Put your Jumper Leads in the bin

Jumper Leads Damage your Vehicle

After a long trip, you get back to your car in the airport parking lot and your battery is dead. You can either ask a stranger to help jump start your car or wait for a tow truck. This situation is not ideal because you are either putting your safety in jeopardy or wasting your time. There have been personal battery jump starters in the past but these older jump starter batteries were made out of lead acid compounds (typically Ni-Cd or Ni-MH), which lost their charge quickly and were heavy and bulky. With advances in lithium-ion technology, handheld jump starters no longer have lower peak cranking amps to keep the design lightweight. Now you can jump start your car all on your own with intelligent lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion jump starter batteries offer the following benefits over lead-acid jump starter batteries:

1. Compact Portable Power:

Are you tired of carrying around a lead acid portable jump starter unit that weighs over 10kg? The iTechworld jump starters are lightweight and extremely powerful compared to lead acid units. These new batteries weigh up to 80% less and are up to 500% smaller than their lead acid counterparts.

Not only will iTechworld jump starters get your vehicle going, they also feature USB port(s) for emergency portable power. Now you can charge smart phones, tablets, cameras and more when you are on the go. On top of that iTechworld include a female 12v socket enabling you to run 12v devices such as fridges, TVs and lights directly from the unit.

2. Power That Lasts:

Lithium-ion batteries are purpose built to outlive traditional lead acid batteries. Due to their chemical makeup, lithium-ion batteries have a very low self discharge rate (2% vs. 10+% in lead acid). This allows the battery to be left unused in a car for up to three years and still function properly.

Lithium-ion batteries have a much greater cycle life than lead acid batteries. On average, lithium-ion batteries can be cycled to 80% depth of discharge 1,900 times where as lead acid batteries can only be cycled to 50% depth of discharge 1,000 times. Due to this, lithium-ion jump starter batteries will last 7-10 years compared to 2-3 years for a lead acid battery.

3. The iTechworld Difference:

All lithium-ion jump starter batteries have advantages over lead acid jump starter batteries, the ITECH900a and ITECH400a are the best in class.

• Internal Cell Balancing Circuit –  Micro-processor controlled internal cell balancing board in each of its batteries designed to maximize the performance of each cell in the batteries.

• Battery Management System (BMS) – iTechworld smart batteries contain a solid state switch that controls temperature volatility. This switch prevents overcharging and discharging, improving the overall lifespan performance and safety of the batteries.

• Quality Engineering – iTechworld's innovation laboratory prides itself on the design and construction of its batteries utilizing the highest quality components in all phases of design and construction. The iTechworld built-in intelligent components guarantee the safety and quality of each iTechworld product.

• Prismatic Cells – Cylindrical cells only come in certain sizes which limits the possible shapes and sizes of the starter battery case designs. As such, batteries fit for many vehicles may be poor, or impossible as they are too wide or too tall and create internal hot spots. Prismatic cells on the other hand, are rectangular packages which can be freely designed and sized according to the size requirements of the battery case. As such, iTechworld offers perfect drop-in fit in most vehicles along with having better thermal management properties.

4. Digital revolution

The ECUs that control the systems maximising fuel efficiency, traction and safety operate via binary code that relies on a stable voltage from the battery.

Zapping them with a random blast from jumper leads is like shocking a human heart: an interruption of the correct levels and rhythms can be fatal.

Another phenomenon iTechworld readers may not be aware of is ‘injured’ electronics.

That’s when a vehicle continues to function after a conventional jumpstart but then slowly starts to lose its electrical functionality over the following months.

Predictive functions like auto window-winding will stop first before the rot spreads domino-like through the rest of the vehicle’s ECUs.

 

The smarter and safer way to get yourself out of trouble is to have either an iTech400a or an iTech900a in your glove box. If you have a large diesel you need the iTech900a if you have a petrol vehicle you need the iTech400a.

 

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Ian

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900 Amp Jump Starter

900 Cold Cranking Amps Jump Starter Battery Pack

An iTechworld Jump Starter battery pack is an incredibly useful tool for those terrible situations when you turn the ignition key and nothing happens due to a flat battery. Whether the battery is on its way out, or even if the problem is as simple as the lights being left on in the car, the iTechworld Jump Starter will get you out of trouble.



Most Jump Starter packs of this style that are available in Australia can only produce around 400 amps, the iTECH900A produces a whopping 900 Amps! We have yet to find a car it will not start!

 

 

As if that wasn't enough the iTECH900A is also a 20ah Lithium-ion battery. Meaning you can run devices directly from the unit. To make it easier we have even supplied fittings in the package so that you can run your 12v fridge, 12v TV, 12v LED lights, any laptop, phone, tablet, camera you name it! It has two USB ports and even has a torch built into it.



It only weighs 625g, isn't much bigger than a smart phone and can be easily stored in your glove box.

One of our mantras here at iTechworld is to supply old fashioned customer service. We thought how can we make this product better? So we decided to go above and beyond normal retail Australian practice. We have insured this product with Allianz insurance covering up to 2 million Dollars. No other jump starter company that we know of in the world can cover the jump starters with insurance like we do. So we have literally put our money were our mouth is.

