After a long career in the industry we are hard to impress but occasionally a product or service comes along that we feel (and that's a very personal thing) that is worthy of posting here in COOL STUFF! You will find that it's not always 12 Volt related. Sometimes it will be a camping, 4WD, camper, caravan or marine style of product. Just stuff we think is SICK MAAATE.
Rubber Top Battery
If you are into vintage vehicles you will appreciate that you can still buy the original old school style batteries. I took this image of a rubber topped battery at R&J Batteries in Stayplton QLD. That's right, a rubberised top so that you can replace just a single cell if one fails. I am told these are still popular in some third world countries.
Can't believe my first post for 2020 is about vintage batteries!!!!
24 Volt Aircraft Battery
Just thought this was interesting. The one place you will find a true 24 volt battery is in aircraft applications. Whilst there is a limited number of 24 volt aircraft battery manufacturers there are a range of options available. This image to the right is of one such battery made by Concorde batteries. They do come in din layouts however this one features the unique Andersen style connector that is dedicated in aircraft. Normally 24 volt batteries are made up of two 12 volt batteries joined in series (positive of one battery joined to the negative of the second battery) however this is a TRUE 24 volt. We believe you can also get 24 volt lithium batteries as well.
This photo was taken at Aircraft Radio at Archerfield in Brisbane. Big shout out to Jeff and his team
SurLok Plus™ by Amphenol
What a fantastic way to make that wiring job look professional while delivering amazing functionality. I just wish I had know about these earlier. Rated at 1000 volts DC and up to 350 Amps (not that I would push that much through them), IP64, Quick lock with 'press to release' and rated to operate between -40ºC to 125ºC so they should handle the under bonnet environments. Perfect for passing power cables through battery boxes, firewalls or bulkheads. Compact and...sexy as!
For more information and to see the range of options available, check out the Amphenol web site
Duratech Blow Torch
If you travel the outback or play with 12 Volt stuff...Ya just gotta have one of these things. For years I frigged about with 12 volt and 240 volt soldering irons (which I still use). This has transformed the way I do things. I no longer crimp Anderson plugs and I no longer spend half an hour waiting for soldering irons to get hot. Heat shrink disappears quicker than beer in summer, the camp fire is alive in seconds and you can even burn the dunny paper before you bury it.
See our Anderson plug video using this tool HERE
I purchased this little unit from Jaycar Electronics for less than $40 and they also supply refill cans.
Scriber Pick and Hook Set
By far one of my most loved and versatile tools in my kit is this little pick set. Absolute gold for backing out Anderson plugs, releasing the pins on electrical connectors, opening convoluted tube or trying to unpick insulation tape....just brilliant! The added bonus of the magnetic end helps when I have dropped a nut or washer or when trying to do three things with one hand. Even just punching a hole or getting a vacuum line undone there is a seemingly endless amount of applications for this tool.
Pretty sure ABW got bought out but Sidchrome list this part number SCMT70265. Available in most popular tool shops and parts outlets.
Photo and video supplied by Steve & Sheridan Phillips
Auspit by Drifta
I don't actually own one of these yet but we use old mate Stevo's all the time and I gotta tell ya, What a cracker of a product. He has just about mastered the process of turning camp fire roasts into heavenly bush experiences. And his rotisseried cinnamon pineapple... is to die for.
On a recent trip into the Simpson Desert I asked my long suffering partner Tina if she would marry me...right in front of Stevo's Auspit. She said yes...just so she could get extra crackling I reckon.
It's compact, made from 304 stainless steel, works off 2 x D cell batteries that seem to last forever and can be set up in minutes. We all love this thing and Stevo has even started to get a few accessories like a basket that you can cook roast veggies in. Cool product, Auspit we salute you.
Size packed: 105 x 14 x 5cm
Storage case included
Here is a link to the product on Drifta's site where Stevo purchased his.