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
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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