A few things to consider:
Size your battery charger for that; your battery.
If you have ancillary equipment, like computers, modems and equipment chargers installed, they should be placed on a battery saver.
Smaller vehicles with computers, modems and other aux. equipment should have load managers and manual kill switches. We recommend this so that should the vehicle be taken to a detail, alarm or event where it will be turned off, and not plugged in the operator can manually disconnect hot power to those items. With the addition of a load manager, if the operator forgets the load manager monitors voltage, and if it drops below a certain level [we set it to NFPA 1901 standards] the equipment is automatically disconnected, preventing battery discharge and damage.
Size the appropriate auto-eject, and have it placed in an area that makes sense. If your cord reel is near the driver’s door, don’t install the auto-eject in the rear bumper. The price you pay upfront will long outweigh the cost of failed cables and run over plugs.
Speaking of auto-ejects, make sure to let the auto eject do the work. Manually unplugging the unit can cause significant damage, even injury.
Today's Emergency Vehicles have evolved to carry more equipment, more tools and more electronics. Many departments have seen the introduction of Mobile Data Terminals, Modems that provide WiFi, Intranet & GPS tracking as well as onboard radio chargers and the list goes on.
As systems get added to older vehicles, many cases we find the original charging system wasn't designed to handle more than 3 or 4 amps. Today's apparatus can have a constant draw of over 20 amps, and that's before we talk about the battery charging side. Because these systems typically handle AC line voltage as well as high amperage DC power, it can be an overwhelming system to troubleshoot without training and proper testing equipment. Our experience team is here to help with that, not only with repairs, but with upgrading systems and planning new ones.
We're proud to be a Kussmaul Dealer, a trend in our product lines; we offer the best. But to us it's more than being a dealer, it means being well versed in the product, and even more versed in the basics of electrical systems.
Kussmaul Battery Chargers, Battery Savers & Auto Ejects
Whether it's a repair, general questions, replacement or a new build you can count on BUSH to take the time to do it right. Although just throwing the largest battery charger in the vehicle that you can fit seems like it would be the best option, or conversely the smallest one you think would work, your up fitter should take the time to go over a couple different options. Kussmaul has made some great advances in their product lines, and what your intended application is could mean a great deal in the final outcome of your project.
With experience comes the ability to troubleshoot, repair and return a vehicle to service faster than our competitors.
Saving you money, and to us, that's important.
Heres how it should work
Auto Eject automatically disconnects shore line power when vehicle is started.
Available in 15, 20 and 30AMP models, and for vehicles with shore air lines, consider the super eject. The Super Auto Eject has both air and electric shore in one.
If your vehicle has auxillary equipment that needs to be powered or charging while your vehicle is at the station, and the engine is off, a battery saver is a perfect solution. By using the battery saver it prevents the battery charger from over charging the battery and causing damage.
The battery saver has an internal relay that will automatically switch to battery power when 120VAC power is removed, allowing all your electronics to operate off battery power when the engine is operating.
The addition of a load manager ensures your vehicles electronics will not drain the battery, causing a no start condition. Load managers can be designed to have a single output, controlling all electronics at once, or multiple outputs allowing loads to be shed in a priority order.
Having multiple outputs allows the vehicle to be wired such that the flashlights or non-essential items can be shed first, keeping the modem, computer or other needed item powered longer. Should the voltage drop below the predetermined level - power is removed from everything.
Never drive over your shore line again!
Shoreline power is in just about every fire station and ambulance bay, and everyone has a story about how a shoreline was run over - or worse, pulled from the ceiling.
With Kussmaul's Auto Reel, you'll never have to worry about running over a plug, or taking the shoreline with you. The Auto Reel senses when the auto eject releases the plug, and then turns off power to the plug while reeling the line to a preset position.
Available in single, dual or multiple bank battery systems, Kussmaul battery chargers have been setting the industry standard for decades.
The Auto Charge 1000 with Parasitic Load Compensation (PLC) is a compact, microprocessor controlled, completely automatic, single channel battery charger designed for vehicles with a single battery system. The PLC charger is designed to withstand the shock and vibration encountered by vehicle mounted equipment.
This new Parasitic Load Compensation feature is designed especially to meet the heavy duty requirements of emergency vehicles. Most emergency vehicles have many parasitic loads on their systems (flash lights, gas detectors, computers, monitoring systems and other items) that can trick a standard 3 step charger into over charging the batteries. Parasitic load compensation allows you to input the total number of parasitic load amps on the vehicle. Then the charger will shift the absorption stage set point so the battery voltage will drop to the float voltage when the desired current is reached. In short the parasitic loads are invisible to the charger. This will lead to a longer battery life and no overcharging or overheating.
The Auto Charge Deluxe Watertight Status Center, is a remotely mounted, digital voltage and amperes display, a 5 segment bar graph display to indicate output current, and 4 LED's to show the condition of the batteries. The High and Low Battery Condition LED's blink to indicate that there may be a problem with the vehicles electrical system. This indicator is an option for the Auto Charge 1000, Pump Plus 1000, Auto Charge 1200, Auto Charge 1200 Remote, Pump Plus 1200, LPC 20, LPC 40 and LPC 80.
There is a 3 1/2 digit indicator that displays battery voltage with an accuracy of 30 millivolts, and a 3-digit indicator that displays charger current with an accuracy of 100 millivolts.
The indicator is water tight and rugged. The unit is designed to be mounted on the outside of a vehicle to readily indicate the battery condition. Bezel colors are available in Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Gray, and Black.
Mobile Data Power Supply
Adding a mobile data power supply Protects mobile computers against system crash, lengthy reboot sequences, and loss of data. An internal battery provides supplemental 12 volts to mobile data devices when low vehicle battery is sensed: 5A for 60 minutes, 10A for 20 min., and 25A for 8 min. With a built in Multi-Stage filter provides clean power required by mobile electronics and provides low output warning signals to mobile computers (such as Motorola® MW 800 series work stations)
RF Transmitter & Receiver
The Transmitter/Receiver is a remote control system between a vehicle, and a building. It is designed to activate various electrical systems in the building, when signaled from the vehicle. A single channel is provided to start an exhaust fan before a vehicle is started. Three additional outputs of the receiver can be connected to interface with a door opener that has a pushbutton control to OPEN, CLOSE and STOP the door. Many other devices may also be operated. The receiver however, is limited to 4 outputs. Multiple transmitters may operate a single receiver, or multiple transmitters may each operate their own receiver. Dip switches in the transmitter, and receiver are provided to match the transmitter to the receiver. Thirty-two different codes are possible, permitting a single installation to have up to 32 vehicles.
Exhaust Fan Controller
Garage Door Opener
Traffic Light Operator
Vehicle Bay Lighting Control