FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do I need the PowerPak12 (PP12)?

How does the PowerPak12 work (PP12)?

How do I hook up the PP12?

How do I Install the PP12 in its optional configuration?

Why is the PP12 better than the Competitor’s units?

What size wire do I use to install the PP12?

What Fuses do I need to Install up the PP12?  

Do I need to worry about where I mount the PP12?  

If I wire the PP12 incorrectly, will damage occur?  

 I have a 24 volt system on my boat. I need to run 12 volt Electronics. Will the PP12 handle this?  

What are the advantages to using more than one PP12?

What is the purpose of the Optional Battery and Trickle Charger?   

My question was not answered. How do I contact you?  

 

Why do I need the PowerPak12 (PP12)?

  1. Your Electronics will not drop off at Engine Start up.
  2. The PP12 Protects your Electronics from Damage due to Power Surges.
  3. In Emergency Situations the PP12 gives you Extended Time on your VHF & GPS units when your Batteries are “Dead”.

 

How does the PowerPak12 work (PP12)?

Power from the electrical system enters the PP12 through a 15Amp fuse and then is conditioned against transients and “Load Dump”. A DC to DC power supply creates the output voltage from a wide input voltage of 6 to 30 volts. A filter with fuse cleans and protects the output voltage. When using an optional backup battery and running off of the main electrical system, a trickle charger makes sure the optional battery is charged.

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How do I hook up the PP12?

The main battery (or house battery) is connected to the Ignition In on the PowerPak12. The output feeds power to your sensitive electronics such as your GPS, VHF Radio, and Fish Finder. Use at least 18AWG wire as recommended, so the wire does not act like a fuse.

 

How do I Install the PP12 in its optional configuration?

Connect the PP12 Ignition In Terminal Block to the switch side of the electrical system’s ignition switch. Connect the optional battery to the Battery Terminal Block on the PP12. Connect your electronics as before on the Output Terminal Block. Again, use at least 18AWG wire.

 

Why is the PP12 better than the Competitor’s units?

  1. You get Hours vs. Minutes of Emergency backup power to your Electronics.
  2. The PP12 works with a wider range of input voltage (6-30 volts).
  3. The PP12 does not have an internal battery, therefore making it lighter and smaller than the competition’s. This is great for installation into tight spots.
  4. The PP12 will work with your 12 or 24 volt input system, and provide you a clean 13.8 volt output. The competition cannot do this.

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What size wire do I use to install the PP12?

Minimum recommend wire for the inputs and the output is 18 gauge AWG (American Wire Gauge). The PP12 will handle up to 10 gauge AWG. No wire terminal ends are needed for installation.

 

What Fuses do I need to Install up the PP12?  

All required fuses are included internally, requiring no external fuses.

 

Do I need to worry about where I mount the PP12?  

No, the PP12 is Designed to Survive in an Enclosed Environment. The Typical installation is near your Fuse Buss/Block. The PP12 does not generate Excessive heat.

 

If I wire the PP12 incorrectly, will damage occur?  

No. The PP12’s inputs and outputs are fully protected, and the PP12 will protect your electronics as well.

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I have a 24 volt system on my boat. I need to run 12 volt Electronics. Will the PP12 handle this?  

Yes. The PP12 is made to Regulate input from 6 to 30 volts, and provide you with a clean 13.8 volts out to run your 12 volt electronics.

 

What are the advantages to using more than one PP12?  

  1. If you have multiple electronic devices that draw a lot of current and use only one PP12, you will have a Single point of failure.
  2. Power will be distributed more evenly with multiple PP12s.

 

What is the purpose of the Optional Battery and Trickle Charger?  

  1. To enable you to run your Electronics without draining your Main Starting Battery. You can use the optional installation configuration (see above). This is good for the boat with a single Battery when you wish to use your electronic gear while the ignition is turned off. *
  2. If you have a Catastrophic Power Failure (i.e. you have absolutely no power due to complete battery or wiring failure), you will still have Emergency Backup Power to run your Electronics. *

*Note ~ The duration of Backup Power is determined by such factors as the Electronics that are in use (Current drawn), Optional Battery Capacity, Ambient Temperature, etc.

 

My question was not answered. How do I contact you?  

Email us at Sales@PowerPak12.com

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