Check out a live demonstration on the 900a Jump Starter filmed on Facebook.

 

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Ian

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How American Solar Cells are changing the game

Most Solar Cells these days are now manufactured in China - even the German Certified ones. Bosch Chairman, Dr Volkmar Denner, says massive oversupply and falls of nearly 40 percent in the price of solar panels has left his company with no choice but to abandon solar energy.

According to Denner, an explosion in manufacturing of solar materials in China in 2012 along with cuts to European renewable energy incentives had put “unrelenting” pressure on Bosch’s Solar Energy division, which sustained a loss of one billion euros (AUD$1.3 billion).

“The drastic changes in the market, particularly the rapid increase in capacity in China, simply couldn’t be foreseen,” Denner said. “We are still convinced that photovoltaics will play an important role in the energy mix of the future. However, even we are not capable of sustaining such heavy losses forever.”

 

This stunning turn of events means that almost every Solar Cell you see these days comes from China. There should be no stigma whatsoever towards Chinese Solar Cells as the quality control is now of the highest standard. With the closure of the the European production line China has taken over and now has to make sure that every single Solar Cell is produced to a European standard. This is great news for the consumer as a high quality product investment is now available and a cost effective price.

 

If you do crave something different from the norm, there is one other place outside of China that can boast producing over 500 thousand Solar Cells and that place is Milpitas, California USA.

 

These American Cells are fundamentally different from other Solar Cells. And dramatically better. They have a unique copper foundation, meaning the cell delivers unmatched reliability and allows iTechworld to build panels of the highest efficiency.

 

What makes these Solar Cells Fundamentally different from other Solar Cells?

  • No Gridlines on Front of Cell - By having no gridlines the American cells absorb more sun light as the metal paste gridlines on other Solar Cells reflects light causing the power output to drop.
  • Solid Copper Backing - A thick copper foundation adds massive strength and is almost impervious to corrosion. Standard cells have more metal paste gridlines which do not have the same strength as copper.
  • Thick Connectors - Expansion from daily temperature swings are handled better with thick connectors. Lose one narrow ribbon on standard cells and the whole cell fails

ITechworld have took this new American Solar Cell technology and added it to their popular Airflex range. Previously made of aluminum the new Airflex range is made using TPT. This is the abbreviation of Tedlar Polyester Tedlar and is a composite-layer film used as covering foil on the backs of solar modules.

 

What is Tedlar? Tedlar refers to Polyvinyl fluoride (PVF), a thermoplastic fluoropolymer material which features high weather-resistance and inherent strength, has low permeability of moisture, vapor, oil and can be used in a wide temperature range of between -70°C to +110°C.

 

Beyond these material qualities, Tedlar - if transparent - allows for a high degree of light spectrum permeability.

 

The other major benefit is of course that Tedlar is extremely light weight, a standard 100 Watt Solar Panel on average weighs between 7kg and 10kg the new 100 Watt Airflex Solar Panel from iTechworld weighs just 2kg!

  

Solar Panels With American Cells

InfoGraph on the iTechworld 100 Watt Black Series HERE

Learn How American Solar Cells are tested HERE

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Keeping Your Phone Charged While Travelling

Garry McBride writes
I’m going to be away from a power source while travelling. What can I pack so that I can still use my phone?

iTechworld, replies
You will be lucky to get more than a day’s use out of most smartphones. Their screens and processors eat power, even if you take preventive measures such as switching off the 3G/4G signal.

 

 

A good idea is to pack a pre charged Power Bank. The iTECH400A, for example, has a 1000mAh Lithium Ion battery. This is enough power to enable 3 more extra day’s careful smartphone use. It is compatible with devices that charge via a USB – iPhones, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry handsets will be compatible – the other benefit of this device is that it has 400 Cold Cranking Amps which means it can jump start your car if your car battery is flat. You no longer have to carry jumper leads!

If you are looking for something bigger and more powerful, the new iTECH900A is the one for you, it has a 20000mAh Lithium Ion battery which is almost 5 days worth of extra power. It also has enough power to jump start large diesel engines up to 5L.

An iTechworld Jump Starter Power Bank is definitely going to help you for a few days extra charge on your phone, but what if you are going to be travelling for a longer period of time, with no access to mains power? Living in Australia, Solar Power seems like an obvious choice, however the technology to charge a phone direct from a Solar Panel has not been readily available in a small and portable format. The iTechworld Solar Smart Charger changes the game when it comes to portability, it folds flat (Closed Size:160*225*40mm Weight 350g)  and can be stored in a glove box or bag but also packs enough wattage to charge a smart phone direct. Another added feature is that it has a 12v female cigarette socket, enabling items such as Satellite Navigation systems to be charged directly from the sun. This handy device can also be used to charge the iTECH400A or the iTECH900A. Larger size solar panels need regulators to use them as they can provide a lot of current. The iTechworld Solar Smart Charger can be used directly on a device with no regulator required.

 


 

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