NEWS & NOTES
well, just another line of battery
chargers. How wrong I was.
The new chargers from Quick
( quickusa.com), an Italian
manufacturer with U.S. offices in
Maryland, consist of the Mini, Low,
Medium, and Hi-Power models, with
output ranges from 8 to 240 amps.
On models whose output ranges
from 30 to 80 amps, the electronic
communications protocol CAN-BUS is available to send charge
information through a vessel’s data
network for remote monitoring. The
Hi-Power model is equipped with
an innovative digital sharing system
that enables up to three units to be
ganged together for charging very
large house banks (up to 2,400Ah).
All of the SBC chargers, from the
Mini to the Hi-Power, are equipped
with the ability to monitor and
prevent overheating of batteries
using an optional temperature
sensor, and universal AC and
DC input versions are available.
Optional accessories include
Quick’s RDS 1500 series remote
panels, which work through the
unit’s CAN-BUS output.
The chargers are capable of
operating in even the most
demanding engine room
environments, in temperatures as
high as 160°F. Their construction is
rugged and high quality; the case
is made of stainless steel and a
material known as Cycoloy.
The ability to intelligently
interface multiple chargers is
particularly useful, especially aboard
vessels with large battery banks.
The SBC is definitely not your run-of-the-mill battery charger.—S.D’A.
FLIR VOYAGER II
FLIR Systems has done it again
with the release of its new Voyager
II gyrostabilized, multi-sensor
thermal imaging system.
Boasting features such as “Radar
Slaving” and Internet remote
control, Voyager II allows operators
to automatically direct the
imager to a chosen radar return,
eliminating the need for manual
camera control and leaving them
free to concentrate on vessel
operation. With the new Internet
remote control feature, boat owners
can access and control Voyager
II via the Internet, expanding
the system’s range of access
to computers anywhere aboard
Voyager II features two infrared
cameras: a wide-angle camera that