Africa.

The RSP of the Projecta ICD25 Charger is R4 445 (incl VAT).

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