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How proper truck battery maintenance can help avoid winter catastrophe

Among the many truck components that fall victim to the harsh winter, one of the most prominent is the battery. No-starts, freezing: it’s hardly an exaggeration to say that a dead battery is a death sentence for that truck’s uptime and productivity. Contrary to what many believe, the time to avoid winter’s effects on the

Five questions on winter truck battery no-starts, answered

Are you one of those people who pulls the covers tight when you hear that morning alarm going off in winter months, desperate to avoid the cold air and enjoy just five (or maybe 15) more minutes of comfort before getting on with your day? Your trucks’ batteries feel the same way, except some winter

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Cold weather starting tips for truck batteries

The colder the battery is, the less efficient it is.

Purkeys releases SteadyCharge accessory battery charger

The SteadyCharge is designed to monitor and maintain an optimal charge level in accessory batteries serving trailer refrigeration and heating units by preventing battery depletion during periods of inactivity, the company says.

How to detect a frozen battery

In Purkeys‘ latest blog post, “How to detect a frozen battery,” Charley Gipe, Purkeys’ Northeast region sales and service engineer, explains the reasons why heavy-duty vehicle batteries freeze and how to detect if a battery is frozen. Purkeys’ Gipe wrote that, to understand why a battery freezes, fleets must understand how a battery is made.

Purkeys consolidates liftgate charging systems

Purkeys consolidated all of its TC products into two liftgate charging systems. By consolidating to the Select and the Direct, Purkeys has made it easier for fleets to find the right solution to their liftgate battery needs, said the company. Both systems improve charge time by utilizing a DC/DC converter, which boosts the voltage available at

How to install an inverter

In Purkeys‘ latest blog post, “How to install an AC/DC inverter,” Dude Drake, Purkeys technical and sales specialist, shows fleet service managers how to install Purkeys’ 1200+ 11.8v inverter. Drivers often use devices like laptops, microwaves and other appliances to help them adjust to life on the road. Purkeys notes that these activities require an

Purkeys merges with Quantum Ingenuities

Bruce Purkey, chief creative engineer, Purkeys, and Dale Henningson, founder and president, Quantum Ingenuities, have announced they will be merging into one company under the Purkeys name. Quantum Ingenuities currently builds electronics for proprietary Purkeys systems, such as: Liftgate charging systems; Smart inverters; Low voltage disconnects; Heavy-duty jumpstart machines; Data logging devices. Dale Henningson and

Inverter insight from Bruce Purkey

Inverters are a popular way to deal with driver comfort, but there is a consequence. “When I first started in this business, I hated [inverters] because they have a negative impact on batteries,” says Bruce Purkey, chief creative officer of Purkeys. “As I watched the market place—fleets use this to entice drivers. You can use

Inverter insight with Bruce Purkey
What’s in your truck’s wire?

Heavy-duty commercial trucking fleets should always check their stock of replacement wire to see what type of insulation they are buying, says Purkeys in its latest blog post “Are You Buying the Right Wire?” The company continues on to say that the wrong insulated wire can overheat and ignite under certain conditions. Instead of opting

Digging into the details: Addressing the complexity faced by today’s fleets

Connectivity breeds complication. As equipment, technology, data, driver and shipping demands are woven together, new challenges bubble up from complexity. Fleet managers are on the equipment front lines, streamlining operations through smart truck purchases. At the heart of it, you are the risk managers of your fleets. Yet even a seemingly simple solution such as

Addressing the complexity faced by today’s trucking fleets